The U18s travelled to a windy Rottingdean to play against their youth side, the match started at a slow pace with both teams trying to come to terms with the strong cross wind and bobbly pitch. The visitors had the first real chance when a Dan Huet header produced one of many fine saves from Nathan in the Rottingdean goal. As the match progressed Reece Markwick produced a great save to keep the scores level, while Young Rooks had their best spell and Adam Christian could have had a hatrick of headers following well worked set pieces. Dan Huet spurred two chances before finally latching onto a superb through ball from George Amiet-West and slotted the ball under the advancing home goalkeeper. Liam Wright picked up an injury late on the first half and was replaced by the impressive Jack Troak.
Lewes struggled to get going in the second half and Rottingdean had their best spell of the match and got a deserved equaliser following poor defending by Lewes. The away side tried to get the ball down and play the football we have become accustomed to but struggled with the wind and were unable to break down a resilient Dean defence meaning the game finished one apiece. Despite the result the management team were still able to take some positives from the match.
Lewes U18s would like to wish Rottingdean all the best for the season ahead.
Squad: Reece Markwick – Craig Avens – Liam Wright – Jacob Bassett – Adam Christian – Rabbit Kiabalenga – Jack Goodale – Dan Huet – Kyle Woolven – Sam Bentley – George Amiet-West – Jack Troak – Lucas Tredea – Sam Piper