Having made the long journey with a depleted squad, Lewes knew they would be up against it from the first whistle.
However, with Jack Fox and Matt Needle commanding at the back, ably supported by Matt Rickson and Pete Thomas, the hosts were forced to make do with only half chances in the first period. Lewes themselves could have gone ahead, but the Banbury goalkeeper made an excellent save to keep out a Rory Jervis penalty corner. The visitors were dominating possession but found the hosts difficult to break down. The teams went in at the break level at 0-0.
Lewes stepped up their attacking efforts in the second period and got their breakthrough midway through the half, Jervis beating the goalkeeper with a bullet drag flick which nestled in the top corner of the net.
Banbury threw caution to the wind, allowing Lewes to exploit them on the break. Jervis popped up on the left wing and drew the last defender before sending in an inch-perfect low cross. Ole Callf had made good ground from halfway and slid in to deflect a great finish past the keeper and in off the post.
Next up, Lewes host Woking on Saturday – and then Oxford on Sunday in the EH Trophy.