South Premier League Division 2
Bournemouth Mens 1st Xi 5
Lewes Mens 1st Xi 3 (Newman, Price, Rudrum)
After their fourth successive defeat Lewes have slipped to tenth in the league and alarm bells are ringing. They more than matched their hosts throughout and with better quality in front of goal should have won this encounter.
Lewes were always behind but bravely came back three times to level in the second half at 3-3. Scorers were Tom Newman, his first of the season having returned from injury, Toby Price with a trademark penalty corner strike and youngster Callum Rudrum. The problem is Lewes have conceded 29 goals so far this season, the highest in the league, and their defence looks unsure when under pressure and always have problems when teams break quickly at them. They created chances at 3-3 which, if taken, might have given them the confidence to go on and win but not for the first time conceded to go 4-3 down and quickly went 5-3 down in the later stages.
Goalkeeper Ben Berrill saved superbly from a penalty flick but he and the rest of the defence looked uncertain at times and could not cope with the hosts’ attacks. Bournemouth were only one point ahead in the league before this match but are now four points clear and a gap is appearing with the bottom three including Lewes desperate for points.
Lewes face bottom side Staines on Saturday in a crucial match at the Southdown Club at 1.30pm. They will need a victory to help pull them away from the relegation zone.
Sussex Division 2
Lewes 3s 1 (Martin)
Southwick 2s 0
A cold Saturday midday saw the mighty 3s face Southwick. The team began the first half in strong manner, with club top scorer George Martin hitting the post several times and before long a slap from Martin put the 3s 1-0 up. Unfortunately this is where the scoreline stayed. Joint men of the match Sam Matthews and Richard Pulley were the engine room in midfield, linking up well with the forwards and the wide men. After a decent first 35mins with a few strong passages of play the half ended 1-0.
After regrouping at the break, Lewes started the second half very well. DoD Adam Stonely missed or trod on a couple of absolute sitters, which would’ve put the 3s 3-0 up however it was not to be. Lewes continued this confident play and were rewarded with many shots on target and penalty corners, unfortunately none of these were converted. A powerful flick by Jamie Cooke was incredibly saved by the Southwick keeper, who had a outstanding performance.
Joint MoM and newcomer Gui Green worked very well down the right hand side, linking up with Oli Loader well. Unfortunately the 3s did not continue in this fashion and became sloppy, allowing Southwick to break several times in the closing stages. Fortunately the defence were generally there to clean up.
Lewes were still dominant in possession however too many of their passes went straight to the opposition who took advantage and on one occasion broke and looked menacing. Jamie Cooke was there to make a risky but well executed sliding tackle in the D.
The final whistle blew and the 3s came away with an important 3 points, and hope to continue their form into next week when they face Crawley at home.
Sussex Mens Division 3
Lewes Mens 4th Xi 5 (Coplestone (2), Spruce, Smart, Heinzl)
Mid Sussex Mens 3rd Xi 3
Lewes got back to winning ways after successive defeats and moved up to third in the league with a comprehensive win.
A scrappy opening came alive when James Coplestone converted a penalty stroke after the goalkeeper brought him down. Mike Fuller was prominent in most attacks down the left and it was no surprise when the lead was doubled when skipper Rob Heinzl scored with a powerful shot from a penalty corner. Heinzl then made the third for Paul Spruce who converted his cross.
The second half was a similar pattern with Billy Smart scoring with a rising shot from the top of the circle and then Coplestone grabbing his second from another cross from Heinzl. Lewes then relaxed and Mid Sussex scored twice from close range but the hosts deserved the victory.
Sussex Ladies Division 2
Brighton & Hove 5s 10
Lewes 4s 0
Ten is the magic number. Well it is if your name is Pelé, Messi or Zidane – or if you play hockey for Brighton.
The tenacious opposition were imposing right from the start, leaving Lewes little room for manoeuvre as they created wave after wave of chances. The Lewes Ladies found themselves hangin’ ten as they tentatively tried to win the ball and push it forwards. Indeed, they had a few chances in the second half but 8 out of 10 cats said they preferred red and blue.