Sports share the spoils

The U18 side picked up a point in their local clash against Eastbourne Borough at the Pan last night, which keeps up their unbeaten start to the season.

The Rooks came closest to opening the scoring when Callum Connor struck the outside of the post after 20 minutes but it was Josh Pickering who finally broke the deadlock for the visitors on the stroke of half time with a well taken finish from the number 9.

Just as last week, the start of the season saw an upturn in fortunes for the lads in red and black and through Jarvis Kelly and Harry Millar strikes on 55 and 60 minutes the lead was snatched back.

In what was an entertaining and even match there was one final twist in the form of  a 78th minute reply from John Reeves which left the game at 2-2. With neither team able to make the decisive breakthrough, it was a point apiece for the East Sussex rivals.

Tobi, Alan and lads travel to Hastings United on Thursday 5th September for their next league match.

Team: Markwick, Bassett, Colmer, Stevenson (c), James, Laughlin (Nelson), Kelly, Marshall, Connor, Millar, Acton (Willis-Brown). Subs not used: Funnell, Okafor, O’Callaghan.

Goals: Kelly 55, Millar 60.

Cautions: Marshall, Colmer.


Naomi Cole re-signs for the Rookettes

Chelsea and former Lewes player Naomi Cole has decided to return to the Club until the new year.

The Women’s Super League season (summer league) is drawing to a close and Naomi wants to continue playing football and get some valuable match play under her belt before deciding her next step when the WSL resumes in March 2014. Naomi is a hugely popular player at The Pan and helped the Team reach the Premier League back in 2011/12 season.

She left for Chelsea at the end of last season after the Ladies secured premier league status in their first season. Naomi brings with her a wealth of experience even though she is still only 21 and won a gold medal at the World University Games back in July this year. She was also the first player in the history of Lewes FC to play for her country when she represented England at under 23’s level.

Naomi commented ‘ I really enjoyed my time with Lewes FC, they have worked so hard to get into the Women’s’ Premier League and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in again.’ Manager Jacquie Agnew said ‘ Naomi will bring a bit more quality into the side and can play in a number of positions so we have a few more options open to us, she works ever so hard and we are delighted that we have her back .’


Rooks held at home by the Rocks

Lewes maintained their unbeaten start to the season but had to settle for a point in the Sussex derby against Bognor at the Pan, with an early Jack Dixon strike being cancelled out by an outstanding second-half effort from Kane Wills, reports Tom Harper.

Garry Wilson made two changes to the side which had drawn 0-0 at Maidstone United in their previous game, with Nick Wheeler and Nathan Crabb replacing Steve Brinkhurst and Ade Olorunda in the starting line-up.  However, the Rooks were still without injured duo Jack Walder and Dan Smith, as well as the suspended Tom Vickers.

Lewes made a bright start and were head after just seven minutes. Dixon was the scorer, as he poked the ball home from close range following a low Sam Crabb cross.  Bognor soon came into the game though, and saw Ollie Pearce send an effort from inside the penalty area over the crossbar after being teed up by James Crane.

9600291861_9f0d30fe4b_bThe Rooks continued to create chances of their own and should have doubled their lead when Dixon saw a close-range header from a Ross Treleaven cross superbly saved by Mark Zawadski in the visitors goal, before Ben Austin sent a header from a tight angle against the outside of the far post just minutes later.  The visitors had the final chance of the half, with Pearce finding himself clean through but seeing his effort well saved by Rikki Banks.

Bognor started the second half on the front foot and should have equalised within a few minutes of the restart, as former Rook Ben Godfrey scuffed his effort straight at Banks when clean through.  Lewes were struggling to get on the ball and were lucky to stay ahead just after the hour mark, as substitute Terry Dodd sent a free header at the far post into the side-netting from a Wills free-kick.

Bognor found the equaliser their second-half display had deserved after 71 minutes in spectacular style. Wills picked the ball up about 35 yards from goal and with no Lewes players closing him down, sent a powerful effort swerving past Banks and into the back of the net.

Conceding only their second goal of the season seemed to galvanise the Rooks, who saw Dixon have a powerful free-kick turned behind by Zawadski.  From the resulting corner, Austin saw a header which seemed destined for the top corner superbly clawed away by the impressive Zawadski.  Lewes then had their best chance to win the game, as substitute Olorunda saw a close-range effort blocked once again by Zawadski after the visitors goalkeeper had only been able to parry a long-range effort from Dixon.

Although Lewes had the better of the chances throughout the game, Bognor had the better of much of the second half and a draw was probably a fair result on the balance of play.

After the game Danny Bloor gave his views on the two games in the past 48 hours.

Next up for the Rooks is a trip to Hendon on Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

Lewes: Banks, S. Crabb, Gore, Lovett, Austin, M. Crabb (Dollery 71), Wheeler, Dixon, Treleaven (Olorunda 53), N. Crabb, Logan (Brinkhurst 47).

Unused Subs: Peake, Fergany.

Booked: N. Crabb.

