In a crucial relegation battle fixture, Lewes were crushed by a second-half blitz by the hosts, a result which makes their task of avoiding the drop even tougher.
It was Lewes, however, who sprinted into a 19 - 21 lead just one minute before the half-time break, with two tries from winger Henry Shiel and one from centre Josh McGlynn; fly-half Jon Pitts kicking all three conversions.
But the Bulls completely dominated the second half as Lewes - fielding a team missing several first team regulars, in spite of the importance of the match - inexplicably went off the boil, due to a combination of poor tackling and ever-drooping spirit, and failing to add to their first-half score
Head Coach Nigel Baker commented after the match: “Today was one of the most disappointing 41 minutes in my rugby career - the rest of the season is now squarely in the hands of the players, who must step up to the mark if they are to survive in this League”.
Lewes now begin a string of 3 home matches which could prove vital to their survival in their Division, starting on Saturday with a key match against Medway, k.o.3pm at the Stanley Turner Ground.
Lewes 3rd’s, in contrast, enjoyed their biggest win of the season in their League, defeating Brighton 3’s in a high-scoring match by 24 – 47 on the all-weather pitch at Waterhall. Lewes’ 7 tries were scored by James Wilkinson (2), Sam Durley (2), with one apiece from Phil Rowlands, veteran Charlie Walker and Chris Mahoney. Six of these were converted by Man-of-the-Match James Brooker.