The lads got back to winning ways but were made to work hard by a resiliant Snodland Town side who made it difficult for the Rustics with some very physical challenges.
Despite driving rain throughout the game the pitch at The Jockey Farm Stadium was in superb condition allowing the home side to play their passing game as they took the game to the visitors from the start.
Recent signing James Miles immediately linked up with Tommy Lawrence in the heart of the midfield and both players were at the centre of everything that the Rustics created. But, Snodland were well organised and chances in the first half were few, Reuel Powell-Downey came close on 34 minutes with an acrobatic over head kick that hit the post before leading scorer Luke Adams broke the deadlock on 43 minutes when he reacted quickest after a free kick on the edge of box came back off the cross bar to net his 13th goal of the season!
The second half saw Rusthall again on top until in the 52nd minute they gifted Snodland an equaliser, with no pressure on him right back Louis Anderson attempted a pass across his own area but only found Snodland's Connor Linton who gratefully accepted the chance giving Billy Johnson in the Rusthall goal no chance.
Despite this set back the lads continued to dominate the game but were denied on a couple of occasions by the Snodland keeper.
On 69 minutes the tricky Powell-Downey cut inside from the left before unleashing superb right foot shot from just inside the area that gave the keeper no chance.
Rusthall made it 3-1 on 81 minutes with the goal of the game, great build up play down the right saw a cross from the right laid back to the onrushing Tommy Lawrence who struck a thunderbolt from the edge of the box that flew high into the net.
Now in full-flow the lads made it 4 on 86 minutes when Powell-Downey netted from close range for his 2nd of the game and 13th of the season.
To their credit Snodland kept battling and scored a fortunate 2nd in time added on when a cross from the left dropped in at the far post.
The win lifts Rusthall up to 3rd in the table and they can go top if they win their games in hand.
We now face two difficult away games, on Tuesday evening they travel play Premier Division Leaders Beckenham Town in the League Cup before traveling to promotion chasing Croydon in the League on Saturday.