Lewes at full strength against local rivals Eastbourne Borough tonight

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LEWES play their last home friendly of the pre-season tonight when they take on local rivals Eastbourne Borough.

And the Rooks are likely to be full strength for their clash with the Sports following a couple of run outs featuring youth team players and trialists.

The game comes before a final couple of away warm-up matches next week – ahead of the big Ryman League kick off, two weeks tomorrow, on August 18.

Eastbourne Borough will make the short trip west along the A27 to take on Simon Wormull’s men.

And Lewes manager Wormull has opted to go with a full strength squad.

Having used most of the previous friendlies to run the rule over a number of players on trial at the club – as well as several Under 18 players – Wormull is close to finalising his squad for the forthcoming Ryman Premier campaign.

He said: “We purposefully opted for a lot of pre-season matches in order to raise players to full match fitness, but also to give us the time to look at the potential of a number of fringe players.

“I think we have generally achieved both, even though a couple of players have picked up a few knocks, so it has proved a worthwhile exercise.

“With three more matches to go before we kick off against Enfield on the 18th (3pm KO at The Pan) the emphasis will now change.

“Starting with the game against Eastbourne Borough we will work much more on team shape and patterns of play, and building on the great team spirit and understanding within the squad.”

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.45pm at the Dripping Pan. Ticket prices are £8 adults, £4 concessions and free for under 16’s.

Lewes then have two away friendlies, first a trip to Farnborough on Tuesday before a game away at Maidstone United tomorrow (Saturday) week.

Two experimental Lewes sides suffered pre-season defeats last week week.

Goals from Layton Schaaf and Steve Brinkhurst (penalty) were not enough to stop the Rooks losing 3-2 away to Three Bridges on Saturday, then Lewes lost heavily, 8-0, at home to the Crawley Town development squad on Tuesday night.