Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor hailed their team’s spirit after the Rooks twice came from behind to pick up four points in a long weekend of football.
Lewes overturned a 1-0 half time deficit at Wingate & Finchley to win 3-1 on Saturday. They then launched a magnificent comeback at league leaders Wealdstone on Monday evening – drawing 2-2 despite having been trailing 2-0 with eight minutes to go.
Rooks boss Wilson said: “I was chuffed with the effort they put in.
“I think it was a hard two away games and it was a lot asking players to play again on the Monday after having a game on the Saturday.
“But we just stuck together and it was a great weekend for us – getting four out of six points and keeping us up with the top teams in the division.
“Wealdstone are one of the hardest teams we have played, they are definitely going to be in the top five come the end of the season.
“We showed spirit to come back from 2-0 down. That was fantastic. The performance was good if maybe not as good as we would have wanted.”
Assistant manager Bloor added: “We have shown in the last three games – Peacehaven, Wingate & Finchley and now obviously Wealdstone – that this team has got a never-say-die attitude.
“We are 12 games into the season now and – make no mistake about it – our team spirit is second to none.
“Some of our opponents might have better players than us, but they won’t have our attitude. You can have the best players in the league but if you don’t have spirit, you don’t have a team. Our professional standards lean to having the start we’ve had.”
Lewes travel to south-east Buckinghamshire tomorrow to take on Chalfont St Peter in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup. A victory there would be worth £4,500 in prize money to the Rooks and would put them a tantalising two games away from the first round proper.
But Bloor was keeping his mind firmly in the present. “Our first thought is Chalfont St Peter,” he said. “We’ve had them watched. (Scout) Gary Croydon went to see them on Saturday at Royston Town and I spoke to Jim Cooper, the Met Police manager (Chalfont, of the Calor (Southern) League Division 1 Central, caused an upset by knocking out the Ryman (Isthmian) Premier side in the previous round).
“So we know how they played in last round, and we know it’s going to be a tough game,” added Bloor.
“If it was at the Dripping Pan it would be considerably easier but if we continue to show our mental strength it’s a game we’re well capable of winning.
“It’s all about our mental strength in this cup game.”
Wilson said: “We’re now looking forward to the FA Cup and hopefully making a bit more money for the club.”
Lewes have something of a player availability crisis at the moment, with brothers Nathan and Sam Crabb both definitely out of tomorrow’s cup tie (both have hamstring injuries) and Ade Olorunda and captain Jack Walder both out suspended.
Wilson is hopeful Ben Austin will have recovered from his own hamstring problem in time for tomorrow’s game – although he as rated only as 50/50 –and Jack Dixon is also rated at 50/50 having suffered a knock in Saturday’s game and didn’t play on Monday.
Bloor admitted the team’s midweek training session this week was “like Emergency Ward 10,” with other players needing treatment.
But he said: “We have got players with knocks but we’re confident we can put a side together that can do the job.”
Above is a photograph of Peacehaven v Lewes in the two side’s FA Cup tie last week. The picture was taken by Ellie Hoad of Aniseed Photography.
More photos from the match are available at www.aniseedphotography.co.uk
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