LEWES FC will play Ryman League football next season after they were relegated from the Blue Square South on Saturday.
A 2-1 defeat to Bishops Stortford in front of their own fans at the Dripping Pan sealed Rooks fate with one league game still to play.
Ian Walker’s visitors scored twice in two minutes at the end of the first half through Michael Bakare and Dean Rance to leave Lewes shell-shocked at half time.
The Rooks did pull one back through Rory Hill’s free kick and, needing at least a draw to take the fight to the last day of the season, Danny Buckle missed two excellent chances in stoppage time before the full-time whistle signalled the end of Lewes’ stay in the Blue Square South.
The relegation is Rooks second in two seasons in what has been a tumultuous time for the club both on and off the pitch.
Dejected manager Tim O’Shea, who took over from former boss Steve Ibbitson in November, said: “It’s disappointing, a big crowd turn out and we gave ourselves such a good opportunity beating Havant, to come here and get something.
“I think it’s disappointing, stating the obvious the fact that’s probably it for us and the disappointing thing was the performance today.”
For full reaction to Rooks relegation pick up your copy of the Sussex Express, out on Friday.