LEWES conceded at least three goals for the fourth time in their last five competitive games as Tim O’Shea’s men were shot down by the Spitfires of Eastleigh on Saturday.
Lewes handed a debut to new signing Ismael Welsh. And the left winger looked impressive as the hosts dominated the first 20 minutes.
But the early promise soon evaporated and goals from Danny Smith (30 mins), Brett Williams (40 mins), Tony Taggart (56 mins), and a second for Williams on the hour sent the disappointing (or should that be disappointed?) crowd of 483 home under a cloud.
The only bright spot came on 64 minutes when Tom Murphy raced onto an Anthony Barness ball over the top before rounding Eastleigh keeper Gareth Barfoot and sliding a left-footed shot into the empty net.
But it was too little too late for Lewes, and Eastleigh manager Ian Baird was even allowed the luxury of taking off his three most threatening players – Williams, Richard and Taggart – well before the end.
Lewes, who admittely have faced a tough fixture schedule over the Christmas and New Year, will need to improve when they take on the top two teams in the Blue Square Bet South in their next two fixtures – leaders Braintree Town away on Saturday and second-placed Bromley at home next Wednesday (January 19).
See this Friday’s Sussex Express for a full report on the Lewes v Eastleigh game.
LEWES: Winterton, Barness, Green, Breach, Hutchinson, Scarborough (Crellin 45), Wheeler, Rowe (Pearson 62), Godfrey, Murphy (Saunders 90+5), Welsh.
EASTLEIGH: Barfoot, Bottomley, Goodhind, Riviere, Jordan, Holland, Adenyi, Smith, Williams (Slabber 69), Taggart (White 76), Richard (McAuley 72).