Lewes were fortunate to leave Essex still involved in the FA Trophy after a 3-3 draw with Brentwood Town on Saturday.
The scoreline might suggest a thrilling end-to-end cup tie but in truth the Rooks laboured to a Tuesday night replay on a heavy pitch.
Instead of excitement and flowing football the visitors contributed hard work and dedicated organisation against their Ryman North hosts.
And although the visitors’ overall commitment could not be faulted, it was an afternoon lacking individual flair or team cohesion.
Alex Read, meanwhile, was the home side’s most frustrated man after putting Brentwood ahead three times against Lewes, who replied each time to earn a 3-3 draw and a replay at the Dripping Pan on Tuesday.
Read opened the scoring on 25 minutes before Karl Beckford (pictured) replied before the interval with a penalty which even Lewes thought was harsh.
Read’s second goal, on 55 minutes, was answered 10 minutes later by Ben Godfrey.
This time it took just a minute for Read to put Brentwood back ahead again, and this time they stayed in front for seven minutes before Chris Breach earned his side their chance to progress in front of a home crowd.
From the away side’s perspective, despite a below-level performance, Lewes showed plenty of character to claw back a deficit three times, and on the back of encouraging performances in the league against Wingate & Finchley and Margate, this is something that will give Simon Wormull and his management team some heart.
Brentwood went ahead after 25 minutes and a somewhat fortunate penalty for Lewes saw Beckford’s spot kick draw Lewes level seven minutes before the break.
Town took an early second half lead and it took the introduction of subs Nathan Crabb and Godfrey for Lewes to equalise again, with Godfrey scoring shortly after his introduction.
Lewes supporters felt the pendulum swing in their direction until Read scored his third only a minute later.
The Rooks dug deep and Breach scored the decisive goal with 17 minutes left to take the tie to a replay at the Dripping Pan tomorrow (Tuesday) night, kick off 7.45pm.
The Trophy replay match means the home match with Lowestoft Town, scheduled for the Dripping Pan tomorrow night, will now be played at a future date.