South Premier League Division 2
Holcombe (2)1a 0
Lewes 1s 2 (Clark, Price)
Relegation last season saw Lewes lose some players from their squad but creditably they have recovered from defeat in their opening fixture to win their last two matches in Division 2 to rise up to fifth in the league.
The early exchanges saw both teams give nothing away until after fifteen minutes an interchange of passes released skipper Matt Clark who drove into the circle and skilfully flicked the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper to give Lewes the lead. Lewes held firm with their defence giving nothing away with Matt Rickson and Sam Worledge outstanding in repelling the hosts’ attacks. Clark and Ian Whiting were also solid in midfield and goalkeeper Ben Berrill made important saves to keep the lead intact at halftime.
Lewes started the second half in the ascendency and deservedly scored early on when, from one of their few penalty corners, new player Toby Price flicked the ball powerfully into the goal to give them a two goal cushion. This affected Holcombe who became frustrated and could not get their normal flowing moves together which reflected on how well Lewes played. With ten minutes remaining Rory Jervis was unlucky to have a goal disallowed and Holcombe then had a chance to get back into the match from a penalty flick after a foot on the goal line. But the flick rattled the crossbar and was cleared to safety.
Manager Peter Boyse was delighted with the win “this was a disciplined team performance and a deserved victory”. Tomorrow (Saturday) they host bottom of the table Trojans at 1.30 pm at the Southdown Club who, despite their position in the league, have only lost each of their three matches by a single goal.
Ladies South Div 3b
Lewes 1s 2 (Tubb, Molloy)
Guildford 1s 4
Lewes fightback not enough to secure draw
In a closely fought encounter at the Southdown the home team were made to pay for a number of breakaway goals. The match was evenly contested in the first half until Guildford punished the Lewes defence with two well-taken goals. Things got worse before they got better as, in the early stages of the second half, the away team extended their lead. However, after that Lewes took control of the game and scored two goals of their own through Fiona Tubb and Laura Molloy to set up a frantic finish. That all their efforts were unrewarded is no testament to the excellent second half performance. The whole team put in 100%, typified by Leigh Chivers and Emma Pavitt’s skilful and determined play through the left centre of the team. If the ladies can ensure that this performance is extended to the full 70 minutes then the points that the squad needs will be realised.
HA Trophy First Round
Lewes Mens 1s 4 (Jervis (2), Rickson, J. Rea)
Jersey Mens 1s 4 Jersey Win 4-2 On Penalty Strokes
Lewes went out of the HA Trophy in an exciting tie at the Southdown Club on Sunday on penalties.
Lewes struggled against a skilful and quick Jersey team and were 2-1 down at half time with Rory Jervis getting the Lewes goal from a penalty corner. Lewes found themselves 2-4 down with Matt Rickson scoring their second midway through the second half. In the final ten minutes Lewes exerted pressure on the Jersey defence although they were down to nine players (two were yellow carded after some foul tackles). With the numerical advantage Jervis quickly grabbed his second to make it 3-4 and then youngster Jonny Rea scored from close range to level the scores. Despite a desperate final few minutes Lewes could not find the winner as Jersey eventually had eleven players back on the pitch.
Jersey were the more composed from the penalty spot winning 4-2 and deservedly going through on the balance of play to the second round.
Sussex Div 2
Worthing Men’s 3s 3
Lewes Men’s 3s 3 (Amos, Martin 2)
A 3-3 draw for Lewes away at Worthing.
This was a hard fought game from the very start with both teams starting strongly. 10 minutes in, Worthing converted an attacking play to open the scoring. Lewes kept their composure and responded with several attacks. Minutes after, Lewes won a short corner which was injected by Fewster and stopped dead by Picken. The ball was struck by Martin and deflected in by Amos, a great first goal. Worthing fought back, with Lewes defending several short corners in the following minutes. A stunning breakaway saw Cooke and Saunders passing the ball between them down the right side, before passing it into the D for Martin to put into the net, textbook stuff.
Fresh from the half time talk, both Lewes and Worthing came out fighting. It was not long before Worthing found the back of the net. The game continued and Worthing scored a third goal. After this, Lewes got back into it and sent attacking wave after attacking wave, until they won a short corner. As before, Fewster injected with pinpoint accuracy, the ball was stopped at the top of the D and struck by Martin to score the equaliser. There were many chances for both sides even after this, but the score line remained the same at the final whistle.
Sussex Open League Division 3
Lewes 4s 6 (Coplestone (2), Heinzl, Stillman, Short, Spruce)
Crowborough 3s 3
Lewes made it three successive wins in the League with a comprehensive victory. Goals flowed in the first half from James Coplestone, Skipper Rob Heinzl, Martyn Stillman and Bill Short as Lewes dominated possession.
In the second half they started well with Paul Spruce and Coplestone with his second making it 6-0 but then the hosts relaxed which allowed Crowborough back into the match and they responded with three goals in the closing ten minutes to take some gloss off the victory.