Rooks upbeat for new season despite injuries

Jack Dixon was joint top-scorer pre-season with Henry Muggeridge and Terry Dodd.  Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
Jack Dixon was joint top-scorer pre-season with Henry Muggeridge and Terry Dodd. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
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Lewes Football Club manager Garry Wilson is ‘looking forward’ to the new Ryman Premier League season, but will begin his campaign without two key players.

Captain Jack Walder will miss the Rooks’ opening fixture away at Witham, and Wilson is unsure of when he will be able to step back into the side.

New signing Henry Muggeridge, who scored two goals in pre-season, is also ruled out with an injury sustained in training.

Wilson said: “It’s a long season ahead. We need to bed the players in as early as possible and be competitive early on.

“We may have to tweak the side because of the injuries we’ve picked up – Henry’s got his injury, and we’re not sure how long Jack’s going to be out for, so there may have to be a few additional players.”

Pre-season saw Muggeridge top-score for Lewes, with Jack Dixon and Terry Dodd matching his goal tally over an extensive warm-up of eight games.

A mixed set of fixtures saw the Rooks return a haul of three draws and a win, scoring ten goals in the process.

Wilson has been busy in the transfer market, signing a host of players including Dodd, Muggeridge and striker Elliott Romain.

Sam Cole and Ollie Rowe also join, as does Gary Elphick, who has previously represented Brighton & Hove Albion at first team level.

Another signing is versatile young defender Alex Malins, whose loan move from League One’s Crawley Town in March has been made permanent over the summer.

Wilson was clear in his expectations for his side, saying: “The top half of the table - that’s what we’re pushing towards, and pushing towards the play-offs.

“We’re looking forward to starting to play competitively – you can only do so much pre-season, so we look forward to getting the season started.”

Though Lewes commence their season with an away game, league football returns to the Dripping Pan swiftly, in the form of an evening kick-off against AFC Hornchurch on Wednesday, August 13.