SPORT REPORTS – season 2013/2014

Saturday 8th March 14

Midland Junior Premiership under 12s

Rushall Olympic 2 Northfield Town 0

This was a depleted squad that met top flyers Northfield as injuries and district duty plagued the Pics for this tie.

But Rushall came out and looked comfortable in the first half, quick to close down any efforts arising from the Northfield boys.

The Pics looked strong at the back, with Joel Chapman having individual battles down the right and stepping up to the plate.

Jack Kemp played left back and linked up well with Harvey Paget and Callum Smith narrowly missed a couple of chances, as did the Town.

Rushall came out strong again in the second half and sensed they could get a result.

Harvey Paget was brought down in the box and Rushall was gifted a penalty kick. Oliver Round stepped up to take it and what looked a great strike was clawed out by Northfield’s keeper.

A re-take was requested by the referee, giving Oli the chance to bury the second attempt.

This spurred on Rushall and Northfield battled all over the park but found it tough to break through the back line of the Pics; when they did, the safe hands of Dylan Green helped to keep the sheet clean.

Against the run of play, Rushall broke free and a ball to Callum Smith enabled him to find the top corner for Rushall’s second and a well-deserved three points.

Star Man:            Dylan Green

Midland Junior Premiership Major Cup under 12s

Rushall Olympic 1  Walsall Phoenix 3

This was a much-awaited return to football for the young Pics, who have not played since mid January.

Phoenix looked the sharper and more comfortable of the sides, creating the earlier chances, but Rushall soaked up the pressure while Dylan Green the Pics’ No1 saved any strikes on goal.

Rushall never really threatened the Walsall boys but one of Callum Smith’s chances came close and was turned away by a tidy keeper. Phoenix were very unlucky not to be a couple up at half time.

Rushall were a little more composed and balanced as the second half began. Both squads lost possession with foul throws and Rushall seemed to have lost a little discipline and desire as the game progressed.

A free kick just outside the box gave Rushall their first real chance of the game. Captain Oli Round stepped up and dutifully put the Pics a goal ahead.

The Walsall boys dominated the half, having plenty of chances. A great effort looked like it had been cleared but looped over Rushall’s keeper and ended up in the back of the net for an own goal.

The Pics looked weary into extra time and Walsall piled on the pressure. A great goal for Walsall gave them a well deserved lead in this half. Rushall, with a tank on empty, conceded another goal in the second half.

Star Man:       Dylan Green

Sunday February 3

FC Perton 0  Pelsall Villa Colts u14 2

Perton made a couple of chances while Pelsall were napping but nothing came of the match until ten minutes from the end when Daniel Caunt received the ball from Harry Shaw, did a fake shot round the defender and cooly placed the ball past the keeper into the bottom corner. Five minutes later Daniel out paced two Perton defenders to get Pelsall’s second and his brace.
Man of the Match – Tom Brough

Sunday, January 12 2014

Walsall JYFL League Match under 14s

Pelsall Villa Colts 8 Chasetown 2

Pelsall were on top form with this 10-goal thriller.

They went into the lead after 15 minutes when Daniel Caunt put one past the keeper, with his second goal coming not many minutes later.

A corner from Harry Shaw saw George Hill heading one home, and then George got his brace minutes later. A free kick from Harry Shaw left the goalkeeper standing.

Chasetown pulled one back but were unable to get into the game. Daniel Caunt got a third, then Pelsall were awarded a penalty, taken by keeper Calum Bickley who put it straight into the top corner.

Chasetown got another but could not stop Daniel getting his fourth and Pelsall’s eighth.

The entire Pelsall team performed brilliantly with some superb attacking and defensive football.  What a brilliant game!

Man of the Match: George Hill  

Midland Junior Premiership

Under 12s

Saturday, January 11 2014

Rushall Olympic 2 Heather St. Johns 1

Rushall had enjoyed a long rest over Christmas and New Year break and with last week’s match being postponed, they were eager to play.

The game was held at Leamington Cricket Club – a great facility and playing surface.

