A fantastic last-gasp save from Lewes goalkeeper Chris Winterton ensured Lewes earned themselves a vital point against fellow relegation candidates St Albans on Saturday.
Tim O’Shea gave starts to new faces Rory Hill, from Tonbridge Angels, and Callum Davies, signed on work experience terms from Gillingham.
The Rooks looked solid in a fairly unspectacular affair at Clarence Park, and would have felt aggrieved at conceding what would have been a late winner for the Saints.
The crucial moment came in the 88th minute when full back Nathan Green had just been shown a staright red card for a high tackle on Adam Martin. But just as the home fans in the 338-strong crowd thought their team had scored from the in-swinging free kick given as a result of the foul, Winterton pulled off a superb reflex save to keep out Everitt’s header.
The save ensured the Rooks did not fall further behind one of their relegation rivals, and O’Shea’s men will be hoping that they go one further this Saturday against another team threatened by the drop, Boreham Wood, and break their four-game goal drought by picking up all three points at the Dripping Pan.
O’Shea, meanwhile, will be encouraged by another solid defensive display – with Chris Breach at its heart but also well served by Green (until his late dismissal), Davies and Grant Hall – which has seen the Rooks concede only two goals in the last five matches.
This Saturday’s massive game against Boreham Wood at the Dripping Pan kicks off at 3pm.