Rushall Olympic 2-0 Leiston - Match Report
By Craig Cooper
Blues defeated at Rushall on cold afternoon
Leiston went down in Walsall to Rushall Olympic on a cold afternoon on Saturday. The Blues were missing Tom Bullard, who had concussion after last week's match against St Neots Town, and Harry Knights who was suspended. However, they welcomed Matt Blake back into the starting eleven and George Keys, while Rob Eagle returned to the squad and took his place on the bench.
The Blues were undone by two strike's within a minute just after the half hour mark. Leiston were the first team to weave an attack after just five minutes. Byron Lawrence had the shot that home keeper Joe Slinn pushed away. Leiston had more of the ball in the first twenty minutes but Rushall started to get a foothold in the match as the half progressed. Good play by Dylan Parker and Tyler Lyttle saw the latter cross to Massiah McDonald but Marcus Garnham saved his header. From the resultant corner, Orrin Pendley's attempt was cleared off the goal line by Leiston. Rushall though did open the scoring shortly later. Massiah McDonald's pass put in Dylan Parker to score past Garnham. Thirty seconds later, and Rushall doubled their lead. A long ball found Tyler Lyttle and he set up Benjamin Ludd who placed his strike out of Marcus Garnham's reach.
Lund could have scored another goal early in the second period, but his attempt was just wide of the target. The closest Leiston came to score was when Stuart Boardley attempted to chip the home keeper but the ball just cleared the crossbar, while Pendley blocked Kyle Hammond's strike. Marcus Garnham produced a top draw save from Simeon Maye but Rushall ran out comfortable winners in the end.
The Blues look to get back to winning ways when they welcome Hitchin Town to Victory Road next weekend.
FT: - Rushall Olympic 2-0 Leiston.
Rushall Olympic: - Slinn, Lyttle, Adelekan, Maye (Berry 89 mins), Hull, Pendley, Parker (O'Callaghan 69 mins), Smith, McDonald, Sammons (Smikle 78 mins), Lund. Subs not used: - Whittall, Burroughs.
Leiston: - Garnham, Keys, Dunbar, Aitkens, Jefford, Boardley (Bacon 71 mins), Lawrence, Hammond, Blake (Davies 45 mins), Finch, Brothers. Subs not used: - Eagle, Head, Lay-Fulcher.
Man Of The Match: - Byron Lawrence.
Attendance: - 202.