South Premier Mens Division 2
Lewes 1st Xi. 5 (Jervis (3), Rea, Clark)
Holcombe 2nd Xi. 2
Lewes deservedly won for the first time in nine matches with a comprehensive defeat of fellow relegation strugglers Holcombe. This victory lifted Lewes off the bottom of the league up two places and left Holcombe propping up the table.
The previous week Lewes had lost the game in the first half at Purley conceding four goals. This week they effectively won it going in 4-0 up at half time. They were quicker to the ball and more determined and took their chances in a one sided half. Rory Jervis opened the scoring after five minutes from close range from a pass from Dave Roberts and then quickly doubled the lead after a melee in the circle.
Youngster Jonny Rea then made it 3-0 after fifteen minutes with an accurate shot after hesitancy from the Holcombe defence and skipper Matt Clark followed up a penalty corner rebound to make it 4-0 after twenty minutes. Lewes comfortably defended the lead up to half time.
Holcombe responded in the second half enjoying more possession but the hosts’ defence held firm. Lewes had three successive penalty corners but could not convert these opportunities to extend their lead and mid way through the half Holcombe converted one of their penalty corners to reduce the arrears. Lewes defenders Grant Davey and Tom Newman held firm as Holcombe pushed forward and with ten minutes remaining Lewes converted a penalty corner with a well worked routine as man of the match Jervis scored his hat-trick and Lewes’ fifth. There was still time for Holcombe to score their second from another penalty corner and for Lewes goalkeeper Jack Edgerton to make a good reflex save in overtime from another penalty corner strike.
Skipper Matt Clark was understandably pleased with the win “We have been disappointed not to get something out of recent games but today our concentration and determination showed through. We need to push on after this result as we have played more games than sides around us and it is never certain how many sides are going to be relegated until nearer the end of the season”. On Saturday they travel to Trojans who are two points ahead of them but have played a game fewer.
Sussex men’s div 1
Horsham 3s 1
Lewes 2s 3 (Pewter 2, D. Wain)
Lewes men’s 2s record a first win of 2017 with a dominant performance against Horsham 3s.
A solid first half performance brought the team to 2-0 with a goal scored by Drew Wain in the opening minutes of the game. Mike Wood and Max Wooten holding up the rear of the team and creating opportunities for goal scoring up front. A special mention goes to Alex Pewter with 2 memorable deflections into the back of the goal in each half, assisted by Sam Rea and Seb Daniels.
During the second half the team persisted through tiredness and after being 3-0 up, an own goal was scored by Mike Wood (his hair probably distorting his vision) and the boys in green held up a 3-1 lead until the final whistle. Overall a good win for the 2s and a sign of good things to come. (Ps. We’ll miss you Max).
Sussex men’s div 2
Lewes 3s 5 (Martin 2, Harvey 2, Pulley)
Worthing 3s 1
Lewes 3’s were confident hosting Worthing 3’s who were 4 Points behind having played one more game than them.
The game was a scruffy affair, however it didn’t take long for Lewes to stamp their authority on the game with George Martin rifling the ball into the bottom corner with well worked goal assisted by Guillaume Green. However it didn’t take long for Worthing to bounce back with a well worked equaliser finished off with a back post tap in with the ball being played round keeper Billy Palmer.
Lewes went into Half Time with the intention of trying to correct any first half errors and win the second half, and it didn’t take long for this message to be put to work. George Martin scoring his second within the first 10 minutes of the re start with the ball being passed round a beaten Worthing Keeper. Lewes continued to hold their lead however failed to add a third with the play consistently being broken down by a resolute defence.
With 20 minutes left Tom Harvey added a third when he was given some space and fired the ball into the backboard, he shortly then added his second with another well worked goal finished with a reversed stick hit into the bottom corner. And with Worthing heads down Pulley added a 5th towards the end. Full Time came and Lewes walked off 5-1 Victors with 3 Points in the bag maintaining their 6th place position in the League. Lewes travel to 8th place Eastbourne 3’s next week hoping to gain 3 points.
MOTM: Guillaume Green
Sussex Mens Division 3
Crowborough 3rd Xi. 3
Lewes 4th Xi. 5 (Stonley (2), Stillman, Coplestone, Heinzl)
Lewes kept the pressure on league leaders Chichester with a narrow win.
They were made to pay for starting with only 10 players as Crowborough took the lead but when they had 11 players they dominated possession and were 3-1 up by half time with Adam Stonley scoring from close range; Martyn Stillman with a fierce shot into the roof of the net; and James Coplestone from a rebound.
Within a minute of the second half Stonley scored his second after a break and Lewes appeared in for a comfortable win. Crowborough fought back as the Lewes defence panicked and scored from a penalty corner and open play as both sides lost players to green cards. Lewes regained control and in the final minute Mike Fuller set up skipper Rob Heinzl to slot into an empty goal to seal victory.
Sussex Ladies Division 2
Chichester Priory Park 3s 2
Lewes 4s 2 (Hepple, Storey)
After the recent cold and frosty mornings had forced a 7 week hockey break, the ladies 4s drove half the world away to Chichester where they were bathed in an oasis of warmth and light.
With a squad of 13, some might say they had a masterplan but Lewes were prepared to roll with it, and cast no shadow with a fine formation of spritely specimens.
Chichester scored first then Lewes hit back from a penalty corner. Captain Mould struck cleanly from the top of the D and the deflection off injector Sara ‘Supersonic’ Hepple brought the equalizer.
Sweeper, Becky ‘Wonderwall’ Wycherley backed up the sterling efforts by the Lewes defence who, at times felt that they were standing on the shoulders of giants. But, little by little their doggedness paid off as they continued to scupper Chi’s chances to be here now.
Chichester opened the scoring in the second half. But, not content to let the game slide away, Lewes soon levelled. Zoe ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ Richards’ went on a curving right wing run to the backline and pushed the ball to the P spot where it was deftly dispatched by Sue ‘what’s the’ Storey ‘morning glory’.
Lewes acquiesced the final 2-2 scoreline and definitely, maybe agreed with the umpires that it was indeed a fair result.