SLIDESHOW: Late equaliser ensures a point for Lewes against VCD Athletic

Henry Muggeridge made his first appearance for the Rooks in their 2-2 draw with VCD Athletic on Wednesday night.

Lewes went 1-0 up on 32 minutes when Jack Dixon’s thumping header may well have crossed the line – he was credited with the goal – but after the diving Nick Blue got a hand to it, Elliott Romain was on hand to make sure the goal stood. (32)

Lewes v VCD Athletic. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

Lewes v VCD Athletic. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

Lewes deserved the lead, and it was somewhat of a shock that VCD got back on level terms before the break. James Duckworth played the ball across from the left and found the run of the dangerous Karl Dent, scored.

The visitors then stunned the home crowd when Michael Power scored.

But the hosts then went on the offensive in search of the equaliser, and it came six minutes from time after substitute Terry Dodd was brought down just outside the penalty area. The forward dusted himself down, and drilled the resulting set piece low past Blue and into the bottom corner.

Lewes could count themselves lucky they didn’t fall behind again in stoppage time as Power had another go from 20 yards, but his deflected effort was turned around the post by the scrambling Banks.

Garry Wilson said: “I am relieved at the end of it that we recovered to get the draw to be honest. We started the game pretty well and played some very good football in the first 15 or so minutes. After going 1-0 up I am disappointed that we sat back and allowed them to get back in to the game.

“I expected us to push on again in the second half but the game was getting stretched and I thought the first team to score would go on and win it. Fortunately I was proved wrong as we battled hard in the last ten minutes to recover from going behind and get the draw.

“It is a game we should be winning, especially at home, and in the end we are fortunate to have got a point at the end of it.”

Wilson added about Henry Muggeridge: “We asked a lot of him to come in and do a job for us. He is very good on the ball and can make things happen for us which he proved a few times tonight. It’s not his natural position behind the striker, but he will be a big player for us once he gets fit.”

LEWES: Banks, Brinkhurst, Logan, Rowe ©, John (Elphick 18), Stinson, Wheeler, Dixon, Romain (Blewden 57), Muggeridge (Todd 71), Crabb.