Bognor Regis Town: Zawadski, Malins, Wollers (Crane 17), Tuck, Axten, Robson, Hopkinson, Wills, Godfrey (Dodd 53), Whyte, Pearce (Marzetti 76).

Unused Subs: Sackman, Boyle.

Booked: Axten, Godfrey.

Referee: Paul Howard

Attendance: 777

Ladies draw a blank at the Ricoh Arena

The Ladies kicked off their season on Sunday against last season national premier side Coventry City at the impressive Ricoh Arena.

Unknown-5It took a while for Lewes to settle into the game and were at times under pressure from a well drilled Coventry side who enjoyed large spells of possession. The Lewes defence and MVP Michelle Beazley made sure the sides went in all square at half time after some solid defensive work. The Rookettes best chance of the half falling to midfielder Veiga who snatched at a shot from just outside the box. There were other slim half chances for Lewes but they couldn’t quite get their passing game together.

The second half started much like the first although Coventry using the width to much more effect. Lewes held out until the 68th minute when a ball drilled in high to the back post was chested down and then fired into the back of the net for a deserved 1-0 lead. It could have been 2 but for an outstanding save from Beazley who tipped over from a blistering shot from 30 yards out.

Coventry continued to pass the ball around and showed just that bit more quality and why they finished 4th in the league above last season and on the 90th minute wrapped up a derseved a win and 3 points.

Manager Jacquie Agnew said afterwards it was a great experience to play at such a wonderful stadium and i want to thank the supporters who travelled up with us, we all really appreciated it. ‘For us to be playing the likes of Coventry at the Ricoh Arena is what football is all about and as I said to the players they have earnt the right to be here’.

Some more pictures from the game can be found here and here, and a short video can be viewed below:-

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Rooks gain a point in the torrential rain at Maidstone

It was a case of battling all of the elements on Saturday as Lewes made the short journey across the County line to snatch a draw at title-favourites Maidstone United, reports Stuart Fuller.

With a number of games in the Ryman Premier League unable to start, or even end, due to the torrential rain, it was thankful that the Rooks were playing on a 3G pitch, although by the end of the game, the water was causing an issue in some parts of the artificial surface.

9584271137_b02986b318_bIt seemed the odds were against Lewes, not only from the biblical weather but with Jack Walder and Nicky Wheeler both failing to recover from their respective ankle injuries.  And with Nathan Crabb carrying a knock from Tuesday night and only available from the bench it was thankful that Garry Wilson could field a strong defensive line-up anchored by Ben Austin and Jay Lovett.

Lewes started positively, using the speed of the surface to spread the ball wide to Steve Brinkhurst and Fraser Logan.  However, with Ade Olorunda well and truly marked in the penalty area, chances were few and far between, although Ross Treleaven had a good chance on 15 minutes which he headed wide.

Maidstone had the better chances of the first half with ex-Lewes striker Paul Booth pulling the strings and setting up Alex Fisher who fired into the side netting.  Rikki Banks was then forced into making saves from Booth and Steve Watt before the break.

With no let up in the rain at the start of the second half, both teams changed their approach, opting to play the ball in the air to stop the ball running away on the lightning fast surface.  Lewes came close to taking the lead in the early part of the half when Ben Austin’s header from a Logan corner appeared to be hacked off the line, whilst Logan himself saw a goal-bound shot well saved by the Maidstone keeper, Lee Worgan.

It was then Maidstone’s turn to push forward with Brown and the former Rook Ian Draycott having chances but failing to beat Rikki Banks who was having another outstanding game between the posts.  However, it was Lewes who had the final chance to grab all three points when Nathan Crabb found the on-rushing Logan who shot ended up in the middle of the Rooks fans behind the goal.

The final whistle brought celebration from the Lewes players, management and fans knowing that this was a well earned point against one of the teams that will be at the top of the table come end of season time.  Five games played and only one goal conceded just shows how far the Rooks have come in just a few months.

Photos from the very wet James Boyes can be found here.

Lewes only have to wait another twenty four hours before returning to action in the anticipated Sussex derby versus Bognor Regis on Monday, kick off 3pm.

Maidstone United: Lee Worgan, Richard Davies, Tom Mills, Steve Watt, Jerrome Sobers Michael Phillips, Orlando Smith, Alex Brown, Paul Booth (Ian Draycott 76), Frannie Collin, Alex Flisher.

Subs Not Used: Danny Lye, Graeme Andrews, Rory Hill, Fabio Saraiva

Lewes: Rikki Banks, Sam Crabb, Sam Gore, Jay Lovett, Ben Austin, Matt Crabb, Steve Binkhurst, Jack Dixon, Ade Olorunda (Nathan Crabb 79), Ross Treleaven, Fraser Logan (Jacob Peake 90).

Subs not used: Ryan Fergany, Kelvin Brown, Jon Dollery

Attendance: 1,659

Player Sponsorship

It’s not too late to sponsor a Rook or a Rookette for this season.

Your support is always appreciated and we’ll put your name in the programme and give you a signed photo. Do it for yourself or it makes a fun gift for that special someone.

To sponsor a player in the Men’s First Team, contact David Arnold at

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