We suffered our first home league defeat of the season at the hands of bottom of the table Bridon Ropes with a really poor performance.
Despite heavy rain throughout the game the pitch at the Jockey Farm Stadium was in excellent condition and the lads started well with no sign of the shambolic play that was to come.
But it all went wrong when in the 19th minute poor defending allowed Liam Donaldson space and time to fire the visitors into the lead, worse was to follow just 5 minutes later when a long range shot was spilled by Rusthall keeper Callum Hampson and Jack Kirby was on hand to roll the ball into the net. The shell shocked Rustics were clearly rattled but they gained a life line on 25 minutes when leading scorer Luke Adams fired home from close range.
Still looking far from comfortable Rusthall worked hard to get back on level terms adn a minute before the interval Reuel Powell-Downey scored a superb goal to make it 2-2 against the run of play.
Whatever was said in the home dressing room during the interval certainly worked as the lads came out for the 2nd half looking more like the side that has started the season so well. On 48 minutes superb build up play down the right led to cross to the far post and defender Callum Gallie put the Rustics ahead for the first time with a great header.
But once again Rusthall became unable to string any passes together and were guilty of continuously giving the ball away. Bridon Ropes took advantage of the errors and began to dominate proceedings and thanks to more poor defending made it 3-3 on 65 minutes through Patrick Giavagnoli.
This gave the visitors another lift as they sensed a rare victory was on the cards and they took full advantage of our lack of confidence and it was no surprise when they made it 3-4 on 80 minutes when Giavagnoli again took advantage another error to finish well. Despite some frantic efforts, the lads were unable to salvage a point, which in truth they did deserve and Bridon deservedly left with all three points.
UP NEXT: The lads face Snodland Town at home on Saturday 2nd November.