Lewes eased passed Redhill in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup as Lloyd Dawes found his shooting books in a 6-1 win against the Combined Counties side who had switched the tie to The Dripping Pan due to ongoing pitch work at Kiln Brow, reports Stuart Fuller.
With none of his injured players available for selection, and Charlie Coppola absent due to family commitments, Darren went with an attacking starting eleven in the hope of making a fast start in what could have been a tricky game, especially with the violently changeable conditions.
The game was less than five minutes old when Josh Jones scored his first goal for the club, smashing home after a well-worked corner move. Lloyd Dawes showed he was up for the game soon after, as he acrobatically met another corner but his effort was blocked.
Lewes looked busy and Brinkhurst almost got a rare goal in the 26th minute, cutting in and seeing his shot just shave the bar with Vokaty beaten. Three minutes later Lewes had a great chance to double their lead when they were awarded a penalty. However, Dan Perry’s spot kick was saved by the keeper’s flailing leg.
At the other end, Winterton had to be on his guard to keep out a decent Redhill free-kick as Lewes seemed to be running out of steam towards the end of the half. However, with just a minute left in the first period Alex Laing created some space down the flank and pulled the ball back for Lloyd Dawes to smash home and finally break his Rooks duck. Two became three 90 seconds later when Alex Laing was on hand to hit home after a decent save by the Redhill keeper.
Four minutes into the second period Lewes made the tie safe as Lloyd Dawes scored his second and The Rooks fourth after controlling a tricky bouncing ball and slotting it home past the advancing Vokaty. Five minutes later and Dan Perry had a great chance to score the fifth as he beat the offside trap but the keeper makes a great save. That was to be Perry’s last action of the game and he was replaced by Under18’s striker Callum Kealy for his first team debut.
Dawes completed his hatrick with a quarter of the game still to play as he turned and shot to beat the keeper and could have easily had two or three more, especially when he flicked the ball over the keeper with ten to play and then somehow managed to put the ball wide. James Hammond followed up on his goal last Saturday with the sixth in the 81st minute, strolling unchallenged into the area to hit home.
Redhill grabbed a consolation goal in the 83rd minute when Connor Westney scored, and could have quite easily grabbed a second when Njie’s poor back pass led to a free-kick in a dangerous position or when Winterton pulled off a great save to deny Marks in injury time.
The Rooks will be relieved to get the win and set up a 1st Qualifying Round tie at home to Southern Counties East Premier League side Sevenoaks Town at The Pan on Saturday 3rd September. Darren, celebrating his birthday, felt the performance didn’t match the score line – you can hear his thoughts here. You can also see some of the action thanks to the long lens of James Boyes here.
The Rooks return to league action next Saturday when they host Chatham Town, kick off at The Pan, 3pm.
Redhill: Vokaty, Acheampong, Shipton, Ransome (Marks), Snadden (Halsey), Rufus, Pinder, Brewster, Westney, Smith (O’Brien), Kedze
Subs not used: Morgan, Mbon, Bolagi, Stripp
Lewes: Winterton, Brinkhurst, George (Dramis 75 mins), Hammond, Vickers, Cotton (Njie 53mins), Jones, Dixon, Dawes, Perry (Kealy 60 mins), Laing
Subs not used: Osei-Asamoah, Stroomberg
Referee: Michael Marsh