Pics show spirit to be comeback kings

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By Walsall Advertiser | Friday, December 14, 2012, 09:20


RUSHALL came back from two down at half-time to ensure a well deserved point away at table topping North Ferriby last weekend.

The Pics had to do things the hard way in this game and that was evident from the off when they were put onto the back foot early on.

A towering header from Dean Lisles put the home side ahead following a corner from the right hand side.

The home side continued to cause the Pics back line a lot of trouble with their pace, while Rushall seemed to struggle having not had a game for a fortnight.

As the game settled, Rushall started to come more into proceedings but found clear cut chances hard to come by.

Josh Craddock, who constantly pushed on from midfield to add his aerial presence to the front line, deftly flicked one shot at the back post towards goal. But it failed to carry sufficient power to trouble the home custodian.

The Villagers, who had looked threatening on a number of occasions throughout the half, scored a second goal with five minutes of the half remaining.

Gregg Anderson struck a swerving effort from more than 30-yards out that ripped into the net past Chris Gemmell.

The visitors were sent back out early for the start of the second-half as they were keen to get back into the game.

They nearly did that when a Haynes corner came back off the bar while Bottomer saw two efforts on goal from the edge of the box narrowly fall wide.

They were not made to wait long for that goal after that, though, as after 79 minutes, the Pics found themselves back in the game.

Ramone Stephens twisted and turned out on the right hand side and when it had appeared he had been dispossessed he fought his way past two defenders and fired the ball hard and low across the six-yard box where it deflected off Anderson and into the net.

The goal gave the Pics renewed belief and also put more doubt into the minds of the league leaders.

Two minutes later and Olympic were level.

Johnny Haynes long throw wasn't cleared effectively and Michael Clarke's flick on was shielded by Stephens with his back to goal.

The wide man was able to lay the ball off to the on rushing Craddock who rifled the ball home from 14-yards to send all associated with Rushall into raptures.

The closing minutes saw the home side looking to once more re-establish their lead and the home side thought they had almost straight away when the ball was fired home after Gemmell's initial fine block, but as the home crrwd, side and bench celebrated they overlooked the assistant referee's raised flag.

The Pics were not to be denied and came away with a point that was a fantastic reward for their character.



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