Despite our lowly position, Lewes were one of two teams in the Ryman League Premier Division to remain unbeaten in the month of March. Unfortunately, five draws in those six games in the month have left us wondering “what if” whilst we still cling onto hope of avoiding relegation. Last weekend we battled hard against a determined Wingate & Finchley side as well as the storm-force wind to feel hard done by with a goal-less draw then on Monday we battered a good Merstham team for 74 minutes then somehow gave them two points. There is no shortage of fight or attacking ambition on Darren’s squad today and that is the hope we take on the road to Kingstonian tomorrow knowing it is win or bust.
So let’s start with the positives. Prior to March our away form was very poor, picking up a single win (away to league leaders Hampton & Richmond Borough back in September) plus a couple of away draws. However, we’ve taken five points from our last three away games with impressive performances to match. Kingstonian’s home form is good – winning 14, drawing one and losing just 4 of their 19 games so far this season. Our track record against The K’s in recent years hasn’t been the best, with just one win that came a year ago at The Dripping Pan.
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Our most recent meeting will still be fresh in the memories of most Lewes fans from back in November when we led 1-0 thanks to a goal by Henry Muggeridge as the game entered the final two minutes. Then substitute Rikky Sappleton came off the bench and within three minutes had scored twice to grab all three points for the visitors. The good news is we know that our nemesis Sappleton will be plying his trade for VCD Athletic tomorrow rather than Kingstonian.
Kingstonian sit in 7th place in the table, among a group of half a dozen teams with genuine Play-off aspirations with just a few games to go. Their recent form has been good, with four wins and two defeats from their last six, the most impressive of which was their 4-1 demolition of league leaders Hampton & Richmond Borough last Saturday thanks to goals from Gomez, Bennett, McCollin and Inns.
Having played two games in forty eight hours last weekend (Kingstonian had Monday off after their game at Farnborough was postponed) the squad will have had time to recover. Jonté Smith will have had time to recover from his jet lag after coming straight off a flight from Cuba to score last Monday whilst James Hammond should be back to full fitness. Darren still has concerns over Lloyd Cotton (knee) and Josh Street, whilst long term injuries George Landais and Jimmy Muitt definitely wont feature. After his trial at Chelsea this week, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni should also be available for the game.
Kick off at Kingsmeadow is 3pm.