LEWES were brought back down to earth with a bump on Saturday – following their superb victory over league leaders Braintree Town 72 hours earlier – when they crashed 3-0 away to Dartford.
Tim O’Shea was forced into two changes due to the absence of the suspended duo, keeper Chris Winterton and defender Joe Dolan.
Conor Gough pulled on the goalkeepers’ gloves in a debut appearance following his arrival on work experience terms from Charlton Athletic, while Andy Pearson replaced Dolan in the heart of the Rooks defence.
Lewes had already come under pressure from the hosts – Gough pulling off two good saves to deny Lee Burns and Lee Noble – before the Darts took the lead on four minutes.
Danny Harris pounced on a moment of indecision between Lewis Hamilton and Ishmael Welsh to lash a superb half-volley past Gought.
Dartford’s second and third came on 25 minutes and second half injury time – both by Charlie Sheringham, son of former England ace Teddy. The 22-year-old certainly seems to have inherited his father’s eye for goal.
First he helped a seemingly already goalbound header from Paul Goodacre into the net, then rounded off a miserable day for the Rooks with a good chest down and finish past Gough following a Ryan Hayes cross.
DARTS: Young, Jones, Bruce, Goodacre, Bonner, Harris (Hayes 66), Champion, Noble, Rogers, Sheringham, Burns (Main 77). Booked: Bruce, Harris.
ROOKS: Gough, Barness, Breach, Pearson, Hamilton, Wheeler, Wright, Holness (Crellin 57), Welsh (Hill 53), Hunt (Green 73), Noel. Booked: Barness, Wright. REF: B Knight. ATT: 1,036.