A nasty injury suffered by Callum Donaghey overshadowed Lewes’ 3-0 defeat to in-form Concord Rangers at the Dripping Pan on Saturday.
Second half goals from Jason Hallett, Leigh Gordon and Danny Spendlove saw the Beachboys ease past a lacklustre Rooks.
But it was the injury to Donaghey – a dislocated knee – in the first half that cast the greatest pall on the afternoon.
The match was scheduled to kick off at the earlier time of 2pm in order to allow Brighton fans to catch the match at the Pan and also comfortably make the late afternoon kick off at the Amex.
But that 2pm start was put back by more than half an hour due to another injury – this time to one of the assistant referees in the warm-up.
The game remained goalless once it did begin, until Donaghey’s sickening injury caused the the end of the first half to be delayed for another 10 minutes as the stricken player was treated. He was later taken to hospital and the player himself confirmed via Twitter that he had suffered a dislocated knee.
Because of the delay to kick-off and the stoppage time added to the first half, the game eventually finished only a few minutes before the 3pm games in the Ryman Premier.
It only served to extend a miserable afternoon for Rooks fans. Lewes had had a chance to score just before the interval when Layton Schaaf headed a Nathan Crabb cross wide following a good Rooks passing move. Concord, meanwhile, hit the woodwork twice in quick succession before the break, through Hallett and Nick Cowley.
But the team sitting second in the Ryman Premier table didn’t take long to lead after half time, Hallett meeting a 48th minute Gordon cross from the left with a powerful header into the bottom corner.
The visitors controlled the game thereafter, although their second goal didn’t come until eight minutes from the end, when Harry Elmes fed a through ball to Gordon, who finished well past Kieron Thorp.
And the home side’s misery was rounded off in injury time, when a good move ended in Spendlove converting a cross from fellow substitute James Elmes.
With Steve Robinson still looking at another good six weeks out with his own knee injury – and Chris Breach about to serve a five-match ban for his two sendings-off last week – Rooks boss Simon Wormull is now critically short of cover at centre back.
The Rooks play host to the Met Police at the Pan next Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Lewes: Thorp, Strong (R Fergany 59), Hamilton, Walder, Breach, Donaghey (Stubbings 33), Godfrey, Schaaf, Crabb, J Fergany, Brinkhurst.
Unused Subs: Kay, Lewis, Madhani.
Concord: Lovelock, Lampe, Glozier, Cowley, White, Easterford, Gordon, Harris (Spendlove 77), Hallett (J. Elmes 79), H. Elmes, Stokes.
Unused Subs: Robinson, Clare.
Referee: D Spain. Attendance: 442.