South Premier Div 1
Lewes Men’s 1s 1 (Baxter)
Old Georgians Men’s 1s 6
Lewes travelled to Weybridge on Saturday off the back of a string of strong performances that had not quite provided the results they deserved, but quietly confident of causing an upset.
The first fifteen minutes saw a strong start from the visitors – dominating possession with Matt Rickson especially effectively down the left hand side. However, and very much against the run of play, it was Old Georgians who broke the deadlock a few minutes later.
This did not deter Lewes who continued to dominate control of the ball and after some excellent work down the right hand side, this time by Ben Cooke and Chris Spruce, Alex Baxter drew the scores level with an excellent back hand finish.
The men in green continued in rich vein over the coming minutes with further breaks down both flanks but were unable to convert their dominance and from a well worked free hit just outside the Lewes 23”, Old Georgians again took the lead making it 2-1 at half time.
Despite strong showings from captain Matt Clarke and Harvey Waller in the second half, the finishing ability of Georgians eventually showed as the hosts ran out 6-1 victors. Lewes will be at home on Saturday against Havant.
Sussex Mens Division 2
Littlehampton 1st XI 2
Lewes 4th XI 3 (Spruce 3)
Lewes made it five wins in a row with a narrow victory at Littlehampton.
A much changed Lewes side including Pete Fleming, who last played over 11 years ago, struggled in the early exchanges to get any possession on a hard surface as Littlehampton dominated and it was no surprise they took the lead with a clever touch from a firm hit into the circle.
Lewes began to get back into the match but it was still against the run of play when Chris Picken picked out Paul Spruce with a hard pass he deflected into the open goal. The match became a physical battle and Lewes lost Ollie Callf, who damaged his hamstring, after an over aggressive tackle from the hosts just on half time.
It got worse for Lewes when Bill Short damaged a finger early in the second half and went off but their youngsters stepped up with Adam Stonley and Jamie Cook working hard closing down the Littlehampton midfield. Lewes then broke quickly from defence and Spruce got his second with a volley from the top of the circle which wrong footed the goalkeeper.
Lewes were then under severe pressure and goalkeeper Chris Sharpe made a number of outstanding saves before Littlehampton equalised when a loose ball was turned into the goal. With ten minutes remaining Martyn Stillman, who worked tirelessly throughout, found Spruce in the circle and he deflected in his accurate pass for his hat-trick and Lewes’ winner.
Sussex Ladies Div 2
Lewes ladies 4s 2 (Jackson 2)
Chichester Centurions 3
After some disappointing results of late, Lewes ladies 4s turned on the style with their performance of the year, going two goals up against visiting Chichester. The first goal, soon after the opening whistle, came from a mazy run and cross down the right wing from Harley for Iris ‘Goal Machine’ Jackson to score. Lewes’ second came this time courtesy of a one handed assist from Richards and a crisp finish into the bottom corner again from Jackson. Chichester replied just before half time seeing the hosts enter the break 2-1 up but sadly the visitors continued their attacking prowess into the second half scoring two further unanswered goals and running out 3-2 winners.