Sussex Men’s Open Div 2
Lewes 3s 1 (Fewster)
Brighton & Hove 2
Brighton opened the scoring midway through the first half after a poorly defended short corner against Lewes. A failure to clear the ball at the breakdown resulted in the ball hitting the Lewes backboard (0-1). After this Lewes came back strong with the trio of Casselden, Pulley and Fewster in the middle creating a number of promising chances, it was clear that this match was far from over. However the score line remained Lewes 0, Brighton 1 at half time.
After the half Lewes came out reinvigorated and with the half time instructions fresh in their minds. They applied considerable pressure and after 15 minutes of play were rewarded with an equaliser. A great run created and then taken into the D by Davenport, the ball was then skilfully offloaded to Fewster to evade the keeper and score (1-1).
After this Lewes changed up a gear, with the Brighton defence repelling wave after wave of attacks, special mention just go to the Brighton keeper without whom Brighton would surely not have kept Lewes from scoring. After one strong attack, Brighton turned the ball over in their D and drove up the pitch on the counter attack. Fitch, Picken and Appleton raced after them, but with a cracking offload in the Lewes D to evade the keeper, Brighton scored a four on three counter (1-2).
4 minutes of play left, and Lewes reset in their half. Lewes continued to apply the pressure but could not break through the seemingly impenetrable Brighton defence. In the dying seconds of the game Lewes won a short corner. The final whistle blew making this the last play of the game. Sherwood injected the ball with pinpoint accuracy to Picken waiting to stop at the top of the D, for De Souza to flick. The ball glanced off of a Brighton body, another short! There were a total of 4 short corners in this closing passage of play, with De Souza striking the cross bar at one point, but the Brighton defence held strong. Lewes 1, Brighton 2.
Special mention must go to our Lewes man of the match, Joe Fitch who had an excellent game at left back. With standout performances for Picken and ‘The Wall’ Bullmore. This was a hard fought game with nobody able to pick a winner until the final whistle. A promising performance for the start of the season, although attacking short corner plays must be a focus for the next training session!
Sussex Ladies Div 2
Eastbourne 3s 3
Lewes 4s 3 (Harley 2, Hoare)
Lewes were this week without many of their old faithfuls. But with Captain Mould and a record-breaking 4 supporters (only 1 dog) on the sidelines it was in good spirits that they faced an experienced, oppressive Eastbourne side.
Lewes’ first goal came after a 15 minute run of pressure from the home side. A breakaway attack from the midfield, led by Daisy ‘mazey runs’ Blewitt, culminated in the first Penalty corner of the match. Julia Hoare applied a touch of silky class to her strike which hit the target, and perhaps a defender’s foot too. 1-0.
It was again against the run of play, 15 minutes later, that Lewes scored their second goal. Mary Harley and Back to Hockey debutant Candice ‘the Booty’ Bullmore took apart the defence with a co-ordinated a left sided attack, resulting in a tap in by Harley for the finish.
Eastbourne continued to pile on the pressure in the second half but the Lewes defence including young Darcy Gallagher and Hannah ‘the Barrier’ Burrage – another BtoH fresher, worked tirelessly to keep Eastboune out of the danger zone. However, an error in the Lewes midfield enabled the home side’s skillful centre mid to bag herself the first of her 3 goals.
With the score at 2-1 Lewes were then awarded their second penalty corner of the match and as Harley’s comet ricochetted into the top corner of the net they thought they had it in the bag. Sadly Eastbourne’s number 46 scored 2 more goals and the match ended a very soggy 3 a piece.
[picture shows Candice Bullmore and Julia Hoare]
Sussex Open League Division 3
Lewes 4s 6 (Coplestone 2, Debice, Heinzl, Spruce, Troak)
Horsham 5s 0
Lewes returned to winning ways after losing their first league game with a resounding victory over a young Horsham side. They were 3-0 up at half time through a brace from James Coplestone and a close range effort from Dax Debice.
The second half continued with Lewes on top with further goals from skipper Rob Heinzl, Paul Spruce and Jack Troak.
South Prem div 2
Tulse Hill & Dulwich 1s 4
Lewes 1s 1
Ladies 1s game was cancelled due to flooding.