Bad day at the office for Lewes

Garry Wilson
Garry Wilson

It was a bad day at the office all round yesterday as The Rooks surrendered meekly to relegation-fighting Thamesmead Town which saw Jack Walder sustain a serious ankle injury reports Stuart Fuller.

Garry Wilson brought new loan signing Alex Malins straight into the starting XI but both Ben Austin and Nicky Wheeler had to sit out the match due to injury. However, the next look side started brightly and forced an early corner giving the 25 or so Lewes fans hope that the recent run of indifferent results would end in South London.

Alas, the sunshine feeling lasted just four minutes. A second successive Thamesmead Town corner was met by Tyrus Gordon-Young unmarked eight yards out from goal and he powerfully headed home. The Rooks never looked comfortable in the opening period of the game from Thamesmead’s aerial threat and they should have extended their lead in the first 20 minutes.

Lewes appeared to be back in the game when a Treleaven free-kick was flicked on by Jay Lovett and was bundled home by a Thamesmead defender under pressure from Andy Pearson. The referee initially gave the goal but a linesman’s flag saw the goal chalked off.

With just a few minutes to go to half-time Blewden chased a long ball and fell to the ground with Thamesmead’s Sean Roberts. The Thamesmead player immediately appeared in serious pain and was quickly attended to by both physios. With play held up for 10 minutes an ambulance was called for the defender who appeared to have dislocated his shoulder. Play had restarted for less than a minute before Jack Walder fell awkwardly challenging for a header and immediately it was obvious he was seriously injured. Fortunately, the ambulance called for Roberts arrived soon after and the paramedics attended Walder on the pitch. The game was held up for over 20 minutes before Walder could be taken away, with a second ambulance arriving to take both players to hospital, accompanied by our physio Natalie.

Unsurprisingly the final few minutes of the half were quite muted although Branford should have equalised for the Rooks, blazing over the bar from just eight yards. Instead of taking the team into the dressing rooms, Garry Wilson conducted his team talk on the pitch, concerned that a further inactivity may have an adverse effect on the team.

The second half saw Lewes fail the press the Thamesmead final third with too many passes going astray. As the game started to wind down gaps started to appear in the make-shift midfield and the home side scored a second when Malins slipped and let Gordon-Young in on goal and he smashed it past Rikki Banks.

There was no going back for Lewes and despite a late Jack Dixon strike that was brilliantly saved by Mott the Rooks never looked like getting back into the match.

At full time the management team kept the players on the pitch for 20 minutes, sharing some home truths. Like the defeat two weeks ago against Carshalton Athletic, Lewes had been well beaten by a team in the relegation zone.

Next up for the Rook is the visit of Hendon on Tuesday night at The Dripping Pan, kick off 7:45pm.