National League South contenders, Truro City, knocked the Rooks out of the FA Trophy, after a flattering 3-1 win at the Pan, writes Barry Collins.
Despite the two-division gap between the sides, it was Lewes that dominated the early part of the game, but the
Rooks struggled to turn possession into efforts on goal.
It was against the run of play when Truro took the lead in
the 28th minute, and there was more than a slice of fortune about
Chris Todd’s opener. A debatable free-kick found a man unmarked on the edge of
the box. The ball took a deflection of the referee before rolling through to
Todd, who slotted past Winterton to give the visitors the lead.
There was nothing fortuitous about the Truro second, which
arrived just a minute after the first. Tyler Harvey was put clean through with
a ball over the top and he chipped the ball over the stranded Winterton.
Lewes’s mini-collapse was complete on the 38rd minute, when
Andrew Neal was given the space to plant the ball neatly past Winterton into
the bottom left-hand corner.
The home side were given some hope of a comeback when
Medlock was chopped down on the edge of the box in first-half injury time. He
brushed himself down and took the free-kick himself, which was spilled by Tom
McHale in the Truro goal.
The Rooks certainly had the upper hand in the second period.
James Hammond twice struck powerfully from distance, but both shots skimmed the
The visitors had chances of their own to seal the victory,
no more so than when Tyler Harvey beat the diving Matt George to a low ball
into the box, but the ball hit Winterton’s upright and bounced clear to safety.
Clincial finishing rather than a gulf in class was the difference between the two sides, and the Rooks departed this season’s Trophy with pride intact.
See Darren Freeman’s verdict on the game here:
Main photo: Angela Brinkhurst