After an indifferent start to the season which had seen us lose our opening two league fixtures against Hidenborough Athletic Res and Kings Hill Res, we bagged our first points of the season against local rivals Pembury FC.
On the large pitch, and with sweltering temperatures at Woodside Rec, I knew we were going to be in for a tough afternoon. With late drop outs as well our team ended up as, Reiss in goal, Connor, Colin, Neil and Stu at the back, Elliot, Fly, Henry, Jacob and Jeff in midfiled with Brad up top. Richard Moss made his debut from the bench along with Adam Plunkett who came direct from Gatwick Airport.
As previous weeks, we started quite well, but it was Pembury who created the first good chance. A corner came in and a free header was gifted. Only a brilliant reaction save from Reiss kept the scores level. Within minutes though we were in front. Elliot Moon latched onto a through ball and his powerful running saw him get clear of his marker and fire superbly across the keeper from a tight angle. The lead however did not last long as their lively number 10 (who caused us problems all game) broke away and finished neatly passed Reiss.
With about 10 minutes to half time we regained the lead. Jacob did well centrally and his shot was half blocked, but fell nicely for the energetic Henry Stone who finished from close range. Half time 1-2.
The second half was one of Pembury pushing men forward to get the equaliser and the Rustics trying to capitalise on the spaces they were leaving behind them.
With 10 minutes remaining it seemed Pembury had salvaged a point. After letting a high ball bounce in the middle of the park and then three Rusthall players contesting for the same ball, but none of them actually winning it, the ball fell to their number 10 and again he punished us. At this point I could have been seen throwing the Flag around and generally having a bit of a tantrum on the far touchline. Gutted that the boys had thrown away a couple of points. However there was time for them to redeem themselves. Elliot broke away after good work from Richard and unselfishly squared to Brad who just managed to connect with the ball to force home the winner. Queue the celebrations.
On a day which we had a 16yr old and two 17yr olds in the starting line up, who all played really well, we have to be pleased with the result. With other players to return to the squad next week, hopefully our season is finally underway.
Well Done all.