SOUTH PREMIER LEAGUE
LEWES 1st XI. 2 (WARNER, BAXTER)
LONDON WAYFARERS 1st XI. 3
When you are towards the bottom of the league little goes right for you and Lewes found this out in the hardest of ways. They conceded two goals in the last five minutes to see victory snatched from their grasp and losing their third match in a row.
They competed well in the opening exchanges and defended Wayfarers’ penalty corners and had similar opportunities themselves but Alex Warner saw his drag flicks saved or off target. Wayfarers then broke quickly and Lewes goalkeeper Josh Pewter saved well from a fierce strike from the top of the circle. Just before half time Wayfarers opened the scoring when the Lewes defence lost concentration allowing a shot to unsight Pewter and go into the goal.
Lewes got back into the match in the second half as skipper Matt Clark controlled midfield and James Fuller’s speed and skills stretched the Wayfarers defence. At last a penalty corner routine worked and Warner’s low drag flick slotted into the bottom of the goal and then Clark’s skilful dribble to the by-line saw Alex Baxter on the end of his pass to put Lewes into a deserved lead. The hosts were never in total control although defenders Ed Firth and James Callaway soaked up the limited Wayfarers pressure. A third goal was required which, despite pressure on the Wayfarers goal, never arrived. Wayfarers sensed Lewes’s nerves and pushed forward and equalised from a penalty corner with five minutes remaining.
In a hectic final few minutes Chris Spruce, in his first game back following injury, was unlucky to see his flick come back off the post. The resulting penalty corner was cleared and, despite Lewes feeling they should have had a free hit, the umpires thought differently. Wayfarers then broke and a high aerial ball caused chaos in the home defence. The following powerful strike from close range undeservedly won them the match.
Skipper Matt Clark was honest in his after match assessment. “It has been a tough start this season and to lose in such fashion was hard to take. We are not as strong as in previous seasons but if the players give as much commitment as they did today hopefully we can start picking up some points soon”. They are away to Old Cranleighans this Saturday.
Sussex Men’s Divison 1
Crawley 2s 1
Lewes 2s 9 (Whiting 4, Tapping, Daniels and Hill 3)
Rampant Lewes Put Crawley To The Sword
Lewes 2s travelled Crawley this weekend in search of their first win of the season. Despite the implementation of late arrival fines – Callum Hill managed to break down on the M23 and had to be collected meaning preparation of 5 players was the run to the pitch- Lewes started the game on top and it wasn’t long before they took the lead through an Ian Whiting drag flick. Callum Hill added a second before Ian Whiting rounded off the first half with a 3rd.
Lewes were a little nervous in the opening minutes of the second half but the back line of Sam Anderson, Pete Fuller, James Heaton and Tom Stratford stayed strong, with Stratford saving on the line to deny Crawley a life line.
Going forward Lewes were unplayable with the midfield of Whiting, Max Spedding, Josh Wenzel and Tom Hunt combining well with Oli Tapping, Joe Rideout and Callum Hill upfront. The goals started to flow as Whiting, Tapping, Daniels and Hill all scored. Coasting at 7-0 Crawley had a rare attack which resulted in a penalty stroke being awarded harshly against James Heaton and John Clayton. It was only a consolation for Crawley as Lewes added two more with Whiting scoring his 4th and Hill completing his hat trick.
The win puts the 2s up to 6th in the league with a mid table clash against Brighton 3s next week at home at 3pm.
Team: Clayton, Fuller, Anderson, Stratford, Heaton, Spedding, Whiting, Wenzl, Daniels (c), Hunt, Tapping, Hill, Rideout.
SUSSEX DIVISION 2
LEWES 4TH XI. 1 (HEINZL R)
SOUTHWICK 2ND XI. 1
In an open match both sides will feel they did enough to win but neither could capitalise on the chances they created. Lewes took the lead when skipper Rob Heinzl’s penalty corner strike took a deflection into the goal. The hosts’ defence was exposed to Southwick’s fast forwards and they equalised from close range before half time.
In the second half Lewes dominated possession but could not convert their penalty corners and Southwick spurned breakaway chances. In overtime Lewes were indebted to goalkeeper Chris Sharpe who made a good save from a penalty corner.
Sussex Boys Development League
South Saxons Warriors 2
Lewes Lions 0
Lewes struggled to get going in this Sussex derby as South Saxons rarely gave them a moments chance to look up and hence pick out a pass. Lewes goal keeper Billy Palmer was key to keeping the scoreline to just 2 by saving at lease 20 shots a number of which were very well taken. The first goal came after 19 minutes with a strike from the top of the circle. The only goal keeper error of the day saw it go under his foot as it appeared through the crowded area. Saxons had a goal disallowed after the 2nd umpire spotted a well noticed kick into the back of the net. Valiant efforts from Dylan Williams and Hugh Porter were not enough to create more than a few chances for Lewes and Saxons scored their 2nd goal from well worked open field play with 7 minutes to go.