Lewes lost to a sickening late goal at Billericay Town to lose – after weathering an often sickening 90-minute physical storm from their hosts.
The only goal of the game came in the second minute of second half injury time, when Harrison Chatting drilled the ball home past a vailant Rooks rearguard action.
The big, strong Essex outfit had put plenty of pressure on their visitors for the last 15 minutes of the match, although before that the Sussex outfit had looked fairly comfortable.
Comfortable, that is, other than the facial injuries suffered by defender Lewis Hamilton and midfielder Jack Walder – both caused, apparently, by flailing elbows thrust by Billericay players.
Walder suffered a suspected fractured eye socket from the ‘challenge’ that caused his early first half withdrawal, and spent much of Saturday evening in hospital. He is due to return to hospital today (Monday) for further checks on his eye injury.
Meanwhile, Hamilton failed to come back out after the interval after suffering a similar elbow to the face. Fortunately the full back didn’t suffer the same extent of injury as Walder.
Rooks boss Simon Wormull described the encounter as travelling into the “land of the giants”, with so many of the table-topping Essex side being over six feet tall.
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