Town not up to Olympic challenge

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Rushall Olympic 1,

Matlock Town 0

A last-gasp winner from Kyle Brady denied the Gladiators a hard earned point at Dales Lane in the final game of the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division season, thus extending the Gladiators winless sequence on the road in league fare to 17 matches.

Matlock were certainly worth a point, but not all three from a poor quality game played on an uneven sloping surface.

Most of the visitors more dangerous moments came from long range strikes, but equally goalkeeper Jon Kennedy also had a quiet afternoon thanks to a solid defensive performance from the Gladiators who thankfully did not repeat the bad errors which had cost them the match against Whitby 36 hours earlier.

Rushall, in their debut season at this level, and in ninth spot before kick off, immediately went on the attack but their distribution was often careless.

The Pics increased the tempo after the interval and Yates produced a magnificent clearing header after Fitzpatrick had helped on a free kick.

Cropper showed some neat touches when he came on and certainly posed a threat for the home defence.

Bowler had another strike which was deflected wide as Town looked comfortable but Brady forced in a low cross with the game entering its 90th minute to break the Gladiators hearts.

Manager Mark Atkins knows he has plenty of hard work ahead of him in the summer as the Gladiators finished in a disappointing 14th position, caused in the main by their failure to win more away games.

Matlock: Kennedy, Witcombe, Featherstone, King (Davies 74), Gaughan, Lukic, Algar, Bowler, Holmes, Joynes (Cropper 74), Yates. Other subs: Riley, Wilkinson, Buxton.

Attendance: 268.