Football: Former youth coach steps into Rusthall hot seat
20th December 2018
Rusthall 0 Lordswood 4
RUSTHALL have appointed Jimmy Anderson as their first-team boss after the departure of both joint-managers Andrew McKechnie and Mike Cramp within a month.
Anderson arrives at the club from Corinthian, where he was manager of their Suburban League Premier Division team.
Joe Croker, the Rusthall chairman, said: “Jimmy has a track record of being successful wherever he has managed and is a youthful, up-and-coming manager who relishes the step up the leagues.
“In addition to his ability to lead teams to victories, he is also adept at bringing young players through to play at a higher level.”
'We are aware that we are in a very precarious position in the league but we are looking for long-term success'
Croker added: “The club has been following Anderson’s managerial career since he led the Rusthall Under-18s to league success, and once the manager’s position became available the club moved quickly to secure his services.
“We are aware that we are in a very precarious position in the league but we are looking for long-term success, and Anderson will be given all the time and support he needs to achieve it.”
After conceding four goals in the second half at home to Lordwood, the Rustics are just two points off the bottom of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division.
The first half was a lacklustre affair with few chances for either side but those that did come were created by Lordswood.
Twice they put dangerous balls right across the Rusthall box but no one was able to get on the end of them, and Rusthall’s endeavour kept the match scoreless until half-time.
In the second half the wind and rain were blowing towards the Rusthall goal and Lordswood took full advantage of it.
In the 51st minute Jason Hollick headed in from a corner and once the deadlock had been broken there was a flurry of goals for the visitors.
Home goalkeeper Joe Cullip failed to hold on to a slippery ball and Euan Sahadow was able to tap it into the net.
Lordswood made it three goals in 10 minutes when Rusthall failed to clear a bouncing ball from among a melee of players and Freeman Rogers was on hand to score.
They completed the second-half rout just before the end, scoring again from a corner.
Rusthall now travel to Glebe on Saturday [December 22, kick-off 3pm].