Trojans 1st Xi. 6.
Lewes 1st Xi. 2 (Jervis, Price)
The hope and expectation that the previous week’s win had given to Lewes was soon expunged with a heavy defeat against fellow strugglers Trojans in Southampton.
Lewes remain third from bottom but are now four points adrift of Staines in ninth place who also have a game in hand. The early exchanges were even but the hosts took the lead after ten minutes from open play. Lewes exerted some authority in midfield and a good run and cross from Mark Best found Rory Jervis who coolly converted to level. Ten minutes later Lewes’ penalty corner routine worked as the alert Toby Price latched onto a rebound off the goalkeeper to give Lewes the lead. But as so often this season the defence was incapable of protecting the lead and by halftime they had conceded three goals, one a penalty stroke after a sliding tackle from Matt Rickson was adjudged to have taken the forward out and two from open play.
The second half saw Trojans protect their lead, defending deeply, and Lewes enjoyed good periods of possession but despite skipper Matt Clark’s hard working display in midfield they struggled to create opportunities. Fifteen minutes from time Trojans converted a penalty corner and soon after another open play goal sealed Lewes’ fate.
A disappointing result and performance and nothing but victory on Saturday 11.45 am at the Southdown Club against Ashford, who are one point behind with a game in hand, will more than likely see Lewes with too much to do to avoid relegation.
Sussex Mens Division 3
Lewes 4th Xi 4 (Heinzl (3), Stonley)
South Saxons 3rd Xi 1
Lewes were worthy winners over South Saxons with skipper Rob Heinzl the man of the match with his first hat- trick for two years.
Lewes dominated possession and three powerful shots from penalty corners from Heinzl gave Lewes a commanding half time lead. The second half saw Lewes relax their grip and Saxons responded with a close range goal and youngster Jack Troak and goalkeeper Chris Sharpe had to be alert to prevent them scoring a second. With ten minutes remaining Adam Stonley picked up the ball on half way and dribbled through before getting a return pass from James Coplestone and scoring on the reverse stick to clinch victory.
Lewes remain one point behind Chichester and one ahead of Hailsham as it gets to the business side of the season.
Mercian u12 league
Brighton & Hove boys 3
Lewes boys 4 (Rus 2, Branton, Hall)
The u12 Lewes boys had been plagued with illness and unavailability this week, but, bolstered by a strong u10 contingent they were just about able to field 11. And what an 11 they proved to be! The first quarter was played pretty much with both teams in the middle of the field, chasing every ball and without structure or width. Then, after a team talk from Coach Lou Webster and Assistant Coach Amany Rus, the boys found the match intelligence that they had shown during their last league matches and started to play cohesively, using the whole pitch. They put together some great attacking moves and, with some instruction after each quarter, they improved incrementally.
All the boys played such fantastic hockey and everyone played their part in the team, without any individual showboating. Their goals were team efforts and all the boys should be very proud of their performance, particularly the younger ones, many of whom had never played full pitch hockey before.
Thanks go to Brighton who were an extremely friendly and courteous bunch, both players and adults, on and off the pitch.