It was a case of After the Lord Mayor’s Show for Lewes on Saturday as they lost 2-1 at home to Thurrock.
The heroics of the Boxing Day defeat had taken their toll on the Lewes players and hampered by a heavy pitch and a team who had not played for 11 days, the Rooks let the lead slip in the second half.
Thurrock have only won 16 points so far this season and would probably love to play Lewes every week as six of those points have come from matches against them.
Lewes took the lead three minutes before half time when debut defender Callum Donaghey headed home a corner at the far post.
Three minutes after the break, the hosts were level when Danny Green hit an unstoppable shot from just outside the area.
After a lull period, Lewes legs began to weaken and Thurrock stepped up, playing the long ball and forcing the game which the hosts struggled to counter.
The Fleet took the lead in the 67th minute when skipper Stuart Thurgood’s powerful ball into the area was turned into this own net by Jon Dollery.
Lewes heads began to fall and the collective will which had seen them perform so well in the last two games against Concord Rangers and Bognor went missing.
The next game is on New Year’s Day at Hastings, kick off 3pm.
With no rain overnight The Pan pitch has dried out perfectly, and the game today against Thurrock will be going ahead as planned. But don’t forget it is a 2pm KO. So come on down and support the boys towards another three points.
Simon Wormull has bolstered his squad with the signing of talented central defender Callum Donaghey.
Callum, 21, signs from Crawley Down Gatwick where he has been an integral member of their side since his switch from Three Bridges in September. While Callum preferred position is centre half he is versatile enough to play virtually anywhere across the park. The 6′ 4″ youngster has also featured for Leatherhead and Tooting and Mitcham and links up again with Nick Brown, who managed Callum when he was a youth team player at Three Bridges.
Manager Wormull was delighted with the signing “Callum is young, keen and very ambitious. I see it as a very good addition to our talented squad”. He goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s game against Thurrock.
Wormull moved quickly to secure the services of Donaghey after Club Captain Steve Robinson suffered knee cartilage damage against Concord Rangers and has subsequently undergone surgery. The surgery was deemed a success and Robbo is expected to be missing for several months. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return.
Lewes 1 Bognor Regis Town 0 (Crabb 80)
As the referee brought an end to the Sussex derby yesterday, the 883 fans in the Dripping Pan said a silent pray to the Gods above who had delayed the heavy rain just enough to finish the game. There was certainly some doubt as the sides returned to the pitch that the game wouldn’t be completed as the conditions took a massive turn for the worse.
The highlight of the first half was a brilliant penalty save from Thorp who dived to his left to palm away the well struck spot kick, although Lewes had a few good chances as conditions made any attempts to play the ball along the surface almost impossible. The second half saw the rain intensify and it looked as if the game would finish as a nil nil draw, if it could finish at all. Lewes felt as if they should have had a penalty half-way through the half when Steve Brinkhurst was brought down in the area, but the referee and his assistant felt he had gone to ground too easily.
The break through came in the 80th minute when Karl Beckford’s free-kick was met by in-form Nathan Crabb and he guided his header into the corner of the net. Relief and elation were palpable in the stands. Despite being cheered on my a fantastic away support, the visitors couldn’t find a way past the excellent Thorp who pulled off two world-class saves in the final few minutes.
On Saturday the Rooks are hoping to take on Thurrock at the Dripping Pan at 2pm. With a poor weather forecast for the next few days we will keep an eye on the conditions at the Pan and post any updates via Twitter, Facebook, the forum and on the homepage.
Wednesday 2nd January and Thursday 3rd January, Lewes FC will be holding more Football Development Days.
They will take place at the Dripping Pan for any current Girls (Under 12-Under 16) and Boys (Under 14-Under 16) players.
The sessions will be run by Simon Wormull, 1st Team and Academy Manager, so the standard of coaching will be of a high standard, and aimed at any club players who want to develop their football ability.
Girls: Wednesday 2nd January, 10am-1pm (£10)
Boys: Thursday 3rd January, 10-12am and 1-3pm (£15 full day, £9 half-day).
For full details Development Day Information.
To download a booking form Click Here. Please post, together with payment, to:
Adrian Howell, Lewes FC, The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Road, Lewes BN7 2XA
For more details contact Adrian Howell (General Manager) on 01273-470820 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewes won their first league match away from the Dripping Pan with a superb 6-3 demolition of Concord Rangers. REPORT
Nathan Crabb scored a hatrick, with Chris Breach and Ben Godfrey adding goals alongside debutant Jon Dolley.
The performance was exemplified not just by the scoreline but also the work rate of all the team who were impressive to a man.
Crabb scored probably the fastest goal in the league this season inside 15 seconds with Godfrey and Breach adding to a 3-1 half time lead.
A spectacular shot from Dollery from 35 yards made it 4-1 but despite pulling another goal back, a brace from Crabb for his hatrick and a late Rangers consolation saw the afternoon finish 6-3, putting an emphatic end to the hosts 11 match unbeaten run.
Next Saturday, Lewes face the tricky trip to Wealdstone in the league, kick off 3pm.
Come down to the Dripping pan this boxing day to cheer off all that poultry and support the Rooks to victory.
This promises to be one of our biggest games of the season with a huge home crowd support from the people of Lewes so why not come down and be a part of it. Arriving early is advisable.
That’s Wednesday 26th December, 3pm Kick off.
Under 16s Free
We also have an exclusive bumper programme including a collection of photos from our ‘Match Day’ competition, where fans submitted pictures and photos that summed up their ‘match day’ experience.