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

If any player received two cautions in the FA Cupor Trophy, then he was automatically banned from the next tie. It is fair to say that the new disciplinary rules for cupcompetitions introduced by the FA last season didnt go down well withNon-League clubs. For those not familiarwith the rules, let me recap. Rather than simplifying the previously confusing situation,it took the harshness of the sanctions to the extreme.

As The Pan becomes more popular with away fans, the more they are prepared to come and sample our hospitality. Based on our current position in the footballing pyramid, we are seeing some of the highest attendances weve ever had at The Pan on a regular basis. Our attendances have continued to grow impressively (up by over 50% in four seasons) and we are now seeing more under-16s coming through the gate, introducing a new generation of Rooks fans to our special club.

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.

You can read later inthis progcast about the recognition of our efforts to make the Pan a greatNon-League football venue but we certainly dont intend to sit on our laurels,continuing our constant improvements to our beloved ground. Compare that to our opening day attendance from three seasons ago and it isover 50% up. That is a fantastic achievement and is as much a credit to whatgoes on off the field as to what happens on the pitch. We had another great crowd last Saturday of nearly 600 fans.

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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.

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.

Because his was a red-card offence,Oseni was able to play in the replayed tie, whilst Cotton wasnt, because a redcard isnt competition specific. Nothing toounusual about that based on his combative style you may say, but when he thenpicked up a second yellow in the next round away at Farnborough, in a highlyentertaining 2-2 draw, he was suspended for the replayed tie. During that samegame Farnborough centre-back Nathaniel Oseni was red-carded for bringing downBilly Medlock as he sped through on goal. Not really. In possibly one of the dullest games we have played in recentyears, skipper Lloyd Cotton picked up a second half yellow card. Fair? Cast your mind back to our first FA Cup tie last season,away to Molesey.

But whilst these material changes are important, it is the constant attitude of our volunteers and match day staff who want to go over and above for the benefit of the club. Whether it be the pitch team preparing a superb playing surface, our food and drink options, including new vegan menu items and of course the sporting nature of our fans.

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Ten minutes later Stacey Freeman put in a great cross which was headed behind by a Bowers defender but the resulting corner came to nothing. The home side had the first chance in the 10th minute when James Hammonds free-kick evaded everyone in the area but flew just wide of the post. It was a game of few chances, with both teams wasteful in their passing and possession.

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.

On that subject, thank you to everyonewho continues to contribute to the fund in any way. We certainly feel that there are no teams in thisdivision that we fear nor is there anyone who appears to be throwingsilly/serious (delete as you feel appropriate on whether it is sustainable forthe Non-League game) money at it as we continue to see in some of the otherdivisions. Yet, we are ambitious and work very closely with Darren and his teamto identify players that will enhance our squad, but we will always work withinour budget and the 12th Man Fund. Obviously it is early days, and some of the results from thefirst two games are surprising as teams find their feet with new squads,management and tactics.

Kenzer was spotted by West Ham scouts captaining theNewham and Essex Schools representative side and joined the Hammers as aschoolboy. He developed through their academy to be given a two yearscholarship in the summer of 2010.In the second year of his scholarship he wasa regular in the West Ham Under 18 side and also played for their DevelopmentSquad. He signed a professional contract in 2012, then went on to BanburyUnited, Oxford United, Bishops Stortford, and Hornchurch.

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure in accepting an award from the Football Supporters Association on behalf of the club for the best away day experience at the whole of Step 3 in the Non-League game. There are currently 88 clubs at Step 3, so to receive such an accolade is a real honour for every single person who contributes not only on a match day but also the hard preparation that goes into it.