Injury blow for Lewes ahead of FA Trophy tie

Tom Davis scored twice in Lewes's Sussex Senior Cup win against Brighton
Tom Davis scored twice in Lewes's Sussex Senior Cup win against Brighton

Lewes have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of their FA Trophy clash with Heybridge Swifts on Saturday.

First-team regulars Lloyd Harrington and Matt Crabb both left the pitch early in Wednesday night’s Sussex Senior Cup match against Brighton and Hove Albion under-21s and look unlikely to feature in this weekend’s FA Trophy second qualifying round fixture.

Assistant manager Danny Bloor said: “Lloyd Harrington’s had knee problems before - that doesn’t look very good at all. Matt Crabb, who has been absolutely fantastic since he came back, has gone to hospital with what looks like stitches. That’s not good news either.

“It was about getting the win against Brighton and Hove Albion, which we did, and we’ll assess the troops and look ahead to the game with Heybridge Swifts this Saturday.”

Despite a disappointing spell during October, the Rooks have triumphed in each of their last three league fixtures against Leatherhead, Harlow Town and Metropolitan Police without conceding a goal.

After their Sussex Senior Cup victory during the week - their fourth successive win across all competitions - Garry Wilson’s men will be hoping for a taste of more cup success when they step out at the Dripping Pan on Saturday.

Their opponents, Heybridge Swifts, are struggling in the Ryman North having not won a domestic fixture since October 4. Of their six league fixtures since, they have lost five and drawn one. However, they have performed in other competitions, winning two of their last three cup clashes 6-3 and 4-1.

Bloor said, “It’s been a slow start to the season - Garry and I are not foolish enough not to know that - but I think the month of November has seen us move in the right direction.

“Matt Crabb coming back to play and the signings of Tom Davis and Leroy Griffiths have made a major difference to us.

“Leroy Griffiths was the oldest player on the pitch by some distance tonight but he ran better than anyone at the end.

“His passion, enthusiasm and commitment - if some of the younger players can have that, they will be in a much better place.”

The FA Trophy second qualifying round clash against Heybridge Swifts is on Saturday, November 15 at the Dripping Pan (kick off 3pm).