Lewes were left feeling floored at Bury Town last (Tuesday) night when what appeared to be a perfectly good Rooks goal was ruled out with 13 minutes to go – before the hosts scored a sickening late winner in the fifth minute of injury time,
The scores were locked at 1-1 when, in the 77th minute, Dan Smith had the ball in the Bury net with a fine diving header from Nicky Wheeler’s cross. The goal appeared to have been given – until the referee consulted an assistant who had flagged for an alleged foul on a home player in the build-up. However, any infringement was more likely to have been given for the Bury right back slipping and was not fouled by any Lewes player.
The away side’s displeasure at the controversially disallowed goal was backed up by a home reporter, who said the “assistant did himself no favours by putting his flag down then raising it again.”
And to make matters worse for the Rooks, a denied win was turned into a torturous defeat when, deep into injury time, Liam Wales won the ball and squared to Ryan Semple who found the net from 18 yards.
The Suffolk hosts had earlier taken the lead when, on 28 minutes, a Semple corner was headed on to the Lewes crossbar by David Bridges, before Russell Short piled home the rebound.
But the Rooks levelled midway through the second half when Jack Dixon powered home a header following a Bayan Fenwick cross.
Then came the goal that never was, leaving the Rooks players and fans with plenty to feel angry about on the long journey back to Sussex.
BURY: Garnham, Smith, Dunbar, Kennedy, Short, Bridges, Semple, Bailey, Lampshire, Higgs, Patrick. Subs: Roulston, Wales, Kawaguchi, Weavers.
LEWES: Banks, S Crabb, Brinkhurst, Lovett, Fenwick, Walder, Wheeler, Dixon, Hall, N Crabb, Logan. Subs: Dollery, Hendon, Marshall, Smith, James.