Crawley’s unbeaten start to the season came to a crashing to a halt with a bruising 54-0 defeat at Lewes on Saturday.
The game started brightly for both teams and it was nip and tuck for the first few minutes as they traded blow-for-blow.
Lewes soon had a six-point lead through two penalties but it was still an open game with Crawley enjoying plenty of possession and territory and the travelling supporters had much to be optimistic about.
Lewes though had other ideas and soon some of their experienced players started to stamp their mark on the game.
Led by their powerful number 8, the home team started to make thrusting drives into the Crawley half and it was only a matter of time before the defence was breached and Lewes had their first converted try giving them a 13-point lead.
Crawley then lost both Luke Wilson and Harry Mansfield to injuries within minutes of each other and this disruption enabled Lewes to get a grip of the match and it was not long before they scored another converted try.
Ultimately though it was a bad day in the office with maybe too many tackles missed and a couple of early scoring chances wasted.”
Crawley also lost centre Richard Hewitt to make things even harder for visiting team. Lewes ended the half with another try.
From the restart Crawley started to play some decent rugby again and took the match to Lewes.
For a short while they actually looked the better team as they camped themselves in the Lewes half. This pressure came to nothing soon Lewes grappled the game back and two quick scores knocked the stuffing out of the game.
From that point on the match became a stop-start affair and Lewes made the best of it and ended the game 54–0.
It was not all gloom and doom with Oliver Hall, Kieran Gosling and Cory Toogood having good games and earning the respect of the home team and supporters. Ultimately though it was a bad day in the office with maybe too many tackles missed and a couple of early scoring chances wasted.
Crawley have already shown this season that they are a good team and lessons will be learned from this game that could see them in good stead for future matches.
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