LEWES ALL SQUARE AT WORTHING

Lewes’ pre-season preparations continued with a 1-1 draw at Worthing today, as a Steve Robinson header 13 minutes from time helped the Rooks to a hard-fought draw against their local rivals writes Tom Harper.

With a starting line-up which included trialists Lee Cooper and Jack Lyons, as well as youth team players Callum Dove and Ryan Fergany, Lewes just about had the better of what was a fairly even first half.

Neither side created any real clear-cut chances, but the Rooks went closest as long-range efforts from Layton Schaaf and Steve Brinkhurst forced Alan Mansfield in the Worthing goal into two comfortable saves.

Half-time saw the introduction of experienced trio Steve Robinson, Karl Beckford and Nathan Crabb, with these changes seeing Lewes play at a higher tempo almost immediately.

Beckford went close to scoring his first goal since returning to the club inside the first few minutes of the second half, as he sent a free-kick just wide.

Simon Wormull made five more changes just after the hour mark and within a minute the Rooks had fallen behind against the run of play, as Steve Metcalfe scrambled the ball under substitute goalkeeper Kieron Thorp after a cross had found its way into the six-yard box.

Lewes responded to going behind in the right way, however, and equalised with 13 minutes remaining as Robinson scored with a powerful header from an in-swinging Beckford free-kick.

This was a useful exercise for Lewes ahead of their prestige friendly against Brighton  & Hove Albion on Tuesday.

It allowed Wormull to take a look at trialists Lee Cooper, Jack Lyons, Dan Bolwell and Trevor McCreadie, as well as giving youth team players Kelvin Brown, Callum Dove and Ryan Fergany valuable experience with the first team.

Impressive Lewes performances came from Jay Conroy, Lee Cooper, Callum Dunne, Karl Beckford and Steve Brinkhurst.

LEWES:

Szelemej (Thorp 61), Conroy (Leach 61), Hamilton (Bolwell 61), Dunne (Walder 61), Cooper (Robinson 46), Breach (Brown 61), Dove, Schaaf (Beckford 46), Lyons (McCreadie 61), Brinkhurst, Fergany (Crabb 46).

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PALACE ENJOY COMFORTABLE WIN AT THE PAN

Lewes were beaten 1-5 by a strong Crystal Palace side this evening in the Championship side’s first pre-season friendly.

First half goals from debutant Aaron Wilbraham, Jose Baxter, and an exhilarating Wilfried Zaha gave Palace a three goal lead at the interval.

With Palace fielding a completely new XI after the break, former Rook Bayan Fenwick who moved to Selhurst Park last season from the U18 side at the Pan added a fourth, with Jermain Easter netting the fifth in front of a fantastic 971 crowd.

Llayton Schaaf, who played alongside Fenwick in Lewes’ U18 side scored a second half consolation for the hosts with an intelligent finish.

GALLANT ROOKS CONQUER DOVER

Less than 24 hours after facing Crystal Palace, goals from Layton Schaaf and Steve Brinkhurst helped Lewes pick up their second victory of pre-season against Dover Athleticwrites Tom Harper.

The Rooks started the game brightly and went ahead after just eight minutes, when Schaaf sent a looping header over Lee Hook in the visitors goal after an excellent in-swinging cross from Arron Hopkinson.

Despite having less than 24 hours to rest after their previous game, Lewes doubled their lead just two minutes later. Brinkhurst was the scorer as he sent a perfectly-weighted lob from a tight angle over Hook after latching onto a good ball down the line from Hopkinson.

Lewes were controlling the game against their visitors from the Blue Square Bet South, with player-manager Simon Wormull rolling back the years with an excellent display in midfield, even after playing the full game against Crystal Palace.

Dover still posed an occasional threat though, and came close to pulling a goal back on two occasions before half-time, with Kieron Thorp tipping a Barry Cogan free-kick over the wall, before Dean Rance saw his powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area come back off the inside of the post.

There was not a great deal of action at either end at the start of the second half, although the visitors began to see more of the ball.

Thorp was forced into three fine saves during the course of the second half, but it was not until ten minutes from time that Dover pulled a goal back, with substitute Magdzinski sending a powerful header beyond the reach of Thorp and into the top corner.

The Rooks were able to see out the closing stages quite comfortably though, and might even have increased their lead when Max Howell sent a low cross-shot just wide of the far post.

It was clear that the Lewes players had benefited from playing against such high quality opposition earlier in the week and although pre-season matches are not always an accurate indication of how well a team will fare in the competitive season, beating a promotion-chasing side who play in the division above you has to be seen as a major positive.

Next up for the Rooks is a trip to Burgess Hill on Tuesday night.

LEWES:

Thorp, Conroy (Bolwell 89), Robinson (Brown 46), Breach, Hamilton, Hopkinson (Howell 46), Walder (Leach 58), Wormull (Dove 70), Fergany (Sheldon 76), Schaaf (Reid 76), Brinkhurst.
Unused Subs: Cooper, Szelemej.

