A brief analysis of this top-of-the-table clash, a 14-41 defeat for Lewes against Charlton Park, would read: ‘Lewes got stuck in the mud while visitors Park relished it’.
The home side’s ambition to play their usual running game fell apart on this pudding of a pitch, while Park played the conditions to the letter and hoovered up the numerous mistakes offered to them to telling effect.
To be fair to the Lewes pack, they supplied enough ball to their backs to use to advantage, but handling errors and poor decision-making handed that advantage back to their opponents.
After the match, Head Coach Nigel Baker reflected: “Charlton Park adapted better to the conditions and put us under pressure by controlled kicking.”
Lewes tries came from Callum Armstrong and Drew Neist, both of which were converted successfully by Josh Reid.
See this Friday’s Sussex Express for a full report by Terry Powell.
Lewes 2nds threw away a late 17-15 advantage at home to Rye when they conceded two late tries to go down 17-25 after Charlie Terry was sin-binned. Lewes tries were by John O’Neil, Sean Sayers and Tom Petty, the latter converted by Dan Wade.