Rooks FA Cup race stopped by Met police

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A below-par performance in the first half saw Lewes exiting the FA Cup at the first hurdle at the Pan with a 2-1 loss to Met Police, reports Tom Harper.

Tony Russell made three changes to the squad that drew 0-0 with Horsham on Bank Holiday Monday. Suspended Ayo Olukoga, Freddie Parker and Killian Colombia were replaced in the starting lineup by Kenneth Yao, Karl Dent and debutant Taylor Maloney.

The visitors started off brilliantly and saw Liam Ferdinand make a smart Lewis Carey stop in the early stages.

The lively start to the match continued, as Joe Taylor grabbed a long Mitchell Nelson ball but saw his effort comfortably saved by Liam Beach.

Met Police took control of the game at this point and should have taken the lead, with Carey making a superb save to prevent a Jack Mazzone effort from close range before a combination of Carey and Nelson helped the loose ball at- above the bar.

From the resulting corner taken by Ollie Knight, Ollie Robinson saw his sharp head cut off the top of the bar on his way.

The visitors scored the goal their impressive start to the game deserved in the 19th minute, as good play to the right ended with a William Wickham cross for the unmarked Mazzone to finish at the far post.

Mazzone nearly doubled his total and that of Met Police a few minutes later, but sent his acrobatic volley from a Knight’s cross over the bar.

The visitors made it 2-0 in the 28th minute, as Ferdinand whirled around the edge of the box before sending an impressive strike past Carey and into the bottom corner.

Lewes struggled to build momentum, but nearly pulled out a goal just before the break, as Maloney saw his 20-yard free kick helped off the bar by Beach.

The Rooks saw plenty of the ball in the early stages of the second half and nearly halved the deficit thanks to Nelson, whose header from a Dent corner was shoved off by Beach before the ball dropped. be eliminated from within the six-meter area.

The Met Police were handling the game well overall and arguably should have sealed the victory mid-halfway through the half as a sharp counterattack ended with Knight dragging his efforts just off the far post.

Lewes was given a lifeline in the 72nd minute, as substitute Iffy Allen was tripped into the box by Wickham.

Taylor converted the penalty, sending Beach the wrong way to get the Rooks back into the game.

Unfortunately for Lewes, the visitors comfortably saw the finals to advance to the second qualifying round and leave the Rooks to focus on their league campaign.

You can watch the highlights of the game here thanks to Your Instant Replay.

Today’s Progcast can be read here.

Lewes welcomes Enfield Town to Pan in the League next Saturday, kicking off at 3pm.

Lewes: Carey, Yao, Carlse, Nelson, Weaire, Maloney, Klass (Pritchard 51), Dent (Parker 65), Tanner (Allen 46), De-Graft, Taylor.

Unused subtitles: Hall, Olukoga, D’Arienzo, Richards.

Reserved: Weaire.

Metropolitan police: Beach, Wickham, Fisher, Robinson, Tanner, Allen, O. Knight, Robertson, Mazzone (Birch 66), Ferdinand (J. Knight 85), De St Croix.

Unused Submarines: Taylor, Vincent, Chislett, Keeya, West.

Reserved: Wickham.

Presence: 528

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A below-par performance in the first half saw Lewes exiting the FA Cup at the first hurdle at the Pan with a 2-1 loss to Met Police, reports Tom Harper.

Tony Russell made three changes to the squad that drew 0-0 with Horsham on Bank Holiday Monday. Suspended Ayo Olukoga, Freddie Parker and Killian Colombia were replaced in the starting lineup by Kenneth Yao, Karl Dent and debutant Taylor Maloney.

The visitors started off brilliantly and saw Liam Ferdinand make a smart Lewis Carey stop in the early stages.

The lively start to the match continued, as Joe Taylor grabbed a long Mitchell Nelson ball but saw his effort comfortably saved by Liam Beach.

Met Police took control of the game at this point and should have taken the lead, with Carey making a superb save to prevent a Jack Mazzone effort from close range before a combination of Carey and Nelson helped the loose ball at- above the bar.

From the resulting corner taken by Ollie Knight, Ollie Robinson saw his sharp head cut off the top of the bar on his way.

The visitors scored the goal their impressive start to the game deserved in the 19th minute, as good play to the right ended with a William Wickham cross for the unmarked Mazzone to finish at the far post.

Mazzone nearly doubled his total and that of Met Police a few minutes later, but sent his acrobatic volley from a Knight’s cross over the bar.

The visitors made it 2-0 in the 28th minute, as Ferdinand whirled around the edge of the box before sending an impressive strike past Carey and into the bottom corner.

Lewes struggled to build momentum, but nearly pulled out a goal just before the break, as Maloney saw his 20-yard free kick helped off the bar by Beach.

The Rooks saw plenty of the ball in the early stages of the second half and nearly halved the deficit thanks to Nelson, whose header from a Dent corner was shoved off by Beach before the ball dropped. be eliminated from within the six-meter area.

The Met Police were handling the game well overall and arguably should have sealed the victory mid-halfway through the half as a sharp counterattack ended with Knight dragging his efforts just off the far post.

Lewes was given a lifeline in the 72nd minute, as substitute Iffy Allen was tripped into the box by Wickham.

Taylor converted the penalty, sending Beach the wrong way to get the Rooks back into the game.

Unfortunately for Lewes, the visitors comfortably saw the finals to advance to the second qualifying round and leave the Rooks to focus on their league campaign.

You can watch the highlights of the game here thanks to Your Instant Replay.

Today’s Progcast can be read here.

Lewes welcomes Enfield Town to Pan in the League next Saturday, kicking off at 3pm.

Lewes: Carey, Yao, Carlse, Nelson, Weaire, Maloney, Klass (Pritchard 51), Dent (Parker 65), Tanner (Allen 46), De-Graft, Taylor.

Unused subtitles: Hall, Olukoga, D’Arienzo, Richards.

Reserved: Weaire.

Metropolitan police: Beach, Wickham, Fisher, Robinson, Tanner, Allen, O. Knight, Robertson, Mazzone (Birch 66), Ferdinand (J. Knight 85), De St Croix.

Unused Submarines: Taylor, Vincent, Chislett, Keeya, West.

Reserved: Wickham.

Presence: 528

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