A perfect weekend

LEWES boss King hailed a 'perfect' weekend after another remarkable turnaround in what is turning out to be a quite extraordinary title race in the Blue Square South.

The Rooks narrowed the gap at the top of the table to one point from local rivals Eastbourne Borough after Lewes's 3-0 away win at Sutton United coincided with The Sports losing both of their games over the Easter programme.

And the Rooks boss welcomed the postponement of the Easter Monday clash with Fisher Athletic at the Dripping Pan as a chance for his injury-hit squad to recover – and play the East London side at a much more opportune time.

"It was a perfect weekend," King said. "We did a good professional job against Sutton. That's it – nothing more, nothing less. We got the job done and came away with the points. End of story

"You can't play silky football all the time. Sometimes you've got to scrap."

"And it wasn't a downer to not play on the Monday. Hopefully now when we play the game we'll have a fully fit squad.

"They're (Fisher) falling apart at the moment. The chairman's pulled out and players are leaving.

"We lost two games in a row against Braintree and St Albans where people would have expected us to take four points from the two games.

"There's no difference really. For them, Bromley and Welling are two games where people would have expected them to pick up four points. It's identical.

"For six out of the eight months we have been top. They have been top at the end of two months, October and February. It's affected them, obviously.

"He just picked it up over the course of games. I think he fell on it as well. He might even have a little crack in it.

Regarding the two non-contract players King brought in ahead of Saturday's game at Sutton, King said of keeper Michael Jordan, "I've known him since he was probably 12. He's been at Arsenal all those years.

"The lad went from Arsenal 18 months ago and has been at Chesterfield for those 18 months.

"He's played in League One and League Two – not loads of games but he has played senior football. He's got a good pedigree."

King revealed that because financial settlements between Jordan were not finalised until earlier this month – ie. after the january transfer window – the keeper was not allowed to join a club with a 'professional' status for the remainder of the season.

The highest divisions in the pyramid not to be classified as professional are the Blue Square South/North divisions. Therefore, by joining Lewes, Jordan is playing at the highest level he is currently permitted.

King said having a rival for the goalkeeping jersey could be good for Williams.

"He's the first one (rival) he's had all season.

"He's (Williams) done nothing wrong. He's kept 15 clean sheets this season. But he needed the rest.

Asked whether there was a possibilty that Jordan could still be with the Rooks next season, King responded, "I don't know. He might have aspirations for the Football League. We'll suck it and see."

As for Guyanan international Shawn Beveney, King said, "He's the national captain and has 50 caps. I have seen him play a few times. He's a big strong player who can play in centre midfield or up front."

Apart from Tom Davis (knee) and the suspended Jay Conroy, King expects to have everyone available for the trip to Cambridge City tomorrow. But King certainly wasn't taking tomorrow's opponents lightly.

"It will be tough. They're a good team with good players and a decent home record."

When asked what the biggest threat the team posed to the Rooks, King replied, "Michael Gash! I think he's one of the best strikers in the league."

Gash has scored 23 goals in the Blue Square South this season, just one fewer than Paul Booth.

But an upbeat King said, "We have got enough in our team to nullify his threat. We did it last time at our place."