Mens South Premier League – Division 2
West Hampstead 1’s 4
Lewes 1’s 2 (Rickson, Newman)
With only six games of the league season remaining Lewes knew they had to make a major effort to secure at least one point against a side lying in fourth position. Unfortunately, injury deprived them of two key players and this did nothing for the team morale.
West Hampstead started at a fierce pace which Lewes could not match. They scored two good goals and Lewes struggled to rally. Strong defensive work, especially from Tom Newman and Matt Rickson, kept the home team at bay and they did not add to the scoreline before half time.
Lewes rallied from the start of the second half and good pressure from Matt Clark and James Fuller created several scoring opportunities. Unfortunately the lack of a striker was once again their undoing. Against the run of play the home team scored two quick goals but rather than being demoralised this spurred Lewes to greater efforts and a penalty corner strike by Rickson found the backboard. With ten minutes to go another Lewes attack resulted in a penalty stroke being awarded which Newman converted confidently. It was then all out effort for the rest of the game but once again Lewes were unable to convert scoring opportunities into goals.
On Saturday Lewes are home to second placed Winchester knowing that a win is vital if they are to have any hope of avoiding relegation.
Sussex Men’s Div 2
South Saxons 2s 5
Lewes 3s 1 (Casselden)
Lewes travelled to South Saxons for a game they knew would be physical. Saxons dominated the game in the first half, making the most of the play. The home side scored three goals in the half including one from a short corner. Then Lewes were awarded a penalty corner from some great forward play and Tom Casselden found the back board from a well worked corner routine.
Lewes started the second half much stronger and demonstrated how they normally play hockey but they conceded a further 2 goals. Sam Matthews put in a shift – as always – earning himself man of the match. A decision from the umpire saw Tom Harvey questioning and resulted in a green card which, after a further discussion, soon led to a yellow. Lewes fought hard with ten on the pitch and didn’t concede any more.
Lewes face Brighton at home next Saturday at 3pm.