Sussex Ladies Division 2
Lewes Ladies 4s 1 (Richards)
Hailsham Ladies 2s 0
Like Absolute Beginners, Lewes started their first game of the new year with Changes – Defender, Miss Cunningham stood in as temporary umpire whilst awaiting the untimely arrival of Starman, Richard Walker. The Lewes defence were certainly put Under Pressure in the first half and Field Marshall Bruce had her work cut out rousing the troops to rally round at the back but their hard work resulted in the first half finishing goalless.
As the second half commenced, forwards Mary Harley, Sara Leatherland and Iris Jackson belied their Golden Years, proving they still had Sound and Vision as well as pace and an appetite for shots on goal. Lewes continued to have more of the play until, 2 minutes from full time, a Hailsham defender saved a shot with her feet. The resulting penalty flick was calmly converted by Zoe Richards.
Heroes of the match went to Laura ‘All the young dudes’ Rogers for tenacious defence and Richards for flick of the year. Quote from the umpire post match – ‘Was that the coolest flick ever, or was it accidental?’ Richards declined to comment.
Sussex Men’s Division 2
Lewes 4s 5 (Jervis 3, Stillman, Da Souza)
Mid Sussex 2s 2
Giant killers Lewes 4th XI got the better of the league leaders Mid Sussex 2nd XI in a strong but good natured encounter at the Southdown. The game was evenly matched with opportunities both ends. At the back Picken, Forster, and Cade were bolstered by Champness, Green and Youngman to make a formidable defence which looked capable of dealing with whatever Mid Sussex could throw at them, until midway through the first half when the hosts were caught off guard and conceded a well worked goal to go one nil down. Lewes responded quickly with Rory Jervis finally slotting home before half time and at the turn the honours were even.
After some wise words at half time and the inclusion of Lawrence da Souza, the match continued at a frantic pace and Lewes struck again with Rory Jervis who then completed his hat trick 10 minutes later. Fuller continued to baffle defenders and Stillman covered every inch on the pitch to create further opportunities and then scored along with Da Souza to make it 5. Credit to the visitors who worked on and were rewarded with a penalty corner in the dying moments and converted it to a goal despite initially being saved by Sharpe.