Written by: Stuart
Lewes returned to winning ways at the Pan, as a first-half goal from Deon Moore helped the Rooks to an important 1-0 win over Enfield Town, reports Tom Harper, with pictures from James Boyes.
Tony Russell made one change to the side that drew 2-2 at Hornchurch in their previous game, with Ryan Gondoh replacing Razz Coleman De-Graft in the starting line-up.
Lewes made a bright start and came close to taking an early lead through Gondoh, whose goal-bound effort from the edge of the area was deflected over the bar.
Without being at their free-flowing best, the Rooks continued to look dangerous, with Joe Taylor winning the ball high up the pitch and finding Gondoh, who chose to try and find Moore instead of shooting when through on goal, allowing the visitors to clear their lines.
Enfield were struggling to get into the game so it was therefore slightly against the run of play when they came close to taking the lead, Andre Coker embarking on a purposeful run before shooting just wide from the edge of the area.
Lewes nearly made the most of this let-off by going in front themselves, Jaydn Mundle-Smith sending an acrobatic volley straight at Nathan McDonald after Will Salmon had helped a Tyrqiue Hyde free-kick towards goal.
The Rooks took the lead three minutes before half-time, a quick counter-attack ending with Moore running at the Enfield defence before finishing emphatically into the bottom corner.
Large periods of the second half passed without any chances of note, as Lewes kept the ball well and restricted Enfield to very few moments of promise in the final third.
At the other end, Taylor saw a shot on the turn from the edge of the area go wide as the Rooks picked their moments to try and find a crucial second goal.
The closest the visitors came to equalising saw Lewis Carey react well to tip a deflected Lyle Della-Verde free-kick over the bar with five minutes remaining.
Lewes saw out the closing stages comfortably to record a crucial win at the start of a busy few weeks of fixtures.
The Rooks welcome Brightlingsea Regent to the Pan on Tuesday, kick-off at 7.45pm.
You can read today’s progcast here.
More superb photos from James Boyes can be found here
Highlights from Your Instant Replay can be viewed here.
Lewes: Carey, Tamplin, Mundle-Smith, Salmon (Olukoga 46), Champion, Young, Hyde, Pritchard, Gondoh (De-Graft 79), Moore, Taylor.
Unused Subs: Hall, Murrell-Williamson, Middleton-Tozer.
Booked: Carey, Tamplin.
Enfield Town: McDonald, Renee, Payne, Thomas (Kamara 75), Knight, Richmond, Isaac, Youngs, Cunnington, Wylie (Della-Verde 60), Coker (Taaffe 65).
Unused Subs: Dayton, Okotcha.
Booked: Renee, Payne, Coker.