Men’s 1s: entertaining 2-2 draw with Lewes

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI

Epsom (and hardy fans) after a very wet 2-2 draw with Lewes at Therfield

Epsom: 2 (Marfleet, Midmer)

Lewes: 2

Epsom welcomed Lewes to the slightly unusual venue of Therfield School, a former fortress in the pre Old Schools Lane days. Stand-in player coach Jack Marfleet kept things simple in the build-up and both sides emerged to some fairly horrid wet cold conditions. Lewes started the game looking quick and lively and forcing some good defending from Epsom. After 10 minutes Epsom started to get into gear and some magic from Steve Turnbull set up Marfleet to score from less than one yard, the type of goal all forwards dream about. The game was now quite even, just before half time Epsom turned the ball over and Will Hunt fed James Midmer who stepped around the keeper and fired home a rising drive for 2-0. Epsom kept things tight for a spell after half-time and had several chances to extend the lead but couldn’t take them. The game looked to be drifting but, out of the blue, Lewes engineered a great move down the right and a good deflection made it 2-1. Soon after, the visitors worked another decent attack down the left which was converted from close range for 2-2. Epsom looked a bit rattled but re-established their rhythm and the game finished a draw. Lewes were a really nice side who all came back for a beer and it was a fast, free-flowing game, well umpired, some good play and a fair result. Epsom move up to seventh and will hope they can pick up a few results in the run in to Christmas in a tight mid-table.