Cook leaves a sour taste in Pics’ mouths

The Non-League Football Paper - - STEP 3 ACTION - By Terry Brump­ton

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: ★★★★★

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