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Rushall Olympic
Workington
D Waldron (44')
Full time
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 162

Reds gift Olympic the victory

It’s just not happening for Reds at the moment but, with just about every supporter dismissing any hope whatsoever of reaching the play-offs, Lee Andrews defiantly announced,” We are still in contention and will keep believing in ourselves.”

It followed a fourth successive league defeat which contrasts dramatically with the nine-game unbeaten run which lifted them to second spot at the turn of the year. They are now down to tenth, their lowest standing since late September.

Andrews couldn’t hide his disappointment adding, “It didn’t quite fall for us, every 50/50 ball fell for them and it was a frustrating afternoon all round. We could have played all night without scoring”.

Yet they were in control of the game until gifting Olympic what proved to be the winner just before the end of a mediocre first half.

Daniel Waldron exploited Reds’ right-hand flank too easily and with the lack of a meaningful tackle or, God forgive, a foul he muscled his way through and confidently finished beyond the helpless Aaran Taylor.

He had come close to opening the scoring in the previous attack but a well-timed volley, via the outstanding Josh Hawker’s free kick, was brilliantly pushed away by Taylor at the expense of a corner.

Up until then, Reds seemed to be in control without asserting any authority. Conor Tinnion saw one half volley clear the bar via Dav Symington’s assist, Anthony Wright and Gari Rowntree shot wide from the edge of the box and a tame Nathan Waterston header was easily gathered by ‘Pics goalkeeper, Joe Slinn.

Wright’s attempt at goal proving costly as he sustained a reoccurrence of a hamstring injury – just days after fellow mid-fielder, James Earl, announced he had left the club.

There was almost a spectacular start to the second half with Symington attempting an audacious effort from the half-way line. The shot was clearly on target but the back-pedalling Slinn stretched and caught the ball.

Symington was also involved in a wonderful piece of dribbling skill, escaping from a tight corner and the attentions of three black and gold shirts, but to no avail.

In fact, it was Matty Douglas who came closest to grabbing an equaliser both via Symington corners. The first was blocked by Slinn’s legs with the ‘keeper then catching a net-bound bullet header.

Apart from that, Reds huffed and puffed and home skipper Joe Hull won every other header in the box.

Taylor’s only notable save in the second half was a full stretch dive to keep out Gurjit Singh’s shot but, like Reds, the Walsall outfit lacked confidence in front of goal and wasted at least three opportunities.

Apart from Douglas and Symington, Rob Wilson put in a decent shift for Reds and was one of the few who seemed capable of looking after the ball and continually used it well whilst others were guilty of giving it away.

Desperation in the last few minutes saw Taylor venture forward and, rather amusingly, we saw two goalkeepers prowling about in the same area but it was Slinn who had the last laugh!

Rushall Olympic Slinn, Webb, Smikle, Maye, Hull, Whittall, Waldron, Hawker, Dubidat (Archer, 77), Landel (Sarmento, 68), Singh (Sangha, 69). Substitutes – Adelekan, Fonovich (not used).

Workington Taylor, McLuckie, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Douglas, Wright (Wilson, 18), Symington, Holt, Allison, Waterston (Joel, 75), Tinnion. Substitutes – Smith, Mellen, Whitehead (not used).

Referee Greg Rollason

Bookings: Hull (Rushall Olympic), Rowntree, Wordsworth (Workington)

Attendance 162

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Robert Wilson

Player of the Match

Robert Wilson

Key moments

44:00
Goal Daniel Waldron scores for Rushall Olympic

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Robert Wilson is awarded player of the match for Workington
78:00 Sub On
Lewis Archer is substituted on for Rushall Olympic
78:00 Sub Off
Daniel Dubidat is substituted off for Rushall Olympic
78:00 Sub Off
Daniel Dubidat is substituted off for Rushall Olympic
78:00 Sub Off
Daniel Dubidat is substituted off for Rushall Olympic
75:00 Sub On
Samuel Joel is substituted on for Workington
75:00 Sub Off
Nathan Waterston is substituted off for Workington
73:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Wordsworth is yellow carded for Workington
71:00 Yellow Card
Gari Rowntree is yellow carded for Workington
68:00 Sub On
Jordan Sangha is substituted on for Rushall Olympic
68:00 Sub Off
Gurjit Singh is substituted off for Rushall Olympic
67:00 Sub Off
Andre Landell is substituted off for Rushall Olympic
67:00 Sub On
Joshua Sarmento is substituted on for Rushall Olympic
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 1 - 0
Daniel Waldron scores for Rushall Olympic
31:00 Yellow Card
Joe Hull is yellow carded for Rushall Olympic
18:00 Sub On
Robert Wilson is substituted on for Workington
18:00 Sub Off
Anthony Wright is substituted off for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Rushall Olympic
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Robert Wilson Sub On 18:00'
  • Anthony Wright Sub Off 18:00'
  • Joe Hull Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Daniel Waldron Goal 44:00'
  • Joshua Sarmento Sub On 67:00'
  • Andre Landell Sub Off 67:00'
  • Jordan Sangha Sub On 68:00'
  • Gurjit Singh Sub Off 68:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub On 75:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub Off 75:00'
  • Lewis Archer Sub On 78:00'
  • Daniel Dubidat Sub Off 78:00'
  • Daniel Dubidat Sub Off 78:00'
  • Daniel Dubidat Sub Off 78:00'

Team selection

Rushall Olympic
  • 1. Jo Slinn
  • 2. Joshua Webb
  • 3. Brian Smikle
  • 4. Simeon Maye
  • 5. Joe Hull
  • 6. Sam Whittall
  • 7. Daniel Waldron
  • 8. Joshua Hawker
  • 9. Daniel Dubidat
  • 10. Andre Landell
  • 11. Gurjit Singh
  • 12. Aj Adelekan
  • 14. Lewis Archer
  • 15. Jordan Sangha
  • 16. Mathis Fonovich
  • 17. Joshua Sarmento

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

2
1
Buxton
1
0
Stafford Rangers
1
0
Halesowen Town
Stalybridge Celtic
2
2
Hednesford Town
Warrington Town
3
1
Mickleover Sports
Whitby Town
2
1
Nantwich Town

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# Team Pl Pts
9. Barwell 46 64
10. Stourbridge 46 62
11. Workington 46 62
12. Mickleover Sports 46 61
13. Stafford Rangers 46 61
14. Matlock Town 46 60
15. Nantwich Town 46 57

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