A second-half equaliser from George Landais saw Lewes continue their unbeaten start to pre-season with a hard-fought draw against an impressive Eastbourne Town side reports Tom Harper.
The hosts saw plenty of the ball early on, but it was Lewes who had the first opportunity of the game, with Jonte Smith seeing an effort from a tight angle deflected into the side-netting at the end of an impressive passing move.
Eastbourne Town took the lead just before the half-hour through Jason Taylor, who sent a superb free-kick from 25 yards over the wall and into the top corner.
They nearly doubled their lead minutes later, as Chris Winterton was forced into a smart save to keep out a close-range effort before George McCarthy scrambled the ball clear from in front of an open goal.
The Rooks gradually grew back into the game in the lead-up to half-time though, and saw Bouwe Bosma draw an impressive save from the Eastbourne Town goalkeeper with a powerful long-range effort that seemed to be heading for the bottom corner.
The hosts continued to threaten and nearly doubled their lead just before the break, with Winterton doing well to keep out another close-range strike.
Lewes made several changes at half-time and immediately caused the Eastbourne Town defence more problems with their pace up front.
James Hammond came close to equalising within minutes of the restart, as he saw his in-swinging free-kick from the left come back off the far post before eventually being cleared.
The Rooks came close to equalising again soon after through Ian Robinson, who was denied by an impressive save from the host’s goalkeeper when clean through.
Lewes finally got the equaliser their start to the second half deserved just after the hour, as Landais found the back of the net with a close-range header after the goalkeeper had only been able to parry an effort from distance from Hammond.
There were few chances of note during the remainder of the game as both sides continued to make several changes, with Hammond having a free-kick pushed over the bar being the closest either side came to finding a winner late on.
Lewes continue their pre-season campaign with a prestigious friendly against the Chelsea Development Squad at the Pan on Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.
Lewes: Winterton, Cotton, Hurley, Malins, McCarthy, Bosma, Sow, Conlon, Robinson, Smith, Trialist.
Substitutes: Stroomberg, MacDevitt, Trialist, Gunn, Landais, Trialist, Kealy, Trialist, Hammond.