Freeman confident Rooks will avoid drop

Darren Freeman
Darren Freeman

Lewes boss Darren Freeman remains adamant his side will avoid the drop ahead of the crunch clash at Staines tomorrow.

Lewes remain rock bottom of the Ryman Premier League with seven points from their 21 matches.

A cruel run of late goals has hindered their progress as Freeman’s men have suffered four defeats in their last four league matches.

Last Saturday they were one up against Kingstonians but two goals in the last five minutes saw them suffer another painful defeat. Prior to that, points have slipped through their grasp as they conceded late against Tonbridge and against Hampton and Richmond Borough.

Freeman said: “It is very disappointing and very frustrating. We should be sitting here with more points on the board but we have to accept it and go again.

“We can sit back and blame bad luck but the fact is we have problems and we have to address them.

“We have to see the games out and manage the games to the very end. It may be down to naïvety, thinking the job’s done but we have learned the hard way and it has cost us points. But we will keep working, we will get better and we will improve.

“There is not one part of me that thinks we will get relegated come the end of the season. We have a lot of work to do but I have every confidence in the players. We are not far away from where we need to be. 
“Kingstonian, Tonbridge and Hampton are all challenging at the top and for the most part we did very well and should have got points from all of those matches.

“That is encouraging, we are a million miles away from what I saw a few weeks back against Grays.

“We have players working hard, committed and wanting to pull on the Lewes jersey. These lads are not just here taking the money. They are players I trust.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Staines are 18th in the league standings but are an unpredictable force.

Freeman added: “I have seen them play and I know we are in for a tough match, their manager will have them fired up.

“They are inconsistent but they are dangerous, we will have to be at our best.”