A second-half Luke Blewden goal helped Lewes to an impressive Sussex derby victory over Bognor, in front of an excellent crowd of 1,007 on a bitterly cold afternoon at the Pan.
Lewes had the first chance of the game, a short corner by Tommy Fraser finding Tom Davis, who saw his initial effort from the edge of the area blocked before sending the rebound just wide . Sam Cole impressed for the Rooks down the left, and Fraser and Davis helped to control the game in midfield.
Bognor came into the game more as the half progressed though, with Alex Parsons on the right wing their main outlet. It was from a dangerous Parsons cross that the visitors might have taken the lead, as striker Jason Prior headed wide at the far post.
The visitors had a better chance soon after, as the ball broke to James Crane but he saw his tame effort comfortably saved by Rikki Banks.
Bognor started the second half brightly and went close when Prior sent a long-range effort over the bar. Having created very few clear-cut opportunities, the Rooks took the lead after 58 minutes. Luke Blewden powerfully headed home an excellent Nick Wheeler cross from the left to net his eighth goal of the season.
Lewes were now full of confidence and Blewden almost doubling his tally as he latched onto a through-ball from Davis and sent a low effort just wide of the post.
Bognor began to see more of the ball during the final 15 minutes and most of their opportunities came from corners, as Crane saw a close-range effort go wide before Stuart Green sent a curling strike over the bar.
Lewes’ cause wasn’t helped with the dismissal of Matt Crabb for a seocnd yellow card but they saw the game out comfortably and nearly doubled the lead through an audacious Chris Winterton lob.
Lewes: Banks, S. Crabb (N. Crabb 84), Cole, Rowe, Breach, Badger, Wheeler (Appiah 90), Davis, Blewden (Romain 90), Fraser, M.Crabb.
Unused Subs: Griffiths, Marshall.
Sent off: M. Crabb.
Bognor Regis Town: Winterton, Whyte, Crane, Tuck, Sackman, Robson, Green, Thomson (Oatway 74), Prior, Pearce (Lawson 90), Parsons.
Unused Subs: Branford, Hawker.
Booked: Crane, Prior.
Referee: Graham Kane