Heavenyly Hall overhead kick seals another vital win for Rooks

A SUPERB late overhead kick from defender Grant Hall sealed all three points for Lewes away at fellow Blue Square South strugglers Hampton & Richmond on Tuesday evening – the Rooks’ second vital win over another relegation-haunted team in four days.

Having beaten an out-of-form Maidenhead United 2-0 at the Magpies’ 140-year-old York Road ground on Saturday, Tim O’Shea’s rejuvenated side claimed a vital three points from third-from-bottom outfit Hampton.

The victory closes the gap on the other relegation strugglers in the league places just above second-bottom Lewes. Going into last weekend, the Rooks were a distant eight points adrift of Hampton & Richmond but are now just two points behind the Middlesex-based side from Beveree Stadium. And having been a massive 10 points behind Maidenhead on Saturday morning, Lewes are now just four points behind the Berkshire side, who have dropped one place from fifth to fourth bottom.

O’Shea’s got off to the perfect start when Lyle Taylor put them ahead in the fourth minute after pouncing on a defensive mistake.

The Rooks remained comfortable throughout the rest of the half as the hosts attempted to get back into the game. But they did manage to equalise three minutes into the second period through Barrie Matthews. The Beavers then looked to take all three points as they edged the rest of the half – before Hall’s wonder strike secured the win for the Rooks seven minutes from time.