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Good evening, we are at The Dripping Pan where Lewes will be looking to build upon their strong start to the campaign against a struggling Leatherhead side who haven’t won since the opening day. I’m Joe Zelinger and I will be guiding you through tonight’s match.

The last meeting between these two was here at The Dripping Pan, in which resulted in Leatherhead winning by a single goal. Another win like that today will do them very nicely, and add some much needed stability after manager Nikki Bull was relieved of his duties after Saturday’s defeat to Enfield Town.

The teams are out for the warm up.

Lewes are unchanged from their 6-2 victory at Margate on Saturday.

For Leatherhead, big centre forward Chidubem Onokwai makes his debut up top.

KICK OFF: The teams are out and ready to go. Lewes get us underway.

4 mins – Lewes 0-0 Leatherhead

A slow opening few minutes but lots of fouls so far. Leatherhead are awarded a freekick but it comes to nothing after the referee gives a freekick in the opposite direction for a push in the box. Moments later, Tom Carlse tries to get forward but is brought down resulting in another freekick but again, the opportunity goes amiss.

6 mins: Lewes 0-0 Leatherhead

CHANCE! – First good chance of the game for Lewes here and it was so nearly 1-0. A great passing move finds it’s way to Ollie Tanner, but his effort is tipped behind by Myles Bowman in goal.

10 mins: Lewes 0-0 Leatherhead

Apart from that that opening attempt on goal from Tanner, it’s been stop-start affair so far. Another needless freekick given away, this time for Leatherhead but luckily for the hosts it comes to nothing.

13 mins: Lewes 0-0 Leatherhead

CHANCE! – Tanner has been the bright spark so far in this game. He dribbles inside from the left, combines with Joe Taylor and Coleman De-Graft and is put through with only the goalkeeper to beat. But somehow he puts it wide! How did he not make it 1-0 there?

Lewes fans in great voice so far, and you can’t blame them with their start to the season.

23 mins: Lewes 0-0 Leatherhead

It’s calmed down since the early Lewes onslaught on the Leatherhead goal. The fouls are still happening though, this time by the visitors.

26 mins: Lewes 0-0 Leatherhead

CHANCE! – Great opportunity for Leatherhead, their best so far. It all comes from a mistake in which Mitchell Nelson gives the ball straight to Jack Skinner. He is fouled but the referee plays advantage with the ball still being with Onokwai. He has options to his left, but goes for the long range effort. It’s a good one, but Carey is equal to it.

31 mins: Lewes 0-0 Leatherhead

Carlse has been a real nuisance for the Leatherhead defence so far as he keeps getting up the field from left-back. He puts in a good cross but it’s headed over.

34 mins: Lewes 0-0 Leatherhead

New signing Onokwai has the ball in the box and is trying to find the angle for a shot. However, he takes far too long to make his mind up and Nelson nicks the ball away from him. Wasteful.

GOAL – Lewes 1-0 Leatherhead (Joe Taylor 39 mins)

It’s excellent play down the right from Lewes. De-Graft plays a quick one-two with Pritchard to get around his man. His cross in towards Taylor is deflected meaning the striker has to chest it down. He does it superbly, spins and fires it in off the underside of the bar. Brilliant goal and fully deserved.

40 mins: Lewes 1-0 Leatherhead

Nearly an instant response as Onokwai is played in, and takes it around the keeper and finishes, but the flag is up for offside.

RED CARD – (Ryan Huckle 43 mins)

Leatherhead have it in a good position in the box but give it away. Nelson hacks clear, and ends up sending Joe Taylor through on goal, but he is cynically pulled down by Ryan Huckle. It’s a no-brainer for the ref as he reaches to his back pocket and shows the defender a straight red card. No complaints with that one for Leatherhead.

GOAL – Lewes 2-0 Leatherhead (Taylor Maloney 45+1)

Things go from bad to worse for the Tanners. Maloney lines up the freekick and it takes a deflection off a Leatherhead defender and nestles in the bottom left corner. Cruel way to concede a goal, but maybe some justice after Taylor was odds on to score the chance that led to the freekick. Lewes had started to turn the screw in the last 15 minutes of this half, and a second right before half-time is just what they needed.

HALF-TIME: Lewes 2-0 Leatherhead

A throw in for the visitors which leads to nothing is the last action of the first period. So far, so good for the hosts, who will be hoping for more of the same and to make it back to back wins in the Isthmian Premier. As for Leatherhead, they’ll need a score similar to that of their only win so far this season, 3-2 at Bowers & Pitsea, to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

It certainly was.
Leatherhead on Twitter are remaining positive ahead of the second half. Some team talk is going to be needed to get them out of this position.

Out come Lewes for the second half, we’re just waiting for the visitors.

And here they come to get us back underway.

Changes for both sides at the start of this second half. Killian Colombie replaces Kenneth Yao for Lewes and Cameron Black comes on for Stephane Bombelenga

48 mins: Lewes 2-0 Leatherhead

The theme from the end of the first half continues as Lewes are on the attack. De-Graft drags a shot wide from just outside the area.

