With the luck Lewes are having this season, fielding a side weakened by injuries and unavailabilities against promotion-chasing Dartfordians was the last thing they needed, and it was not surprising therefore that their run of defeats was extended - this time by the highest League margin in the Club’s history.
Although Lewes’s committment and effort could not be faulted in the first and last ten minutes of the match, it was during the middle hour that they succumbed to a superior and heavier opposition, conceding 14 tries mainly due to poor tackling and unforced errors - against the best team they have met so far - and the fact that they were reduced to 14 men for the whole of the second half as a result of further, on-field injuries. Key players for the Kent side were their No. 8 with 4 tries - 3 in quick succession in a 10-minute spell in the opening session of the second half - and their full-back, who slotted over 11 conversions, as all 15 players in the host team overwhelmed Lewes with strong running and slick moves.
Notwithstanding this battering, Lewes did come out of the match with some positives, holding their own in the set scrums - even winning one ball against the head - largely due the efforts of their front-row: Alfie Hill, Christian Vanezi and new signing, 18-year-old hooker Fraser Warren on his debut - and another sterling performance from scrum-half Will Bell. Indeed, Lewes’s sole try ten minutes from the end was scored by prop-forward Vanezi after a spell of Lewes pressure inside Dart’s 22 metre zone, outside-half Jon Pitts kicking over the conversion.
On Saturday, Lewes are at home to local rivals, Heathfield and Waldron, k.o. 2.30pm at the Stanley Turner Ground.