Cook leaves a sour taste in Pics’ mouths
KIERAN Cook’s late winner earned Alvechurch a much-needed three points on the road at Rushall Olympic.
Following back-to-back 3-0 defeats, Ian Long’s side showed great character to pick up a vital three points away from home.
The first half was a very even affair and started slowly.
It was the home side who had the first chance when Simeon Maye turned and shot at goal but he hit the side-netting.
The visitors responded, with Tom Turton’s free-kick going close and Mitch Botfield unable to control a through ball.
It remained a very quiet game until the final few minutes of the first half.
First, Ashley Sammons snatched at a shot and fired wide before Yusiuf Ceesay saw a weak shot saved by Joe Slinn.
Despite this, Alvechurch did go into the break ahead as Botfield’s 25 yard free-kick took a deflection to beat Slinn as he claimed his fourth goal of the season.
Rushall brought on top goalscorer Daniel Waldron at half-time and started brightly, pushing Alvechurch without creating a chance.
In fact, it was the visitors who nearly doubled their lead through Josh March.
Despite this, the home side did level, Sammons firing in an excellent 20-yard strike, but substitute Cook made great use of the referee’s advantage to bag the match-winner.
STAR MAN: Yussuf Cessay (Alvechurch) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★