In the annals of Lewes 1st XI hockey there has not been a league defeat of this magnitude.
It was bought about partly because the opposition were highly trained, with promotion back to the National League a distinct possibility, and partly because Lewes, with some young players in the side, did not know how to respond to the bombardment to which they were subjected for 80 minutes.
For the opening ten minutes there was no sign of the complete domination that was to follow. Lewes put together some encouraging attacks and the game flowed back and forth until Sevenoaks were awarded a penalty corner.
The power of the flick into the back of the net showed that this was to be a feature of their game-plan and they won four more penalty corners in the half converting two of them into goals.
These penalties were a direct result of the pressure that was put on the Lewes defence and they seemed incapable of clearing their lines to develop any counter attack. There was one open play goal to give Sevenoaks a four goal half time advantage. It only took a couple of minutes for Sevenoaks to show they were not going to sit back on their lead as they made nonsense of the Lewes defence to score a simple goal passing the ball round keeper Rory Jervis.
He was put under further pressure and in the course of the half six penalty corners were awarded to Sevenoaks three of which resulted in direct or rebound goals and one which became a penalty stroke. At the other end Lewes did manage to get a penalty corner of their own bu t this ended without any strike on goal having been played. One other free play goal gave Sevenoaks their well-deserved ten goal victory. Hopefully Lewes learned a lesson about the elements of play they will have to develop to be able to take on sides such as Sevenoaks. On Saturday they have another home fixture and are playing Oxford Hawks – 1.30 at the Southdown Sports Club.
SUSSEX DIVISION 3
LEWES 5TH XI 0
HAILSHAM 2ND XI 0
After the goal fest the previous week - a stalemate this week.
With six changes in their line up Lewes struggled to turn their possession into goals. They had a number of penalty corners in the first half but found the Hailsham goalkeeper in good form.
In the second half Lewes continued to dominate but were too profligate in front of goal. They failed to convert some good chances and further penalty corners as the Hailsham defence held firm and David Mansell and Ed Cade in the Lewes defence dealt with their sporadic attacks. In the final stages both sides became frustrated and had players temporarily sent off but the hosts could not get the crucial goal to seal victory.
Sussex Ladies Division 3
Lewes Ladies 5s 0
Middleton Ladies 1’s 4
Lewes faced their toughest challenge against top of the table Middleton. Lewes never found their stride, the ball rarely crossed the half way line and the visitors were three goals up by half time. In the second half, though the home side made better headway, shots on goal did not materialise. Keeper Dionne Gooding’s busiest game of the season involved some fine aerial saves to limit the damage. Still dogged by injury problems, Lewes welcomed the return of two former club players as well as two new faces to the line up.