Rushall started a little slowly and Heather had the greater of the possession but the Pics Rushall defended well, dealing confidently with the attacks that were rained upon them.

It was a poor start for the young Pics and Heather were unlucky to go to the break and not be in the lead.

Rushall looked tighter in the second half, closing down quicker and playing the football the support had been expecting.

Callum Smith was denied a goal, thanks to a great save from Heather’s no1, but pressing on, the Pics were awarded a free kick left side outside the box.

Up stepped Joe Merrick with a rocket of a strike, finding the top corner and giving the keeper no chance. Notwithstanding Rushall’s goal, Heather kept up their momentum and soon equalised with a well worked team effort.

Mason Heard returned the favour with a cracking through ball to find Callum Smith, dutifully pulling the trigger and adding to his season’s goal tally. Callum was also denied by the post after some wonderful individual skill later in the half. Dillon Green pulled off a great save late on, damage done and another hard fought victory for Rushall.

Star Man:  Joe Merrick (outstanding defence)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Midland Junior Premiership

Under 12s

Leamington FC 0     Rushall Olympic 2

The young Pics had enjoyed two wins in a row and were looking forward to this away tie in Warwickshire, having fought a close game in the first leg against Leamington.

It was a very scrappy first 10 minutes for both teams, with no real chance falling to either side.

Once they’d settled down, Rushall played a stronger game, dominating the first half. They not only had some great possession, they seemed to show their development as a team, with all the players controlling position in their areas.

A loose ball delivered from the ‘keeper was put under control instantly by Callum Smith, who then passed to Lucas Fallon whose head up gave him a chance to lob the Leamington’s No1, giving the Pics the lead going into the break and a well deserved goal from the captain.

Rushall defended well in the second half, limiting the threat of an equaliser. There were some superb performances and great individual efforts from Niall Rolinson and Sam Pearse didn’t go unnoticed.

Sam’s throw in found Callum Smith, who punished Leamington with another goal to add to this season’s tally. It was a fantastic all-round performance from Rushall.   

Star Men: Niall Rolinson and Sam Pearse

Midland Junior Premiership

Under 12s

December 7 2013

Rugby Town Juniors 1 Rushall Olympic 2

This was a much welcome away fixture for the young Pics after a long run of home ties.

It was a slow start for both squads but especially Rushall, who battled against the wind in the first half.

A long-range free kick was awarded to Rugby and it was the only real chance of the half. It was a great effort, helped by the wind, and the home team took the lead deep into the half.

Lucas Fallon had a long-range effort narrowly wide of the post. Cameron East came on as sub for Rushall and he quickly made his mark, running the right wing and he soon scored to tie at the end of the first half.

Again, the wind played a big part of the game as they went into the second half with both teams trying to keep the ball under control.

It was a better half for Rushall; they had the greater possession and they kept battling with long-range shots. One was fired at the keeper, with Callum Smith managed to get Rushall’s second – and winning goal – with a gallant off-the-floor effort.

The return of Oli Round helped secure the win for the young Pics.

Star Man:  Cameron East


Sunday, December 1

Under 14s

Stan Eccleston Memorial Cup. Round 1

Shelfield 1 Pelsall Villa Colts 3 

Pelsall were back on form this week following last week’s defeat to Beechdale. Nothing could stop them with fabulous performances from all of the lads. Pelsall went ahead after 20 minutes with a goal from Daniel Caunt. Shelfield pulled one back before half time.

Second half saw Pelsall come out fighting, with Tom Brough back from injury and Jack Proud brilliant in defence. There was also the usual excellent performance from Connor Meehan.

Luke Edmunds made a couple of chances, which didn’t quite find the back of the net, but eventually Harry Shaw made it 2-1 and Kieron Francis added to the tally, making the final score 3-1.

Man of the Match – Kieron Francis

Midland Junior Premiership

Under 12s

Saturday, November 30, 2013

 Rushall Olympic 4 Chesterton 2    

Rushall started strongly with an apparent desire to pass the ball around the park. They won most of the ball through midfield and looked sharp.

The defence were quick to notice a potential threat from a talented No 8 for Chesterton and Tom Day was quick to close him down.

