LEWES fell to their first defeat in six games when they were comfortably despatched 3-0 by high-flying Ebbsfleet United at the Dripping Pan on Wednesday night.
The high-flying visitors from Kent showed oer the 90 that they were a class above their hosts, although the Rooks did not deserve to go down by a three-goal margin – and were indeed still in the game until two late goals in the dying minutes killed them off.
Lewes were looking good to just about survive the half with a clean sheet intact, but Chris Breach failed to get a solid grip on Ashley Carew with his sliding tackle, allowing the Ebbsfleet striker to calmly slot past Chris Winterton on 39 minutes.
The search for a late equaliser left the home side vulnerable when on the back foot, and those frailties were exposed when Calum Willock fired into the top corner on 87 minutes before Carew netted his second of the night, firing across Winterton a minute into time added on.
Prior to kick off, a minute’s applause was held in memory of Peter Theobold, an ex-Rook and loyal club supporter, who passed away at the age of 90 on 8th February. Peter’s funeral takes place on 1st March at 11:30am at Lewes Cemetary, and family and friends are invited to the Rook Inn for refreshments after the service.
Lewes welcome Woking to the Pan on Saturday as they seek a return to winning ways.
See tomorrow’s Sussex Express for a longer version of this match report.