This midweek saw two of our teams with much young talent pick up important wins as both our Development Squad and Academy side got the better of Burgess Hill Town U21s and Tonbridge Angels Academy respectively.
The Academy travelled across to Tonbridge and came away with a well deserved 3-1 victory. The goalscorers were Nathan Payne after 15 minutes, Tom Haines with the second after 25 and Lucas Tredrea a minute from full time after Tonbridge made it 2-1 mid way through the second half. First half played some really good football, passing well and some great movement off the ball – all the things which were worked on last week in training. Second half became more about a will to win as Tonbridge threw everything at Lewes. The Academy defended really well and while they were limited to counter-attacks they did them with speed and resulted in the third goal. Academy Manager Adrian Howell was delighted with three well taken goals and some good individual performances including George Whitley in centre midfield and Jamie Stevens upfront for the for their first starts of the season.
On Wednesday evening the Development Squad progressed into the Quarter Finals of the Ryman U21 Cup with an entertaining 1-0 home win over Sussex rivals Burgess Hill Town. The match was filled with numerous chances for both sides and it was a miracle that the game finished with only one goal between the sides. The goal came after only 8 minutes when the lively Ian Robinson (pictured) crossed from the right and after a slight deflection the ball ended up in the back of the net. Harry Millar’s 25 yard free kick cannoned off the bar in the later stages of the first half and during the second half heroics from centre backs Alex Malins and Jordan Badger and goalkeeper Ryan Burbridge kept the clean sheet in tact. Forwards Callum Connor and Alex Laing also had chances to extend the advantage but ultimately manager Gary Croydon will be pleased with his young side’s performance and to have progressed to the next round where they’ll have a home tie against either Worthing or Thamesmead Town.
Next week the DS travel to Kent where they’ll visit Chatham Town on Monday, 7.45pm kick off while the Academy welcome Gillingham to Uckfield on Wednesday 1pm kick off. Before both of those our U18s hop across to West Sussex and a Dennis Probee Sussex Youth Cup semi-final at Bognor Regis Town on Sunday evening, 6pm kick off.