Lewes Ladies 1s (Molloy, M. Spence, Hilton 2)
Burnt Ash Ladies 1s
Lewes travelled to Burnt Ash for the first round of the EHA trophy. Lewes were a little light on on first team players but had filled the side with some hard working 2s players. From the first whistle the Lewes ladies took it to the home side and within the first 10mins showed them what they could do. Winning many short corners Lewes converted 2 well worked goals from Laura Molloy and Anna Hilton. Not content with a 2-0 lead after half time, Lewes besieged the opposition’s goal and a barrage of shots saw midfielder Marie Spence pick up a rebound and under cut a shot into the net. Burnt Ash attempted a come back and won a few short corners but it was nothing that the Lewes defence couldn’t handle. Anna Hilton converted a final short corner resulting in the 4-0 win and a place in the next round of the trophy.
Hard fought draw extends 2s unbeaten run
The men’s 2s earned a hard fought point against Brighton 3s this weekend to extend their unbeaten run to three games. Lewes started strongly with Ian Whiting, Wenzl and Daniels dominating the midfield and it was Daniels who took advantage of poor defending to slot under an on-rushing Brighton keeper and put Lewes 1-0 up. However Brighton fought back to level 1-1 shortly before half time.
Lewes started the second half brightly with Parnell, Petty, Rideout and Spedding all linking up well, the latter two combining as Rideout drove along the baseline and squared to Spedding to put Lewes 2-1 up. However, despite the hard defensive work of Anderson, Chris Whiting, Fuller and Lee, Lewes suffered the usual ‘farcical fifteen minutes’ and conceded two goals in quick session leaving them 3-2 down with ten minutes left and two players off the pitch due to suspension.
Back to full strength for the final ten minutes, Lewes surged forward and with three minutes left earned a succession of short corners, the last of which Max Spedding drag-flicked into the roof of the net, securing a valuable point for Lewes.
Next week they travel to second placed South Saxons where a win would bring them to two points behind the hosts.
SUSSEX MEN’S DIVISION 2
EASTBOURNE 3RD XI 1
LEWES 4th XI 1 (SPRUCE)
Lewes earned a hard fought point against a much younger Eastbourne side. Lewes were forced to play with 10 players when, after twenty minutes, Bill Short turned his ankle over. They were under almost constant pressure throughout but resilient covering and tackling by Sean Rowlands and Martyn Stillman frustrated the hosts in the first half.
The pattern was similar in the second half as Eastbourne missed opportunities and it was from a rare attack that Lewes forced a penalty corner and Steve Fuller’s hard shot was deflected in by Paul Spruce with fifteen minutes left. Defenders Mark Tonkin and Simon Forster continued to thwart the home attacks and Mike Fuller skilfully held the ball up down the left flank as Lewes tired as they tried to protect their slender lead. With just under 10 minutes remaining goalkeeper Chris sharpe made a brilliant reflex save but could not clear the ball and it was forced over the goal line for the equaliser. Lewes held on in the final minutes to gain a creditable draw.
Sussex Ladies Division 1
Lewes Ladies 3’s 1 (Storey)
Eastbourne Ladies 3
The ladies 3’s have only won one game this season but have been there or there abouts in all their matches. The team have bags of experience and some young dynamic players who need match play to sharpen up their skills and decision making. Eastbourne had a potent front striker who stayed high and scored twice in quick succession. Once Lewes man-marked her, the threat fizzled out and Lewes played the better hockey but couldn’t convert their chances. They have respite from the league next week with a cup game.