Lewes suffered their worst result of the season on Saturday when a second half collapse saw them go down 5-1 away to an in-form Margate.
However, although the scoreline looks one-sided, those who were at the game will report that the main difference between the sides was Margate’s ability to take their chances compared to the Rooks.
It was Gate’s fifth victory on the trot, following impressive victories over Cray Wanderers, Aveley, Hastings United and Concord Rangers.
But although they were good for the win, the scoreline somewhat overstates their superiority.
The simple fact is the hosts took their chances while the visitors did not, otherwise the result may have been closer.
After a goalless first half, two goals in as minutes, from Matt Bodkin on 58 minutes and Dan Stubbs, on 59, rocked Lewes
The game promised to come to life in a big way when Paul Booth converted a penalty four minutes after Stubbs’ goal to pull Lewes back to onle a goal behind.
But the player/assistant manager’s second spot kick goal in as many league games turned out to be nothing more than a consolation strike as the Gate pulled away late on.
First Richard Avery scored just three minutes later.
Then, on 76 minutes, Bodkin scored his second of the match.
And finally, Blackpool target Kwesi Appiah completed the nightmare for Lewes with a goal with just three minutes left to play.
The four-goal margin of defeat equals that of the Rooks’ defeat at home to AFC Hornchurch in October, although that 4-0 loss included two very dubious penalties awarded to the opposition. This was the first time a Lewes side had conceded five goals in a game since the heavy 5-1 loss at home to Farnborough last march, a team that, of course, was managed by former Rooks boss Steve King.
Although Lewes under King this season had struggled to find the net all campaign (with the Rooks only scoring more than once in a league game twice since the first of November) their own goal was at least very hard to breach. In fact, it had taken Lewes’ opponents six-and-a-a-half games to score five times against a Rooks defence during King’s last days in charge (he left the club last week by ‘mutual consent’ amidst a shroud of mystery), stretching back to the Rooks’ 2-1 home defeat to Concord Rangers. And to prove the team’s obduracy under King was no fluke, the defence led by his loyal talisman Steve Robinson conceded just twice in the six games before that.
Simon Wormull, who was installed as caretaker manager after King’s departure and oversaw Saturday’s defeat, will be hoping the nature of the loss will prove to be a on-off and will certainly be looking to see his side bounce back in this Wednesday night’s big local Sussex Senior Cup clash against Eastbourne Borough. The Sports visit the Pan for the first time since 2008 in quarter final, kick off 7.45pm.
Ironically, they also parted company with their manager, Garry Wilson, during the middle of last week. Popular veteran defender Ben Austin took charge of their Blue Square Bet South match away to Tonbridge Angels but could not stop them losing by that same 5-1 scorline.
Prices for that Wednesday SSC clash is adults £8, members and concessions £5 and kids free.