No defeat can ever be regarded as a positive, but Lewes shook off their early season stupor despite losing 2-0 at Dulwich Hamlet, writes Barry Collins.
The first four performances had been so underwhelming that the management team had already spoken of bringing in new personnel. In fact, it was two returning stars of last season’s campaign that helped rejuvenate the Rooks.
Ben Austin was tempted out of retirement to fill in at centre-back for the injured Gary Elphick. It was as if he’d never been away, putting in a composed and near-faultless performance alongside Ollie Rowe.
Back too was Jack Dixon, adding much needed bite and energy in the centre of midfield, alongside George Branford, who retained possession against a side that rarely gives the ball away.
Full report in Friday’s Sussex Express