LEWES boss Simon Wormull has described tomorrow and the following Saturday’s away games as “massive” as the Rooks make one last push to get into the end of season play-offs.
Lewes travel to Cray Wanderers tomorrow to take on the team one place above them in the Ryman Premier – and the team occupying the last play-off position in the table.
The clubs are locked together on points and are only separated by Lewes’ inferior goal difference – thanks to the Rooks’ season-long troubles in front of their opposition’s goal.
But a win tomorrow (Saturday) at the oldest association football club in England – followed by good result in Essex seven days later when the Rooks travel to Concord Rangers – would put Wormull’s men in the box seat concerning a chance to play-off for an immediate return to the Blue Square Bet South division.
Lewes thought they had slipped up on Saturday when they drew 0-0 with an ultimately doomed Aveley side (the struggling outfit were actually relegated as a result of that draw combined with other results) but poor results for teams such as Cray meant it felt more like a point gained than two lost.
And a battling win over Hastings United in awful conditions on Easter Monday meant Lewes had picked up a handy four points over the holiday weekend.
And with the season coming to a climax, Rooks boss Wormull said of tomorrow’s trip to Kent to play Cray: “It’s a massive game, it’s actually two massive away games.
“We’ve got Cray this week, Concord next week. Two massive away games. But I think that’ll suit us, to be honest, because it kind of takes the pressure off us and on to... especially on to Cray, where they’re going to need to get a result at home. If we win we go above them.
Speaking on Monday directly after the Hastings win (see match report inside) he said: “The performance was still there, the quality wasn’t there but the result was – and that is what matters.
“It’s kept the season alive still. Everyone won again today so it’s made it even more important and so we go into next week against Cray – and if we beat them we go into the play-off (positions) – it’s as simple as that.
“Bury lost today so they’re only four points ahead of us, so there are three or four teams who have got to be looking at that now.”
Of Monday’s terrible conditions, he said: “You had the wind, and I did the warm up with the boys, and the pitch was very very bobbly, very skiddy, very bobbly.
“So it wasn’t conducive to either team, cos we both want to play football but it didn’t suit either.
“And it made it a bit of a drab game to be honest. But we did well, took our goals well, and put ourselves in a position to win the game.”
Wormull said it was important not to put too much pressure on the players to get results when battling for a play-off place, saying: “The difficulty is you can push the guys to much and maybe get on their nerves a little bit. We just want them to go out and enjoy themselves. We said it five or six weeks ago: let’s enjoy ourselves, play our football, see where it gets us. Where it’s got us now is on the edge (of the play-offs) so if we continue doing what we’re doing then you never know what’s going to happen.”
See today’s Sussex Express for more Wormull comment.