Simon Wormull departs as Manager

Lewes FC announces the departure of Simon Wormull as First Team Manager with immediate effect.

Though the playing budget was reduced this season in line with what the club could afford, the Board set it at a level that was nevertheless competitive for the Ryman Premier Division – so expectations were still for a good campaign. Being involved in a relegation battle has been extremely disappointing. Off the field, the club has worked very hard to create a platform from which to start building again and the near-relegation experience has been particularly difficult in that context. No one treats changing Manager lightly but the Board felt that such a change was very important to enable the club to move forward.

The club thanks Simon for his work over the last two seasons and wishes him all the best for the future.

The club welcomes applications for the First Team Manager’s position either by email to club secretary Kevin Brook at clubsecretary@lewesfc.com or in writing to Lewes Football Club, The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2XA by Monday 13th May.

There is a quarterly Open Fans’ Forum scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday 15th May at the Dripping Pan where fans can ask any questions they may have.

Another big win for U15 Girls

Lewes Under 15 Girls returned to league action with a convincing 6-0 win away to Jarvis Brook.

Playing only their 2nd league game since mid December, Lewes took control of the game early on and were rewarded when Ellie French broke clear of the defence and finished well after 8 minutes to open the scoring.

Lewes continued to have the lions share of possession, with French going close on a number of occasions, but were unable to add to their lead before half time.

Lewes started to second half in the same fashion and doubled their lead when a powerful Ellie Whittington strike from the right beat the Jarvis Brook keeper to make it 2-0 within 5 minutes of the restart.

Better was to follow as a long range Katie Burr strike made in 3-0 a minute later.  Charlotte Russell then added to the scoring after 60 minutes after a determined run through the middle and Burr made it 5-0 on the hour after excellent work from Ellie Ramsauer.

Lewes completed the scoring with a close range Nia Hall strike with 5 minutes left to make it 6-0 and equal their highest win of the season.  Despite the victory, Lewes however drop to second in the table and face leaders Crawley for the title decider next Sunday

Coach Mark Currier was delighted with the performance.  “That was arguably the best we have played this season over the full 80 minutes,” he said.

“We moved the ball quickly and positively around the pitch, players were taking responsibility to get on the ball, make things happen and support each other and its good that lots of players are chipping in with goals at the moment.”

“We face a tough test next Sunday which we are looking forward too, but will work hard in training this week and aim to keep progressing”.

Valuable win for the Ladies

Lewes Ladies won 1-0 at QPR to move up to seventh place. Ladies_group

Char Bennett’s goal was the difference between the teams and gives the Rookettes some much-needed breathing space.

It was a great performance from Lewes in a game which was held up for 30 minutes after a serious injury to Lewes midfielder Freddie Baker, who suffered serious ligament damage to her left leg and was taken to hospital.

Lewes have notched up two wins from two matches and face Gillingham, who are a place and a point below the Rookettes, at the Pan on Wednesday evening, kick off 7.30pm.

End of season FANS’ FORUM

druvThe next quarterly Fans’ Forum will be on Wednesday 15th May, 7pm in the Rook Inn at the Pan.

As ever this will be the chance for as many fans as possible and the club’s Board to meet together in an informal setting and discuss anything and everything.

The Board will give as much information as possible about the season gone by and the season ahead, but it’s also the chance to hear everyone’s ideas and thoughts.

To help things along, this time round the Supporters Club are organising a Fish ‘n’ Chip meal deal for anyone who’s interested on the night – details to follow.

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Lewes avoid relegation

Despite losing narrowly 3-2 at home to Bury Town, the Rooks have maintained their Ryman Premier League status for another season. Although Carshalton Athletic won (again!), Lewes’ superior (or less inferior) goal difference ensured safety.

A fantastic crowd of 816 saw Nathan Crabb awarded Player of the Season.

Report to follow…

Late Crabb equaliser secures a vital point at Cray

It was one of those “I was there” nights at Cray as Nathan Crabb stabbed home a 94th minute equaliser to secure a valuable point for Lewes in a 2-2 draw. cray_Lewes_celebrate_crabb_net

The game itself wasn’t so memorable though as the Rooks laboured for the majority of the match and seemingly lacked the initiative to claw back a 2-0 half time deficit.

The largest away following of the season outside of the Sussex derbies began to fear the worst as the game rolled on, but Nathan Crabb was able to punish a defensive mistake with just ten minutes to go, to throw Lewes a lifeline.

Suddenly the players responded as did the supporters whose cries of “Lewes, Lewes” rang around Hayes Lane.

Chris Breach was thrown forward to cause problems and saw his header cleared off the line as Lewes threatened an equaliser.

The tempo increased along with the drama and with the last Lewes attack of the match, the ball was cleared only as far as Harry Harding who poked it back towardsl towards Nathan Crabb to steer home and set off some of the craziest celebrations the club has ever seen.

Other results mean that Lewes aren’t safe yet although Thursday night will be important with Hastings, Harrow and Wingate all in action.

The season ends one way or another for the Rooks on Saturday at home to Bury Town, kick off 3pm. Let’s hope it’s a cause for some celebration.

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Rookettes back on winning trail

Lewes Ladies earned three valuable points against Yeovil at the Dripping Pan on Sunday. REPORT Lewes_Yeovil

It was a solid display from the Rookettes with every player putting in a fine performance.

The hosts went ahead inside the first minute courtesy of Kasia Viggour and saw Andriea Veiga hit the post with Naomi Cole’s audacious long range shot tipped over the bar by the keeper.

Lewes No 1 Michelle Beazley also came up trumps in the closing minutes with a fine save, acrobatically clawing the ball out of the top corner to secure all three points for the Rookettes.

Next week sees Lewes travel to QPR (Uxbridge FC) for another vital match against a team at the bottom of the table, kick off 2pm.