Lewes captain Ollie Rowe headed a 90th minute goal to earn a draw against local derby rivals Peacehaven & Telscombe at the Dripping Pan last night.
Visitors Peacehaven twice took the lead through Josh Jones on 15 minutes and again in the 68th minute by Tom Lawley.
Lewes equalised from an own goal on 36 minutes and then again at the end through Rowe’s heroic injury-time header.
It was welcome relief for the Rooks to clinch a point following a dismal display at the weekend.
Lewes manager Garry Wilson made four changes to the side which lost to Witham 4-2 in the FA Cup with Phil Appiah, Ross Treleaven, James Fergany and Nathan Crabb coming in for Nicky Wheeler, Terry Dodd, James Stinson and Steve Brinkhurst who were all on the bench.
Peacehaven handed starting debuts to two new signings who are both former Brighton players Tommy Fraser signed from Ebbsfleet and Hampshire cricketer Joe Gatting (nephew of former England cricket captain Mike) who played in central midfield and up front respectively.
The Magpies started strongly with Tommy Fraser combining with Gatting who poked a chance comfortably into the arms of keeper Rikki Banks.
They took the lead when a ball from the right beat Lewes’s static defence and found the sharp Jones who beat his marker and netted from inside the six-yard box.
It took time but Lewes gradually got into the game and forged a decent chance around the half hour when Elliott Romain put Fergany through who was denied by keeper Antony Di Bernardo’s legs.
Lewes’s pressure led to their equaliser seven minutes the the break when Ross Treleaven crossed towards Romain but instead of reaching him the ball went into the net off a defender for an own goal.
The Rooks had an appeal for a penalty turned down when Jack Dixon went on a run into the area and was pushed from behind by a defender. He went down a bit too easily and the appeal was not upheld, much to the disapproval of Lewes’ fans and manager Garry Wilson.
Lewes’ custodian Banks got down well to deny James Fraser with a shot from the right, while at the other end Treleaven’s long throw found Dixon but the effort ended up in the top-netting.
Lawley regained Peacehaven the lead with 22 minutes to go with a low shot from eight yards following a move from the inside left channel.
Finally with three minutes of injury-time announced, Lewes equalised again as Dixon’s corner was superbly nodded in by Rowe with a perfectly-judged jump.
ROOKS: Banks, S.Crabb, Cole, Rowe, Logan, Appiah (Stinson 76), Treleaven (Wheeler 72), Dixon, Romain, Fergany (Blewden 72), N.Crabb
Unused subs: Dodd, Brinkhurst
MAGPIES: Di Bernardo, Metcalf, Knee, T.Fraser, McLaughlin, El-Abd, Lawley, Burton, Gatting (Brotherton 65), J.Fraser, Jones
Unused subs: Barker, Agnoly, Marzetti, Pitcher
REFEREE: Peter Conn