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The game tonight is on the 12th of October 7:45pm at The Dripping Pan in Lewes.

Lewes FC, or the Rooks boss Tony Russel will hope to retain his momentum from his previous 6-2 win against Margate, which will be on the players mind of both teams as they head into this game.

Leatherhead are currently bottom of the Isthmian Premier League, with just 4 points so far this season and their previous game ended in a 3-0 defeat against Enfield Town.

The Leatherhead boss Nikki Bull was sacked after this previous defeat. Russel made a statement before the game tonight in relation to the manager’s departure: “It’s never nice to see any manager leave their role. It is a lonely and thankless role sometimes and I wish him all the best”. He also said that “we go into the game with our confidence high thanks to the second half performance on Saturday.

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It has been almost two months since The Tanners recorded a league win, with a 3-2 victory at Bowers & Pitsea on the opening day of the season. The hat-trick hero on that day, Alexander Sami is the top scorer with 6 goals, although he missed Saturday’s defeat to Enfield Town due to injury. They progressed to the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup, having beaten Whitstable Town in a replay but lost 3-0 to Corinthian Casuals after a 0-0 draw.

Our last meeting – 7th December 2019 – Lewes 0 Leatherhead 1

In the fourth meeting of the two sides of the season, Leatherhead recorded their first victory thanks to a 4th minute goal by midfielder Simon Mensah in front of 524 fans. At the time the Rooks were in 18th place, facing a hard winter ahead.

Attendance: 449

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KO 3 mins late Lewes kick off

2’ – Foul from number 12 leads to a free kick from Kabashi who whipped into the box but ruled out as offside

5’ – Ollie Tanner has a shot just outside the box that is tipped around the most by Leatherhead keeper Myles Bowman.

12’ – Ollie Tanner makes a great run breezing past 2 players after a one two he just missed the target from a few yards out

15’ – A fairly even start to the game is met by little shots on targets but lots of attacks from either side to make an exciting first 15 minutes

25’ – as temperature rise in the game a frustrated Chidubem Onokwai is given a warning by the referee for decent but no card is given.

26’ – Just a minute later Matt Wearie gives the ball away in his own half, which gifts possession to Leatherhead and Onokwai strikes from range, but is met by a good save from Lewes Keeper Lewis Carey.

36’ – Michael Klass is booked for what seemed to be a fair tackle on Jack Skinner, after the foul was given and he kicked the ball away in frustration. Tension is high just 40 minuets into this game and the reactions from fans create a good atmosphere.

39’ – GOAL! Joe Taylor

De-Graft and Taylor with great link up play provides Taylor with the ball at his feet with his back to the defender. A quick turn leads to a shot that comes off the crossbar and ripples the net to break the deadlock and put Lewes 1-0 up.

43’ – RED CARD! Ryan Huckle
Joe Taylor is led through on goal by one quick pass, but is quickly pulled to the ground by Huckle, who is sent off my the referee as he kicks the ball out of the stands in frustration.

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45’ – GOAL! Taylor Maloney
After the red card Maloney takes the free kick from just outside box, that is deflected by a wall that failed to do its job and Leatherhead keeper Myles Bowman is left stranded by an unorthodox goal that gives Lewes a greater lead and Capps off a good first half for Lewes FC.


50’ – GOAL! Bradley Pritchard

A long ball is played over the top to the number 15, who cuts in and places the ball into the bottom right to avoid Bowmans reaching hand.

57’ – some great link up between Damell Kithamboband Craig McGee creates a shooting opportunity from close for Craig McGee, who shoots to close to the keeper and is a fairly easy save for Bowman.

60’ – GOAL! Joe Taylor
a corner from Lewes is met by a great leap and header from Matt Wearie which is then flicked on by Joe Taylor who bags his second of the game and makes it 4-0 to Lewes FC.

61’ – YELLOW CARD! Tom Carlse
A late challenge from Tom Carlse in the final thirds leads to him seeing his name in the book with little discussion or argument from either side.

74’ – GOAL! Iffy Allen
Some great skill leads to Ollie Tanner having a shot out wide, which comes off the post straight into Allen’s feet, who doesn’t disappoint from just a few yards out to make it 5-0 Lewes FC.

77’ – The ball is given away after a poor back pass form Lewes, and Onokwai fails to beat the keeper form the one on one, skying it from just inside the box much to the disappointment of the travelling fans.


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