Jamie Mascoll says he’s ready to show the Lewes fans more of what he can offer after a man-of-the-match debut performance helped the Rooks past Sevenoaks on Saturday.
Mascoll, who signed for Tony Russell’s troops in midweek, played the majority of the 1-0 win in front of 550 fans at the Dripping Pan.
Victory in the FA Trophy means Lewes now advance to the first round proper, and attention now turns to Tuesday’s Isthmian Premier League clash at Herne Bay.
And Mascoll is keen to keep the form going into the autumn.
“It’s amazing here!” he says. “The fans were great on Sunday and when I spoke to Tony before joining the club, one of the first things he said to me was that the supporters are brilliant. That pitch is a delight too. And it’s great to win and get a clean sheet to start things off.
“It’s been pretty easy settling in with the lads. The reason for that is because I’ve played under Tony before. So when you know the management team and how they work, and when they know you, it makes for a pretty easy settling in period.
“I already knew some of the boys too and have followed Lewes for a good while. I know Tony always creates great teams, and the group he’s got here is ideal.
“I watched a lot of results before coming here, and last year I followed Lewes pretty closely because a few of my friends were here. The players were have here are great.”
‘The results will keep coming’
On his performance on Saturday, Mascoll adds: “Being named man of the match, the fans are too kind! Of course the result is the main thing here – we got the result we needed and a clean sheet. What more can I ask for?
“Well the MOTM just tops out off. I hadn’t started a game in a very long time and Tony knew that, which is why he took me off towards the end. But I’ll keep building and the results will keep coming, starting with Herne Bay on Tuesday.”
‘Jamie is an upgrade’ – Russell
Russell, meanwhile, was all praise for his new signing.
“It’s his first game in a long time and he was great,” says Russell. “I know all about Jamie and what qualities he brings, and the fans will see as he gets fitter he’ll be even better.
“Jamie’s played for Bolton, Wycombe and Charlton, so he knows his stuff. And he’s a great lad in the dressing room. The boys have really taken to him.
“It’s important that when we bring players in they’re better than what we’ve had, and I feel Jamie is an upgrade.”