Brighton defender Grant Hall hopes the club's young players get another chance to prove themselves in their FA Cup replay against Wrexham next week.
The 20-year-old was one of six members of the Albion's development squad who faced the Robins on Saturday.
He told BBC Sussex: "It was nice to get my full debut. I enjoyed the experience and am happy with my performance.
"Hopefully we'll get some more chances because there's a lot of good players in that [development] group."
Hall was released at 16 after coming through Brighton's centre of excellence but was re-signed in October 2009 after impressing with Lewes.
The centre-back believes his spell at the Dripping Pan was crucial to his development as a player.
"I was disappointed getting released as a youngster but I don't think I'd be the same player if I hadn't gone to Lewes," Hall continued.
"It got me my confidence back. The likes of Kevin Keehan, Steve Ibbitson and Jason Hopkinson gave me a massive chance and I took it.
"I had a point to prove and I worked hard at my game. It was key to my development."