Lewes’ pre-season preparations continued with a 1-1 draw at Worthing today, as a Steve Robinson header 13 minutes from time helped the Rooks to a hard-fought draw against their local rivals writes Tom Harper.
With a starting line-up which included trialists Lee Cooper and Jack Lyons, as well as youth team players Callum Dove and Ryan Fergany, Lewes just about had the better of what was a fairly even first half.
Neither side created any real clear-cut chances, but the Rooks went closest as long-range efforts from Layton Schaaf and Steve Brinkhurst forced Alan Mansfield in the Worthing goal into two comfortable saves.
Half-time saw the introduction of experienced trio Steve Robinson, Karl Beckford and Nathan Crabb, with these changes seeing Lewes play at a higher tempo almost immediately.
Beckford went close to scoring his first goal since returning to the club inside the first few minutes of the second half, as he sent a free-kick just wide.
Simon Wormull made five more changes just after the hour mark and within a minute the Rooks had fallen behind against the run of play, as Steve Metcalfe scrambled the ball under substitute goalkeeper Kieron Thorp after a cross had found its way into the six-yard box.
Lewes responded to going behind in the right way, however, and equalised with 13 minutes remaining as Robinson scored with a powerful header from an in-swinging Beckford free-kick.
This was a useful exercise for Lewes ahead of their prestige friendly against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday.
It allowed Wormull to take a look at trialists Lee Cooper, Jack Lyons, Dan Bolwell and Trevor McCreadie, as well as giving youth team players Kelvin Brown, Callum Dove and Ryan Fergany valuable experience with the first team.
Impressive Lewes performances came from Jay Conroy, Lee Cooper, Callum Dunne, Karl Beckford and Steve Brinkhurst.
Szelemej (Thorp 61), Conroy (Leach 61), Hamilton (Bolwell 61), Dunne (Walder 61), Cooper (Robinson 46), Breach (Brown 61), Dove, Schaaf (Beckford 46), Lyons (McCreadie 61), Brinkhurst, Fergany (Crabb 46).