WIN A SMART NEW T-SHIRT FOR THE SOON-TO-BE-SUMMER

Once the ‘nearly’ team of international football, Spain have now won Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 in quick succession. 

But still some aren’t satisfied and have dubbed the Spaniards’ style of football ‘boring’.

Lewes-based self-styled ‘sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction’  Philosophy Football have produced a superbly ironic T-shirt design in response to the critics.

‘Ser aburrido’, which means ‘To be Boring’, in Spanish, across the team’s backs and the 3 stars for the 3 trophies won added for good measure. Available from http://www.philosophyfootball.com we have 5 to be won in our July competition.

To enter answer this question: List the Spanish scorers in the Euro 2012 Final. Email your answer with your preferred T-shirt size, name and address to admin@philosophyfootball.comEntries close 31 July 2012, no purchase necessary to enter.

NO SHAME IN DEFEAT FOR LADIES

The Rookettes played their first friendly against National Premier League side Charlton Athletic on Sunday in front of 80 supporters at the Dripping Pan.
Despite tough opposition and a few players missing the squad performed really well and showed the usual character we have come to respect so much.
Steph Carter opened the scoring with a fantastic 30 yard shot similar to the one she got in last season’s FA Cup.
Charlton had lots of possession but the Rookettes worked their socks off to limit goal scoring opportunities and had a few chances themselves.
Lewes were unfortunate on the equalizer after a great save, Charlton reacted quicker to slot the ball in from close range. No doubt about their 2nd a clear penalty but Lewes should have got one too when Spice was up-ended in the box!
The new additions have settled in really well and played their part yesterday and will be great assets to this squad.

Next up is Portsmouth at Newlands School in Seaford, kick off 2pm on Sunday.

LEWES ALL SQUARE AT WORTHING

Lewes’ pre-season preparations continued with a 1-1 draw at Worthing today, as a Steve Robinson header 13 minutes from time helped the Rooks to a hard-fought draw against their local rivals writes Tom Harper.

With a starting line-up which included trialists Lee Cooper and Jack Lyons, as well as youth team players Callum Dove and Ryan Fergany, Lewes just about had the better of what was a fairly even first half.

Neither side created any real clear-cut chances, but the Rooks went closest as long-range efforts from Layton Schaaf and Steve Brinkhurst forced Alan Mansfield in the Worthing goal into two comfortable saves.

Half-time saw the introduction of experienced trio Steve Robinson, Karl Beckford and Nathan Crabb, with these changes seeing Lewes play at a higher tempo almost immediately.

Beckford went close to scoring his first goal since returning to the club inside the first few minutes of the second half, as he sent a free-kick just wide.

Simon Wormull made five more changes just after the hour mark and within a minute the Rooks had fallen behind against the run of play, as Steve Metcalfe scrambled the ball under substitute goalkeeper Kieron Thorp after a cross had found its way into the six-yard box.

Lewes responded to going behind in the right way, however, and equalised with 13 minutes remaining as Robinson scored with a powerful header from an in-swinging Beckford free-kick.

This was a useful exercise for Lewes ahead of their prestige friendly against Brighton  & Hove Albion on Tuesday.

It allowed Wormull to take a look at trialists Lee Cooper, Jack Lyons, Dan Bolwell and Trevor McCreadie, as well as giving youth team players Kelvin Brown, Callum Dove and Ryan Fergany valuable experience with the first team.

Impressive Lewes performances came from Jay Conroy, Lee Cooper, Callum Dunne, Karl Beckford and Steve Brinkhurst.

LEWES:

Szelemej (Thorp 61), Conroy (Leach 61), Hamilton (Bolwell 61), Dunne (Walder 61), Cooper (Robinson 46), Breach (Brown 61), Dove, Schaaf (Beckford 46), Lyons (McCreadie 61), Brinkhurst, Fergany (Crabb 46).

SEASON TICKETS

Due to an increase in demand over the last week, and at the Open Day on Saturday, the club has announced an extension to the Early Bird cut-off date for season tickets. 

This means that they will remain available for just £180 (£100 concessions), with Super Season Tickets at an additional £20, until Saturday 21st July.

The original Early Bird deal included two complimentary league tickets but these will not be available on the extended offer. After July 21st prices will increase to £200 (£110 Concessions).

Having unveiled the playing squad at the Open Day on Saturday, and then winning the first piece of silverware of the season on Sunday after beating Fisher 1-0 in the Supporters Direct Shield, now is the time to buy your season ticket.

To apply simply click here and complete an application form.

Sales for the all-ticket game against Brighton & Hove Albion, on Tuesday 17th July KO 7.45pm, have already exceeded expectation so to get your tickets click here or call in at The Pan.