Once again Lewes failed to perform to their full potential and the lack of cohesion in the mid-field linked with an inability to take advantage of scoring opportunities prevented them from winning a game that they should have been able to take in their stride.
Men’s South Premier League - Division 1
Lewes 1’s 1, London Wayfarers 1’s 3
A sloppy start gave the opposition a penalty corner after two minutes and they scored off the rebound after the initial shot had been saved.
The Lewes defence were then tested by repeated Wayfarers attacks but they held out as some degree of composure was established. The forwards then started to show what they could do and several attacks down the wings saw the ball crossed into the opposition circle but with no Lewes player being able to get a stick on the ball for the crucial deflection. Play was end to end and after an exchange of penalty corners, both of which were saved. Lewes then had another which was only just saved on the rebound.
Lewes tried to establish control in the second half but it was Wayfarers who scored after some poor defensive work left the home side with an open goal. This did stir Lewes into action but they were thwarted by a good goalkeeper who was more than up to the job of saving balls that were hit straight at him. With ten minutes to go the ball was hit into the opposition circle and, with two players failing to pick it up, Chris Spruce latched on to the opportunity and scored. Lewes desperately tried to get the equaliser but with two minutes to go made an extraordinary decision to take off their keeper and replace him with an on-field player. This is not an unusual tactic when trying to snatch a vital last minute goal but it is unusual to make the substitution when on the defence rather than when attacking the opposition goal. The Wayfarers forwards could not believe their luck and three quick passes later secured the win with the ball being played into an open goal.
Lewes will hope for better things tomorrow (Saturday) when they are away at top of table Chichester.
More hockey in this Friday’s Sussex Express