Rooks go through in epic derby FA Cup battle

Ollie Rowe scores the winner against Bognor. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
Ollie Rowe scores the winner against Bognor. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

Lewes clinched a place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup by beating Sussex rivals Bognor Regis 1-0 in a replay on Wednesday night.

A headed goal by Ollie Rowe settled the tie at the second attempt at the Dripping Pan after Saturday’s first meeting between the two Ryman Premier clubs ended in a goalless draw.

The result is good news for Lewes financially. Lewes have drawn another Ryman Premier side Witham away to played on Saturday, September 27.

Rooks assistant manager Danny Bloor said: “It’s just all about getting into the next round. That’s four games without conceding a goal.

“I know we can play better but we are going in the right direction.

“The boys showed a tremendous team spirit. I thought it could come from a set-piece and it did with Ollie Rowe heading in Jack Dixon’s corner.”

Bloor was pleased with the second round draw but would naturally have loved a home tie.

He said: “We played Witham on the first Saturday of the season and got a draw. We’d have rather it was at home. We know if we play to our potential it’s a winnable game. It might be a case of getting a draw at their place and then winning a replay at home like we did against Bognor.”

Meanwhile Lewes have a mouthwatering game at the Dripping Pan tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm when they host Non-League giants Maidstone Utd.

Bloor said: “They are the league leaders and it’s a game we are relishing.”