Bermuda’s Jonte Smith scored for Lewes FC as they played to a 2-1 loss against Horsham in the Sussex derby recently.
The club’s match report said, “Lewes got the new year off to the worst possible start after being out-battled by Horsham in the Sussex derby, reports Stuart Fuller.
“It was the visitors who took the lead in the 23rd minute when Lewis Hyde headed home unmarked and unchallenged five yards out from a corner on the left. Lewes looked to bounce back with a neat exchange of play between Ronnie Conlon and James Hammond but the midfielder’s shot cleared the bar and the Ham Lane terrace.
“The Rooks tried to get the wide men into the game but the Horsham full-backs had done their homework and doubled up to close down Coppola and Kaja when they could, meaning the game was being played in a crowded midfield with niggly fouls punctuating the flow.
“Lewes came out for the second half looking to quickly get back into the game but the visitors defended stoutly, trying to slow the game down as and when they could. The referee managed to book eleven players despite there not being one malicious tackle in the game, frustrating both sides and the raucous crowd.
“The Rooks fans finally had something to shout about when first Egli Kaja went close after linking up with substitute Jamie Brotheton then Jonté Smith acrobatically turned in a bouncing ball from a Brotherton cross to make it 2-1.
“Despite a late flurry of activity Lewes couldn’t find another goal and suffered their first home league defeat since early October.”