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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
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)...