Rushall Olympic 2 Eastwood Town 0
Eastwood Town failed to build on the morale-boosting cup win over Ilkeston FC five days earlier as they fell to defeat at mid-table Rushall Olympic on Saturday.
The hosts largely dominated this encounter and deserved the three points, a result which keeps Eastwood rooted to the bottom of the table.
Olympic made the brighter start, Dave Walker findin Abu Islam unmarked in the six-yard box early on but he mis-kicked his shot wide for a goal kick.
Luke Bottomer was at the hub of most of Rushall’s early play and he cut inside and took his time before picking out the run of Andre Landell, but the wing back’s half volley flew just past the post.
Eastwood were looking to their centre forwards for inspiration but Luke Palmer was having far less joy than Walker.
The Badgers were struggling to get to grips with Rushall’s high back line which was catching them offside time and again while the middle third of the park was becoming congested with players.
Olympic made the breakthrough on 31 minutes. Good work in the middle of the park ended with Sam Smith’s through ball which found Islam on the edge of the area, where the striker cleverly turned and pulled the trigger on a low drive that Richard Stainsby could not keep out, despite getting a hand to it.
The goal certainly got the Pics’ going and they created a couple of half chances at the tail end of the half.
Eastwood debutant Martin Ormesher replaced Vijay Selvam at half-time and while the change didn’t affect the flow of the match, the Badgers did test keeper Chris Gemmell, as Ormesher found Palmer free and he hit a stinging 20 yard shot that Gemmell easily got his body behind.
Within minutes of his 66th minute arrival, sub Ahmed Obeng made an impact as great work by Bottomer freed up the pacey forward, who was brought down in the area by Wayne Diuk.
The referee pointed immediately to the spot and Walker sent Stainsby the wrong way to double Rushall’s lead.
With the home team two goals to the good, they closed up shop and both sides created no real chances to harm the scoreline.
Still, with ten minutes left, Eastwood tried to get themselves back into the game, as as with the Rushall defence a little exposed in the right back position two Badgers players were awaiting the cross but sub Joe Flint’s effort dropped well wide.
With that the match was all but over but Olympic tried to give the scoreline a more realistic reflection late on, as Danny Bragoli sent a Jonny Haynes cross wide when he perhaps should have done better.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Rushall: 1 Chris Gemmell 2 Andre Landell 3 Jonathan Haynes 4 Sam Smith 5 Mitchell Tolley 6 Gavin Caines 7 Grant Beckett (c) 8 Danny Bragoli 9 Dave Walker (Michael Clarke 80) 10 Abu Islam (Ahmed Obeng 66) 11 Luke Bottomer (Joel Purkiss 77). Subs not used: Wayne Daniel, Dave Bridgwater
Scorers: Islam 31, Walker 72pen
Eastwood: 1 Richard Stainsby 2 Gary Breach 3 Chris Shaw 4 Wayne Diuk 5 Romaine Graham (c) 6 Vijay Selvam (Martin Ormesher 46) 7 Jake Green (Lavell White 80) 8 Danny Elliott 9 Paolo Piliero 10 Luke Palmer (Joe Flint 70) 11 Scott Rogers. Subs not used: Matt Harris, Josh Raven
Ref: A Fox