A replay was probably the last thing both clubs wanted after a busy last month of fixtures, but that is what they got after cancelling each other out on a damp, miserable afternoon at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium, writes Paul Edwards.
There were very few serious chances of note for either side and the second half, in particular, proved to be very disappointing fare.
You sensed that one moment of quality could win the tie for either side but the ball seemed to spend more time out of play due to misplaced passes, with neither side able to build up any kind of rhythm.
Rushall opened brightly.Alex Reid cut in from the right and was stopped in his tracks by a strong block from Joe Magunda as he attempted to shoot, while James Mace was in the right place to prevent Danny Wilkinson from getting a header on goal at the far post.
Lee Chilton registered the first effort on target when a smart turn saw him crash a shot off the underside of the bar from the edge of the box following a strong run by Jack Edwards to set up the attack.
The visitors were then a whisker away from a goal of their own when Reid was inches from connecting with Jack Duggan’s header back across goal, the ball dropping just past the post.
The game was disrupted throughout with soft free-kicks, one of which saw Ross Oulton cautioned.
Kris Taylor stung the palms of Brakes skipper Tony Breeden when his blocked free-kick ran loose to him outside the box, thrashing a powerful drive towards goal that was beaten away.
Oulton’s run up the right then saw him centre for Edwards to graze the outside of the post with a deft header.
Luke Benbow curled a low drive just past the post early in the second half and Reid came close when he glanced Sam Humphreys’ left-wing cross just past the upright.
Ben Mackey was denied what looked a blatant penalty award when he was pulled back by the shoulder as he prepared to control a ball into the box, while the visitors were convinced they had scored after striking the bar with a header from the corner, the ensuing scramble on the line ending with Breeden claiming the ball.
Brakes were reduced to ten men in the closing stages when Oulton was shown a second yellow card after taking a tumble inside the box, with referee Nicholas Hopton believing it to be simulation.
Despite their man-advantage, the visitors never threatened Breeden’s goal, looking content to take the tie back to Dales Lane.
Chilton curled Leamington’s last chance over the bar from a free-kick but by that time most of the crowd of 296 had began to disperse.
Brakes: Tony Breeden , James Fry, James Mace, Joe Magunda, Jamie Hood, Jamie Tank, Rob Ogleby (Lee Moore, 70), Ross Oulton, Ben Mackey (Will Green, 79) Jack Edwards, Lee Chilton. Subs not used: Reece Mitchell, Martyn Naylor, Eddie Caviezel-Cox.
Rushall Olympic: Dean Coleman: Aris Christophorou, Danny Wilkinson, Mitchell Tolley, Jack Duggan, Gavin Caines, Alex Reid, Carl Palmer, Luke Benbow, Kris Taylor, Sam Humphreys (Zak Martin, 82). Subs not used: Michael Townsend, Nick Wright, Jake Heath, Ryan Edmunds.