Brown’s confident Rooks can push on once injured players have returned

Nick Brown is confident his Rooks team can “push on” for the rest of the season, despite growing anxiety amongst fans that Lewes have been dragged into a relegation battle.

Five straight league defeats, coupled with the fact that most of their divisional rivals have games in hand, have increased fears that the Dripping Pan outfit could end up in one of the two relegation positions come the end of the season.

But the Lewes FC assistant manager said he expected his and manager Simon Wormull’s team to get the results needed to pull away from the drop zone.

And he added that the severe injury problem that led to Lewes fielding three U18s in defence in the 2-1 defeat at Enfield Town on Saturday would make it feel like having “new signing” when those injured players did return to the first team.

“We’re confident,” insisted Brown. “We’ve got players coming back from injury. And the players coming back are as good as new signings for us.”

Speaking yesterday, Brown said: “We had Jack (Walder) and Louis (Lewis Hamilton) back training last night and they should be ok for Saturday, and Callum (Dunne) should be back on the bench for the weekend.

“And we’ll have Chris Breach coming back from his suspension soon as well.”

Nineteenth-placed Lewes host fourth-placed Canvey Island at the Pan tomorrow in a 3pm kick off, before another home game on Tuesday night sees the Rooks entertain seventh-placed Margate (7.45pm).

The Rooks then play two massive games against fellow low-lying teams in the Ryman Premier Division.

First they visit 18th-placed Cray Wanderers tomorrow week – before playing their rescheduled match against bottom side Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday, March 19 at home. That game was abandoned last week due to floodlight failure, with the Rooks leading 2-0 at the time of abandonment thanks to a Nathan Crabb brace.

Lewes’ seven remaining games after that are at home to Kingstonian (9th), at home to Hastings United (20th), away to Bognor Regis Town (12th), away to Hendon (10th), at home to Leiston (13th), away to Harrow Borough (16th) and at home to Bury Town (6th).

Brown said: “On paper there are three massive games coming up for us (against teams at or near the bottom of the table).

“But with players available we’re in a position where we can push on.

“But we’ve got to be competing at the highest level.”