Lewes settle for point after stalemate with Hampton

Garry Wilson
Garry Wilson

Lewes and Hampton & Richmond had to settle for a point each after a hard fought stalemate at the Dripping Pan, writes Barry Collins.

With Luke Blewden struggling with a bug, Elliot Romain was given the opportunity to lead the line with his first start in six matches, as Lewes attempted to secure their first points of the New Year.

The visitors had the better of the first-half chances and should have taken the lead on 10 minutes, when the normally deadly Charlie Moone was put clear through, but he skewed his shot wide of the far post.

Jerome Federico was a constant threat for Hampton with his pace down the right wing, and it was his near-post cross that gave Moone his second chance of the afternoon, which was well blocked by Chris Breach.

Lewes finally grew into the game, and Tommy Fraser and Elliott Romain both had half chances to give the Rooks the lead before the break.

The Rooks had much the better of the second period, although they were grateful to see Jake Rose’s shot from just outside of the box go narrowly wide of the far post just after the break.

Having got his eye in, Rose was also the architect of a powerful 35-yard free-kick, which Rikki Banks was forced to tip over the bar.

Sam Cole should have won the game for Lewes after a Leroy Griffiths pass found the Lewes wing-back in plenty of space on the edge of the box, but he fired over the bar with only the keeper to beat.

Griffiths had his own chance to claim the three points, too, but he couldn’t convert from close range,

doubtless leaving both sides frustrated to finish with just a point.

Lewes: Banks, S Crabb, Cole, Rowe, Breach, Badger, Davis, Appiah (Lovegrove 78), Fraser, Wheeler (Griffiths 55), Romain (Hopkinson 78) Unsused subs: Blewden, Muggeridge