Abandoned Carshalton match ‘replay’ set for Tues 19th March

Abandoned MatchThe two clubs have now agreed on Tuesday 19th March, 7:45pm, as the date for the rearranged fixture.

For those who weren’t there, the original match was abandoned at half time due to a floodlight failure. Absolutely gutting considering we were 2-0 up against 10-men. And the Carshalton Manager had been sent off too.

Crabby had scored both goals for us.

The referee gave us some time to try and get the lights going but the problem was not a simple-to-fix one. At the moment, it looks like the most likely explanation is that one of the main phases went down – not something we could have foreseen or done anything about on the night. But it can be fixed OK.

We apologise to the fans that braved the cold (though Barry sold quite a lot of hats & scarves in the Club Shop).

Rule 8.3.2 of the Ryman handbook states: “In the event that the match is abandoned during or after the half time interval the club playing at home is not obliged to issue such voucher (for entry to the new match).”

But we don’t think that’s very fair so we can tell you now that, whenever the rearranged match takes place, admission will be on a Pay-What-You-Want basis. To all Lewes and Carshalton Athletic fans, if you already paid on Tuesday night, you can give paying a miss next time round. It’s the least you deserve.




U18 reach County Cup final

Lewes U18s have reached the County Cup final after beating Worthing 2-0 today.

Goals from Josh Marshall and Kelvin Brown secured a Cup Final showdown with Burgess Hill on March 7th at Lancing (venue tbc)

Congratulations to Nick Brown and his boys on this great achievement.

The U18s’ final comes a week before the Ladies team play in their County Cup final against Brighton.

Rocks blunt Rooks

Lewes suffered further disappointment on the road with a demoralising 1-0 defeat at East Thurrock United. REPORT  East Thurrock v Lewes 23 2 13 pen

A controversial penalty in the twelfth minute proved enough to separate the sides on a bitterly cold afternoon in Essex.

Keiron Thorp took out L’Hereux Menga on the edge of the area with the referee’s decision to point to the spot causing consternation amongst the Lewes players who were adamant it was outside the area.

The referee consulted with his assistant but he only backed up his decision allowing Simoeon Potter to score the game’s solitary goal.

Saturday’s result means that Tuesday night’s visit of Carshalton Athletic now becomes the most important game of the season up to now, with both sides desperate to clamber to safety. Kick off is 7.45pm and attendance for Lewes fans is essential.

Youth team pegged back by Crawley

The U18s effectively lost ground on the leaders at the top of the Ryman Youth South table after a disappointing home draw against mid table Crawley Down Gatwick.

It was a hard fought point for our West Sussex neighbours and full respect to their lads as they dug in deep and came back from 1-0 and 2-1 down.

The young Rooks went into the break one nil up courtesy of an excellent Josh Marshall strike on 40 minutes. The first year youth team winger fired in from 18 yards for his eighth goal of the season. Lewes lead until Sabek grabbed an equalised after 77 minutes but parity was short lived when Will Hendon, playing in midfield, popped up a minute later with his fourth goal in three games.

Uncharacteristically for the youth team, who often finish matches so strongly, it was Crawley Down Gatwick who scored a late heartbreaking penalty through Bingham on 85 after Fraser Trigwell in the Lewes goal tripped an opposition striker.

Despite the point Nick Brown’s boys find themselves stuck in third place, two points behind Burgess Hill Town and four adrift of Worthing but with both teams still to play.

Next up for the U18s is their Sussex Youth Cup semi final away at Worthing this Sunday. Kick off is 11am at Woodside Road, Worthing, BN14 7HQ with admission at £3 for adults and £2 concessions.

Rooks borrow Malins

Manager Simon Wormull has today secured the signature of young Crawley Town defender Alex Malins on work experience. Wormull moved quickly to bring in the Red Devil’s scholar after Gillingham recalled Josh Hare after two appearances with the club. A Malins

Hare moves up a division to Sussex neighbours Eastbourne Borough and we thank Gillingham for the services of both Josh and Jake Hessentaler over the weekend.

Malins, currently a second year scholar at The Broadfield, is primarily used at centre back and is also youth team captain. Alex has stepped up to Crawley Town’s ‘reserve’ team this season and was part of strong Crawley sides which have already knocked out Whitehawk and Newhaven in the Sussex Senior Cup.

Chairman Terry Parris watched Alex in action against Newhaven and was impressed with his performance, describing him as someone who “communicated well and managed the line intelligently. I liked the way he used the ball, always playing the sensible pass and also showed vision and accuracy with longer passing. Good in the air and a tough tackler whilst calm under pressure. I see a very good future for this lad”.

The move follows Arron Wickham and Jon Dollery’s successful loan spells this season and the club would again like to thank Richie Barker and Crawley Town in allowing their young prospects to join the Rooks.

Lewes v Carshalton

Lewes take on Carshalton on Tuesday 19th March, at The Dripping Pan. Kicking off at 7:45pm, Lewes look to rediscover the form of the previous fixture before the lights went out. This is the rearranged fixture from the 19th February.

The Rooks need all the support they can get in the run in to the close of the season so, get your scarves, hats and coats ready and join us for an exciting run in at the Dripping Pan.

Due to the complications in first attempt at this fixture, the board have decided to offer a Pay-What-You-Want scheme to all fans and visitors. We just think it’s fairer that way.

This Fixture is being proudly sponsored by BPM. Bradley Property management have been providing rented property services since 1989 and will be joining us for what promises to be an exciting football match on Tuesday night.