A few chances fell to Rushall, which were dealt with well by Chesterton, and some give and take challenges for both squads were punished by the referee.

One chance fell to Chesterton and they saw themselves a goal up as the teams went into half time.

After the break, Joel Chapman returned to the Pics following an injury and within minutes assisted the equaliser for the Pics, threading a lovely ball to Callum Smith who went on to finish.

Not long after, Smithy claimed his second with a great passage of play.

Rushall were awarded a free kick just outside the box and Mason Herd stepped up to the helm, placing a great ball into the top corner.

Rushall contined to work well along the back line and had most of the possession. A loose ball in the Pics box led to a hand ball and a penalty chance was awarded to Chesterton, taking the score to 3-2.

There was some great football played by Rushall, who pressed to finish the tie. Another free kick was awarded to Rushall, which rattled around the box and left sided keeper Harvey Paget finished with a great goal on the right side of the pitch.

Goals by :  Callum Smith 2; Mason Herd 1; Harvey Paget 1

Star Man:  Tom Day

Saturday, November 16

Midland Junior Premiership

Under 12s

Rushall Olympic 0 Hinckley Juniors 3

This home tie at Walsall Cricket Club saw the young Pics against top-of-the-table Hinckley. Hinckley began as the sharper team in the first half, piling on the pressure. A corner ball for Hinckley left the Pics trailing by a goal early on and Rushall never really got going until the last five minutes of the first half, forcing a great save from the Hinckley No 1 and the post denying Rushall the equaliser.

Tom Day was back to his best and kept it tighter at the back for Rushall, while Lucas Fallon was a little frustrated after hitting a thumping shot from half way, just wide.

Rushall were dealt another early blow in the second half, when their defence, which was a little out of shape, panicked on the ball and allowed Hinckley to finish their second.

A chance for Rushall fell to Callum Smith, and a square pass to Lucas Fallon had one-on-one with the keeper but a fingertip save ensured the clean sheet. A knock-on from Rushall’s midfield gifted Hinckley the third of the game to finish the half.

It was a work in progress for Rushall and a well-deserved win for Hinckley.     

Star Men: Lucas Fallon and Tom Day 

Midland Junior Premiership

Under 12s

Rushall Olympic 2 Stourbridge Juniors   4

Rushall had a slightly diluted squad for this tie against Stourbridge, however it was great morning for football on a fantastic playing surface.

Stoubridge started the stronger of the two, passing the ball with ease amongst themselves.

After 8 minutes, Stourbridge were awarded a penalty, which their No 3 neatly finished, leaving the Pics trailing.

Stourbridge continued to pile on the pressure, giving Rushall little option but to attack.

After 15 minutes, a ball over the top from Lucas Fallon found Callum Smith and with pace and ability, he scored the equaliser for Rushall.

Rushall were still under the cosh and gave a free kick away on the edge of the area. It was saved initially by Connor Taylor but followed in, leaving the Pics trailing at half time.

Five minutes into the second half saw Rushall finding their shape after a few changes. Lucas Fallon again threaded the ball to Callum Smith, who dutifully found the equaliser.

Captain Oli Round found himself bench-bound with an on-going knee injury and the pressure was on again for Rushall, with free kicks awarded to both sides all over the park.

Tom Day, who had a great game, held it as tight as he could. Another penalty was awarded to Stourbridge for an unjust challenge in the box, which gave them the lead once again. Stourbridge, with no let up, scored the fourth with a great passage of play and a fully justified win.

A great physical game and thanks go to a very busy referee and Steve Stuart for his linesman duties.

Star Man: Tom Day

Sunday, November 10

Under 14s WJYFL League Match

Pelsall Villa Colts 8 FC Premier 0

Pelsall were on fire within minutes of the kick off, with Kieran Francis putting them ahead with an early goal. There was no stopping these lads and goals could have been even more plentiful had it not been for the excellent FC Premier keeper who amazingly stopped shot after shot. Half time saw Pelsall 5-0 up. 

Second half saw Pelsall maintaining the pressure on the undaunted FC Premier.

