Brown is glad to have points in the bag as fixture chaos looms

A waterlogged pitch has caused the derby between Little Common and Westfield to be postponed
A waterlogged pitch has caused the derby between Little Common and Westfield to be postponed

Nick Brown says he is glad Lewes have ‘points in the bag’ after another week of poor weather caused further chaos to Ryman Premier fixtures.

The Rooks assistant manager admitted the club had been looking over their shoulder at the clutch of teams with several games in hand on Lewes near the bottom of the division.

But after further fixture disruption raised the possibility of several clubs having to play two or even three games a week, Brown concedes he’s now glad the Rooks got plenty of league matches played over the first half of the season. That arose, of course, because of the Dripping Pan outfit’s early cups exits.

But that negative now seems to have turned into a positive.

Ryman League chairman Alan Tovey last week said the fixture issue was a “concern” and the league was “managing the situation”. He said: “Those clubs who are behind may have to play games on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, as we have before if this continues.”

Brown said: “We’re seeing it as a benefit now. Before we were looking at the teams who could catch us up. Now it’s looking like teams could be playing three games a week. We’re happy to have the points in the bag.

“Everyone is taking points off each other – other than Whitehawk. But we’re always looking up (the table) rather than looking down.”

Looking to tomorrow’s big local derby with top-of-the-table Whitehawk, Brown said: “We’ll prepare (for that) as normal. Everyone (in the Rooks squad) seems to be ticking over ok. They have their own things they do (to keep fit) on top of the training they do with the club.”

The Lewes game postponed on Saturday, at Wingate and Finchley, has now been rearranged for this Tuesday, February 5, in a 7.45pm kick off.

Wednesday’s Sussex Senior Cup third round match between Peacehaven and Hastings was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. The tie has now been rearranged for February 13 – the same night Newhaven play their rescheduled county cup clash with Crawley Town. That was postponed due to the recent snow and big freeze.

Acting Sussex County Football League chairman Steve Nealgrove last week said the fixture backlog situation was “not as gloomy as we thought”.

But that was ahead of further postponements this week, with more likely as rain continues to fall across the county.

Newhaven were knocked out of the RUR Cup at Crowborough on Tuesday. Ryan Knight equalised an early Paul Butler strike midway through the second half but Sam Carrington won it 19 minutes into extra time.