Controversial late goal sees Lewes beaten

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Lewes were beaten by a controversial late Kingstonian goal at the Dripping Pan on Saturday.

An excellent second half performance had seen the Rooks come from behind following a first half Ks goal, and were looking the more likely of the two teams to grab a winner.

But then came that second half injury time incident that led to the away side’s winner – and left the hosts feeling robbed.

The home side felt keeper Kieron Thorpe had been clearly fouled in the air as the Rooks keeper claimed a long ball. But they were dismayed to see referee David Spain wave play on as Thorp – and Lewes team-mate Lewis Hamilton – were both flat out on the ground requiring treatment... and despite Chris Breach heading off the line in the follow-up, Paul Vines was able to put the loose ball into the net for an undeserved Ks winner.

The home side had been displeased with the referee in the build-up to Kingstonian’s first goal too, when Thorp was again hampered when going for a ball, with Matt Pattison putting the ball into an empty net.

Thorp did well to stop it getting worse for the Rooks before half time when making a fine save to keep out Simon Huckle’s shot.

But the hosts were the better side after the break, and got a deserved equaliser on the hour-mark when Nathan Crabb managed to get his shot past keeper Rob Tolfrey and Kieran Murphy on the Ks goal-line following a Ben Godfrey pull-back.

And Lewes were unlucky not to take the lead following chances for Joe Kay, Tommy Brewer and Crabb – although the visitors had chances of their own, from former Rook Wade Small and Andre McCollin.

But then came that moment deep into the third minute of injury time that enraged the home fans, who made their feelings known to referee Spain – who has a history of making controversial decisions – at the end of the match.

Other than the very real disappointment of dropping points as a result of the incidents, the controversy overshadowed what had been a very good performance from the Lewes team.

They will hope to replicate that good level of performance in the double header of Sussex derbies this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (home to Hastings United on Saturday, away to Bognor Regis Town on Monday, both 3pm kick offs) – minus the refereeing dramas, of course.

Lewes: Thorp, Hamilton, Kay, Walder (Dunne 84), Breach, Malins, Brewer, Godfrey, Crabb, Harding, Walder.

Unused Subs: Schaaf, Stubbings, Ozga, Wormull.

Attendance: 686.