Simon Wormull said the first win of the season was always the hardest after watching his patched-up Lewes side beat Wealdstone today, writes Brian Pollard.
The Rooks more than edged the Stones in chances made, in what was an engaging if not particularly eventful match.
And the hosts’ winning goal – from the penalty spot on 81 minutes by Karl Beckford after Nathan Crabb had been tripped in the box – was no more than the injury-hit Rooks deserved.
And Wormull said: “As I said to the boys, that first win is the hardest one, especially after the start we’ve had.
“We’ve got a few guys out injured, and we’ve ended up with four U18 players either playing or on the bench. And they’ve done great.
“I suppose in adversity you have to dig in and that’s what we did today.
“Some of it wasn’t pretty but I thought we played some great stuff at times and defended doggedly against a side that are always known to score goals, and we got the result.
“I thought we were fantastic today. Especially against these: the joint favourites for the league.
“I think they came here expecting to turn us over to start with – and I think we showed them a little bit too much respect in the first 20 minutes.
“But once we got on our game we caused them a lot of problems.”
See the Sussex Express this Friday for a match report, pics, and more post-match comment from Wormull.