Lewes edged an enthralling encounter over Bognor Regis Town at Culver Road on Sunday afternoon despite falling behind to the Rocks in the first-half.
Lewes eventually found their feet in the second half with captain, Oliver Cowdrey’s well-struck penalty pulling them level and a free-kick from Finley Miles which turned the final Lewes’ way.
The game began with the attackers from both sides crowding the central spaces. Lewes’s Kallum Fuller-Thompson slotted himself between Bognor’s centre-back pairing of George Coe and Harrison Hughes, linking the play for fellow forwards Callum Erskine and Phillip Tatum efficiently.
Bognor pressed with high intensity throughout the first half. Liam Murphy’s feint, run and shot from range sailed over, as Bognor controlled the midfield. Murphy showed immense composure on the ball from the base of midfield.
Lewes’s Central Attacking Midfielder Omar Abdsami caught the eye, repeatedly winning the ball back and launching counterattacks.
Both teams threw masses forward at any set-piece opportunity. Lewes were a menace from long throws. An overhead attempt by Fuller-Thompson from a throw-in prompted an outstanding save from Archie Short.
Bognor then imposed themselves on the game with a series of chances. Isaac Glanfield had a glorious opportunity to open the scoring after a mistake from the Lewes defence, but the forward shot straight at keeper Callum Monks.
Evan Bengough-Drake won Bognor a corner in the 27th minute, which was brilliantly converted for the opener. Isaac Glanfield floated in a perfectly weighted corner and Hughes made excellent contact, handing Bognor the lead.
Towards the end of the first half, both sides struggled to stitch passes together, as promising attacks fizzled out.