Rooks bounce back from Concord calamity with excellent away win at Carshalton

Lewes inflicted Carshalton Athletic’s first League defeat since mid October with a valuable 2-1 win at the War Memorial Sports Ground on Tuesday.

First half goals from Michael Malcolm and Alex Stavrinou gave the Rooks a timely first half lead and despite the hosts pulling a goal back in the 68th minute, the Rooks comfortably held on for what was their second imppressive away win in a week, following last week’s victory over Met Police.

Lewes boss King hailed the performance but was again critical of the officials’ performance, following the Rooks’ defeat at home to Concord on Saturday (see inside for match report and reaction). “It was 2-0 but it should have been 4-0,” said King.

“That game should have been out of sight to them by half time, but they were still in a game that they weren’t even in. There was a blatant penalty (when Ian Draycott was fouled in the box) and Draycott also had a goal disallowed when no one knew why.

“We were so much better than the opposition first half that all their manager can do at half time is to roast them. There’s another factor in that there’s another team involved. People forget that.

“They were unbeaten in 12 and were just off the back of a 5-0 win. But we’ve won five out of our last six now. If someone told me we’d win five of our next six and lose the other one I’d bite their hand off. That was as good as the Met Police (performance) maybe even a little bit better. Carshalton have got triple our budget so to go there and do what we did means a great deal.

Lewes host Tooting & Mitcham tomorrow in the Rooks’ last game before Christmas. King said to beware the new manager effect, despite the opponents’ poor form this season. “They’ve got a new manager, he’s just come in. He came in this week, and we all know what kind of effect that can have on a team.

“It looks like it’s Kenny Brown they’ve brought in, ex-West Ham, and he usually brings in Julian Dicks as his assistant, so we’ll see.”