Lewes 3 vs Hampton & Richmond 0: A purple veg patch

Sod Jamie Oliver, forget your five-a-day, if you want your kids to eat their vegetables as well as the Chicken Dippers show them a picture of this fella:

Photo courtesy of Angela Brinkhurst

Brad The Marrow has played 180-odd minutes this week. He’s been brilliant in almost every one of them. He’s 37. Kids, eat your veg.

The proprietor of Brad’s Pit (which now seems to have expanded in a full-blown allotment) ran this game from midfield. His cute little flicks, bustling energy and second goal of the afternoon were man-of-the-match stuff, although singling out anyone does feel a little unfair. All the Rooks put in a proper shift.

This was the second game on the spin for Tony’s New-Look Rooks and he was right to stick with the winning formula. Ayo was a bundle of energy at right-back, Jake Elliott (Brian The Badge’s MOTM) looks like he’s played centre-back all his life, Vint was imperious and Harvey Hughes was a threat with his bursts down the left all afternoon.

It’s the midfield three where the big change has occurred, though, and this revamped trio has been superb across both of this week’s games. Marcus Sablier looks a talent, not least with the way he calmly swept in the third from Hughes’s terrific cross. Brad The Marrow pinched the second, having first tried to backheel in a Wood cross, before stabbing it home at the second attempt. And thank Christ the Penney wasn’t dropped, because Arthur’s become the lynchpin of the new midfield three, whilst contributing a goal here too, albeit with a dollop of help from a deflection off a defender, to put the Rooks in front.

For their part, Hampton were absolutely rotten. So bad, if I were Richmond, I’d be filing for divorce. They will need more than an injection of Vitamin C if they want to survive in the National South this season.

But take nothing away from The Rooks, who were utterly splendid, putting us into the fourth qualifying round for the first time since David Arnold had a paper round. What a time to be alive.

Lewes: Harvey, Elliott, Hughes, Vint, Penney, Olukoga, Sablier, Wood, Pritchard, Moore, Lumbombo-Kalala

Subs: Tamplin, Egan, Salmon, Dalling, Murtagh

Supporters Club Man of the Match: Our carrot-cultivating friend, Brad Pritchard, who rolled back the years with a domineering midfield performance.

Boyesy’s brilliant photos:

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