When we met Brentwood Town for our first ever league meeting back in September, manager Dean Holdsworth led his side to a 5-1 win, probably the lowest point Lewes hit this season to and one that contributed to manager Steve Brown decided to quit a few days later.
Six months later and we would be travelling to Essex still in a desperate position, but with hope in our hearts. Neither Steve Brown nor Dean Holdsworth would be in the respective dugouts. Brown has yet to return to management, whilst Holdsworth has swapped his Sugar Hut sponsored bench coat for a leather chair and a spot behind a big wooden desk at The Macron Stadium.
Holdsworth was a business consultant for the Sport Shield Consultancy who finally took control of Bolton Wanderers earlier this month, when he was appointed Chief Executive. Based on their desperate league position, facing relegation to Football League One and without a manager after the departure of Neil Lennon last week. Relegation to the Ryman League South may not have been so bad considering the huge task in front of Holdsworth.
Brentwood Town face a dilemma of their own as to whether they can make the necessary investments in the ground to bring it up to the required standard to remain at this level. Work needs to be completed by the 31st March, which would include a significant increase in the number of seats at the Brentwood Centre. Failure to reach the standard could mean relegation back to the Ryman League North. So currently sitting in the relegation zone, do they invest with the hope they can win their games in hand and reach safety or take the penalty and build again next season both on and off the pitch.
Lewes were without talismanic striker Jonte Smith who was away on international duty with Bermuda in the Caribbean Cup. We would have to win this one with our youngsters to the top of their game, on a pitch that would make our passing style more difficult than normal. But when your backs are against the wall you need to come out fighting.
Brentwood Town 0 Lewes 1 – The Brentwood Centre – Saturday 19th March 2016
Coming away from an away game with three points is great, but to win convincingly is always better. In the grand scheme of things this win may mean nothing for either side, but try telling that to the players, management, the board and of course the fans who saw a great team performance and a fully deserved win. The key moment was Henry Muggeridge’s 51st minute goal. Instead of describing the pivotal moment, just follow the action for yourself below. Until next week I bid you a great weekend.