New Lewes signing Tyrique Hyde says he enjoyed a dream debut on Saturday after a “mad few days” that saw him sign for the Rooks in time to face Margate at the Dripping Pan.
Hyde came off the bench to help Tony Russell’s side secure a 2-0 win and move up to 13th in the Isthmian Premier League.
The 23-year-old only joined earlier in the week but says he was glad to get minutes and start contributing straightaway.
“It was a mad few days! I left Welling in the week and signed for Lewes in time for Saturday’s game, and managed to get some time on the pitch,” says Hyde.
“I’m just really happy to have got it all done, I’m here and I’m a Lewes player! I’m ready to prove myself to Tony and the fans. I want to get stuck in here straight away and help the team win, like we did here.”
Discussing his transfer to the club, Hyde adds: “I contacted Tony in regards to trying to find a move. Lewes are a club that I’ve always admired and Tony, well I’ve heard great stuff about him.
“I’ve looked at the way he sets teams up and I immediately felt that it would suit me. So that’s why I got in touch! I’m glad we got it done.
“The pitch is amazing. Of course when you look at it, it looks good – but when you actually play on it, it’s perfect. It means we can play the entertaining football we want to play, and give the fans something. The fans were great today, it’s a great club!”
Hyde on Hornchurch
Next up for Lewes is Tuesday’s clash with Hornchurch as the fixtures come thick and fast into the autumn. And Hyde says the boys will need to be ready to go again at the Pan.
“Coming off the bench is sometimes a little hard to get up to the speed of things quickly. But I felt I contributed to the team winning and the clean sheet. Saturday was the perfect debut,” he says.
“But immediately it’s about Hornchurch, and the boys have to recover well. It’s a quick turnaround and we need to recover, and then get going again.
“It’s about preparing ourselves ready for Hornchurch and I’m sure if we go out and play like we did in the first half against Margate then we can beat them on Tuesday and give the fans even more to cheer about!”
Lewes FC vs Hornchurch tickets
The match on Tuesday kicks off at 7:45pm. You can buy Lewes FC tickets for the game online and skip the queue at the gate. Online ticket prices are as follows:
Adults – £12
Concessions – £8
Kids U16 – Free
Beach Huts – £110
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