Brown resigns as Lewes manager after tough start to season

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Lewes manager Steve Brown has resigned following a difficult start to the campaign.

A narrow 2-1 defeat on Wednesday night at Sussex rivals Burgess Hill left the Rooks fourth from bottom in the Ryman Premier League table with just six points and a goal difference of -13 from their first 11 matches.

Defeat at the Hillians, in front of a decent midweek crowd of 638, came just days after an embarrassing 5-1 home defeat to newly-promoted Brentwood.

Former Charlton Athletic defender Brown, who was appointed as temporary manager at the end of last season and took the job on a permanent basis in the summer, offered his resignation following the Burgess Hill defeat. It was accepted by the club on Thursday morning.

Brown said: “I resigned last night. The club accepted it this morning. It is nothing to do with results. It is just an issue with how it is set up.”

The Rooks have won just once so far this season and that came earlier this month at Hampton and Richmond.

Since then they have exited the FA Cup to Phoenix Sports and suffered two further league defeats.

Next up is crunch clash at the Dripping Pan tomorrow (Saturday 3pm) against midtable outfit Billericay Town.

Billericay have 12 points from their 11 matches and have won three, drawn three and lost five so far this season.

Lewes are also in Ryman league action at the Dripping Pan next Wednesday as they welcome high riding Tonbridge Angels.