GOAL – Lewes 3-0 Leatherhead (Bradley Pritchard 50 mins)

Really well worked goal as it’s thrown into Taylor from the left flank who shields the ball and lets it run into the path of Pritchard who picks his spot and calmly places it in the bottom corner. 3-0 and game over. Surely. Absolute domination from Lewes as you’d expect with a man advantage. This could get messy for Lewes.

53 mins: Lewes 3-0 Leatherhead

CHANCE! – Trouble for Leatherhead again as Joe Taylor is played through but the angle is tight. He cuts back, looks up and directs a cross to the far post but no one is there to turn it in.

59 mins: Another change for Lewes, on comes Freddie Parker for Michael Klass.

GOAL – Lewes 4-0 Leatherhead (Joe Taylor 60 mins)

The new introduction Parker wins a corner which is aimed towards the back post. Centre-back Matt Weaire finds himself and heads it towards goal. It looks to be going in but Joe Taylor makes sure, tucking it away from two yards out for his second of the game. Bowman got a hand to it but he had no chance really. 4-0.

64 mins: Lewes 4-0 Leatherhead

CHANCE! – Fantastic ball over the top by Nelson towards the left side of the penalty area, which looks like it’s going to be dealt with by Lema, but his interception falls perfectly for Ollie Tanner. The number 7 cuts in onto his right but it’s a big save from Bowman to deny a 5th.

67 mins: Lewes 4-0 Leatherhead

Lewes are really zipping the ball about now. It’s like a training game for the hosts, to the home fans delight. They’re still singing and have been excellent all night. We had a rendition of Madness’ ‘One Step Beyond’ a little while ago.

70 mins: Final change for the Rooks. A good shift from De-Graft who makes way for Iffy Allen.

GOAL – Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead (Iffy Allen 74 mins)

He’s only been on a matter of minutes! It’s the substitutes having an impact once again for Lewes. Tanner, who’s been at the heart of everything tonight finds himself in space in the box. He places his effort onto the post, but Iffy Allen is there to lash it into the net on the rebound while Bowman was still on the ground. Unfortunate way to concede for Leatherhead but Lewes are fully deserving of their lead.

Lewes players congratulate Iffy Allen on his goal.

77 mins: Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead

Again with Allen, this time on the left. He tries a cross but it’s blocked and goes behind for a corner. Time for 6?

No, It’s a poor ball which meets Onokwai, who heads clear.

78 mins: Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead

Suddenly a rare venture forward for the away side. Onokwai is played through on goal but can’t get his first for the club and salvage a bit of pride for Leatherhead. He fires his shot over the bar.

82 mins: Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead

CHANCE! – Great strength and hold up play from Taylor who lays it down the right for Colombie. His cross is a good one and it seems all Allen has to do is tap it in but he somehow blazes it high and wide. However, the flag immediately goes up for offside anyway.

85 mins: Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead

CHANCE! – Ollie Tanner has been absolutely superb tonight despite not scoring. And how has he not got on the scoresheet there? He gets himself in a great position with a brilliant weaving run into the box. He cuts in and from just a few yards is again denied by Bowman. He should have a goal by now.

88 mins: Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead

Stoppage in play and a glad one at that for the Leatherhead players as they have been under pressure for the whole second half. Kiangebini was down but now he’s ready to continue.

90 mins: Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead

3 minutes of additional time to come.

90+2 mins: Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead

Lewes just passing it around now at their own will. A great display from the Rooks tonight even though they’ve been up against ten men for most of it.

90+3 mins: Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead

One more chance for a sixth as Tanner goes down the right again. He slides a cross in which is met by Parker who’s effort goes through Bowman’s legs but takes a nick off his boot on the way through and the ball narrowly rolls past the post for a corner.

FULL-TIME: Lewes 5-0 Leatherhead

That’s it! The corner comes to nothing and the referee blows his whistle. Three more goals in the second half from Pritchard, Taylor and Allen add to Maloney and Taylor’s earlier efforts at the end of the opening 45. Lewes go up to 3rd in the table after a resounding victory here at The Dripping Pan. As for Leatherhead, it’s looking bleak as they are currently 10 games without a win in the league. They have also now scored just 4 goals in the league, 3 of them coming in that opening day win at Bower & Pitsea. Lewes will be raring to go on the weekend now, with a trip to Worthing who have also started well. Leatherhead will have to pick themselves up when they’re on the road again this Saturday at Hornchurch where they’ll be without Ryan Huckle at the back.

They enjoyed that one!
Superb shift from the Lewes striker tonight.

Lewes manager Tony Russell speaking to Mick Sullivan after the game:

“Would you have taken 5-0 before the game? Yes. But if you’re dissecting what happened you’d be a little bit frustrated with some of the chances we missed consistently. But it’s 3 points, clean sheet, 5 goals, that’s the positive.”

“I was angry at half-time. I felt we disrespected Leatherhead. We took too long on the ball. That’s why I made the changes I did in the game”

Well what a season it’s looking to be in the Isthmian Premier! Especially for Lewes, they are going well so far. There is real evidence for optimism down on the South coast. Thanks for joining me tonight I thoroughly enjoyed talking you through the action. Take care.

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