Dripping Yarns with Stuart Fuller – a week of ups and downs for the Rooks

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This last week has been a painful one for us Lewes fans.

Our league position and survival hopes were in the hands of others as all of our relegation rivals played – some twice – between the Tuesday and Thursday.

There, of course, was an ideal sequence of events, but that was never going to happen. All we could do was sit and watch our computer screens, with fingers crossed that results would go our way.

Twitter is a great invention for us football fans as we can get up to the second score updates, but only if people are there and able to relay events first hand.

Tuesday night’s game between Cray Wanderers and East Thurrock United was watched by around 150 brave souls, yet it appeared no one thought of sending updates on the score, least of all the two clubs involved.

For those who remember the good ol’ days of watching a vital game unfold on Ceefax, this was just as painful, clicking constantly on the F5 button in the hope of a refreshed page bringing good news.

On Tuesday night Hastings United finished their game at Hendon with eight men, after three were sent off. On Thursday Thurrock ended with nine against Lowestoft Town, yet for some bizarre reason neither team will be penalised with suspensions in the final games of the season as the cut off point for this season has already passed.

The odds on those five still being at their respective clubs next season is slim so what message is that sending out?

Perhaps the clubs will be asked to explain their actions to the Ryman League, but what will that achieve?

In the Premier League, or Football League, suspensions kick in almost immediately. Why can’t non leagues adopt the same model?

On Thursday the scores elsewhere meant we dropped into the bottom two for the first time in the season.

Hardly the best time to do so, with just eight days left in the season!

Not that Lewes can moan about the situation we found ourselves in.

Teams at the bottom of the league are not there just because of bad luck.

But come Saturday evening and the world was a much better place.

Summer was here, the sun was shining and our away day at Harrow Borough had seen us return with all three points.

The mood on the train up to Northolt Park among the 20 or so Lewes fans was optimistic, with news that Steve Robinson would be returning to the defence.

Whilst the performance wasn’t one to capture the imagination of the neutral, we defended well, held onto the ball in midfield and – most importantly – took our chances when they were presented to us.

Days like these are too few and far between as a Lewes fan so we knew we had to saviour every minute.

We raised a glass to Wembley Stadium as we passed it on the train, knowing this would be the closest we would ever get to the famous stadium.

But for today, three points and a step closer to Premier League survival was far more important than a trophy.

David Arnold was away this week. Many thanks to Stuart for stepping in as Yarns guest columnist this week.