Lewes draw a blank against the Tanners.

A Lewes side missing several key players produced a solid defensive display to pick up their third draw of pre-season in a game of few chances at Ryman Division One South side Leatherhead, reports Tom Harper.

The absence of some of the more experiencd squad members gave Garry Wilson an opportunity to take a look at young trialist Jacob Peake, a former Brighton & Hove Albion youth-team midfielder, as well as defender Jon Dollery who spent some time on loan with the Rooks from Crawley Town last season.

Nicky Wheeler came closest for Lewes in the first half, seeing an effort from a tight angle parried away from danger by the hosts goalkeeper at his near post.

Leatherhead nearly took the lead towards the end of the half, as a free from close range was sent wide before Rikki Banks was forced into a fine save to keep out another close-range effort after Sam Crabb had given the ball away deep inside his own half.

Both sides put in plenty of effort after the break, without really troubling the opposition goalkeeper.

The closest either side came during the second half saw Peake and Ryan Fergany get in each other’s way in front of goal while trying to connect with a low Ben Godfrey cross around the hour mark.

Next up for the Rooks is a trip to Whitehawk on Saturday in their final first-team friendly, kick-off at 3pm.

Lewes: Banks (Armstrong-Ford 46), S. Crabb (Dollery 66), M. Crabb, Lovett, Austin (Brown 79), Dixon, Fergany, Walder (Marshall 79), Godfrey (Stubbings 79), Peake, Wheeler.

Unused Sub: Logan.



Summer Holiday Soccer Sessions!

Rookie on Club badgeThis August sees a new series of six holiday Soccer Sessions for aspiring young footballers everywhere.

These are the OFFICIAL Lewes FC Soccer Sessions.

Running from 10am to 3pm each day, the sessions are great fun for boys and girls between 4 and 12 years old.

And from just £7 for a half-day, there’s something to suit everyone.

The sessions are supervised by experienced FA Level 3 coaches.

Find out more here…

See you soon!  COYYR!

Last gasp Town end Lewes’s unbeaten run

A late Greg Luer goal saw Lewes suffer their first defeat of pre-season against a well-organised Burgess Hill side in a disjointed game at the Pan, reports Tom Harper.

photo (37)After starting with an experienced side against the Brighton & Hove Albion development squad three days previously, Garry Wilson chose to give some of the younger players looking to earn a place in this season’s squad an opportunity alongside some of the more experienced squad members.

The first half saw very few chances for either side, with Tom Vickers and Matt Crabb seeing long-range efforts comfortably saved by Matt Morrish in the Burgess Hill goal and Max Miller dragging a shot wide after finding space in the penalty area at the other end.

The second half continued in the same way, with both sides working hard but failing to create any clear-cut opportunities.  Burgess Hill were having the best of the opportunities that were created though, with Miller cutting inside Vickers before seeing his effort comfortably saved by Rikki Banks before Ade Olorunda was forced into a goal-line clearance to keep out a deflected corner.

Despite these half-chances, the match appeared to be heading for a goal-less draw until time added on at the end of the 90 minutes.  A misplaced pass in midfield was seized upon by visiting substitute Curtis Gayler, who lifted a perfectly-weighted through-ball over the Lewes defence and into the path of Luer who kept his cool to finish calmly past substitute goalkeeper Matt Armstrong-Ford.

This was a disappointing result and performance for Lewes after the impressive display against Brighton earlier in the week, but the management team will have taken plenty from it ahead of the last two first team friendlies next week.

Next up for the Rooks is a trip to Leatherhead on Tuesday, kick-off at 7.45pm.

Lewes: Banks (Armstrong-Ford 80), Vickers (S. Crabb 58), Kay (Gore 46), Lovett, Cooper, M. Crabb (Dixon 67), Wheeler (Fergany 58), Schaaf (Walder 46), Smith, Godfrey (N. Crabb 58), Logan (Treleaven 46).

Unused Sub: Austin.

Burgess Hill Town: Morrish, Watts (Graves 79), Fisk, Budd, Lake-Edwards, Pointing (Howell 79), Greenfield (Gayler 63), Slaughter, Miller (Knowles 83), Curd (Luer 56), Kirkwood.

Unused Sub: Tuck.


Ladies Premier League fixtures now out

Lewes Ladies will start their second FA Women’s Premier League campaign with an away trip to Coventry City on Sunday 25th August, followed by a home tie against Charlton Athletic at The Pan the following week.

The Rookettes will also be playing Portsmouth and Charlton Athletic in the League Cup on Sunday 22nd September (away at Portsmouth) and 27th October (home to Charlton Atheltic).

The full fixture list can be found here.

Get your new Season Ticket NOW!

2013-14 Season Ticket FRONT

For the coming season, there are now 23 home games instead of 21.

Season Ticket prices are:

Adults £210           (£9.13 per game)
Concs  £115          (£5 per game)

Season Ticket holders also get preferential notification for FA Cup tickets.

The application form for a Season Ticket is available HERE. Please print the form and take it into the Club office or post to the address given. You can also pick up and complete a form at the Club office.



2013-14 Super Season Ticket BACKOnce again, the Club is making available SUPER SEASON TICKETS which give additional entry to all Ladies and U18 League games. The price for these is an extra £30 for both Adults and Concessions.




