First off, they say that the more things change the more they stay the same, and it would seem that such is correct, for whilst the world is changing at an ever greater pace, Lewes FC are still absolutely rubbish.
The Rooks took an early lead through Ayotimiwa Bolarinwa on their trip to Wingate and Finchley, but returned to form fairly soon thereafter, conceding three times in 17 minutes to go into the break 3-1 down. Wingate topped off their saunter with a fourth in the second period and Lewes boarded the coach back south with that all-too-familiar sinking feeling again.
Luckily for the travelling Rooks Wingate and Finchley serve lager that doesn’t taste like feet and the staff don’t look down their nose at you for asking, so that was a nice change of pace.
They were not the only Sussex team to face some woe on the road however, as Whitehawk were made to pay for some errant finishing by Herne Bay.
The Hawks, decked out in their absolute stunner of a home kit, went 1-0 up in the 25th minute through Henry Muggeridge and all seemed plain sailing until they lost Adam El-Abd to a bizarre second yellow in the 76th minute.
Much like the Battle of Helm’s Deep, a valiant show of defence was not enough to stem the tide, as Herne Bay drew level in the 80th minute and then took all three points with two stoppage time sickeners in the 90th and 93rd minutes.
There was at least one Sussex winner on Saturday as Hassocks came out 2-1 victors against Peacehaven and Telscombe – admittedly it was in a Sussex derby, so the odds were quite high.