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They were a solid well-organised side who liked playing the long ball to try and give the striker a chance off a flick-on. They’d kept the grass long, so it was difficult to play our passing game. The ball kept getting caught under our feet and sticking in the grass. I was pleased that we didn’t concede a goal from open play. I’d like to thank the 50-100 Lewes fans who made the trip, and made a lot of noise. It was a great help. I don’t know what they were singing, but they were certainly singing. The official crowd was 900-and-something, which must have been over 1,000 with comps counted. I hope we can start to get those sorts of numbers at the Dripping Pan.

We pay Welling on Wednesday, (the night Viva Lewes goes to press) and Braintree at home the following Saturday. Neither of them are easy games: Welling are one of the sides who I fancy for the play-offs. We beat then 2-1 and lost to them 2-1 last season. Braintree are another team that have just come up, and as I said before these teams tend to do well in their first season. Just look at us two years ago: we were favourites to go down and we finished 4th. We surprised everyone, and teams like Braintree are capable of doing that, too. No one fears them, and they have nothing to fear. That’s a dangerous combination. They lost their best striker - Alex Ravell - to Brighton, but James Baker is a good young striker. They have one of the meanest defences in the division and are more than capable of scoring goals. I’ve watched them a couple of times this season. It’s not going to be easy, but we need to win our home games. (continues overleaf)...


Siggy plays for Lewes, jamming good with Cade and Boothy