End Of Season Disappointment As Rushall Thump Ravens
A ten man Coalville side were well and truly beaten by a ruthless Rushall on the final day of the league season as Tommy Brookbanks said farewell to the Coalville faithful.
On a day Brookbanks said Au Revoir to Coalville’s home and league football, An Unwavering Rushall Ended Valiantly, Overpowering Idle Ravens.
It was a contest that certainly wasn’t short of drama, with seven goals, two penalties and a red card on show on a drizzly afternoon at the Mander Cruickshank Stadium.
Two changes were made from Thursday’s 3-0 win over Workington. Kyle Bryant made way for Lee Torr while Tom McGlinchey replaced Jermaine Hollis.
Coalville entered the game on a high - on a run of five wins from their last six - and Daniel Creaney looked to have set the Ravens well on their way to making six in seven when he guided a header into the net after a Nathan Watson corner in the eighth minute.
Six minutes later, Elliott Taylor retained Coalville’s early but slender lead, springing to his left to stop a stinging Daniel Dubidat first time effort after Joshua Webb’s cutback.
The game’s competitive and entertaining nature continued past the 20 minute mark, with Cleveland Taylor dragging a shot wide and Sam Whittall seeing his hooked shot brilliantly saved by the left hand of E Taylor for their respective sides.
However, in the 26th minute a single incident meant momentum swung over and stayed with Rushall. Danny Jenno, chasing Daniel Waldron as he surged through on goal, clumsily brought down the Pics man just outside the area, giving the referee no choice but to dismiss the Ravens defender.
The away side almost immediately took advantage, levelling things up four minutes later. Joe Hull was the man to level, powering a header home after Joshua Hawker floated his corner to the back post.
Pressure then began to pile on the Coalville box, but the visitors were unable to take a perhaps deserved lead before half time, with Gurjit Singh having a shot deflected just over and Simeon Mayo heading just over.
Coalville almost snuck a goal in just before the break when Watson darted into the box and curled a shot that was saved by Matthew Hill at his near post.
The Pics put themselves firmly in control soon after the break, netting two in the space of three minutes. In the 48th minute Singh sprinted down the left flank, jinked inside and arrowed a powerful shot inside the near post from 20 yards.
This was added to thanks to the awarding of a penalty after Dean Freeman tugged on the shirt of Lewis Archer. It was Daniel Waldron who took responsibility, sending Taylor the wrong way as he crashed the ball into the top right corner.
There was no let up from a Rushall side that were oozing with confidence and in no mood to unwind, adding a further two goals – with just four minutes between the strikes.
Dubidat grabbed a gift of a goal in the 63rd minute, tapping in from point blank range after Taylor spilled Webb’s dangerous low cross from the right.
Mayo then added the Pics’ fifth, coolly slotting the ball into the net when sent one on one by Singh.
The situation could have easily worsened for the Ravens when Kyle Dixon fouled Mayo in the box. Fortunately for the hosts Taylor guessed the right way to deny Waldron a second successful conversion of the afternoon.
Coalville did apply a late spurt of pressure, with Freeman forcing a smart save from Hill with a flicked header before Jake Woolley netted a consolation for the home side, heading in from a yard out after Creaney stood a cross up to the back post.
The Ravens may be disappointed with the result and performance on the day, but their attention will no shift to the Integro League Cup final on Wednesday evening, where they face Atherton Collieries and hope to give Brookbanks the perfect send off.