Buxton 1-2 Rushall Olympic - match report

Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic (yellow), Steve Istead
Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic (yellow), Steve Istead

Buxton were made to pay for a host of missed opportunities, after Rushall Olympic came from behind to scoop all three points last Saturday.

Despite taking an early lead, Martin McIntosh’s side failed to build on Lee Morris’ opener as they fell to a sixth Silverlands defeat of the season to leave them adrift of the play-off spots.

Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic (yellow), Jacob Hazel

Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic (yellow), Jacob Hazel

Jacob Hazel, whose loan arrival from Chesterfield was only rubber-stamped hours before kick-off, was given an immediate debut, replacing Neil Stevens.

The visitors fashioned the first shot of the match when Carl Palmer knocked the ball the wrong side of goal after a cute chip by the veteran Dele Adebola.

Rushall were then made to pay however, when Hazel whipped a ball into Morris, who poked home under pressure for his 15th of the campaign despite appeals for offside by Rushall’s players and staff.

Hazel then manufactured a shot for himself before setting up Derek Niven who leaned back and consequently saw his shot fly over the goal.

Niven was brought to the Silverlands in the summer more for his passing in the centre of the park than his exploits in front of goal.

However, the Scot saw a host of chances go begging in the opening 45 minutes and his profligacy was matched only by Matt Thornhill, who also had a clutch of efforts that went begging.

Further chances came for Morris, who flashed across goal, and Hazel who narrowly missed contact when put through, as the dominance of the Bucks’ first half performance was not reflected in the narrow 1-0 scoreline at the break.

Rushall started the second half the stronger and pushed plenty of bodies forward in the early throes.

Zak Martin went close with a side-footed effort before James Dance nodded into the grateful hands of Andy Warrington.

Buxton were then made to pay for all their wastefulness in front of goal when the wily veteran Adebola outmuscled Ash Palmer on the edge of the box and laid the ball off to the impressive Ahmed Obeng, who squared to Carl Palmer to equalise.

Ten minutes later the turnaround was complete when Adebola showed his prowess in front of goal as he drilled beyond Warrington, after controlling inside the area.

Bucks: Warrington, Black, Green, Harris, Palmer, Niven, Istead, Thornhill, King, Morris (Reed 70), Hazel.