Lewes (@2.4) vs Bowers & Pitsea (@2.4)
22-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Bowers & Pitsea will win

Lewes – Bowers & Pitsea Match Prediction | 22-09-2019 10:00

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We feared the worst and sure enough Stefan got a second yellow for what wasnt even a foul in our opinion. Whether the mobbing of the referee had an effect on his decision is debatable but it didnt help us. Not unexpectedly the Worthing players all screamed blue murder and surrounded the referee, who had already not covered himself in glory by being very inconsistent with his yellow card. We, along with most Lewes supporters were outraged.

But its goals that win gamesand we need to work on that. I think few would have said we didnt deserve our equaliserlast week against a strong Enfield Town side. Our new match analysis softwarebacked up the fact we dominated the game, with over 60% possession, more passescomplete and more shots on goal than our opponents. As a new feature in our progcasts, we will providesome stats from our previous games so you can see for yourselves on ourprevious games and the season to date.

That seasonwas notable too for their cup run in the FA Vase, which took them to thesemi-finals where they were narrowly beaten by eventual winners Morpeth Town2-1 away after drawing the home leg 2-2. In 2004 Bowers United merged with Sunday league neighboursPitsea to form Bowers and Pitsea FC. Under current manager Rob Small theyfinished runners-up in the Essex Senior League in 2015, going one better a yearlater to win the league and gain promotion to the Isthmian League.

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As wedream of a trip to Wembley we can also be comforted by the fact that after theSixth Round, any previous cautions are wiped from the record. The good news is that the FA have changed the rules and forthis season. In both the FA Cup and Trophy a player will need to accumulatefour cautions before he is suspended from the next relevant cup game.

About Hartsdown ParkHartsdown Park is still a work in progress.I know I also wrote that three years ago before we last visited. This ispartly due to the fact that the last decade some of the ground (including theMain Stand and terracing) have been demolished in preparation for the buildingof new structures, but due to off the field changes in the boom and busteconomy of Non-League football, the promised new stands have failed tomaterialise.

Fancy a beer?Theres a decent sized Clubhouse bar at the ground which also has a big screen for the pre/post-match game. Margate Town Centre is around a 15-minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Also, of note is the Lifeboat pub on Market Street, which also has a wide range of real ales and ciders and will be popular with a lot of our travelling fans based on previous visits. Whilst if you also like your real ale then the Northern Belle pub on Mansion Street has been listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for a number of years now. On Marine Terrace there is a Wetherspoons pub called the Mechanical Elephant.

When did we last meetMargate?Last season we travelled down to Hartsdown Park in early September and cameaway with a 1-0 thanks to a smart headed goal by James Hammond. In the return fixture at the Pan in Decemberwas washed out after just 23 minutes with the scores at 0-0. In the re-arranged fixture in late January, therewas no break in the deadlock although with the game entering injury time, TheRooks were awarded a penalty when George Tuson-Firth was fouled by the Margatekeeper. Jonte Smith stepped up but hisspot-kick was saved, turning out to be his last kick in a Lewes shirt beforehis move to Oxford United.

These contain the team dressing rooms and the team dugouts are located out front. To eithersideof this small temporarystructure are flat standing areas that are uncovered. They are situated either side of the half way and are all seated and covered. The remaining Tivoli Park End (known locally as the Coffin End), has a very small covered terrace that is located directlybehind the goal. However, they are quite small being only four rows high. The opposite side is dominated by portacabin-type structures that are located in the middle with some flat standing areas on either side. At the Hartsdown Road End is the only structure remaining from the old ground. This is quite unusual looking, as although it has a few steps of open terrace at the front, behind it has an enclosed small covered terrace, which is sandwiched between the Clubhouse bar and other club buildings. If you stand on this terrace then to your left are a couple of temporary stands. During 2017 a new artificial 3G pitch was installed at the ground.

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However, Lewes suddenly started to play some of the football we know they are capable of. Dayshonne hit the bar. Jordy scored with a screamer after 51 minutes and we found ourselves on top. With a little more luck we might even have salvaged something. Their keeper made a world class save from someone else. If it had been eleven v eleven in second half it may well have been a different story.

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