Late penalty sees Rooks earn first win of season

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Lewes picked up their first win of the season thanks to a late Karl Beckford penalty against Wealdstone.

In today’s (Monday) early kick off in the Ryman Premier, Simon Wormull’s Rooks earned a well-deserved three points against one of the divisions fancied sides.

In a game of few chances the hosts edged proceedings at the Dripping Pan, with Steve Brinkhurst, Nathan Crabb and Anthony Thomas all going close.

Wealdstone had danger man Richard Jolly up front for them, while last year’s Rooks Notts County loanee George Nicholas came on for the Stones after the break.

But it was Crabb, playing wide right in a five-man midfield, who looked most likely to do something to affect the game. And indeed he did, when, with just 10 minutes to go, good play between he and Brinkhurst saw Crabb draw a foul from a Wealdstone defender in the box.

Referee Ian Fissenden saw his assistant put his flag across his chest and pointed to the spot, where Karl Beckford made no mistake in sending former Rook keeper Rikki Banks the wrong way.

With the rest of the Ryman Premier League still playing on Monday afternoon, the win put Lewes up, if only briefly, from a fourth bottom 19th to 13th.

ROOKS: Kieron THORP, Lee COOPER, Lewis HAMILTON (booked 59), Jack WALDER (Ryan FERGANY 41), Steve ROBINSON ©, Chris BREACH, Steve BRINKHURST, Karl BECKFORD, Nathan CRABB, Anthony THOMAS, Layton SCHAAF (Max HOWELL 76).

SUBS: Charlie LEACH, Grant SMOKER.

STONES: Rikki BANKS, Scott McCUBBIN (booked 90+3), Lee CHAPPELL, Wes PARKER, Alan MASSEY, Kurtney BROOKS, Tommy BREWER (booked 32, substituted Nathan WEBB 45, Webb booked 78), Chris O’LEARY, Scott FITZGERALD (George NICHOLAS 66), Richard JOLLY, Tom PETT (Tashan JORDAN 72).

SUBS: Nathan WEBB, James HAMMOND, Ries STANISLAUS.