Lewes must look for a solution to their goalscoring problems

Lewes hockey week 51
Lewes hockey week 51

If only Lewes could find a natural ‘striker’ a game like this would present no problems.

Georgians gave a workmanlike performance to win 3-2 in the Men’s South Premier Division One.

But it was Lewes who had the advantage in both possession and territory.

Time and again putting the ball across the opposition goal with nobody capable of getting the final touch to create the goal.

Georgians opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a well-taken goal but only a few minutes later Chris Spruce made a great solo run down the right and beat the opposition keeper to level the score.

Many more chances were created by Spruce and Dave Roberts but to no avail.

In the dying minutes of the half it appeared that Roberts had scored with a devastating reverse stick shot only for the umpires to go into conference and rule that there had been an earlier infringement.

As has happened so often Lewes started the second half looking as though they had moved up a gear and a penalty corner saw Matt Clark pick up on a rebound off the keeper to put the ball home and secure the lead.

Shortly afterwards James Fuller made a run down the right and was bought up short of the line to earn another penalty corner.

An over-complicated routine allowed the opposition to clear the ball away with no shot having been made.

Then followed a period of pressure which saw Lewes create chance after chance but without the firepower to get the ball in the goal.

Then in a silly five minutes, Georgians were reduced to nine men – only for Lewes to see Clark carded for what appeared to be an perfectly innocuous tackle.

It was from the resulting free hit that Georgians broke away to score the equaliser.

Lewes frustration became apparent when they gave away a penalty corner and saw Georgians take the lead with a well-placed shot.

The hosts closed out the game with a series of penalty corners but were unable to trouble the opposition keeper.

There now follows a five-week break while the hockey season takes a break.

In that time Lewes must look for a solution to their goalscoring problem.

An exasperated Lewes skipper Matt Clark said: “It was a very disappointing result after our win the previous week (against Sutton Valence).

“We missed Michael Newman who has now gone on a ski season while two other injuries left us short in important positions but it was no excuse for not getting something out of this match.

“We had enough possession and chances but as we all know if you do not take them you are vulnerable.

“We are fourth going into the Christmas break which I would have settled for at the start of the season at this stage and will start back training early in the new year to try and push higher in the league.”

More hockey in this week’s Sussex Express, out tomorrow (Friday).