Saturday 5th March 2016
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Rushall Olympic: Preston, Christophorou, Fox, Tolley, Dugan, Morris, Heath, Taylor, McKenzie (Spencer), Martin (Walters), Reid (Richards). Subs not used: Fitzpatrick, Wilkinson.
Hyde United: Sam Vince, Ryan Ellison, Kyle Brownhill, Andrew Pearson, Adam M Jones (Pete Boyle), Laurie Bell, Ben Holmes, Andreas Bianga, Scott Spencer, Zeekell Parkes, Jordan Snodin. Subs not used: Ayrton Bevins, Frank Van Gils, Adam N Jones, Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk.
From Rushall website
Rushall Olympic made it three wins in seven days with a victory over Hyde United at Dales Lane this afternoon despite finishing the match with ten men.
The Pics dominated the first half chances and almost took the lead in fortunate fashion when Jake Heath's corner almost crept in unaided at the back post.
Zak Martin had a glorious chance to put his side in front when he picked up the ball ten yards from goal, but could only succeed in swiping the ball over on the half turn.
The hosts were piling on the pressure and, besides a tame free kick straight at Kieran Preston, Hyde were rarely threatening at the other end.
Josh McKenzie couldn't quite get his head over the ball as another Heath corner was flicked on as the sides went in 0-0 at half-time.
Half-Time: Rushall Olympic 0-0 Hyde United
Just seconds after the restart, Heath combined with Mitchell Tolley to put the latter through on goal, but the midfielder could only scoop his effort over the bar when he should have at least hit the target.
Heath was creating a lot of chances from the right-hand side and crossed in for Alex Reid to try his luck, but the winger could only volley over with his weaker right foot.
However, after 59 minutes of withstanding Rushall's pressure, Hyde's clean sheet vanished. Heath swung in another corner and Martin headed the ball towards goal and Jack Duggan was there to make sure the ball had enough on it to beat Sam Vince.
Sometimes, like buses, you can wait a long time for a goal, and then two come along at once. And that was exactly what happened as just two minutes later, Tolley floated over a free kick and Vince was caught in no man's land as Duggan nodded the ball over him and into the net.
Rushall weren't prepared to sit back and take what they had as Reid was put through by substitute Jamie Spencer, but the winger couldn't get his effort on target.
Hyde were still in the game and Andreas Bianga made sure they knew it as he crashed a 35-yard effort towards goal which Preston had to deal with.
Spencer had a chance himself as he got behind the Hyde defence, and with Vince well off his line the striker looped the ball wide of the far post.
One final chance to add a gloss to the scoreline fell to Duggan but, after his shot was blocked, his centre back partner Kieran Morris could only fire the rebound over the bar.
Whilst Morris was on the floor, he appeared to be kicked by a visiting player and reacted, resulting in a second yellow card and his marching orders.