Wormull praises his players for win after difficult week

Simon Wormull praised his players for their winning display today coming as it did on the back of a very difficult week for the squad.

A number of players were laid low with the ‘flu while others were unavailable today through injury and suspension.

But the Rooks overcame those obstacles to deservedly beat what looked on paper a tricky Wingate & Finchley team.

Wormull said: “It was a great win and I think more importantly it just gets us up and running again.

“Like I said in the week, we’ve come through a tough period of games – away to teams, not at home – and I think coming back home and sticking a performance in like that, and a win like that, just gets everyone going again.

“Obviously Ben Godfrey’s been suspended, Tommo (Anthony Thomas) was injured after Tuesday – we managed to patch him up and get him out there.

“And then we’ve had Jack Walder, (Nathan) Crabby, Layton (Schaaf), all down with ‘flu all week.

“So it’s been a difficult week. I mean we didn’t even train Thursday, we tried to keep everyone away just so no one else went down with it. And to come out there and play how they did, they did fantastically.”

Asked if, with all the problems within the camp, the Hastings game in midweek was an unwelcome distraction, Wormull said: “To be honest, that (Ryman League Cup) is not our priority, I mean you always want a cup run but it wasn’t a priority.

“But it gave a good opportunity to other players to play. Bruno (Fati) got 90 minutes – or 80 minutes – in, and we had a good look at him. People like Joe Kay, Jordan (Stubbings) got good football – which is good, they need to be introduced to it.

“So it served its purpose but obviously with the illnesses which we couldn’t do anything about, it made it difficult today.”

The youngsters in the squad, the local lads, did particularly well today against Wingate & Finchley. And Wormull agreed, saying: “Absolutely. The people like Jordan and Joe (Kay) that have come into the side, they’ve acquitted themselves well.

“And you’ve got people like Max (Howell) that have come into the side for the last two games as well, and done well. He’s had a bit of time out, and time to think and have a watch and see what’s it’s about, and he’s come in and done well for himself.”

And of Bruno Fati and his debut performance at Hastings, the Lewes boss said: “He done really well. He was going to be involved a bit today for us to have a look at but he’s gone back to Italy for the weekend.

“And he got a bit of a hamstring pull as well on Tuesday, cos he hasn’t played a lot of football in the last few months. So it’s one for us to look at and gradually get him match fit if we can with games.

“He’s definitely a possibility, absolutely. We never turn anyone away until we’ve had a good look at them.”