Lewes suffered a humiliating home defeat at the hands of Ryman Premier League new boys Brentwood Town.
Steve Brown made three changes from the team that lost at Phoenix Sports last weekend with new on-loan keeper Nik Tzanev coming into the side, Chris Breach replacing the injured Alex Welsh, whilst George Brown returned in the centre of midfield, meaning Jay Lovett went into the back four to replace Jordan Badger.
Brentwood Town set the tone for the afternoon by scoring a goal from nothing in the 5th minute when a hopeful punt into the box was left by goalkeeper and defenders alike for fullback Anderson to head home unchallenged. The goal seemed to spark Lewes into action and they began to pass the ball around nicely without ever causing Brentwood’s keeper any problems. The turning point of the game came midway through the first period when Guest was adjudged to have punched the man (Logan) not the ball when coming for a cross. Penalty to Lewes and a chance to get on even terms. Redwood stepped up and hit his spot kick against the outside of the post.
The game was still relatively even until Jamie Guy waltzed through the home defence before picking his spot in the 42nd minute. Half-time couldn’t come soon enough for Lewes to regroup.
The second half started relatively evenly before Liam Hope scored a third from a defensive lapse in the 51st minute which effectively killed off the game. Brown threw on Conlon and Laing which upped the tempo but on 66 minutes a mix up between Breach and Tzanev saw substitute Richardson head home with his first touch. More worryingly was the sight of Chris Breach having to leave the field on a stretcher with a head and an ankle injury.
With 90 minutes on the club, Alex Laing then showed what he can do, cutting inside the defender before he was hauled down in the box. He immediately grabbed the ball and smashed home the penalty kick. Any consolation Lewes had from the goal evaporated a few seconds later when Robbie Rees’s strike from just inside the penalty area made it five for Brentwood Town, even though they only had seven shots on goal in the whole game.
It was a painful lesson for Lewes against a team who sat just above The Rooks in the table, and who showed very little in the way of enterprise. Defensive errors, however, were ruthlessly punished by the visitors and now the process of picking the team up for the local derby away to Burgess Hill Town on Wednesday is the important focus for the management team.
Lewes: Tzanev, Wilson, Muggeridge, Brown, Breach (Badger), Lovett, Williams (Conlon), Logan (Laing), Crabb, Redwood, Levy
Subs not used: Coppola, Hutchins
Brentwood Town: Guest, Gordon, Anderson, Symons (Rees), O’Rawe, Stokes, Mahn, Ngandu, Hope (Richardson), Guy, Fisher (Holdsworth)
Subs not used: Banton, Robson
Booked: Guest, Symons