Lewes Mens 1sts showed in their 3-1 win against Eastbourne that they had continued to build on the progress that was apparent in the match against Oxford Hawks the previous week.
Strong defence was accompanied by some excellent forward play, in turn creating a lot of scoring opportunities. Once again, however, the lack of a natural centre forward meant that the score line did not reflect the number of opportunities presented.
The opening exchanges were a bit frantic but within ten minutes Matt Clark was
brought down in the opposition circle and the Eastbourne keeper was yellow carded for the foul.
Alex Warner made no mistake with the penalty stroke. Clark was prominent throughout the game and it was a pass from him that led to the second goal when a magnificent reverse stick shot from Connor Zimmerman found the back of the net. This was his first for the club after arriving at the beginning of the year from Melbourne on a player exchange and he is becoming increasingly effective in an attacking role.
The pressure created by Lewes was rewarded in the second half with a series of penalty corners but they only managed to convert one of these with a move that delivered the ball to Clark for him to deflect it into the goal.
The winning margin could easily have been doubled but as skipper Matt Needle said after the game “as long as we create the chances we will start to turn them into goals. The most important thing for the team this afternoon was to secure the three points.”
Lewes appear to have come to terms with the loss of a couple of key players but they face a stern test tomorrow (Saturday) when they are away to second placed Spencer.