Lewes picked up their second win in four days following a 2-1 home victory over Billericay Town this afternoon (Saturday).
Two excellent goals from man of the match Michael Malcolm proved the difference between the teams in the end.
The Rooks deserved the points even though a thoroughly impressive first half display from the hosts was followed by a somewhat disjointed second half showing.
Former Crawley and Farnborough striker Malcolm fired the Rooks ahead on 15 minutes when he placed a sublime lob over the BIllericay keeper Nicky Morgan from all of 30 yards following a long ball clear from the Lewes defence.
He doubled his tally and Lewes’ lead on the half hour when good build up play down the Lewes right saw Jamie Cade hitting a neat square ball to Malcolm 16 yards out. The striker showed good feet to turn inside his marker before hitting a beautiful curling effort beyond the reach of the diving Morgan.
Billericay very nearly pulled one back with the last action of the first half but striker Jay May’s goalbound header, from Sam Berry’s free kick, was sensationally tipped around the post by Rooks keeper Stuart Robinson.
Lewes couldn’t find the same fluidity in the second half as they had in the first and Billericay were allowed to dominate both possession and territory, even if the visitors didn’t look particularly threatening up front.
They did pull one back though, on 83 minutes, when May looped the ball past keeper Robinson. That made for a nervous last few minutes but the points were deservedly the hosts’ in the end.
The win puts Lewes on six points in the Ryman Premier, following their opening day 3-1 defeat at Lowestoft Town last Saturday and Wednesday night’s 1-0 home win over the Metropolitan Police. The Rooks now travel to Gorings Mead to take on Sussex rivals Horsham in the league on Monday afternoon. Don’t miss our live updates on this website if you can’t make the game.
See this Friday’s Sussex Express for full match reports from Brian Pollard of both the Lewes v Billericay game and Horsham v Lewes.