Men’s South prem Div 2
Lewes 1 (Jervis)
Lewes put in one of their best team performances of the season and were unlucky not come away with at least a point. A victory would have taken Lewes to within two points of safety in a congested bottom half of the league.
Lewes dominated the early exchanges and deservedly took the lead in the opening ten minutes when a good move down the right wing saw Toby Price release Rory Jervis who beat the last defender and reverse hit the ball powerfully past the goalkeeper. Lewes held onto the lead until late in the half when Blackheath scored from close range to equalise.
It was important not to concede early on in the second half but the hosts started well and were awarded a penalty corner and the shot struck a Lewes defenders foot on the line and the resultant penalty stroke was dispatched past goalie Jack Edgerton in the opening five minutes. Lewes did not let their heads drop and dominated in midfield but could not convert two penalty corners midway through. Tom Newman and Tom Stratford both returning to the side added stability at the back and but for the Blackheath goalie Lewes would have been level as he made successive reflex saves following a melee with ten minutes remaining. In the final minute Lewes worked a final opportunity but skipper Matt Clark saw his goal bound effort saved superbly again by the goalie.
This result saw Lewes slip into the bottom two with a four point gap to safety with only three matches left. Tomorrow ( Saturday ) they face Bournemouth 1.30pm at the Southdown Club who took a point of leaders Oxford University on Saturday in a six goal thriller.
Sussex Men’s Division 2
Horsham 4s 1
Lewes 3s 1 (Amos)
Boosted by the return of evergreen veteran Chris Picken, Lewes 3’s travelled to face a strong Horsham team sitting a few places above them in the table. A bright opening saw Lewes transferring possession effortlessly from left to right and dominate the early exchanges. However chances came and went without conversion and Lewes were duly punished for a stray pass across their own D by an accurate Horsham finish (Lewes 0 – Horsham 1). Buoyed by this stroke of fortune Horsham dominated the latter part of the half but failed to add to their tally. A rousing half time talk akin to Henry Vs speech before the siege of Harfleur saw Lewes 3’s seize the game at the start of the second half. Oli Amos cooly rounding the Horsham keeper and finishing from an acute angle to bring Lewes level. Horsham surged forward in revenge as Lewes tired but stoic defending from Fewster, Green, Picken, Dakin and Keating saw Lewes achieve an excellent away point. Next week the 3’s face Southwick at home, and are hoping to capitalise upon their recent strong form.
Sussex Mens Open Division 3
Lewes 4s 11 (Heinzl (2), Spruce (2), Short (2), Stillman, Stonley, Green, Coplestone, Debice)
Penguins 2s 1
Lewes dominated throughout and overwhelmed Penguins.
They were 5-0 up at half time through Dax Debice, Adam Stonley, Paul Spruce and a brace from Bill Short and went one better in the second half but conceded a goal ten minutes from time. Second half scorers were Martyn Stillman, skipper Rob Heinzl (2), Andy Green, James Coplestone and Spruce. This helped improve their goal difference as the title race appears to be between Hailsham, Chichester and Lewes.
Sussex Mens Open Division 3
Lewes 4s 6 (Heinzl (3), Stonley, Spruce, Green)
St Francis 2s 0
Lewes rearranged home game saw them play twice over the weekend and win on Sunday comfortably again. Skipper Rob Heinzl opened the scoring with a trademark strike from a penalty corner and Lewes doubled the lead when Andy Green scored from another penalty corner. A plucky St Francis side caused the hosts defence problems but goalie Chris Sharpe made some good saves and young defender Jack Troak’s strong tackles together with good covering by Mark Tonkin and Ed Cade prevented any goals.
In the second half Green’s accurate pass saw Heinzl deftly deflect the ball into the goal and then Heinzl set up Stonley on the far post to tap in. In the final ten minutes Paul Spruce scored from close range and Heinzl scored his hat trick and Lewes’s sixth from an overtime penalty corner strike.
Lewes remain in third place a point behind Chichester and two behind leaders Hailsham with five games remaining.