Rooks’ season off to disappointing start

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Lewes got their league season off to a disappointing start with defeat at home to Enfield Town today (Saturday).

Despite taking the lead through Karl Beckford on 13 minutes, and dominating for the rest of the first half, the Rooks allowed Enfield to equalise five minutes before the break when Town centre half and captain Mark Kirby turned a cross home from eight yards out.

Lewes very nearly regained their lead nine minutes into the second half but Steve Brinkhurst’s shot was well saved by keeper Neol Imber... and within seconds Enfield were ahead, when a break up the pitch led to Liam Hope lobbing the ball over Kieron Thorp, the home defence looking on helplessly.

Lewes continued to build openings, with Anthony Thomas see an overhead kick go straight into Imber’s arms, and Jack Walder firing over badly when well placed.

But the hosts failed to create enough of outright quality for the home support amongst the 511 crowd to be confident of an equaliser.

And so it finished, 2-1 to Enfield Town, with Simon Wormull’s men hoping to get off the mark at Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday.