Lewes Hockey Club Match Reports For Saturday 04 November 2017
Lewes Men’s 1s
HOME TEAM: Lewes Men’s 1s 5
AWAY TEAM: Sutton Valence Men’s 1s 0
Lewes Ladies 1s
FIXTURE: South Div 3B
HOME TEAM: Lewes Ladies 1s 2
AWAY TEAM: Guildford Ladies’ 1s 0
Lewes Men’s 2s
FIXTURE: Sussex Div 2
HOME TEAM: Southwick Mens 2’s 0
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Men’s 2s 5 (Amos, Daniels, Fuller, Reynolds, Rideout)
Lewes Men’s 2s travelled to Southwick on Saturday in much need of some Michael Vaughan-esque bouncebackability and that’s exactly what they provided.
Dominating possession, territory, and goal attempts from the start, the men in green were quickly 1-0 up as Ollie Amos finished a well worked corner routine. More first half goals followed from Seb Daniels and Joe Rideout, leaving the visitors three goals to the good at half time.
More Lewes pressure followed after the restart, despite some spirited attacks from the hosts. Before Charlie Reynolds put away another corner, and Pete Fuller sublimely finished after some good work from Tom Clinch, to seal a 5-0 win.
Lewes Men’s 2s next play host to local rivals, Eastbourne 3s.
Lewes Ladies 2s
FIXTURE: SLL Prem Div
HOME TEAM: Lewes Ladies 2s 3 (Fuller 1, Hersey 2)
AWAY TEAM: Brighton and Hove Women’s 3s 2
After drawing with the Brighton and Hove Ladies 2s earlier in the season, it was now time for Lewes Ladies 3s to take on their 3s.
Lewes started strong and spent a lot of time in Brighton’s half of the field. This led to two goals for Lewes in the first half. Lewes could have got more, but did not manage to convert penalty corners without their usual striker. Furthermore, the penalty stroke taken by Dori Grijseels was stopped by their goalkeeper.
Brighton managed to come back to 2-2 in the second half, and the last quarter of the game was very close.
An amazing goal by Emma Fuller broke the tie. Lewes managed to defend the 3-2 to the end of the game.
Major props to Lewes’ opponents, who were plagued by injuries during the game, but kept fighting until the end.
Lewes Men’s 3s
FIXTURE: Sussex Div 2
HOME TEAM: Lewes Men’s 3s 1 (Wain)
AWAY TEAM: Crawley Men’s 2s 0
It is often said a mark of a good team is winning when you don’t play well, in which case Lewes Men’s 3s’ hockey team is on the road to greatness.
After the previous week’s stunning victory, this game was always going to be a challenge against the visiting Crawley side who were buoyant in the league.
Lewes started in spectacular fashion. A rapier like thrust from Drew Wain carving through the Crawley rear. The same player then matched his run with a finish of some aplomb.
However instead of catapulting Lewes to greater heights the reverse occurred. Lewes became lethargic and disjointed with a number of unforced errors and poor touches giving Crawley several opportunities to equalise.
Fortunately goalkeeper Billy Palmer maintained his excellent form and repelled all comers. The game saw no fewer than four cards administered by the officials perhaps symbolic of the ragged nature of this match.
The second half continued in the same fashion, Lewes again thankful for the Chris Picken and Tom Fewster axis with some timely Leon Keating interventions and some marauding runs from Ali Hancorn.
A lack of composure in the dee coupled with the almost fanatical use of the reverse stick shot ensured Lewes failed to add to the score line. Nevertheless Lewes comfortably held on for a fourth victory in a row.
Man Of The Match: Shared between Drew Wain and Leon Keating.
Lewes Ladies 3s
FIXTURE: SLL Div 1
HOME TEAM: Brighton and Hove Women’s 4s 5
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Ladies 3s 2
Lewes Men’s 4s
FIXTURE: Sussex Div 3
HOME TEAM: Lewes Men’s 4s 1
AWAY TEAM: Crowborough Mens 2’s 1
Lewes Ladies 4s
FIXTURE: SLL Div 2
HOME TEAM: South Saxons Ladies 2’s 1
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Ladies 4s 2 (Leatherland, Fuller)
With Lewes Ladies 4s point-less start to the season one could be forgiven for labelling them has-beens.
And in Saturday’s game at South Saxons Ladies it was the home team who had most of the possession early on, easily halting Lewes’ half-hearted attacks.
However, the hands on Lewes defence headed up by Becky Wycherley saw off any plans the opposition had for goal scoring. Dionne Gooding stood fast between the sticks and made some great saves. But Saxons were more unlucky than out-skilled and saw a number of their shots just miss the target or hit the post.
At half time, Lewes hatched their plan to wreak havoc.
After missing a sitter only a few minutes before, Sara Leatherland found redemption with a tap in from a backline cross by Zoe Richards. This took the Lewes Ladies into the lead for the first time this season and, at 1-0, there was everything to play for.
But Saxons broke and scored the equaliser. Not to be hampered by hamstring injuries the hard-working Lewes defence battened down the hatches and pushed back.
The midfields and forwards hassled the home side’s defence and were eventually rewarded with their third penalty corner. This time, no mistake was made and a text book P-spot routine gave Lewes their second goal thanks to Helen Fuller.
Saturday’s win gives Lewes Ladies 4s their first points of the season and hoists them off the bottom of the table.
FIXTURE: SDL Boys
HOME TEAM: East Grinstead Badgers 3
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Lions 4
FIXTURE: SLL Girls Dvlp
HOME TEAM: Lewes Lionesses 2
AWAY TEAM: Crowborough Blackbirds 0