Lacklustre Rooks cut down by Hastings

Lewes’ chances of Premier League survival were dealt a blow as Hastings claimed all three points in the East Sussex derby. REPORT  Callum pen box Hastings

The Rooks woeful form continues and since they last played United on New Year’s Day, Lewes have won only twice in 14 matches.

It wasn’t a game for the purist but two quick goals in two minutes from Hastings gave the visitors a comfortable lead inside 15 minutes.

Even the withdrawal of Hastings keeper Matt Cruttwell 14 minutes after the break failed to create too many meaningful chances for Lewes even though the Rooks had the vast majority of possession.

A Karl Beckford penalty gave Lewes some hope with 15 minutes left although Callum Dunne was unlucky not have been awarded a second after being clattered by Aaron Rhule (pictured).

Eight minutes of stoppage time gave the home supporters some hope but Lewes were unable to grab the important second goal in front of a magnificent crowd of 788.

The Rooks travel into West Sussex to take on Bognor on Easter Monday, kick off 3pm.




Barry’s Big Bake-Off

Man-eating-cakeIt’s here, for the first time EVER…

Barry Berry’s Bake-Off

Simply bake a cake (enough for minimum 8 slices) and bring it to the Dripping Pan before 3pm at tomorrow’s (Saturday) match v Hastings.
Free to enter. Prize for winner.
Impartial judges will choose the winner, to be announced at half time.

Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet BAKING!

Rookettes beaten in Sussex Final

Despite some dogged resistance, Lewes Ladies were beaten 2-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup Final. Ladies v BHA Sussex Final Freddie

The first half was a very tight affair with both defences holding firm and few chances for either side.

Brighton took the lead in the 63rd minute when Barton’s looping effort gave Lewes keeper Michelle Beazley no chance.

Lewes were on the backfoot and were stunned to concede a second only 7 minutes later after a defensive mix-up allowed Khassal with the easiest of tap-ins.

The luck for Lewes hasn’t been around much this week and this was evident once again when Naomi Cole pounced from the tightest of angles only to hit the woodwork.

Despite the defeat, the players were upbeat after the game knowing that they had pushed Brighton to the end, and will look to take the performance levels from the two games played this week into the final weeks of the season.


Rookettes suffer last-minute heartbreak

Lewes Rookettes (0) 0-1 (0) Millwall Lionesses

Sunday 24 March 2013 – FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division


Lewes: Beazley, McIntyre, Smith, Elcome, Newton ©, Baker, Veiga, Botterill, Cole, Wells, Sauvage (Chiumento 69). Subs Not Used: Carter, Bridges, De Souza-Marques, Jones.

Millwall: Gibbs, Mackie, Strugnell, Sherwood, Grafton, Lennon ©, Griffiths, Ferguson, Igbavboia (Dawson 86), Chong (Elliot 56), Whitter. Subs Not Used: Richards, Payne.

Player of the Match: Katie McIntyre.

A late goal from Millwall’s Natalie Grafton broke the hearts of Lewes Rookettes as they came away empty handed after a good performance against the league leaders at The Dripping Pan.

The hosts started the game brightly, and if it wasn’t for some excellent goalkeeping from Lionesses’ keeper Frankie Gibbs they would have taken the lead after 16 minutes. Andreia Veiga received the ball on the edge of the area, and her effort was somehow clawed away by the diving keeper. Naomi Cole pounced onto the rebound, but Gibbs got up well to keep out her shot from a tight angle.

The Rookettes more than held their own against the league leaders, as just before the break Player of the Match Katie McIntyre burst down the right, beating Chantelle Mackie, before her cross picked out Kelly Newton, who out-jumped her marker, but only for Gibbs to hold on to her header from close range.

However, Millwall showed signs of posing a threat as the half progressed as Emma Whitter picked up the ball on the left, and then cut inside from the touchline, beating Leslie Smith, but her effort went well wide of the far corner from inside the penalty area.

And the visitors continued to threaten after the break, as Ciara Sherwood received a header from Whitter, but her dipping volley from the edge of the box went narrowly wide of the post.

