disappointing performance saw Lewes suffer a 2-0 defeat at Faversham Town on a
sweltering day in Kent, a result which means they will have to better
Carshalton Athletic’s result on the final day of the season to win the Bostik
South title reports Tom Harper.
Freeman made three changes to the side that beat East Grinstead 2-0 in their
previous game, with James Hammond, Charlie Coppola and Billy Medlock replacing
Bouwe Bosma, Harry Reed and Ronnie Conlon in the starting line-up.
off to a poor start by falling behind after just nine minutes, as a low cross
from the right was converted from close range by Mobolaji Dawodu after some
being safe in lower mid-table, the hosts were comfortably the better side
during the opening stages, with Chris Winterton forced into a smart save to
keep out a powerful Benjamin Chapman effort prevent them doubling their lead.
began to gain more of a foothold in the game as the half progressed and tested
Simon Overland in the Faversham goal for the first time through Omarr Lawson,
whose long-range strike was pushed round the post.
nearly made the most of this let-off minutes later but saw Renford Tenyue blaze
a close-range effort over the bar after Dawodu had dispossessed Leon Redwood.
finished the half more positively, as Charlie Coppola went close twice, before
Lloyd Cotton saw a header from a Redwood cross kept out by Overland.
saw plenty of the ball during the opening stages of the second half without
creating any clear-cut opportunities and were fortunate to stay in the game
when the unmarked Dawodu missed the target from a Chapman corner.
began to filter through around the hour mark from just down the road in
Sittingbourne that Carshalton had fallen behind, the Rooks unsurprisingly
started to push forward in search of an equaliser that would put the fate of
the title back in their hands heading into the final day of the season.
chance fell to substitute Ronnie Conlon, as his far-post effort was saved by
the feet of Overland after a superb cross from the right by Billy Medlock.
called into action again minutes later, parrying a powerful Gus Sow strike from
the edge of the area before keeping out Jonte Smith’s effort on the rebound
with the help of a covering defender.
continuing to see plenty of the ball heading into the closing stages, but saw
countless crosses headed clear by the Faversham defence and several efforts
from the edge of the area blocked.
With so many
players pushing forward there was always a chance the Rooks would get caught
out at the back and this was the case in the final minute of normal time, as
the ball was squared across the area for Harry Stannard to finish from close
range to double Faversham’s lead.
could have pulled a goal back during injury-time, but saw Jamie Brotherton miss
the target from a tight angle after latching onto a scuffed shot from Smith
with the last chance of the game.
This was a
disappointing result for Lewes, who got off to a poor start and found it
difficult to create clear-cut chances all afternoon against a resolute and
well-organised Faversham side, a point made by boss Darren Freeman when he spoke to Barry Collins post-match.
finish their season when they host Chipstead at the Pan next Saturday, knowing
that bettering Carshalton Athletic’s result would see them crowned Bostik South
champions. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Faversham Town: Overland, Barnard, Monger, Walder,
Bourne, Cheek, Griffiths (Stannard 34), Chapman, Dawodu (Miller 78), Harvey
(Carrington 90), Tenyue.
Unused Subs: Lee, Benham.
Lewes: Winterton, Brinkhurst, Redwood,
Hammond (Conlon 53), Chappell, Cotton (Brotherton 87), Medlock, Sow, Smith,
Lawson, Coppola (Elliott 70).
Unused Subs: Bosma, Reed.
Booked: Winterton, Cotton, Medlock.