SOUTH PREMIER DIVISION 2
ASHFORD (MIDDLESEX) MENS 1s 3
LEWES MENS 1s 5 (PRICE (4), REA)
Lewes responded to their disappointing defeat the previous week with an emphatic win on their travels against Ashford.
The early exchanges were encouraging for Lewes as they took control in midfield and it was against the run of play when the hosts took the lead after ten minutes. Within minutes parity had been restored when Toby Price rifled home a penalty corner strike for Lewes and soon after they took the lead with another Price penalty corner. Lewes continued to press and with the speed of James Fuller causing Ashford problems they were happy to concede penalty corners but Price was on top form scoring Lewes’ and his hat trick after twenty five minutes. Lewes stretched their lead again from another penalty corner as Price drag flicked a fourth to leave Lewes 4-1 up. But just on half time skipper Matt Clark was accidently caught by Matt Rickson’s stick after a strong tackle by an Ashford forward leaving him with a deep cut below his chin and concussion. He was taken away by Ambulance to Hospital for stitches.
The loss of Clark unsettled Lewes and Ashford had their best period of pressure early on in the second half but Keeper Ben Berrill made some good saves to keep the scoreline the same. Lewes pushed forward and made the game safe mid way through when youngster Jonny Rea was on the end of a good move to score from close range to make it 5-1. Lewes relaxed in the closing ten minutes and Ashford took advantage to score twice to give the scoreline some respectability.
This victory takes Lewes up to third in the league. Coach Chris Marchant was understandably pleased. “After last week this was just the performance we needed. Toby Price was man of the match with his four goals but the whole team played well as a unit and supported each other. We will have to wait to see if skipper Matt Clark has recovered to play this week but we are optimistic”. They face West Hampstead at the Southdown tomorrow (Saturday) at 1.30 pm.
Sussex Division 2
Crawley 2’s 2
Lewes 3’s 1 (P. Fuller)
Looking to build on their recent form Lewes 3’s, who were missing two of their regular experienced players, travelled north to play on Crawley’s infamous sandy pitch.
In contrast to recent games they started well however, after 10 minutes of strong play, the Lewes structure broke down and they found themselves behind by the now all too familiar score line 2-0. Despite repeated attempts to reorganise themselves, Lewes could not hold on to the ball and Crawley pressed hard for more goals with their centre-half controlling play.
A well worked team goal down the right hand side showed promise for Lewes with Pete Fuller clawing one back for the visitors. 2-1 at half time.
The second half was a more even affair, but Crawley’s centre-half still controlled far too much of the game beating Lewes players all over the pitch. Only stout defending from all and in particular Chris Picken (Man of the match) kept Crawley from adding more.
With a full squad back on the pitch, due to a green card for Fuller (Muppet of the match) the final 15-20 minutes saw a fully committed Lewes team demonstrating their ability to play great hockey. The 3’s battled hard looking for the elusive equalizer, but their counter attacks were in vain and the match ended 2-1.
As with recent games, Lewes showed great resilience and, on a different day, the 3’s could perhaps have caused an upset away at Crawley.
Sussex Mens Open League Division 3
Lewes Mens 4s 7 (Thomas (2), Longley (2), Fuller M, Spruce P, Coplestone)
Worthing Mens 4s 1
Lewes made it five successive wins with a comfortable win over Worthing to stay third in the league. They dominated from the start with youngster Adam Longley opening the scoring from close range and then Pete Thomas, converting from a penalty corner. Just on half time Paul Spruce made it 3-0.
The second half followed a similar pattern and Mike Fuller scored with a shot from the top of the circle and James Coplestone fired home with a thunderous shot to make it 5-0. Worthing grabbed a consolation with a skilful defection from an oblique angle but Lewes responded with Longley grabbing his second and finally Thomas, not to be outdone, got his second and Lewes’s seventh with a hard penalty corner strike.
And finally…….from Rob Heinzl
Last year I supported a charity called PSC following the death of a work colleague Andrew Turton who was roughly my age (or younger) and this year the family has asked if some of us would be interested in running a half marathon to remember the anniversary of his passing on 29th October 2015.
Well, the Thames half marathon on 30th October 2016was selected and I agreed to do this back in February thinking it was a long way off and nothing to worry about………so it is now here and also predictably I am now asking if anyone would like to support PSC charity.
Will I manage it? I reckon yes, but slowly. Whatever I do will be my PB as I have not done even a 10k before.
Importantly I also promise not to do Movember this year.
Thanks if you can.
The link is www.justgiving.com/thameshalfpscsupport<http://www.justgiving.com/thameshalfpscsupport>
PS. PSC = Primary Schelosing Cholangitis