Rooks earn a point at Pan thanks to last-gasp Howell strike

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Lewes earned a point at home to Cray Wanderers thanks to a late, late equalising goal from Max Howell on Saturday.

Cray had led for most of the game at the Dripping Pan and it looked likely the Rooks would suffer their second home defeat of the season, following their opening day reversal to Enfield Town.

However, that was until Howell – the latest in a long line of success stories from the club’s Under 18s side – popped up to fire home in the second of four minutes of injury time.

Cray had at one point been 2-0 ahead, having taken the lead on 15 minutes through Michael Power, and adding a second 18 minutes later thanks to a Leigh Bremner penalty.

Lewes found a way back into the game just before the break when a Joe Vines header looped spectacularly over his own keeper.

But it looked as though they would pay for spurned second half chances – until Howell secured a valuable point late on.

Nearly 24 hours later Lewes Ladies strived to earn a point of their own at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Rookettes earned a draw from a full-blooded stalemate at the Pan in front of a healthy crowd well into three figures.

Two best teams in Sussex cancelled each other out, with Rookettes keeper Stacey Parkinson in top form throughout and Lel Smith earning the MVP award for a particularly strong showing, which also included the best chance for Lewes in the first half.

Lewes boss Jacquie Agnew was also full of praise for her midfield trio of Kelly Newton, Charlotte Bennett and Freddie Baker who, according to the Lewes FC website, “dug deep and were all victims of some heavy tackles during the game”.

The teams meet again this Sunday, this time at Withdean, in the FA WPL Cup, kick off 2pm.