Owen Spence leaves Lewisham Borough just one game into the new season due to personal reasons
LEWISHAM BOROUGH manager Owen Spence has decided to leave the club yesterday, just one league game into the new season, due to personal reasons.
The club opened its Southern Counties East Football League First Division campaign with a 1-0 defeat at Lydd Town last Saturday.
“I regrettably have to announce that I will be stepping back from management duties at Lewisham Borough,” said Spence.
“I plan on taking a short break away from football due to personal reasons and will return to the beautiful game in the near future.”
The Ladywell Arena based club has not announced whom will be in charge for Saturday’s league game away to FC Elmstead.
Peter Nolan won his first game in charge of his club by beating Sporting Club Thamesmead 2-1 at Bayliss Avenue last weekend.
The Acre were top of the table at the time that the 2021-22 campaign was curtailed due to coronavirus virus restrictions but Kennington, Holmesdale and Rusthall were promoted.
Rusthall are bottom of the Premier Division table after two games after losing 4-2 at home to Holmesdale at Jockey Farm Stadium last night.
A statement from Lewisham Borough said: “We would like to thank Owen for stabilising the club over the last couple of years.
“Whilst it is sad to see Owen move on, we look forward to seeing him in the near future.”
Sixteen of the 20 clubs have played one game and Lewisham Borough are in 15th place in the table at the time of Spence's departure.
Spence becomes the second manager to leave his job in the Southern Counties East Football League, following Scott Lindsey, who left Premier Division side Chatham Town on 21 July, where he was full-time to become assistant manager at League Two side Swindon Town.