‘Toothless’ Lewes held by Hendon

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Simon Wormull felt his side lacked bite in a rather uninspiring goalless draw with Hendon last night (Tuesday) at the Dripping Pan.

Neither side really impressed, although Rooks at least were better then when the teams met in September and Hendon knocked them out of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win, and Wormull was happy that his young side kept a clean sheet.

He said: “I think it was a toothless sort of performance for me, a bit flat considering how we played on Saturday, when we had a bit more impetus.

“The positive coming out of it was that we didn’t let in any goals which is what we wanted. We’ve let in some soft goals lately so it was important we kept a clean sheet.

“But it was a frustrating night because I don’t think we really got started to be honest.

“We let them dictate some of the play which we shouldn’t have done, when we did play we did OK but there wasn’t enough of it.”

Isaiah Rankin spurned two good early chances for visiting Hendon, who controlled most of the first 45 minutes, although the impressive James Fergany saw a low shot saved after turning a defender well.

Darren Currie struck the outside of the post at the start of the second half and Michael Murray had a low drive saved by Kieron Thorp before Lewes began to assert themselves.

Young striker Jordan Stubbings headed wide under pressure from Steve Brinkhurst’s cross, but at the other end Rooks skipper Steve Robinson came extremely close to heading past his own keeper.

Brinkhurst cracked a shot over the bar as a somewhat underwhelming night’s play drew to a close, though the point at least moves Lewes up one place in the table to 15th.

Wormull added: “I think we finished with seven players under 21 years old, so some of it’s inexperience, some of it’s that they’re new to this surrounding but it will come.

“It might take a bit of time but we have to just keep persevering.”