Rushall Olympic FC 4 Chasetown FC 2

Justin Nisbett scores Rushall Olympic's fourth goal against Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

Justin Nisbett scores Rushall Olympic's fourth goal against Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

The race is still on for the runner-up spot in the UniBond Division 1 South after Chasetown lost out 4-2 to local rivals Rushall Olympic.

Despite a fine first-half strike from former Rushall man Ben Jevons and a second in the closing minutes from Dave Egan, the Scholars defence was caught out on several occasions and the side must wait to see if they can secure a home playoff tie.

The game got off to the worst possible start for the Scholars as in the second minute Anthony Maguire crossed from the right and Kyle Brady headed past Ryan Price to put the Pics in front.

Further Rushall attacks through the first 25 minutes were stopped by a trio of fine saves from Price, while Chasetown chances increased steadily as the half progressed, Dave Egan firing over the bar on the half hour.

Two minutes later the Scholars were level as Jevons latched onto a Gavin Saunders free kick and blasted the ball past Chris Gemmell into the roof of the Rushall net.

Price then impressed again as he pushed a cross onto the post as the fast-paced game continued, before a Grant Ryan cross was caught by Gemmell with the striker then firing over the bar.

In first half stoppage time the Pics’ lead was restored courtesy of a hard right-footed shot from Brady in space for a well-timed second goal.

With the large travelling Chasetown contingent spurring on the side, the Scholars looked determined as the second half began with Price punching away a cross and Gary Hay being dispossessed at the point of shooting on 50 minutes.
A corner on 57 minutes was cleared off the line and Egan grazed the crossbar with the follow-up, while Dean Perrow and Richard Teesdale were introduced to try to bolster the side.

The expected breakthrough never came, however, and on 66 minutes a Rushall cross was headed home by the unmarked Tesfa Robinson to put the hosts 3-1 ahead.

It could have been four two minutes later but Price dived low for a cracking save from Justin Nisbett’s attack, before Perrow had the ball in the net only to be beaten by the offside flag.

Chasetown bundle the ball home to make it 4-2 against Rushall Olympic. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown bundle the ball home to make it 4-2 against Rushall Olympic. Pic: Dave Birt

Egan then fired over the bar once again as the Scholars still could not find the target, a Perrow shot then going wide of the far post, and with ten minutes on the clock Rushall grabbed their fourth.  Chris Slater couldn’t stop a solo run by Nisbett down the right and his slicing low shot nestled in the far corner of the net.

After a couple more chances at the other end for Hay and Mark Branch from a free kick, a Saunders corner in stoppage time was bundled home at the near post with Egan getting the credit, but one minute later the Scholars skipper was dismissed for an elbow on substitute Stuart McNaught.

With Kidsgrove and Glapwell also victorious on the night, the final finishing order is still to be decided.  Chasetown take on Kidsgrove at the Scholars Ground on Saturday (April 24) in a 3pm kick-off, but before that they must visit Leek Town on Thursday (April 22) night  for a 7.45pm kick-off.

Rushall: Gemmell, Starkey, Haywood, Robinson, A Smith, Beckett, Amos (c), Maguire, Ward, Nisbett, Brady.  Subs: Edmond (Brady 89), Lowe, McNaught (Maguire 90), Davies, Rathbone.
Chasetown: Price, J Branch, M Branch, Slater, Horton, Saunders, Stephens, Egan (c), Hay, Ryan, Jevons.  Subs: D Smith (Stephens 59), Horler, Perrow (Ryan 52), Woolley (GK), Teesdale (Horton 52).

Advertisements

2 Comments

  1. Cyclops

    21st April, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Blimey, and I thought I’d seen some one eyed reporting during my time.

    Went as a neutral last night, albeit with some Rushall supporting mates, and I saw one team basically outpass, outharry, outpace and out tackle the other.

    clearly the home side were up for it, but the way that Chasetown were taken apart does not show itself through this report.

  2. Pingback: Suspension won’t stop Chasetown FC midfielder roaring his side on