Premier Division – 4th August
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.
Tower Hamlets are still looking for their first SCEFL win after Erith & Belvedere gave them a 5-1 hiding at The Mayplace Ground.
Drew Allasani opened the scoring when reacting quickest to a Rob Curtis downward header from a corner, in the 4th minute.
Hamlets were level though 20 minutes later when Wale Odedoyin poked home after Rob O’Hara mishandled a cross from the wing.
Ollie Bate swept home a fine move soon after to put the visitors ahead and their task was made easier when George Elliot received his second yellow card of the game just before the break.
The hosts would be fortunate to end the game with as many as 10 on the field.
Substitute Benga Ogunseye got a Deres 3rd from the spot before claiming the goal of the game when lobbing home a wonderful 4th.
Ollie Bate completed the rout late on giving Erith & Belvedere a comfortable 3 points and a share of the top spot.
Tower Hamlets will need to improve their discipline if they are going to achieve their debut win.