Early second half blitz sees Lewes overhaul play-off rivals Hendon

A stunning early second half blitz from Lewes saw them overhaul a 1-0 half time deficit and beat Hendon 3-2 in this crucial game between two Ryman Premier play-off rivals.

The Rooks were trailing at the break to a 15th minute Belal Aite-Ouakrim goal before coming out after the interval and blowing their North West London visitors away.

First, Chris Breach drilled in a header from a Harry Harding cross with less than 30 seconds of the second half gone. Then Nathan Crabb drove an unstoppable effort home from nine yards four minutes later. And just three minutes after that it was 3-1 to Lewes when Paul Booth bundled the ball over the line from close range after former Lewes keeper Rikki Banks could only parry a Peter Gregory shot into the heart of his own six-yard box.

Lewes even had chances to make it four, not least when Booth’s attempt to nutmeg Banks when played in by Harding narrowly failed and the ball went out for a corner. Plus Breach and Booth each had goals ruled out by the assistant’s flag either side of half time.

But that third goal turned out to be the winning one – Hendon captain Scott Cousins firing in an unstoppable effort in the first minute of injury time but the visitors being unable to find another added time goal and Lewes hung on for a vital three points.

The win puts the Rooks level on points with Hendon just off the play-off places, both teams now on 60 points and just one behind Cray Wanderers in the fifth and final play-off position.

LEWES: Ingram, Kamara, Hamilton, Breach, Robinson, Hustwick, Draycott (Schaaf 90+4), Harding, Crabb, Booth, Gregory (Howell 75).

Subs: Leach, Stubbings, Wormull.

Booked: Gregory 27 minute. Crabb 62 mins

HENDON: Banks, Diedhiou, Cousins, Wharton, Fisher, MacLaren (Lewis 84), McCluskey, Godfrey, Aite-Ouakrim (Rankin 23), Currie, Federico (Mazzone 69).

Subs: Mazzone, Peacock, Lewis, Laurencin, Rankin.