After a winless start to the season, Steve Eke’s Development Squad put in a commanding performance to secure all three points in their home clash with Molesey U23s, reports Karl Davy.
After only 3 minutes, after some nice work at the back, the ball was played forward to Dylan Gifford, an U18 forward making his DS debut, who turned and found a gap playing a though ball to Sam Karl who showed excellent composure to place the ball past Molesey goalkeeper to break the deadlock.
The game got a little feisty with both teams giving away unnecessary fouls until Harry Reed pinpoint pass down the line to Brandon Green, who delivered a great cross into the box for U18 skipper Ross Barclay to connected with a stunning volley into the bottom corner for his first goal for the DS.
Molesey were lose to reducing the defect after a Jack Troak stopped two certain goals – the first a goalmouth scramble which Troak eventually cleared off the line while a superb covering tackle also denied an open goal for the Molesey striker.
Lewes kept knocking on the door themselves with Karl coming the closest after an fine through ball from Barclay.
It wasn’t until the 55 minute did the Rooks extend their lead when a Josh Tuck header evaded everyone apart from Karl who powerfully struck it into the back of the net to complete his brace.
The three goal advantage only lasted five minutes when Molesey’s fresh legs helped them score their first of the night.
Some good football in the middle of the park between Will Robinson and Barclay saw substitute Luke Manley played though on the wing who delivered a perfect ball into the box with for Dylan Gifford to score a debut goal in the 67th minute.
Molesey still showed signs that they weren’t done with the game and their quick attacks were rewarded with a second goal, after Nathan Stroomberg made a fine save but couldn’t stop the second effort.
Final score: Lewes Development Squad 4 – 2 Molesey U23s
Line up: N.Stroomberg, H.Reed, J.Troak, G. McCarthy, K.Frimpong, J.Tuck, S.Karl, W.Robinson, B.Green (45 L.Manley), R.Barclay, D.Gifford (75 W. Bacic)
Goals: Karl (2), Barclay, Gifford