Oxford Hawks 4
Lewes 3 (Baxter, Fuller, Clark)
Lewes travelled West to Oxford to take on the Hawks in their first away game of the season. Still without Chris Spruce plus several others succumbing to injury, it was a young squad looking to overcome last week’s disappointment and kick start their season.
Lewes got off to a dream start with James Fuller showing extraordinary pace down the left hand side winning a short corner. The corner was upgraded to a penalty flick due to a drag flick striking an Oxford defender on the line. Alex Baxter stepped up and dispatched the penalty giving Lewes the lead in the second minute.
However, this lead did not last long and after some sustained pressure the Lewes defence caved conceding to an Oxford drag flick.
After the half time break Lewes came out all guns blazing winning multiple short corners in quick succession. After a poorly executed drag flick James Fuller pounced on the ball and made the most of the situation by slotting the ball past the Hawks goalkeeper into the left hand side netting once again giving Lewes the lead.
Although there were plenty of ‘pewtiful’ saves from Lewes Keeper Josh Pewter Lewes did not capitalise on their lead as the Oxford flicker once again found the back of the net levelling the score.
Lewes did not stop there as Sam Heinzl terrorised the Oxford left hand side winning several short corners. Lewes’ short corner team once again converted another chance with a Matt Clark deflection.
However, Lewes once again could not hold onto this lead conceding twice more, with the final blow coming in the 66th minute. A frustrating loss for Lewes, losing out by fine margins again.
Notable performances came from two men that are not the spring chickens they once were but showed great experience at the back in a closely fought match: Matt Rickson and Dave Roberts.
Sussex Divison 1
Lewes Men’s 2s 3 (Tapping, Spedding, Rae)
Last Second Equaliser Ruins Men’s 2s Day
Lewes Men’s 2s were agonisingly close to their first win in Sussex Div 1 this week after a contentious decision and poor defending allowed Southwick to take a point with the last hit of the game.
Things looked good early on as Oli Tapping ended his year drought slotting past the keeper 10 minutes in and Lewes kept this lead until half time though good work at the back by Rob Lee, Andy Green, Pete Fuller and Ollie Williams.
Lewes started the second half well with the forward line of Rideout, Hills, Tapping and Petty all creating chances and short corners. One of these short corners was converted by new boy Max Spedding’s powerful drag flick giving Lewes a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately Lewes eased off and allowed Southwick to get one back before Sam Rea deflected a Pete Fuller pass to give Lewes a 3-1 lead with 15 minute left.
Southwick didn’t give up and gave themselves hope with 5 minutes left bringing the score back to 3-2. With 30 seconds of the game left, Lewes foolishly pressed forward to seal the win… Ollie Williams was kicked in the air by the Southwick keeper but no penalty stroke was given and Southwick countered attacked to level 3-3 with the last hit of the game.
Whilst the game finished on a sour note, Lewes will take confidence from playing good hockey and dominating for long periods of the game. Also the debuts of Sussex Uni freshers Tom Hunt and Caolan Feeley added strength and speed to the Lewes midfield.
Men’s 2s National Cup
Lewes 2s 1 (Tapping)
Eastbourne 2s 10
Lewes 2s suffered a poor result in the Men’s 2s National Cup against a rampant Eastbourne as tired minds and legs proved costly.
Lewes started brightly and were the better team in the first 10 minutes with Oli Tapping’s powerful strike giving him 2 goals in 2 games. However Lewes were unable to hold onto the lead and then went behind as Eastbourne added 3 to go into half time leading 3-1.
The first goal in the second half was going to shape the rest of the game and Lewes came close to pulling one back but Eastbourne countered well and scored on the break to lead 4-1. Unfortunately Lewes couldn’t cope with the opposition’s speed and finishing and the final score ended 1-10.
It’s not all doom and gloom as Lewes now go into the Men’s 2s National Plate, the completion they were runners up in last season.
Sussex Men’s Open League Division 2
Littlehampton 1s 1
After the blinding start to the season last week, this week Lewes turned up at Littlehampton full feeling positive. Neither Lewes’ passing game or Littlehampton’s more direct style were able to produce much threat in front of goal in the first half, ending the half goalless. Lewes started the second half brightly but were undone by a cutting pass through the defence and an excellent reverse finish mid-way through the second half. Through the rest of the match both sides struggled to create chances, and when chances came they weren’t converted, resulting in a 1-0 victory for Littlehampton.
SUSSEX DIVISION 2
LEWES 4s 4 (PULLEY (2), SHORT, SPRUCE)
WORTHING 3s 2
Lewes got back to winning ways with a tight victory over Worthing. Lewes took the lead when Richard Pulley scored from the top of the circle but Worthing equalised from close range before half time.
In the second half Lewes’ goal led a charmed life as Goalkeeper Chris Sharpe made some good saves and Worthing failed to convert their chances. Finally they took one to go 2-1 up following a mix up in the host’s defence. Lewes became frustrated before coming alive in the final fifteen minutes as Pulley grabbed his second before Bill Short from a penalty corner and Paul Spruce from close range scored to complete the win.