LEWES 0 Goalless at the break, Albion returned renewed and on the front foot, and after a succession of corners Chicksen forced Hutchins into a decent stop.
Then less than a minute later Hutchins was at it again as he first denied Jeffrey Monakana before collecting Inigo Calderon’s mis-kicked follow up.
Hughton made wholesale changes just past the hour, and it was Albion’s youth that took the last 25 minutes to Lewes, with Monakana providing the main threat for the Seagulls.
The winger burst down the left and teed up recent signing Daniel Akindayini but defender Steve Sutherland produced a brilliant saving tackle to deny the former Spurs trainee, before Monakana himself dropped a shot just wide after a short free-kick.
Summer signing Joe Ward almost stole the win for Albion at the death but the winger drilled wide on the angle as the two sides ended all square.
A determined Lewes team held a youthful Brighton & Hove Albion side to a goalless draw at the Dripping Pan.
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Chris Hugton’s men controlled the majority of possession and were never truly threatened by their hosts, and Lewes were at times indebted to Dan Hutchins who produced a man-of-the-match display - thwarting Albion on numerous occasions.
The game was preceded by a perfectly observed minute’s silence for Don Lock, an Albion fan of 70 years who tragically died this week - and the Seagulls wore black armbands.
In glorious sunshine it was Albion who threatened first as 17-year-old James Tilley, who found the net in spectacular fashion against FC Meyrin, weaved his way through the Lewes defence, only for Rooks keeper Hutchins to beat away his fierce drive.
In a first half short of goalmouth action, it was always Hughton’s men who looked the more likely of the two to score, and Chris O’Grady may feel he should have put the Seagulls ahead on 43 minutes. Adam Chicksen broke down the left, fed Adrian Colunga who laid the ball off for O’Grady but the striker failed to find the target. Albion line-up: Maenpaa (Ankergren 46) (GK); Rosenior (Hunt 64), White (Barclay 64), Dallison, Chicksen (Barnett 64); Calderon (Harris 64), Holla (Tighe 64), Ince (Ward 64), Tilley (Monakana 46); O'Grady (Akindayini 64), Colunga (Kandi 64).
Subs not used: Sanchez (GK)