There were goals galore in this match, with Todd Edmunds, Kieran Francis and Jakub Pryzbul netting one each, a brace from Harry Shaw and a three from Daniel Caunt getting his hat-trick.

The Colts were fantastic in defence with great performances from Jack Proud and man of the match George Hill.  A special mention for Connor Meehan who never fails to deliver 100%.

WJYFL League Match.

Sunday, November 3.

FC Perton 1 Pelsall Villa Colts u14 3

Pelsall were in charge straight from the off.  Within two minutes Daniel Caunt scored from a Harry Shaw corner and Matthew Francis went on to make it two after a spectacular shot from Daniel Caunt which rebounded off the bar. 

Jakub Pryzbul sent a lovely through-ball to Harry Shaw who took it round the keeper to make it 3-0 at half time.

It was all Pelsall’s match but late into the second half FC Perton pulled one back. Calum Bickley in goal and George Hill in defence both gave superb performances.

Man of the Match: Daniel Caunt

Midland Junior Premiership

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Under 12s

Rushall Olympic 1  Northfield Town 3      

Plenty of rain through the night didn’t help the playing surface and there was a soft pitch for the squads to do battle.

However, the Pics hammered home the first, with Lucas Fallon threading a great ball to Callum Smith within seconds of the kick off, leaving everyone bemused over the speed of the goal.

However, Rushall were missing a couple of players and consequently never really got the half underway.

Playing in the England kit, Northfield soon dusted down and replied with an equaliser.

Another great effort from Callum Smith fell wide of the post, which led to Northfield’s second after a ball was driven through the box. An unfortunate own goal for the Pics left them trailing at the break.

The Pics looked more composed in the second half and both squads playing some great football.

Pressure in midfield put the pressure on Northfield as Rushall searched for the equaliser.

Another couple of chances fell to the Pics and they were unlucky not to finish. A great passage of play from Northfield split the Pics’ defence for a clinical finish 3-1, although the Pics were unlucky not to add to the tally to end the game.

Star Man: Lucas Fallon  


Venue:- Walsall Cricket Club

Saturday 12th October

Midland Junior Premiership

Under 12s

Rushall Olympic 2 West Bromwich Albion Colts 2

The Baggies started the brighter of the two teams with some lovely flowing football.

West Brom, with a good pass rate, soon got a shot off. With Rushall’s current No1 out with illness, it was up to Connor Taylor to put his gloves on produce a great save.

Although West Brom looked the better foot balling side, the young Pics held their own with some fine defending.

A great passage of play left Lucas Fallon in space outside the box to take a screamer of a shot, denied by a good keeper but padded out to find ever present Callum Smith to tuck away Rushall’s first.

Again, having the better of the second half, the Baggies rained the attacks on Rushall, only to be saved by Conner or cleared by Oliver Round who was having a fantastic game. 

A pass back to the keeper gifted Rushall an indirect free kick, unfortunately defended well and came to nothing.

The awareness of Harry Howes assisted the Pics’ second when he was bought down in the box after constantly pressurising the left back. Joe Merrick stepped up and the penalty dutifully tucked away.

Thanks to West Brom and their families for a great, well-played match with second-to-none friendly support.

Star Man: Oliver Round  

Midland Junior Premiership

October 5 2013

Under 12s

Rushall Olympic 3 Walsall Phoenix  3

With immaculate facilities at Aldridge Cricket Club and a pitch looking second to none, this was a great morning for football, with a slippery fast surface to contend with.

Rushall’s defence held up well with Joel Chapman playing a blinder at right back. The majority of the game was played in midfield but there were no real chances falling to these equally matched sides.

A flicked-on header gave Callum Smith a shot that was too hot to hold and was spilled by the new Phoenix keeper. Callum, quick to respond, slid into a great finish for Rushall’s first of the game.

Walsall was quick to pull it back with a tidy equaliser, punishing a loose ball. Phoenix claimed another within two minutes off a free kick.

There were a few changes at half time for the Pics but Joel Chapman kept it tidy for Rushall.

