An equaliser with virtually the very last kick of the game gave Continental Star a fully deserved one-all draw against landlord’s Rushall Olympic at Dales Lane. However, had the Midland Football Alliance newcomers been more competent finishers during the contest they would surely have recorded a handsome victory and become the second Step 5 outfit in the space of two days to take the scalp of the Pics.
During the first period Star enjoyed much the better of the exchanges with Daniel Holgate alone finding himself goal side of the home defence on a number of occasions, but his profligacy proved costly.
Rushall went closest to opening the scoring right on the stroke of half-time when Josh Craddock unleashed a venomous first time volley from outside the box that ‘keeper Carl Hunter pushed on to the crossbar.
Olympic took the initiative eight minutes following the interval when good link up play between Dave Walker and Michael Clarke ended with the latter skipping past two changes thanks to some fantastic foot work before rifling into the roof of the net from just inside the box.
With ten minutes remaining Kyle Brady was hauled down in full flight some 25 yards out and from the resulting free-kick fellow substitute Grant Beckett cannoned the ball off the crossbar with the Star custodian well beaten.
However, it was Star who ended the game in the ascendancy as substitute Ricardo Reid caught Olympic’s defence flat footed to burst clear of last man Wayne Daniel to run through on goal and slot the ball under the advancing Pics custodian John Miller to claim a share of the spoils.
Rushall Olympic: 1. Tom Burns (13. John Miller 46’), 2. Decio Gomes, 4. Mitchell Tolley (7. Lucan Spittle 46’), 5. Wayne Daniel ©, 6. Jonny Haynes (12. Grant Beckett 68’), 8. Josh Craddock (18. Steve Palmer 60’), 9. Michael Clarke (15. Andre Landell 60’), 10. Aaron Forde (16. Martyn Naylor 60’), 10. Dave Walker (19. Trialist 87’), 11. Lei Brown (17. Kyle Brady 68’), 14. Ahmed Obeng.