Last week Rusthall took their place at the top of the SCEFL First Division, despite losing it again they have another chance to go back to the summit this week when taking on FC Elmstead.
Here we have a look at how their season has gone so far.
Rusthall may have been relegated from the Premier Division last season but they have recovered quickly and are well placed to make their stay at Step 6 a short one. With the top four getting promoted from the First Division competition is fierce to earn one of those positions and we now stand 9 weeks out from the end of the campaign with 8 teams still in the running. Rusthall lead the pack but others have games in hand and this race is far from over with nobody guaranteed one of those prized spots.
Rusthall have 10 games to play so 30 points are up for grabs. They currently have a Points Per Game average of 2.13 which if it continues to the end means they will end on around 68 points which will be good enough for promotion! My prediction is that 64 points will be enough which, if correct, would mean that the Rustics would need to win 6 of those 10 games to achieve their aims.
Still to play
Holmesdale(A), FC Elmstead(A), Kent Football Utd(H), Kennington(A), Forest Hill Park(H), Lydd Town(A), Stansfeld(H), FC Elmstead(H), Snodland Town(A), Meridian VP(A).
10 games left – 5 against promotion rivals
6-0 Lydd Town
6-1 SC Thamesmead
4-1 Sutton Athletic
3-2 Rochester Utd (A)
4-3 Bridon Ropes (H)
2-1 Rochester Utd (H)
4-1 SC Thamesmead (A)
1-0 Stansfeld (A)
The game at Stansfeld was the only time in the league that Rusthall have failed to score this season. They are currently the 2nd top scorers and have a few players towards the top of the scorers charts.
Top League Scorers
Luke Adams – 18
Reuel Powell-Downey – 17
Tom Lawrence – 6
Charlie Clover – 6
James Miles – 5
Rusthall made it through two rounds of the FA Vase before losing at home to Lancing. Their Kent Senior Trophy and FA Cup adventures finished at the first hurdle but in the Challenge Cup they pulled off the scalp of Beckenham Town before narrowly losing to Glebe.
Look out for more ‘Season So Far’ posts over the next few weeks plus check out the Promotion race feature on the First Division here
Main photo: Brendan Kemp
This is an opinion piece written by Dean with the aim of making the promotion picture clearer and more exciting. Some of the comments are my interpretation of how things may go and not an official stance from the League.