Three goals in a devastating opening 24 minute spell saw Rushall Olympic return to winning ways as they completed an excellent victory at second placed Belper Town that also severely dented their hosts title hopes in the process.
During the first period the hosts had little answer to the rejuvenated Pics who were in imperious form. Indeed, with only 14 seconds on the watch they forged ahead after Justin Nisbett surged forward, tempting ‘keeper Adam Ogden to the edge of his area and as the ball was hooked up into the air TOM WARD brought it under control and lofted an excellent finish over the stoppers head to claim his first goal for the club.
It was little surprise when the visitors doubled their advantage after only 8 minutes when an excellent move saw MARK LOWE take up possession some 25 yards out, before probing forward past his marker and rifling in an unstoppable low drive past the Belper custodian into the bottom left corner.
Midway through the first period and the game was effectively all but sewn up as a strong run by Ward into the left side of the box was halted by an agricultural challenge from Nailers skipper James Colliver that yielded a penalty kick. ANTHONY MAGUIRE duly stepped up to the 12 yard mark and confidently converted into the right side of goal, sending ‘keeper Ogden the wrong way in the process.
The commencement of the second half saw Belper make an immediate treble substitution and for a time it looked like being a game of two halves as Rushall were forced on to the back foot. Although Jon Froggatt converted from the penalty spot 11 minutes from full time for the hosts after Tesfa Robinson had hauled down substitute Anthony Wilson, four minutes later their hopes of a late fight back were dashed when Wilson was dismissed for a second yellow card and Olympic eventually ran out thoroughly deserving winners against the remaining ten men.