Cool Canterbury capitalise at the season opener!
Rusthall suffer a defeat at the opening game of the new campaign at the hands of Canterbury
We visited the home of Faversham FC to open our SCEFL Premier Division campaign against Canterbury City FC.
Despite several absentees due to holidays etc, they still travelled with a decent squad selection of 16.
The opening exchanges were fairly even and Rusthall were certainly causing some problems to Canterbury, mainly via the pacy Regan Corke.
Regan, 18, has joined us this season having played previously in the local Junior league. He certainly didn’t look over whelmed by the step up. Clear cut chances were few and far between, but after 25 mins it was Canterbury who were handed the 1st real chance. Their front man did not decline the opportunity and finished well across the diving Callum Christie. 1-0 soon became 2-0 after some poor defending from a corner resulted in their centre half having a free header which he powered home.
Rusthall gave themselves a life line when, the experienced, Joe Fuller finished well when the ball fell centrally to him in the box. 2-1 at the break.
Management duo Andrew ‘Ketters’ McKechnie and Mike Cramp must have been fuming 3 minutes into the 2nd half when their keeper collected our corner and quickly booted the ball up front. Their striker was onto it in a flash, and despite the attention from two Rustic defenders, he caused enough problems to win a penalty. This was neatly despatched.
3-1 and Canterbury were in the ascendency.
Rustics made some changes and handed debuts to George Ede, Jordan Boating-Anderson and Callum Strachan who has come up through the Rusthall Junior ranks.
Canterbury were able to add to their tally to make it 5-1, before Ed Sharman finished from close range after good work from Callum Ridley. 5-2.
All in all not the result Rusthall had hoped for, but it was an early lesson that mistakes get punished in this league. If we can cut them out, our general play was pretty good for large parts of the game.
Up next is a trip along the A26 to Crowborough AFC. Both sides will be looking to get some points on the board.