SIMON WORMULL hailed his team for a ‘fantastic’ performance in North London on Tuesday in coming from behind to beat Wingate & Finchley.
The win secured the Rooks second win in four days after beating Carshalton 1-0 at home on Saturday and rekindled hopes of gaining a play-off spot at the end of the season.
Second half goals from Paul Booth and Ian Draycott turned the game around on Tuesday after Leon Smith had given the hosts a first half lead.
On 28 minutes, Smith outpaced Chris Breach and slammed the ball home to give the home side a deserved lead. As the teams trooped off for half time you could see that Lewes manager wasn’t happy.
Whatever Wormull had said at half time it had the desired effect. The equaliser, when it came, was from the penalty spot when Kieron Street brought down Jack Walder. Up stepped Booth and he slotted it home. Wormull then threw Ian Draycott and Christian Nanetti on, essentially changing the formation to a 4-1-3-2. And Draycott had only been on the pitch for three minutes before, on 75 minutes, he sniffed out a chance in the area, turned and sent a slightly mis-hit shot into the corner of the net.
A delighted Wormull (above) said: “First half we didn’t play particularly well, we played well in patches but not throughout, but having said that they went 1-0 up with the only chance they had.
“But we came in at half time and got ourselves together, and sorted out what we needed to do. And the players were fantastic. The penalty settled us down and then Ian scored the winner, which will be great for his confidence. To put two wins together after the run we had will give all the players a boost and will stand them in good stead for some big games coming up. We’ve got Lowestoft, Leatherhead and Billericay in the next eight or nine games and I’ve got full confidence that we can take points out of all those games.
“Then after that we’ve got quite a few games against teams that haven’t got an awful lot to play for.”
Tomorrow’s game at the Pan is against a team that have proven difficult to beat at home, but have struggled on their many long journeys this season, Lowestoft Town.
“They struggle to travel well,” said Wormull. “And they have had a bit of a rough patch as well. It happens to everyone. To be honest, there’s more pressure on them than there is us. We’ll give it everything we’ve got and see where it gets us.”
And it’s hoped a bumper crowd will turn out tomorrow.
“It’s going to be a great game,” said Wormull. The fact that we’ve have we have won a couple of games will get some extra people in, and if we won on Saturday we’d go equal with the play-off positions.”
Chris Breach is banned for two games for the accumulation of cautions over the season but other that Wormull says he has a full squad from which to pick. Midfielder Matt Somner does miss the Billericay and Hendon games for the same reasons as Breach, however.
And Wormull said he was delighted that the club’s talismanic skipper Steve Robinson had turned down an overture from Staines Town to stay with the Rooks. He said “We had a lot of chats over that period. “He (Robinson) feels he doesn’t need to go anywhere else to prove himself anymore. And he doesn’t.
“We’re massively delighted that he’s decided to stay because he’s such a good player and he is a very important figure to have in the dressing room. And it was a very good offer from Staines that he turned down. I have said to him that he’s playing some of the best football he’s played for the past three or four years right now.
“We understand that at his age we have to manage his situation and if it means he has to miss a training session every so often so he’s right and fit for a Saturday then that’s the way we’ll go.”
Wormull said it was “possible” that yet more new blood could be brought into the Rooks dressing room following the introduction of the likes of Nathan Crabb, Billy Medlock and Peter Gregory over the past few weeks, but he said it was unlikely anything would happen by the weekend.
LEWES: Ingram 7, Howell 7, Hamilton 7, Somner 7, Robinson 7, Breach 7, Walder 7, Harding 7, Booth 7, Crabb 8, Gregory 7.