Lewes Hockey Club Match Reports For Saturday 03 February 2018
Lewes Men’s 1s
HOME TEAM: Holcombe Men’s 1A 4
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Men’s 1s 3
Lewes Ladies 1s
FIXTURE: South Div 3B
HOME TEAM: Lewes Ladies 1s 1 (Molloy 3 Baron 1)
AWAY TEAM: Fareham Ladies 1’s 1
Lewes Ladies 1s came into Saturday’s match in buoyant form and full of confidence.
They started the match pushing Fareham into their own half and the pressure paid off. Lewes won a penalty corner, Sarah Hall found Laura Molloy on the far post, who tipped the ball in.
Lewes continued to pass the ball around nicely but couldn’t add to the goal tally. Fareham were strong in the second half and refused to be beaten. They eventually put away a controversial penalty corner.
Lewes pushed on but could not break the deadlock. But 1-1 was a great result against one of the top sides in the league.
Next week the team face Guildford away.
Lewes Men’s 2s
FIXTURE: Sussex Div 2
HOME TEAM: Lewes Men’s 2s 4 (Anderson, Daniels 2, Rideout)
AWAY TEAM: Hailsham Mens 2’s 2
After a determined yet damp thrashing of St Francis the week before, Lewes 2s once again faced the challenge of poor weather and a dogged defensive display from Hailsham 2s.
Confidence but not complacency was the pre-game focus and this showed early on as strong 2s line up fizzed the ball about on the rapid Lewes surface, looking formidable. Fast play from the attack of Joe Rideout, Ben Wood and Seb Daniels created many short corners, one of which Seb Daniels powerfully struck past the static keeper to put Lewes into an early lead.
The team continued to dominate with the defence of Matthew Denham, Guillaume Green, Theo Whiting, Peter Thomas and Jamie Neill hassling and allowing Hailsham no time. Quick passing round the back set up another fast attack which saw the ball fall to Sam Anderson who slammed in a powerful reverse strike through the keeper’s legs. This season Lewes 2s have been the team that doesn’t let up but at 2-0 and cruising, and despite their control, a rare defensive error allowed Hailsham a tap in making it 2-1 at half time.
Stern words from player and coach Peter Thomas at halftime galvanised the men in green as they worked hard, passed quicker and played with more intent epitomised by the midfield of Tom Clinch, Oli Loader, Ali Hancorn and Jamie Cooke. With Hailsham on the back foot, Seb Daniels converted another short corner early on to make it 3-1. In the ascendancy now, a string of further short corners were won and this time Joe Rideout tucked a strike inside the post to make it 4-1 with 15 mins remaining.
All that was left was for Lewes to see out the well-earned victory and they did until the dying embers of the game before a last minute Hailsham short corner hit Jamie Neil on the line and the subsequent penalty stroke was converted past an otherwise flawless Billie Palmer, making the final score 4-2.
Lewes Ladies 2s
FIXTURE: SLL Prem Div
HOME TEAM: Lewes Ladies 2s 2 (Fitzpatrick 2)
AWAY TEAM: Burgess Hill Ladies 1’s 0
Lewes Ladies 2s assembled ready for a match that they knew they had to get at least a point from in order to stop the run of losses and to stop them sinking further down the league.
They knew, also, that it was not going to be an easy game as they were up against fourth in the league Burgess Hill.
From very early in the game, Lewes showed their determination, breaking down the Burgess Hill attack and building some fantastic penetrating moves down the right hand side, with great performances from Ruth Walshe, Meg Hersey and Fi Tubb.
The score was still 0-0 at half time, with Lewes having the greater number of chances, but the Burgess Hill keeper denying most of them. Despite the lack of goals, Lewes knew that they had the upper hand and were determined to capitalise on this.
The opening of the second half saw yet more pressure put on the Burgess Hill defence. Kerry Fitzpatrick went on the offence right from the start, making sure that Burgess Hill hardly ventured out of their half. After several unsuccessful penalty corners, Lewes switched direction in the next, finding Kerry Fitzpatrick in front of goal and determined to score; the goalkeeper didn’t stand a chance! A second such penalty corner meant Lewes had the advantage and made certain that Burgess Hill were unable to get a consolation goal.
A fabulous performance from all of the team and a confidence builder ready for next week.
Lewes Men’s 3s
FIXTURE: Sussex Div 2
HOME TEAM: Horsham Men’s 4 2
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Men’s 3s 2 (Izzard, Kingsbury)
On a wet and generally miserable morning Lewes Men’s 3s travelled to Horsham for a game played within the impressive backdrop of Christ’s Hospital School.
The excellent playing surface and determination of Lewes to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat ensured that Lewes started brightly. A penalty corner resulting in a cross-cum-shot from Jago Hussain that was superbly touched in at head height by Toby Izzard.
Horsham having reinforced their side from earlier games responded well and forced a scrappy equaliser against the run of play. Both sides battled to break the deadlock but the first half ended with no further scoring.
The second half again saw Lewes dominate the early exchanges and this culminated in an exceptional solo effort from Charlie Kingsbury.
Lewes scented victory but fate, in the guise of officialdom, intervened. A flurry of green cards disrupted Lewes play and structural integrity. Horsham took full advantage once again finding an equaliser.
Both sides had chances to win the match but the match petered out into a draw. Lewes arrested the run of defeats that had seen them slide down the table but bigger challenges in the shape of the inter-club game with Lewes Men’s 2s are on the horizon.
Lewes Ladies 3s
FIXTURE: SLL Div 1
HOME TEAM: Burgess Hill Ladies 2’s 0
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Ladies 3s 0
Lewes Men’s 4s
FIXTURE: Sussex Div 3
HOME TEAM: Mid Sussex Mens 3’s 3
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Men’s 4s 3
Lewes Ladies 4s
FIXTURE: SLL Div 2
HOME TEAM: Chichester Ladies 3’s 10
AWAY TEAM: Lewes Ladies 4s 2
Lewes Men’s 5s
FIXTURE: Sussex Div 4
HOME TEAM: Lewes Men’s 5s 5 (Colebourn, Cornish, Debice, Fuller, Wain)
AWAY TEAM: Brighton and Hove Men’s 8s 0
Lewes Men’s 5s maintained their chase for promotion with a dominant 5-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Men’s 8s.
From the whistle, Brighton were on the attack looking dangerous. Jon Cornish – playing his debut outfield game for Lewes – was psyched though, and following a midfield turnover he dribbled the ball from the halfway line into the visitors D where his final slip pass found Peter Colebourn to put away his first goal of the season.
The Lewes skipper Malcolm Wain, doubled the hosts’ lead after 20 minutes, sweeping in another cross from Cornish. Cornish then bundled home a third goal of his own after the break, moments after a goal had been disallowed at the other end.
At 3-0 victory was looking comfortable with chances few and far between for Brighton. The Lewes defence of David Mansell, Tim Bullen, Alan Forster and Simon Murray had stood strong leaving little for Stan Hughes to do in goal and Simon Popple, Dax Debice and Ollie Pendered chased, blocked and stole the ball consistently from the visitors’ midfielders.
With 10 minutes to play, a now trademark Lewes 5s move provided the fourth goal when Phil Brown hammered a ball into the skipper to ‘wall pass’ on to centre forward Steve Fuller who struck the ball confidently on the turn past the Brighton keeper.
The Lewes skipper thought he had another in the final minute as he swept the ball under the keeper but, as the man in the pads rolled backwards the ball appeared to be saved, only for Dax Debice to drag it out and tap it in as just rewards for his tireless efforts all game.