Two games, twelve goals and three points each for the away sides on Wednesday night.
Holmesdale faced familiar opposition in Rusthall and came out on top in a 4-2 success at Jockey Farm.
These two sides were elevated from the First Division for this season but the tight encounter that was expected didn’t play out as a dominant middle half hour from the visitors saw the game go their way.
Holmesdale went into the break a goal up when Rory Ward finished off a fine team move by smashing the ball into the roof of the net on 35 minutes.
Early in the second half a quickfire double had The Dale 3-up. Jordan Eels got the first before Jamie Rawsthorne claimed a deflected effort straight after.
Nathan Palmer then got his first of the season just after the hour mark to put this one to bed – although Rusthall did stage a comeback of sorts.
Luke Adams fired home a 74th minute penalty before substitute Ijah Currie-Wilson tapped in a Rustics second goal to give the scoreline a more respectable look.
Final score 4-2 and a deserved 3 points to Holmesdale.
Main Photo: Brendan Kemp