Mike Cramp steps down as Rusthall joint-boss following 9-1 humiliation

Thursday 08th November 2018

RUSTHALL joint-manager Mike Cramp has stepped down from his role following his side’s 9-1 humiliating home defeat at the hands of Cray Valley last night.

Cramp offered his resignation to chairman Joe Croker and the committee which was reluctantly accepted, following his post-match media duties.

Rusthall suffered their ninth defeat on the bounce after they were torn apart by Kevin Watson’s side, who were 6-1 up at half-time at Jockey Farm stadium, courtesy of two goals apiece from Anthony Edgar, Joe N’Guessan and Denzel Gayle.

Rusthall reduced the score to 3-1 on the half-hour mark through John Phillips’ goal but it was the club’s worst night in their history against a high-quality Cray Valley side that climbed up to third-place in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table, five points behind leaders Beckenham Town with three games in hand.

Rusthall played with more professional pride during the second half but the Millers rattled in three goals inside the final 16 minutes, courtesy of two goals from substitute Francis Babalola and a headed goal from centre-half Ashley Sains.

A club statement said: “The responsibility and managerial role will be assumed solely by Andrew McKechnie, who has been absent for the last few games, as he looks to turn the season around and re-inflate our squad.

“Coaches Alan Murray and Alan Rogers will also continue their roles within the senior set-up.

“Chairman Joe Croker and the committee would like to thank Mike for his commitment this season and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Rusthall are without a game on Saturday but will be keen to bounce back when second-placed Fisher arrive at Jockey Farm on Saturday 17 November.

The Rustics remain second-from-bottom in the table with four points from their 14 games.

Cramp was in the dug-out for 21 games, beating Crowborough Athletic 3-1 away in the league, beating Wick 3-0 in The FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round at Tunbridge Wells’ Culverden Stadium and winning two away ties in The FA Vase against Erith & Belvedere (3-1) and Guildford City (2-0).

Since their win over Guildford, Rusthall have leaked 32 goals in their last nine games in all competitions.

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