Conroy leaves the Pan

Lewes defender Jay Conroy has left the Dripping Pan by mutual agreement.

Jay has been suffering from bronchitis in recent weeks and his departure was deemed to be the best arrangement for both club and player.

The club would like to thank him for his time at Lewes and wishes him all the best for his future career.

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Town Trick or Treaters offer no gifts for Rooks

It may have been a night early but Lewes suffered their own Halloween Horror at the hands of Brentwood Town.

Having been unfortunate not to win on Saturday, the Ryman North visitors showed no respect in the replay and were well worth their 3-0 win at the end of the game.

Town’s bright start was rewarded with a 6th minute penalty which Greg Cohen duly converted and the lead could have been doubled a minute later but for the feet of Lewes keeper Pawel Szelemej.

Ben Godfrey blasted a rare Lewes opportunity over the bar as the hosts struggled to create any meaningful advances, but on the half hour as they did show signs of competing, Nathan Crabb suffered an injury and needed to be replaced which took the sting out of the good work they had been building up.

Another Brentwood penalty nine minutes into the second half, awarded after Szelemej felled Alex Read was again converted by Cohen and Read himself added a third in the 72nd minute as the visitors sealed the win and a fully deserved trip to Kingstonian in the next round.

Lewes will now need to pick themselves up for two of their longest trips of the season, this Saturday to Leiston and the following Saturday when they visit Bury St Edmunds.

In Suffolk, no one can hear you scream.

Rookettes speared by Spurs

Lewes Ladies suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at the Dripping Pan on Sunday.

The Rookettes made a poor start, conceding in the fourth minute, and spurned a number of chances to level before the break.

Naomi Cole equalised for Lewes after a goalmouth scramble a few minutes into the second half but optimism was dashed by the 60th minute when Spurs went ahead again.

The hosts were still involved but chances of a fightback seemed distant when Tottenham scored again to make it 3-1 nine minutes later.

Lewes were caught again as they pushed forward to concede a fourth to end a miserable afternoon for the Rookettes who again showed that they are perfectly capable at this level but need to take their chances.

The Ladies play at Gillingham on Wednesday evening as they open their defence of the Ryman League Cup.

Rooks ride luck in Brentwood

Lewes are in the hat for the 3rd qualifying round draw on Monday following a 3-3 draw at Brentwood Town.

This wasn’t your typical 3-3 draw full of excitement and flowing football and in truth, the Rooks were fortunate to leave Essex still involved in the competition.

On a heavy pitch, the Ryman North hosts were well organised and worked hard and although you couldn’t fault the Lewes team’s overall commitment, it was an afternoon when individuals certainly weren’t firing on all cylinders.

However, despite a below-level performance, Lewes showed immense character to claw back a deficit three times during the game and this is a positive which the management team can take comfort from.

Brentwood went ahead after 25 minutes and a somewhat fortunate penalty for Lewes saw Karl Beckford’s spot kick draw Lewes level seven minutes before the break.

Town took an early second half lead and it took the introduction of subs Nathan Crabb and Ben Godfrey for Lewes to equalise again, with Godfrey scoring shortly after his introduction.

Lewes supporters felt the pendulum swing in their direction until Alex Read scored his third only a minute later.

The Rooks dug deep and Chris Breach scored the decisive goal with 17 minutes left to take the tie to a replay at the Dripping Pan on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.

Ladies shortlisted for Active Sussex Award

Lewes Ladies have been shortlisted in this year’s Active Sussex Awards.

In recognition of their fantastic 2012, which saw them win the South East Combination League without losing a game as well as the Ryman League Women’s Cup, the Rookettes have been shortlisted in the Hilton Brighton Metropole Team of the Year category.

They go head to head with the Sussex Women’s Cricket Team and the Sussex Sharks Visually Impaired Cricket Team.

The destiny of the award will be decided at the Active Sussex Sports Awards Gala Event at the Brighton Metropole on 23rd November.

It’s another chance to congratulate the team on a fabulous year and everyone at Lewes FC is crossing their fingers in anticipation of the announcement.

Good Luck!

Goal bonanza for Ladies and U18s

Lewes Ladies and U18 scored 32 goals between them in the County Cup.

The Ladies team beat Marle Place Wanderers 14-0 on a pitch that would place some horse races in jeopardy in the opening round of the Sussex Womens Challenge Cup.

Georgia Bridges (pictured) led the way with five goals including a first half hatrick, Jo De Souza scored twice whilst other goal scorers were Steph Carter, Clare Trafford, Nicole Webley, Naomi Cole, Jenny Chiumento, Andriea Veiga and a collector’s item from skipper Kelly Newton.

The Ladies face 2011 finalists Chichester City Ladies at home in the next round in November.

Meanwhile the U18s secured a safe passage into the third round of the Bluefin Dennis Probee Sussex Youth Cup with a comfortable 18-0 win at home against Pevensey & Westham.

Five goals came from the boot of striker Harri Nourse, Tyrone Madhani grabbed himself a hattrick while there were two apiece for Josh Marshall, Joe Kay and Jordan Stubbings. Further goals came from Pierce Black, Oli Chapman and Jacob Bassett.

They now take on Pagham away from home in the next round.