U21s lose to Lewes 2 - 6
A well drilled, focused and disciplined Lewes side caught us cold.
Following a nervy start the visitors took the lead from a corner as were was guilty of ball watching instead of attacking the ball as Mathew Gunn headed in from 6 yards out on 12 minutes.
This spurred the boys into action but our positional play was out of sync as we struggled to keep the ball long enough to allow the full backs up to join the attack to support the attacking trio of Dominic, Bradley and Aaron.
Lewes tempo was very fast and they played out with the full backs with their keeper delivering pin point wide balls as they pinned our wide forward back. The midfield was a tough contest too with boys sides struggling to get to grips with the pitch but it was Lewes that gain more controlled put us under pressure. They broke through with a goal in the 17th minute Callum Kealy with a looping volley at the edge of the box and before the boys could compose themselves they conceded another on the 23rd Dean Brown and 30th minute Samuel Karl extended the advantage.
The mini collapse was an untimely blow but the boys had to learn to deal with the adversity and managed to hang in until half time without further damage.
Second half changes with Michael Wilson and Dominic Toussaint being replaced gave Tunde a chance to assist Ned and Ristel in midfield, whilst the fleet footed Darren Helsdown replaced the pace and trickery left by Dominic.
2 minutes in and we was caught cold again with Lewes breaking through to score, however the boys looked nervous but composed themselves and battled on. Our passing was better and the midfield controlled the game better but despite this Lewes scored on the 60 minute to make it 6-0.
Credit to the boys they maintained the passing philosophy and did not let their heads drop. The boys up front finally grasped the instructions of letting the full backs go and putting the Lewes centre backs and keeper under pressure, this made Lewes nervy and all of sudden from their assured possession it was them that started to give balls away and the goalkeepers brilliant distribution came into question.
The tables seem to turn with the boys keeping the ball better it was Lewes that was tiring and all of a sudden the boys were creating chances with Lewes pinned in their half. On the 69th minute Darren Helsdown broke though and scored to pull a goal back. No just happy with a consolation goal the boys relentless pressure continued with the midfield supplying the attackers Bradley Peters added another goal 5 minutes later. The boys had a couple more decent chances to make the score respectable however the damage caused in the first half was too much of a deficit to pull back and by the time we got going it was too late.
A lesson learnt by the boys to prepare better but credit them for not giving up and attempting to fight back.