South Premier Mens League Division 2
Lewes Mens 1st Xi 2 (Price, Roberts)
Blackheath Mens 1st Xi 6
Lewes suffered their third consecutive defeat to slip to ninth in the league. Again they could have few complaints, as a below par performance and poor defending saw them ship six goals in a heavy defeat.
Lewes were only one position behind Blackheath before the match but the gulf between the two sides was wider on the day. Lewes’ injury problems have not helped and whilst you could not criticise their work rate and endeavour, too often they were caught out in defence and overrun in midfield. Whilst they created some chances throughout they were not able to convert these to influence the outcome.
Lewes conceded two early goals and only got back into the match when, after a period of pressure, Toby Price converted a well worked penalty corner. Blackheath had the league top goal scorer Chris Harden on form and he scored three goals before half time and created a fourth to leave them in control at half time 4-1.
Lewes struggled to get any sort of pattern to their play and despite holding Blackheath early in the second half conceded midway through. They responded when David Roberts scored from close range to make it 5-2 and had pressure late on but no clinical finishing as skipper Matt Clark created openings from midfield. Blackheath grabbed their sixth in the closing stages as Harden scored his fifth to leave the hosts wondering where the next points may come from. They will have to regroup again before the long trip to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Sussex Division 1
Mid Sussex 2s 1
Lewes 2s 1 (Daniels)
Lewes 2s maintain their unbeaten streak against mid Sussex in a tight game.
A 1-1 draw for Lewes 2s as the tough weather conditions provoked frustration in the team. They maintained a 1-0 lead for the majority of the first half thanks to Seb Daniels for slotting a penalty flick into the bottom right corner after a scrap in an attacking short corner. A short corner was then awarded to Mid Sussex a couple of minutes before the half time whistle and they came through with a goal. During the second half downpour Lewes would not back down in their defence as Dan Blackwell (awarded man of the match) and Sam Rea made sure that no one would get past them, with some memorable tackles and stick skill to follow. A special mention has to go to Goalkeeper Simon Bullmore as he made some impressive saves. Overall Lewes fought hard, created lots of opportunities and their extremely rigorous defence gave them a good result.
Sussex Division 2
Lewes 3’s 2 (Martin
Horsham 4’s 3
Lewes welcomed Horsham on a frosty Saturday morning with part of the pitch still frozen. Due to the weather the game was started 15 minutes late to thaw out the pitch.
The game started and Horsham looked the better side however Lewes kept pressing. With Billy Palmer in goal the defence was relaxed, perhaps too relaxed as Horsham put the first goal in, then managed a second swiftly after. Towards the end of the first half Palmer stopped yet another Horsham shot, and the Lewes defence did brilliantly to keep the barrage out. However, it wasn’t enough and Horsham scored again to make it 0-3 at the break.
After a rethink from Lewes they went out gunning for goals and finally looked like they could bring the game back. After even play for 20 minutes Tom Harvey used his skills and with a pass to Ollie Amos played it back into the D with George Martin ready to receive and score the first of Lewes’ two. The second came with 6 minutes to go as Lewes kept the pressure up with Horsham putting up a good fight. Once again Harvey used his skills and put a ball into the D and, when everyone thought it was going wide, Richard Pulley put it in the goal. With a valiant effort from both teams the game ended 2-3 to Horsham. Amos was voted as man of the match closely followed by Harvey, Pulley and Palmer as contenders.
Sussex Mens Open Division 3
Worthing Penguins Mens 2nd Xi 7
Lewes Mens 4th Xi 4 (Stillman, Spruce, Heinzl, Coplestone)
Lewes lost their second game in succession to go down to fourth in the table. A weakened side were unable to cope with the pace of the hosts’ forwards and conceded four goals in the first half with only a penalty corner from Martyn Stillman and a close range effort from Paul Spruce in reply.
In the second half Lewes had opportunities to reduce the arrears before conceding further goals before skipper Rob Heinzl and James Colpestone scored to give the score line some respectability.
Sussex ladies division 2
Hailsham 2s 3
Lewes 4s 3 (Hepple 2, Ketley)
Wash out for the Ladies 4s at Hail-sham
This game couldn’t have been timed better. The umpire blew the whistle and the skies immediately opened for the next 35 minutes. Undeterred, the Lewes Weather Girls were virtually singing in the rain as they played flowing hockey, stringing together passes like they’d been doing it for years. Oh wait, they have.
The first goal came after 13 minutes from a hard strike from Zoe ‘Why does it always rain on me?’ Richards at top D and a finishing touch from Hep to ensure it hit the target.
Lewes continued to have most of the possession in this dark and stormy game and there was some good linking play between Fern Ketley (is a weatherman) and Richards down the right of the pitch.
Flooz ‘you snooze you looz’ had a storming game at left back and fed some useful long balls to the forwards and midfielders. One of which resulted in a Penalty corner – cleanly struck by Harriet ‘Let it rain’ Cunningham for a left post deflection by injector Heps. 2-0.
Hailsham then took the Lewes defence by surprise and scored from a left sided attack.
The second half got off with a dry start but wasn’t plain sailing. Centre Forward Sara ‘Thunderstruck’ Hep inadvertently took on the keeper in a game of chest bump and came off decidedly worse and she was resigned to watching the rest of the half from the sidelines shaken up and with a sore head.
The incident seemed to precipitate Hailsham’s next goal as Lewes certainly didn’t have their ducks in a row when the game restarted. 2-2.
Lewes retaliated and Ketley did well to put away Lewes’ final goal of the game. But the win sailed away from them on the wind as Hailsham managed a breakaway goal to give both teams a share of the points.
Ron Easton Junior tournament
Sunday saw Lewes Hockey club send 60 children to Eastbourne for the annual Ron Easton 7-a-side tournament. On a cold blustery morning the two girls U12 teams played out their leagues to each finish second and face each other in the 3rd / 4th place playoff which finished with a nil-nil draw so 3rd place for each. A notable performance from Isobel Harding who single handedly put 6 goals past East Grinstead with other goal scorers being Sophie Nurse, Isabel Loader, Beth Maguire and Martha Hampel.
The U12 boys showed how far they had come since the Crowborough tournament at the beginning of the season where they failed to score a single goal. This time they netted 5! – winning 2, losing 2 and drawing 1. A great team effort with a really promising bunch of lads.
The U10 boys won one of their matches with a brace of spectacular goals from Theo Hall, sure to be a future 1st XI player. The U10 girls fielded 2 teams in the tournament though were not in medal contention.
Notable credit must go to the children who, having recently graduated to under 16 hockey themselves were pitchside coaching and umpiring their younger counterparts including Oliver Loader, Amany Rus, Hannah Williams, Lucy Petit, Rosie Hall and Kate Brown.