Simon Wormull wants his Lewes side to finish the season on a high at home to Bury Town tomorrow.
Hastings United’s 1-0 defeat to East Thurrock United last night means the Pilot Field outfit are one of the two teams to be relegated from the Ryman Premier.
More significantly for the Rooks, however, is the fact that only Carshalton now can catch Lewes – and with just one game left, the Robins are three points behind the Rooks with an inferior goal difference of seven (-22 to Lewes’ -15).
Wingate and Finchley’s 3-2 win over second-place Lowestoft Town last night means they went from behind two points behind Lewes to one point ahead going into the last game – thus removing one layer of potential security for the Rooks going into the last game.
But all eyes will be on Carshalton’s score at Enfield Town when Lewes entertain Bury tomorrow in a 3pm kick off.
Only a heavy defeat for the Rooks combined with a large win for the Robins would send Lewes down.
But Lewes player/boss Wormull insisted he was focusing purely on the win for his Dripping Pan outfit tomorrow.
The reason Lewes have that extra breathing space going into the last game is the two late goals from Nathan Crabb that saw Lewes come from 2-0 behind with 10 minutes to go to seal a last gasp 2-2 draw at Cray Wanderers on Tuesday.
Speaking ahead of last night’s games, Wormull said that point was probably the difference between his side staying up and going down.
He said: “Tuesday wasn’t a great game but in the circumstances when you see your side go 2-0 down and them come back at the death, that’s fantastic.
“I think that point could well be the difference between staying up and going down, to be honest.
“It was a massive point for the club.
“They scored a fortunate goal and it seemed to knock the stuffing out of us, because we’d started well.
“When we were 2-0 down we just threw caution to the wind. We threw Breachy up front and really went for it.
“And because it meant we were also getting players like Brinky further forward, we were able to get more crosses into the box so it gave us more of an aerial threat.
“I said to the boys (at half time), we only need to get one. I saw them against East Thurrock (when East Thurrock scored an 85th minute equaliser) and I knew they let in late goals.”
Speaking of the experience this season will have given his young squad, Wormull said: “Some of them have never been in this position before. They’re young players and under pressure they make wrong decisions.
“You can’t expect them to perform like more experienced players. But the experience of this season will be of great benefit to them.
“The way they came back against Cray showed great spirit and determination.”
Looking back to Saturday’s excellent 2-0 win at Harrow, when two more vital goals from Crabb earned the Rooks another vital three points, he said: “Saturday was a very good result. Harrow are down there as well.
“It was a great performance. We hassled them and harried them, and got in amongst them.”
“We were outstanding against Harrow – from the very first minute to the very last, we were in control of the game.
“A massive difference was having Robbo (Steve Robinson) back, and the spine of the side was stronger too. Harrow were seven unbeaten at home at the time.”
“We’re going out Saturday to win as well. We want to finish on a high.”
Wormull also highlighted the injuries that many of his players have been playing through – or have just recently returned from. Kieron Thorp has returned remarkably early from a hamstring injury suffered at Bognor Regis Town on Easter Monday, while captain Robinson has only just returned from a serious knee injury, Meanwhile, Steve Brinkhurst (knee), Nathan Crabb (ankle), Ben Godfrey (infected toe) and Lewis Hamilton (adductor injury) have all been playing through knocks or niggles.
They are all expected to play tomorrow although Jack Walder is still expected to sit out the game due to his back problem.