South Premier 2
Lewes Mens 1st XI 1 (J. Fuller)
Trojans Mens 1st XI 3
Lewes put on a disappointing display and were deservedly beaten by Trojans (to give them their first victory of the season). Lewes discovered during the week that two key players, striker Rory Jervis and Australian defender Grant Davey had both broken their thumbs in the Cup game against Jersey the previous weekend and will be out for a number of weeks. This disrupted Lewes’s preparations and pattern of play.
The first half was even until midway through when James Fuller picked up the ball and skilfully dribbled past three defenders in the circle to score a superb individual goal to give Lewes the lead. Sadly this was the highlight of the afternoon for the hosts. Skipper Matt Clark led the side in midfield and defender Matt Rickson was strong in the tackle but too many stray passes saw moves break down and gave encouragement to Trojans that they could get something from the match.
The second half was no better. Trojans sensed Lewes’ nerves and lack of experience in various positions and quickly equalised and the momentum changed. They took the lead from close range to make it 2-1 and with fifteen minutes left scored their third from a follow up from a penalty corner to leave Lewes well beaten.
Lewes will need to respond to this defeat tomorrow (Saturday) when they travel to West Hampstead.
Sussex Division 2
Lewes 3’s 5 (Martin 4, Cooke)
Eastbourne 3’s 3
Lewes entered the game looking for their first league win of the season against an Eastbourne team sitting above them in the table. Despite their pre-game team talk focusing on starting strong, Lewes soon found themselves 2-0 down.
Building on the resolve they had shown in previous weeks, Lewes kept their heads up and pressed hard searching for a break through, which duly came through a short corner where George Martin smashed the ball low past the keeper and stationary defenders.
Soon after, Lewes stole the ball back from Eastbourne deep inside the Lewes half and some great link up play between Tom Fewster, Sam Matthews and Charlie Cooke left George Martin with only the keeper to beat. 2-2.
Lewes continued to press down either flank and soon George Martin had his 3rd and 4th goals of the afternoon. Eastbourne to their credit never gave up and capitalized on some sloppy passes by the Lewes team to make it 4-3. Lewes had their heats in their mouth towards the end, when Simon Bullmore took ‘watching the ball’ too literally as an innocuous loose pass was watched onto the post leaving Eastbourne scrambling to react first. Thankfully the ball remained out of the goal and everyone breathed a sigh of relief.
In the closing minutes, Charlie Cooke sealed the win and the loudest cheer of the day with a fantastic solo effort down the left and great composure in front of goal. This sealed his nomination for man of the match, but special mentions must also go to Oli Loader, Archie Sherwood and George Martin.
Lewes are now up to 6th in the table and will look to maintain this momentum next week against bottom of the league Crawley.
Sussex Mens Division 3
South Saxons Mens 3rd XI 0
Lewes Mens 4th XI 2 (Spruce P, Short)
Lewes rarely have success at South Saxons but this was a well deserved victory in a good all round team performance. They opened the scoring against the run of play when Billy Smart’s penalty corner strike was deflected into the goal by Paul Spruce. The defence absorbed a lot of pressure in the first half but youngster Jack Troak and keeper Chris Sharpe dealt with all the hosts’ attacks.
In the second half Lewes dominated possession for long periods and scored early on when the alert Bill Short scrambled the ball over the goal line following a scramble after another penalty corner. Ben Goodwin and Mike Fuller in midfield and Ed Cade and Simon Forster in defence were strong frustrating the home team and Lewes restricted them to one penalty corner throughout the whole match late in the second half which was cleared.
Sussex Ladies div 2
Lewes 4s 4 (Hoare, Leatherland 2, Harley)
Burgess Hill 3s 5