Rooks pick up massive three points with win at Harrow

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Lewes picked up a massive three points in their bid to avoid relegation from the Ryman Premier with a 2-0 away win at Harrow Borough.

Two goals from Nathan Crabb was enough to see the Rooks climb out of the relegation places to a comparatively healthy 18th place.

Crabb broke the deadlock three minutes before the break when he capitalised on a Harrow defensive error to chip the ball overthe home keeper and into the back of the net.

And he doubled the visitors’ advantage with a second eight minutes into the second half.

A Harry Harding free kick into the Harrow box was headed back across goal by Steve Brinkhurst and Crabb turned his effort into the roof of the net.

Lewes then resisted the hosts’ efforts to get back into the match, with Callum Dunne and Steve Robinson in particular standing out in a great all-round performance.

Robinson was making his first start for the Rooks since injuring his knee at Concord Rangers in December and his presence in the Lewes back four was a significant factor in Lewes keeping a clean sheet.

Lewes had dropped into the Ryman Premier drop zone (the bottom two) with Carshalton’s 4-1 win over Hastings United on Thursday night seeing the Robins move up to 20th.

But Saturday’s results went much better for Simon Wormull’s men. Carshalton lost 2-0 at home to Wealdstone to drop back into the relegation places they had occupied for most of the season, before Thursday’s win.

Hastings, meanwhile, could only draw 1-1 at Canvey Island, while Wingate & Finchley lost 2-0 at East Thurrock United and Thurrock lost 1-0 at Kingstonian.

Enfield, in 15th, are now safe because, even if they lose their last two games, fixtures between clubs below them elsewhere ensure at least two clubs will finish with less than their current 44 points.

Harrow’s position is somewhat more precarious now though with this defeat to Lewes (although they do have one extra game to play than most of the teams below them), while Cray are on the same 41 points as them following their 2-0 home win over Hampton & Richmond.

Lewes now travel to fellow strugglers Cray Wanderers on Tuesday night hoping a win will see them safe going into the last game of the season, at home to Bury Town this Saturday.

Results from Saturday April 20

Bognor Regis Town 0-2 Lowestoft Town

Bury Town 2-2 Margate

Canvey Island 1-1 Hastings United

Carshalton Athletic 0-2 Wealdstone

Cray Wanderers 2-0 Hampton & Richmond

East Thurrock United 2-0 Wingate & Finchley

Harrow Borough 0-2 Lewes

Hendon 2-3 Enfield Town

Kingstonian 1-0 Thurrock

Met Police 0-2 Concord Rangers.

League positions after Saturday April 20’s results (key: position, team, played, goal difference, points):

15. Enfield Town 40, -21, 44

16. Harrow Borough 39, -17, 41

17. Cray Wanderers 40, -25, 41

18. Lewes 40, -15, 39

19. Thurrock 40, -19, 38

20. Wingate & Finchley 40, -27, 38

21. Carshalton Athletic 41, -22, 37

22. Hastings United 39, -22, 36

Fixtures this week featuring bottom sides:

Tuesday April 23:

Bury Town v Hastings United

Cray Wanderers v Lewes

East Thurrock United v Harrow Borough

Thurrock v Enfield.

Thursday April 25:

East Thurrock United v Hastings United

Harrow Borough v Bognor Regis Town

Wingate & Finchley v Lowestoft Town.

Saturday April 27:

Enfield Town v Carshalton Athletic

Hastings United v Kingstonian

Lewes v Bury Town

Margate v Harrow Borough

Thurrock v Met Police

Wingate & Finchley v Cray Wanderers.

ROOKS: Thorp, Malins, Hamilton, Dunne, Robinson (c) (Kay), Breach, Godfrey, Harding, Crabb (Schaaf), Beckford, Brinkhurst (Lewis). Subs: Madhani, Betts.