South Premier League Division 2
Winchester Mens 1st XI 5
Lewes Mens 1st XI 3 (Rudrum, Price, Best)
This was a creditable performance from Lewes who fought all the way against league leaders Winchester.
Lewes were short of five players and with only twelve players in their squad unfortunately lost Jonny Rea early on with a hamstring injury. They dominated possession in the opening ten minutes before the hosts broke away to open the scoring. Winchester quickly added a second and then made it 3-0 from a penalty corner and it looked like it could be a long afternoon for Lewes. But with forwards Callum Rudrum and Mark Best applying pressure to the home defence and Sam Worlige in midfield finding gaps they deservedly got back into the match when Toby Price picked out Rudrum in the circle who deflected the pass into the goal to make it 3-1. Just on half time Winchester scored their fourth from close range to make it 4-1 at the break.
In the second half Lewes fought back as Winchester sat on their lead and Price converted a penalty corner with a hard low flick. Five minutes later Best deservedly scored after a quick break out of defence to make it 4-3 and it was all to play for. Winchester, with ex Olympian Rob Moore in midfield, slowed the game down and got their fifth goal just before the end as Lewes pushed up seeking an equaliser.
Skipper Matt Clark was pleased with the effort but disappointed by the result. “We played most of the match with eleven players and they could not have worked harder and at 4-3 I thought we might get something from the game but it was not to be. If we can get some of our injured players back I believe we can pick up some more wins to take us back up the table”. This week they are at home to Blackheath 1.30 pm at the Southdown Club.
Sussex Mens Open Division 3
Lewes Mens 4th XI 0
Hailsham Mens 2nd XI 1
Lewes lost only their second match of the season against local rivals Hailsham. The hosts could have few complaints as they struggled to create many chances against a solid Hailsham defence. Successive penalty corners came to nothing and it was when Hailsham were down to ten players they scored when the Lewes defence failed to mark in the circle leaving a simple tap in from close range. Youngster Adam Stonley was unlucky to see a defected effort go over the bar just on half time for Lewes.
In the second half James Copplestone and Jack Troak were denied by a good covering tackle and a brave save by the Hailsham goalkeeper before another penalty corner was wasted. In the end Hailsham deserved their win and could have scored again but an effort from close range in the final minutes went high over the bar.
Sussex men’s div 2
Brighton & Hove Rocks 2
Lewes 3s 0
Off the back of a great win the week before, Lewes 3’s travelled away to face a very strong Brighton Rocks ready for a challenge.
Lewes opened the game with great intent but with Brighton Rocks defenders keeping Harvey, Amos and Loader out of their circle, scoring opportunities were hard to come by. Brighton continued to apply the pressure throughout the half with Lewes young keeper Billy Palmer having to clear his lines on more than one occasion. With no goals conceded in the first half everything was left to play for in the last 35 minutes.
Brighton attacked early in the second half pushing the Lewes midfield / defence hard and were quickly awarded a short corner. Another save by GK Palmer kept the scores level. Shortly after a free Brighton player got a shot away. 1 – 0. The exchanges between the 2 teams continued with some very even play. Lewes were executing the plan from half time and the midfield combination of Pulley, Matthews, Fuller, Casselden and Dakin channeled the Brighton players wide. Lewes where unable to convert their chances in the D but with some skilful work from Loader and Amos up front it bodes well for later in the season! Brighton converted a long corner opportunity to take the score to 2-0. Lewes continued the fantastic work rate and playing some great hockey until the final whistle.
Man of the match was awarded to Billy Palmer, with Fuller, Loader and Dakin also in contention.
The 3’s will look to regroup for next week’s home fixture against Horsham.