A corner was awarded to Rushall, which gave Joe Merrick the chance to take the dead ball, whip it with great pace and find the head of Oliver Round, who added a fantastic equaliser.

Rushall substitutions made them a little nervous but a couple of goal line clearances from Ben Lillie kept the fight alive.

This was followed by a wonder strike from Joe Merrick who found the head of Lucas Fallon who calmly nodded away the third from yet another well-worked corner.

A great run from Phoenix gifted them a late equaliser.

It was a fantastic game, played in good spirits.                   

Star Man:  Joel Chapman  

WJYFL – League Match

October 6

Shelfield Utd 1  Pelsall Villa Colts 5 

Another decisive win for Pelsall Villa Colts U14s, who beat Shelfield Utd 5-1 at Rushall EDC.  

After netting a clean ten against Chasetown the previous week, the Colts gained another convincing victory with goals from Daniel Caunt, Matthew Francis, Todd Edmunds and a brace from Harry Shaw.  

Midland Junior Premiership

September 28, 2013

Under 12s

Rushall Olympic 2 Ambleside Juniors  2

Both squads were equally matched, testing each other out in the first 15 minutes. The Pics fell to a well worked goal later in the half but Jack Kemp, who was on fire in the last couple of matches, soon returned the favour with a great individual effort.

The second half saw some substitutions, which made Rushall a little shaken and a tad disjointed at first.

They soon looked the stronger of the two but they were dealt another blow and found themselves trailing again.

Not fazed by this, the Pics worked from the back and into midfield, finding Lucas Fallon. He slotted the ball to find Jack Kemp, who placed the ball home for a well-deserved draw.        

It was a good clean game throughout and was a joy to watch. Thanks to Ambleside for a great game. We’re looking forward to the return match.

Star Man: Jack Kemp  

Midland Junior Premiership, under 12s

Saturday, September 21

Walsall Cricket Club

Rushall Olympic 2 Leamington FC 1     

This is a fantastic home venue for the Pics; the pitch and presentation are all to be commended, so a big thank you goes to Walsall CC for their help with the ground.

Leamington started the brighter in this tie. Most of the game fell within the midfield and 10 minutes in there was a goal for the visitors, thanks to a great strike by their no9 Dion Love, which left the Pics trailing.

Undeterred, Rushall got their act together and began to play the better football. A clearance from Dylan Green gave Mason Herd the chance to tuck away the equaliser into the break.

Pics defence held tight in the second half, with only a few balls reaching the safe hands of Harvey Paget.

It was a very equal half, with no real clear cut chances. On at half time, Callum Smith led the attack for the Pics and an over-the-shoulder gifted him with a 50 / 50 with the keeper and his punishing pace and a wonderful finish ensured the points were Rushall’s.

Thanks to a fair referee and Leamington FC squad and the parents

Star Man:- Dylan Green  

Sat 7th Sept 13

Midland Junior Premiership

 Under 12s

 Rushall Olympic 2 CS Colts   1

Pics look fit and they hammered three to four shots on target early on at a keeper who looked hard to get past.

Rushall under 12s, ready for the new season

Rushall under 12s, ready for the new season

Being on a 60-yard pitch never really let the game flow to Rushall’s advantage, with players on top of one another.

The Pics had the majority of possession in the first half and could have been three or four up but were found with a goal deficit after a cheap free kick was awarded CS.

Again CS’s No1 had a great half but nothing would have stopped a great threaded ball from Callum Smith that found the feet of Mason Herd, who produced an equaliser as the game approached half-time.     

After a few subs, Rushall started the second half by dominating the field and were awarded a free kick, which was taken and drilled home by Joe Merrick. Unfortunately this was disallowed by the Pics’ own Ref as the whistle was never blown!

The retake was stopped, to the despair of the lads on the pitch.

The CS keeper battled hard to try and keep the game at a draw, picking up a full ball in the face and 50 / 50 challenge on the floor, rising to applause and carrying on.

Another free kick was awarded to the Pics and Joe Merrick found the net with another thumping strike.

Many thanks to all management and staff for getting the new look under 12s ready for a competitive season in this league.

Star Man: Joe Merrick  

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