Lewes keeper Michelle Beazley then produced a stunning save to keep the scores level, as Shauni Griffiths’ ambitious strike from just inside the Rookettes’ half appeared to catch Beazley off guard, but at full stretched she clawed the ball at the second attempt just before it crossed the line, before Vicky Elcome cleared.

Then as the game entered its final minutes, Lewes almost broke the deadlock when Jodie Botterill created an opening, but her effort was brilliantly blocked by the lunging Dionne Lennon. Cole then forced Gibbs into a save from the edge of the area, but the home crowd suffered heartbreak on the stroke of the 90th minute.

Griffiths lined up a free-kick from a dangerous position 25 yards out, and her effort forced Beazley into a great diving save, but the rebound eventually fell to Grafton eight yards out, who slammed the ball home past the defender on the line to give the visitors the lead late on.

But with seconds remaining, Lewes were denied a point by Gibbs once again, as Veiga fired the ball across from the left, and it avoided everyone as it headed for the far corner, but Gibbs at full stretch turned the ball around the far post to prevent the hosts from achieving what would have been a thoroughly deserved point.

The Rookettes now turn their attention to Thursday night, where they play Brighton & Hove Albion Ladies in the Final of the Sussex Women’s County Cup at Culver Road, Lancing.

Be a Match Ball Sponsor – only two remaining

RYMAN_BALL_KICKThe last two games of the season (Leiston 13 Apr and Bury Town 27 Apr) still require a Match Ball Sponsor.

For just £75 (+VAT) you will be receive:

– Your name on the match day poster

– Your name on the match day programme

– Present the match ball at kick-off (youngsters can accompany the teams onto the pitch)

– Receive a ball signed by the players

– Access to the Hospitality Suite for two people


To book your Match Ball Sponsorship contact:

Adrian Howell, 01273-470820 or

Goalkeeper injured but Kingstonian late winner stands

Lewes were beaten in controversial circumstances by Kingstonian at the Dripping Pan on Saturday. REPORT  PHOTOS  tommy Ks

In second half stoppage time, both keeper Kieron Thorpe and defender Lewis Hamilton lay on the floor in the midst of a Ks attack after what looked to be a foul.

Referee David Spain allowed play to continue even after Chris Breach had headed off the line before Paul Vines returned the header into an empty net.

This was an almost identical situation to Ks opener in the 34th minute which saw Thorp lose control of the ball at full stretch as he was buffeted by Vines, allowing Matt Pattison to steer the ball into an unguarded net.

Rooks fans were certainly angered by both decisions which in other circumstances would have seen two fouls awarded to the defending team.

But the players showed great spirit after the first disappointment to come back with a well worked equaliser involving Ben Godfrey, Harry Harding and Nathan Crabb, with the latter forcing the ball in off a defender on the hour.

The second half performance from Lewes was exceptional and the side although disappointed with Saturday’s result, can go into Easter Saturday’s Sussex Derby at home to Hastings United with confidence.

As can the fans, who are needed at 3pm at the Dripping Pan to make more noise than they have ever done before.

Foyne Jones – Academy sponsors

Foyne Jones, the specialist Recruitment Agency for Construction Sales jobs, is the Official Sponsor of the Lewes FC Academy. They are also the club’s Official Recruitment Partner.

If you are looking to recruit to the Construction Sales sector or maybe you’re looking for a (better) job in this area, it’s Foyne Jones you need to talk to first. And they now have an office in Lewes as well as London.

At the time the sponsorship was agreed, The Rooks’ Marketing Director, Charlie Dobres commented, “Though Foyne Jones specialise in recruiting people to the construction suppliers and manufacturing industry, it’s clear that their expertise can be applied to our club.”

Peter Jones, Co-Founder of Foyne Jones added “When we decided to open a new office in the South East for 2013, we chose Lewes for many sound commercial reasons. But one factor that only emerged later was that the town has one of the very few community-owned football clubs in the UK and that club shares a lot of our values. Like us, they are straight talking, highly driven and determined to make a difference in peoples’ lives. That’s exactly what great recruitment is all about too.”

And Peter Jones has offered his own and his new Lewes office team’s services to help the club out wherever possible.

Dobres added “To bring a company of Foyne Jones’ reputation on board feels like a real coup for us and we are determined to create a lasting, mutually beneficial partnership”.