GALLANT ROOKS CONQUER DOVER

Less than 24 hours after facing Crystal Palace, goals from Layton Schaaf and Steve Brinkhurst helped Lewes pick up their second victory of pre-season against Dover Athleticwrites Tom Harper.

The Rooks started the game brightly and went ahead after just eight minutes, when Schaaf sent a looping header over Lee Hook in the visitors goal after an excellent in-swinging cross from Arron Hopkinson.

Despite having less than 24 hours to rest after their previous game, Lewes doubled their lead just two minutes later. Brinkhurst was the scorer as he sent a perfectly-weighted lob from a tight angle over Hook after latching onto a good ball down the line from Hopkinson.

Lewes were controlling the game against their visitors from the Blue Square Bet South, with player-manager Simon Wormull rolling back the years with an excellent display in midfield, even after playing the full game against Crystal Palace.

Dover still posed an occasional threat though, and came close to pulling a goal back on two occasions before half-time, with Kieron Thorp tipping a Barry Cogan free-kick over the wall, before Dean Rance saw his powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area come back off the inside of the post.

There was not a great deal of action at either end at the start of the second half, although the visitors began to see more of the ball.

Thorp was forced into three fine saves during the course of the second half, but it was not until ten minutes from time that Dover pulled a goal back, with substitute Magdzinski sending a powerful header beyond the reach of Thorp and into the top corner.

The Rooks were able to see out the closing stages quite comfortably though, and might even have increased their lead when Max Howell sent a low cross-shot just wide of the far post.

It was clear that the Lewes players had benefited from playing against such high quality opposition earlier in the week and although pre-season matches are not always an accurate indication of how well a team will fare in the competitive season, beating a promotion-chasing side who play in the division above you has to be seen as a major positive.

Next up for the Rooks is a trip to Burgess Hill on Tuesday night.

LEWES:

Thorp, Conroy (Bolwell 89), Robinson (Brown 46), Breach, Hamilton, Hopkinson (Howell 46), Walder (Leach 58), Wormull (Dove 70), Fergany (Sheldon 76), Schaaf (Reid 76), Brinkhurst.
Unused Subs: Cooper, Szelemej.

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Author: stuartnoel

Nearly prize winning author of Passport to Football, Budget Airline Football and European Football - A Fans Guide.

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