Nick Brown put today’s 2-0 defeat at Lowestoft down to a couple of incidents – one inspirational and one unfortunate – that his Rooks players could do little to legislate for.
Lewes were holding their hosts until two second half Lowestoft goals meant the long journey back to Sussex was destined to be a miserable one.
First, on 55 minutes, full back Blake Saker scored a sensational long range goal off his wrong foot. Then, on 73 minutes, centre half Callum Donaghey and keeper Kieron Thorp were involved in an unfortunate mix-up that allowed Jack Defty in to score.
Rooks assistant assistant manager Brown said Lewes were most definitely in with a shout of picking up all three points against a big and strong Lowestoft side – before those two moments happened.
“The first half was very much a high tempo game,” he said. “It was very fast. They were very direct and played to their strong, big No 9 up front.
“At half time it had 0-0 written all over it. I actually said to the players at half time that it wouldn’t take much for us to win it in the second half.
“Their first goal came from nothing. The ball came into the box then came back out again...then it went to their right back who cut inside one of our midfielders and hit a wonder strike with his left foot.
“We could have got a goal which we would have deserved.
“But their second goal was just a bit of a mix-up in defence.
“Callum put his hand up afterwards. He thought he was close enough to (Thorp) to leave it and let the keeper pick it up. He didn’t realise the forward was behind him.
“A few of our players afterwards actually said he might have been offside.
“To be fair to Kieron he made a good save (from Lee Smith but Jack Defty scored from the follow-up).
“And Callum had a good game. He was just unfortunate.
“It was a very very wide pitch and they played to their strengths.
“We weren’t happy with the performance but we’ve got a young squad and every now and then we’ll have a little dip in form.
“And the long travelling wasn’t helpful to the whole day at all, but that’s a new experience for these players.
“We’re still going in the right direction and I’m sure we’ll be straight back to form against Margate next week.”