Lewes interim Manager Craig Gill says that Durham are strong team but have areas that the Rooks can exploit, as they get ready to welcome them to the Dripping Pan on Sunday.
This fixture was originally scheduled to take place in January but had to be rearranged due to COVID-19 cases.
Lewes come into the fixture having won 2-0 against Crystal Palace last week and Gill has been revelling in that victory.
“We were extremely pleased with the way in which we stopped Crystal Palace from playing their usual passing game and limited their attacking threat and goalscoring opportunities.
“We also enjoyed long periods of controlled possession and created many opportunities in the attacking third from both wide and central areas.
“It was extremely pleasing to see the players enjoying their football, working hard for each other and effectively implementing our playing principles and tactics from the first whistle to the last to produce a strong performance and get the win that they all fully deserved.”
‘Healthy training environment’
Gill has been happy with the levels shown in training this week ahead of Sunday’s game and praised the training environment.
“The players have typically trained hard and with good quality and energy every day this week, working on our game plan in readiness for our home match against Durham on Sunday.
“The competition for places is very strong which provides for a very healthy training environment where daily standards are high as the players challenge each other to be the best that they can be.”
Only five games remaining
With only five games remaining in the season, Gill is hoping that the confidence gained from the previous performance will bring about a strong end to the season, starting with Durham
“Having closely analysed them, we know that Durham are a strong team with good qualities but with areas that we can exploit.
“We approach the match with justifiable confidence following our last impressive performance and if we can replicate that form again on Sunday, then, I’m sure that we will be very competitive.
“With 5 games remaining, we are looking to finish the season as strongly as possible and, with 3 of these being at home, we especially look forward to the great support that we get at the Dripping Pan!’”
Well wishes to our Captain
The team has been without club captain Rhian Cleverly for a few weeks now due to a hip injury.
The skipper underwent surgery this week and Gill has praised her influence.
“We all send our very best wishes to Rhian Cleverly, our club captain, as she recovers from a hip operation that she had earlier this week.
“Rhian is a huge influence on the squad and we look forward to having her back with us very soon as she starts her rehabilitation programme.”
Focus on Durham
Durham come into the game fourth in the table, four points above The Rooks, winning one of their last three games.
The reverse fixture saw Durham win 2-0 way back in October.
Speaking to the clubs website ahead of this game, Durham manager Mollie Lambert said: “It’s always going to be a tough challenge against Lewes, especially being so far away.
“But we have a lot of experience, young players and hopefully we can get three points and start a little bit of a journey.
“We’re going to be on the bus for probably three days! But it’s a good opportunity for us to team bond.”
Lewes FC vs Durham tickets
Lewes FC tickets for the game, which kicks off at 12pm on Sunday, are available to buy now online (at a discount).
Ticket prices online are as follows:
Adults – £11 general admittance online (£12 on the gate)
Concessions – £7 general admittance online (£8 on the gate)
Kids (under 16) – free!
Beach hut for six people – £99