Lewes all set for Whitehawk showdown at AMEX Stadium

Lewes celebrate against Loxwood
Lewes celebrate against Loxwood

Lewes chairman Stuart Fuller admits his side will go into the Sussex Senior Cup final at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday against Whitehawk as the underdogs.

Lewes, who secured their Ryman Premier League status on the final day of the season, will line-up against Steve King’s Whitehawk side who narrowly missed out on promotion to the Conference Premier.

Whitehawk completed their campaign in fourth position but suffered a painful 2-1 defeat in the play-off final against Boreham Wood last Saturday. Fuller said: “We are certainly all looking forward to it and this one is for the fans. It has been a difficult season at times but the supporters have been tremendous.

“When we changed the manager we had two objectives. One was to stay in the Ryman Premier and the other was to reach the Sussex Senior Cup final.

“It’s nice to say we achieved both those targets. We can go there and enjoy the day but we are not going there to make up the numbers.

“We know we go into it as the underdogs but everyone will be determined to give a good account of themselves.

“It’s nice to say your club has been to the AMEX but it would be even better to say that we have been to the AMEX and won.” Lewes entered the competition in the second round and beat Brighton and Horsham to set up a quarter-final date with fierce rivals Eastbourne Borough. The Rocks won a nerve jangling match 2-1 after extra time to set up a semi-final against County League side Loxwood. Lewes proved far to strong and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners to book their place in the final. Other than the cup tied James Fraser and Jordan Badger Lewes expect to name a full strength side for the crunch clash. Fuller added: “We have no major injury concerns to speak of. It’s a blow to lose the two lads (cup tied) as they were key players for us in the final part of the season. The lads have been in for a few extra training sessions and I’m sure come the day we will be ready for it.”