Match Of The Midweek: Lewes 2-1 Thurrock

After a defeat at Staines Town in their opening Blue Square South match of the season on Saturday afternoon, the real test followed for Lewes this evening. Tonight’s match against Thurrock wasn’t merely their first home match of the new season. It was the first test of a brave new world, the first chance to see if they have a chance of stabilising their club under new management. The rise of Lewes from the lower reaches of the Isthmian League to the Blue Square Premier between 2002 and 2008 could, in theory, have been described as a fairy tale, but in truth it was largely funded on a house of cards. The club got financially way ahead of itself, and the resultingĀ  mountain of debt, as well as a degree of mismanagment, almost led to its death. The Rooks125 group is promising a rebirth for the club, and it looks extremely promising. A group of supporters have taken over the running of the club and their aim is for the club owned by its own entire community. It doesn’t merely require supporters to be members an owners of the club, but for the whole of the town to fall in behind the club and help it to work. It is making an appeal for volunteers to assist in the running of the club and even benefactors are welcome, as...

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