The opening minutes of the game were a bit scrappy with both teams fighting for control of the ball. Stafford did cause Rushall problems early on with long throws from Tom Tonks. Jonathan Moran headed the ball just wide from a throw-in for Rangers. As the half went on Rushall grew into the game with their front three causing the Stafford Rangers defence all kinds of problems and after some excellent build up play in the box Rushall were awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute after a foul from Stafford Rangers Joe Cuff. Rushall’s Danny Glover stepped up to convert the spot kick. 0-1 to Rushall. HT
Stafford Rangers were second best for much of the second half and for most of the game, Rushall won every second ball, every challenge and fully deserved the win. Rangers seemed to not turn up in the second half they just knocked the ball long without really troubling the Rushall backline. Stafford Rangers brought on number 9 Jake Charles mid way through the second half. Although he chased everything down and worked hard, he didn’t have the impact he and Rangers’ fans were hoping for. In the 66th minute things got worse for the home side after a mistake from Stafford Rangers keeper Luke Pilling allowed Owen Coyle to make it 0-2 to Rushall. The game ended 2-0 to the away side. Overall, an extremely disappointing night for all involved with Stafford Ranger’s.
Congratulations to Rushall Olympic following a very much deserved victory!