Lewes travelled to Banbury off the back of an important first win and a heroic cup performance the week previously.
They faced the Oxfordshire side who were yet to find a point in the league and were certainly fired up for the encounter.
The home side were quick out of the blocks and pressed an inexperienced defence hard from the outset. In autumnal windy conditions, Lewes were blown away in the opening stages. Two individual errors put the home side two goals ahead in the opening five minutes. Lewes struck back 15 minutes in, Alex Baxter continuing his fine goal scoring form with a perfect individual strike.
But Lewes’ concentration slipped again and they went two further goals behind, the 4th from the penalty stroke spot. They went into the half time break 4-1 down.
The second half didn’t improve much for Lewes. Banbury’s confidence grew as game progressed and they hit 3 early goals to make it 7-1. It was a bad day at the office and Lewes regrouped and tried to battle their way back into the game. Ed Firth made it 7-2 with a fine reverse stick strike. Banbury hit one more before full time in a game Lewes would like to quickly forget. Lewes are well known for their ability to bounce back and will be looking to do so fast, especially with a tricky upcoming encounter next week with Old Georgians.
Sussex Ladies Premier
Brighton & Hove Ladies 3s 1, ewes Ladies 2s 3 (Boyse 3)
Still on a high from two fantastic performances last weekend - having beaten Eastbourne 1s on penalty strokes on Saturday and narrowly losing to Maidenhead in the National Trophy, the ladies 2s were on a mission.
Battling the elements on a wet and windy afternoon at Blatchington Mill against Brighton 3s, Lewes started well but with a squad of 16 players and plenty of determination, Brighton were no pushover.
Emma Fuller had a great game in attack making lots of lateral runs and causing their defence plenty of trouble and Lewes’ defence - strong as ever was organised well by Innei Shum and new goalkeeper, Sarah Fogwill - who made some incredible saves throughout. However at the halftime break it was still goalless.
The second half saw Lewes playing the ball round very well as a unit with some great runs from Jess Wycherley down the right supported by Gabby Rudrum.
Lewes broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the second half with a well rehearsed short corner goal from Amy Boyse. Shortly after, Boyse found the back of the net again from the same short corner routine.
Some sloppy play in midfield led to Brighton scoring a breakaway goal soon after to make it 2-1. The match was well fought by both teams and pretty evenly matched after that until Boyse completed her hat-trick with a rebound goal to put the game to bed.
Tilly Loughton, man of the match, had an outstanding game on the left and has grown in confidence week on week since the start of the season.
SUSSEX MEN’S DIVISION 2
SOUTH SAXONS 2nd XI 2
LEWES 4th XI 0
A weakened Lewes side were well beaten by South Saxons on a wet and blustery afternoon. Saxons dominated throughout and only brave defending by Chris Picken and some good saves by goalkeeper Chris Sharpe kept the scoreline down. Saxons opened the scoring from a broken down penalty corner with a powerful flick into the roof of the net. Billy Smart in his first game of the season battled to arrest the midfield from the hosts but Lewes were unable to keep possession and were in part the victims of their own downfall.
The second half was a similar pattern although Saxons only scored their second goal with ten minutes remaining when a cross from the right took a wicked deflection and found its way into the goal.
Sussex Ladies Division 2
Chichester Centurions 1s 5, Lewes Ladies 4s 2 (Inkpen, Kettley)
The same blustery wet weather that blew across the whole of Sussex blighted the Lewes ladies as they travelled to play the same Chichester team for the second week running.
Following their disappointing 8-1 defeat in the cup last week, the ladies were keen to make improvements and, at the very least, narrow the goal difference!
From the off they appeared to be playing a different team or were Lewes just playing better hockey? It certainly seemed that way as their linking play and attacking runs earned them the first goal. A long cross from Zoe Richards on the right found youngster Holly Inkpen waiting by the left post for the tip in. A repeat of a training drill on Tuesday that would have made Sara Riley proud! Centurions fought back and half time saw the stakes even at one a piece.
The second half was a different story and the Lewes defence had their work cut out as the home side began to drive forward with well-worked passing routines.
They were marshalled well by sweeper Alison Bruce but 2 more goals were conceded before Lewes earned one back through a text book short corner routine. A slip to the penalty spot found Fern Ketley waiting. Proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks!
Centurions finished the game off with another 2 goals but Lewes were very pleased with their team performance and will take that to the Southdown next week as they play for the win against Chichester Priory Park.