After gaining promotion to National South 12 months ago, Rocks boss Jack Pearce never wanted a return to the Isthmian Premier League. But, when relegation came and the prospect of an FA restructure was on the horizon, the veteran manager was happy to regain a place among familiar foes.
Dropping back down the non-league ladder is always full of uncertainty, because of leagues being organised geographically.
But the FA’s shake-up of step three and the creation of a new Midlands League meant that there was some concern the Rocks could be in the Southern League – facing a number of trips down to the West Country.
Instead, those fears have been put to one side as the Rocks’ place in Isthmian, which covers the south east, was confirmed.
Pearce said: “We have always considered ourselves to be an Isthmian club – that’s the league we wish to play in and it is our preferred choice, so we’re pleased to return.
“If we had been put into the Southern, then that reduces our chances of trying to attract players from the Brighton area.
“We’re also looking forward to local derbies with Worthing, Whitehawk, Lewes and Burgess Hill – that’s four great local derbies.”