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Sunday, March 19, 2017
Bermuda European Footballers Round Up


Jonte Smith and his Lewes Football Club teammates got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory 4 - 0 over East Grinstead Town.

After the disappointing defeat away at Godalming Town last week, Lewes got on the board in the 28th minute. A through-ball looked to be covered by the centre-back but as he turned the ball hit his heel and rebounded into the path of Smith and he slid the ball under the advancing keeper.

Lewes took that 1 - 0 lead into the break.

The Bermudian international got his second goal within three minutes of the restart, controlling the ball on the edge of the box, beating a defender and unleashing a superb shot that whilst the keeper got a hand to, couldn’t keep out.

Just three minutes later Lewes had their third when Matt George turned the full-back inside out, gained a bit of luck with a deflection off his legs then hit a shot low into the far corner for his first ever goal in a Lewes shirt, and how deserved it was too.

With just three minutes of the ninety left, Wilfried Grimaud chased a back pass to the keeper and stretched to get his foot near the ball. The keeper made his first mistake of the afternoon, underestimating Grimaud’s speed and his clearance was charged down and the ball rolled into the net.

The goal capped off a great performance by Lewes and one that once again made the situation at the top very interesting indeed.


Freddie Hall and his Limerick teammates looked a frustrated side in their efforts to get a result against visiting Bohemians that saw Man of the Match Shane Supple in fine form between the sticks. The Frank Hogan Man of the Match pulled off a string of excellent saves in the first half as a bounty of chances for Limerick came to nothing.

There were appeals too for penalties that ended up fruitless, as Rodrigo Tosi struggled to shake off the attentions of a Bohemian defence that were well prepared to make things difficult for the Brazilian. It was something that didn’t go unnoticed by the Limerick manager, who was also concerned at the level of unwanted attention 19-year-old Chiedozie Ogbene was receiving throughout the match.


Roger Lee and his Loughborough Dynamo slipped further into relegation trouble with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Stamford AFC at the Nanpantan Sports Ground. A draw would have been a fair reflection of the game, but Dynamo were unable to produce an equalising goal in the latter stages of the game.


All four Bermuda players started in the Ilkeston FC team that took another step nearer the relegation trapdoor with this defeat at home to Nantwich but that only tells half the story.

Three down with 20 minutes left and almost entirely out of the game, a stirring finale saw them pull two goals back, strike a post and nearly salvage the most unlikely of points.

In the end, however, Nantwich held on and the reality of relegation being just around the corner was again what Ilkeston were left to face.
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