Simon Wormull said today’s win against Carshalton Athletic was the result of the hard-work put in by the squad since he took over the Dripping Pan hot seat – and insisted his new-look Lewes side will get better and better.
With new recruit Peter Gregory joining the likes of other Wormull signings Chris Breach and Nathan Crabb in the Rooks starting XI – plus the goalscoring hero of a fortnight ago, Billy Medlock, on the bench – the Lewes side is now starting to look much more like Wormull’s own.
And the former Spurs player said today’s (Saturday) 1-0 victory over the Robins – the Rooks’ first win since Boxing Day – had been coming because of the building work put in by everyone in and around the first team in recent weeks.
Wormull said: “It was a fantastic win. Obviously Carshalton are a decent side but the work rate and the endeavour the boys showed was just second to none.
“And to be fair it’s been coming, we’ve been building over the weeks and getting the confidence back – and today was the result of that.
“All right, we sat back in the first half and kind of let them impose themselves. But second half I thought we created a lot of chances. And all right, they’re going to have their little bit of pressure, but I thought we always looked comfortable.”
Of his match-winner, goalscorer Nathan Crabb, Wormull said: “It’s great for him cos that’s what he needs and that’s what he does – scores goals. And he causes defenders problems and what have you – and we’re getting him fitter as well, along with the other boys, and it’s exciting for the rest of the season.”
Of his new signing, Peter Gregory, whose registration with the club was only completed this morning, he said: “Peter’s come in and done great. He hasn’t played a lot of football lately so to last 90 minutes in that sort of pace of game, he’s done fantastic. And again (like the other new players) he just needs to know how we play as well.
“He’s from Eastbourne, he’s an Eastbourne lad. And (having played for local boys team Lewes Bridge View) he obviously went to Pompey and played Premiership football, making the odd appearance for them. He’s just going to get better and better.
“We only spoke to him yesterday but he did great, everybody did great.”
And of being able to announce a full bench (including that rarest of things this season for Lewes: a substitute goalkeeper) the Lewes boss said: “That’s the difference from a month ago, where we were struggling to field 13 or we’re having to delve into a lot of the U18s, it just gives us all a bit more confidence all round that we can bring a player on that’s going to change it – like they did today.”
Wormull also had plenty of praise for young Max Howell, who scared the Robins’ defence with his speed after coming off the bench in the second half.
The Lewes boss said: “With Peter, with Christian (Nanetti), we’ve got some serious pace, but it’s using that pace to our effect, we’ve got to effect it well. And he (Howell) did that today: as you saw, running with the ball – people can’t even run without the ball that fast.
“It was great for him. He’s enjoyed it and hopefully he’ll kick on.”
And finally Wormull had a word for his goalkeeper – today’s man of the match, Matt Ingram – and the rest of the Rooks defence that earned their first clean sheet since New Year’s Eve.
He said: “Matt’s come in and for three games he’s been absolutely sensational, and we’re fortunate that we’ve got him until the end of the season. But the boys in front of him were absolutely fantastic.
“So again it gives them a boost of confidence, and going into Tuesday (away to Wingate & Finchley) which is another massively winnable game for us.”