Rooks hit Ryman Premier form team Concord for six

Lewes hit one of the genuine form sides in the Ryman Premier for six today when they battered Concord Rangers 6-3 away.

Concord hadn’t lost in 10 games and had scored 39 and only conceded 13 in that period. But the Essex sides were no match for their visitors from Sussex.

Rooks boss Simon Wormull had warned a side would take a beating from his side soon, following their narrow defeat to Whitehawk last week... and how it came just seven days later.

Lewes made the perfect start, taking the lead within 30 seconds of kick-off when Ben Godfrey slid a ball in for Nathan Crabb who slotted a shot in off the post.

It was 2-0 after 15 minutes when Steve Brinkhurst worked well with Godfrey before Godfrey slid an effort in past the Concord keeper.

The hosts pulled one back on 33 minutes through Tony Stokes, but the Rooks regained their two-goal advantage eight minutes before the break when Chris Breach fired a low shot into the net,

Jamie Strong came on for the injured Steve Robinson after the interval but the captain’s departure didn’t stop Simon Wormull’s men extending their advantage. And it was from debutant Jon Dollery, drilling in a beauty from 35 yards on 66 minutes, after player-boss Wormull’s free kick had come back off Concord’s defensive wall.

Concord pulled it back to 4-2 three minutes later when a ball was allowed to drop in the Rooks penalty box and Jack Lampe smashed a shot into the roof of the net.

But after withstanding some home pressure, Lewes made it 5-2 with five minutes to go when Crabb took advantage of some more questionable defending in the home box and drilled a shot home.

And Crabb claimed his hat-trick from the penalty spot when that day’s new signing Abou Diarra, who came on late in the second half after Wormull had to hobble off, had his shirt pulled in the area.

Stokes got his second of the game, to little fanfare amongst the home fans, two minutes into added time. And the final whistle sounded soon after, to round off a superb day for the Rooks. The win sees Lewes move up to 13th in the table.

LEWES: Thorp, Dollery, Ham, Dunne, Robinson (Strong), Breach, Godfrey, Schaaf, Crabb, Wormull (Darba), Brinkhurst.

SUBS: Strong, Fergany, Ozga, Darba, Hendon.