Worms backed to get Lewes FC climbing as kids get their shot

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Assistant manager Jason Hopkinson has backed boss Simon Wormull to turn around a mixed start and get Lewes FC climbing the table.

Rooks are currently 16th in the Ryman Premier with just two wins from their first 11 league games.

Defeats in the early rounds of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy haven’t helped as Wormull’s squad has suffered from a large amount of injuries.

“We are going through something of a transitional period and I know Worms is looking at the squad and perhaps looking to bring in a couple of new players,” said former youth team boss Hopkinson.

“I have been involved with this football club a long time and although we are on the road to recovery we should be further down that road then we are, but that’s mostly because of mistakes with appointing managers on big salaries.

“But Worms is absolutely the right man for the job, he’s a leader know knows what this club’s about and has an eye on youth development, but like with anything it takes time.

We need to start turning a lot of draws into wins to start pushing up the table.”

Injuries to first team members has given a number of youth team players a shot in the first team, and both Joe Kay and Jordan Stubbings, both 17, impressed in their first league starts for Lewes on Saturday in a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Leiston.

Midfielder Kay played the entire 90 minutes while striker Stubbings, who has netted 15 goals in 12 U18 games came off late in the game. There was also a first start for midfielder Callum Dunne, a summer signing from Horsham who has been out since suffering injury in pre season.

There was good news too on the injury to Nathan Crabb, a scan revealing his hamstring tear is not as bad as first feared, and he should return to action in two weeks.

Rooks return to Suffolk this Saturday to take on ninth-placed Bury Town looking for back to back league wins for the first time this season.

In other news Simon Wormull will hold a meet the manager evening on Monday November 12 at the Rook Inn.