GATE PRICES FOR 2013/14 are being frozen at:

Adults £11

Concs £6

Under 16s FREE

You can almost taste the new season…



Super Rooks beat Brighton & Hove Albion XI

Two goals from Ross Treleaven helped Lewes to an impressive victory over a young Brighton & Hove Albion development squad at the Pan in the Rooks third friendly of pre-season, reports Tom Harper.

9353080907_cca9ecaf9bThere were few chances of note in the opening stages, with both sides playing good football but not quite having the cutting edge to trouble the opposition goalkeeper.

Lewes came closest before half-time though, with Nathan Crabb seeing a shot saved by the legs of Christian Walton in the Brighton goal after latching onto a Fraser Logan through-ball before Jack Dixon sent a powerful 30-yard effort just wide after a good passing move.

Garry Wilson made no changes at half-time, giving his experienced starting line-up more time to impress.

They very nearly took the lead inside the first ten minutes of the half, with captain Jack Walder just unable to convert a Logan free-kick at the near post.

Despite being under pressure for much of the game, Brighton took the lead after 59 minutes. Glen Rea was the scorer, as he headed an inswinging free-kick from the right wing past the previously untroubled Rikki Banks and into the bottom corner.

Lewes continued to look the more dangerous side and equalised ten minutes later. Treleaven was the scorer just five minutes after coming on, sending an excellent 20-yard free-kick past substitute goalkeeper Grant Smith.

Treleaven doubled his and Lewes’ tally with 15 minutes remaining, heading home a cross from fellow substitute Ryan Fergany after a fine passing move.

Fergany’s deliveries into the penalty area were causing the visiting defence plenty of problems, as he saw a corner flicked on at the near post before being cleared off the line with Nathan Crabb waiting to pounce in the six-yard box.

The Rooks made the game safe after 84 minutes when following another impressive passing move, Dan Smith converted an inch-perfect cross from Matt Crabb to complete the scoring in an entertaining pre-season encounter.

This was a very good performance from Lewes, with the Rooks showing plenty of organisation and discipline throughout the game and a real cutting edge in the final third during the second half.

Lewes: Banks (Armstrong-Ford 82), S. Crabb, Gore, Lovett (Vickers 70), Austin, Dixon (M. Crabb 70), Wheeler (Fergany 64), Walder (Cooper 82), Olorunda (D. Smith 64), N. Crabb (Godfrey 82), Logan (Treleaven 64).

Unused Subs: Kay, Schaaf.

Booked: None.

Brighton & Hove Albion development squad: Walton (G. Smith 46), Barry, Hunt, Asmundsson (Collar 88), Lall (Harris 58), Rea, Deen (Rowe-Hurst 64), Benham (Horncastle 58), Agdestein, Starkey, Muitt (Davis 73).

Unused Sub: Wiltshire.

Booked: Harris.

Attendance: 476

Next up at home is a friendly this Friday versus Burgess Hill Town, kick off 7:45pm.

Adults £6, Concessions £4, Kids under 16 go free. £1 discount on these prices for all Lewes FC owners. Please remember to bring your owners card.


Lewes Ladies start pre-season with a win

Denham 1 Lewes Ladies 6 (goals; Newton, O Hagan x 2, Goddard, Taylor, Heather)

On a hot Sunday afternoon Lewes Ladies travelled up to north west London to play in their first pre season friendly against newly promoted Denham United from the Combination League. There were no fewer than nine new players, all looking to stake their claim in the squad for the new season.

The first period of play was a scrappy affair with both teams trying to find their rhythm and as expected things looked a little disjointed. However in the 12th minute captain Kelly Newton showed great technique, with a low driven shot from just on the edge of the box, to open the scoring, after some good work from new signing Nikki Payne. Lewes could have gone further ahead with a great effort from a Steph Carter free kick only to see it go inches past the post. Both teams worked hard despite the intense heat, and Denham were rewarded with a ball over the top for the equaliser on 16 minutes.

Lewes started to find their passing game more and a through ball to Catherine O Hagan, Lewes’s new signing, saw her neatly put the ball in the back of the net for her first goal for her new club, although in all fairness a tad offside, but a good finish anyhow in the 36th min. Steph Carter got into the action again down the left hand side and delivered a nice little cross, which was met by another new signing, Ashleigh Goddard, who got across the keeper to make it 1-3.

The defence marshalled by Tash Wells and another new signing Kelly McCullock dealt with any attacking threats from Denham and looked composed throughout. On 50 mins Ashleigh was able to slot the ball through to Catherine a nicely placed shot into the top right hand corner for her 2nd goal. Lewes looked to stretch the game and looked strong down the left hand side and another good cross from Steph saw a bit of a goal mouth scramble before the highly rated 16 year old Mia Taylor slotted in her first goal for the side. Things were wrapped up by young prospect Sian Heather on 58 mins with a well taken shot from 12 yards out.

Manager Jacquie Agnew said ‘ It was a good work out today for both teams on a very hot day, the new players did well, and there were lots of positives. We will use these friendlies to have another look at players and also for match fitness.’

Sunday 28th July Lewes Ladies v Chichester KO 12pm at Waterhall 3G