Lewes squeak through in the Sussex Senior Cup

Sussex County League Division 2 side Mile Oak took Lewes all the way in the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup on Wednesday night with a sudden death penalty shoot-out being required to separate the two sides after two hours of stalemate.

News on our opponents in Round Three will be announced when the draw has been made.


The Rookettes earn their Spurs

Lewes picked up a vital three points with a 3-1 victory at Spurs on Sunday. The win sees the Rookettes jump two places to seventh in the FA Women’s Premier League whilst Spurs sink to ninth. Naomi Cole bagged two first half goals either side of an equaliser from the hosts before Kelly Newton’s header rounded off the scoring early in the second half.

Cole’s first came within 45 seconds as Spurs failed to deal with Lewes’ first attack straight from kick off. Neat work from Andreia Veiga released Nikki Payne who played in Cole and the Lewes forward sent a powerful shot across the keeper and into the far corner. Spurs worked their way into the game and equalised mid way through the first half, a long range effort that Michelle Beazley almost kept out but agonisingly saw the ball skid under her and over the line.

Buoyed by this Spurs enjoyed a period of dominance. Beazley pulled off an acrobatic save and Lewes just about dealt with a series of corners whilst relying on the counter attack as their best weapon. It nearly came off as Cole’s through ball found Clare Trafford and she crossed to the onrushing Freddie Baker who connected sweetly but was foiled by an outstanding save by the Spurs keeper.

Cole then had a goal disallowed for offside – shame, as it was a spectacular effort – before grabbing her second after a slick counter attack just before half time. One touch football eventually found Vicky Elcome whose lofted ball was seized upon by Cole to lob the keeper and tap home.

A Katie MacIntyre free kick was nodded home by Kelly Newton minutes into the second half which left Spurs with a mountain to climb. Two brave saves from Beazley ensured that the hosts couldn’t build a platform for the comeback and Cole had one more disallowed and another saved well as Lewes saw out a deserved win.

Lewes made to suffer at Kingstonian

Lovett crossA disappointing second-half display saw Lewes suffer a 4-1 defeat against new leaders Kingstonian, despite having the better of the first half reports Tom Harper.

Garry Wilson made two changes to the side which had beaten Cray Wanderers 4-1 in their previous game, with Jay Lovett and Jack Dixon replacing the injured Andy Pearson and Jack Walder in the side.

Lewes started the game brightly and went ahead after just three minutes. Nathan Crabb was the scorer, as he headed home a Fraser Logan free-kick with the help of a deflection.  The Rooks were playing some good football, with the pace of Nick Wheeler on the left wing causing Kingstonian right back Aaron Goode plenty of problems in the opening stages.

Despite dominating the first quarter of the game, Lewes were pegged back after 26 minutes. The hosts goal was scored by Andre McCollin, who sent Rikki Banks with the wrong way with a penalty conceded by Lovett, who had been forced into a rash challenge on Ryan Moss in the area after getting caught out of position in an uncharacteristic error. This galvanised Kingstonian, who saw Josh Casey hit the crossbar with a curling effort from just inside the area moments later.

Lewes continued to look dangerous going forward though, and should have regained their lead soon after when Nathan Crabb sliced an effort well wide from six yards out after excellent play from Sam Cole down the left wing.

Nathan Crabb turned provider just before half-time, as his run down the left-hand side and cut-back was somehow put wide of the far post from six yards out by Reece Hall.

The Rooks were made to rue these missed chances nine minutes into the second half, as they were unable to clear a Kingstonian corner and McCollin sent an overhead kick through a crowd of players and into the bottom corner. Lewes nearly responded immediately however, as Nathan Crabb saw his close-range effort saved by Rob Tolfrey in the hosts goal after a goalmouth scramble following a Hall free-kick.

Kingstonian began to have the better of the play and look more solid defensively than they had done at any point in the game, although Lewes were still having enough of the ball to suggest that they could find a route back into the game.

The game turned on the sending off of Lovett with little over ten minutes remaining, as he picked up a second booking for bringing down McCollin as he was bearing down on goal after dispossessing Ben Austin. Lewes were up against it at this stage, but still nearly found an equaliser when Sam Crabb saw his deflected effort well saved by Tolfrey after a purposeful run.

However, Kingstonian soon took control of the game in the closing stages, with Banks forced into two fine saves in quick succession to deny Moss and Charles Ofusu-Hene from close range. Banks was unable to prevent Moss scoring a third for the hosts with two minutes remaining though, as the dangerous striker beat the offside trap and made the most of the extra space available due to Lovett’s dismissal by calmly rolling the ball past Banks.

It got worse for Lewes during injury-time, as McCollin latched onto a through-ball and sent a low effort from the left-hand side of the penalty area past Banks and into the back of the net to complete his hatrick and send the Rooks to their heaviest defeat of the season.

This was a very disappointing result for Lewes, who had enough chances in the first half to put themselves in a commanding position and were made to pay for these misses after the break. It still took until the final ten minutes for the game to really get away from the Rooks after Lovett was sent off, although the main difference between the two sides was the clinical finishing of the hosts strikers, especially during the closing stages.

Next up for Lewes is a trip to Mile Oak in the Sussex Senior Cup on Wednesday, kick-off at 7.15pm.


Kingstonian: Tolfrey, Goode, Jelley, Drage, Page, Casey, Ofusu-Hene, Kavanagh (Sweeney 60), Moss, McCollin, Knight (Okojie 82).

Unused Subs: Campbell, Ray, Faith.

Booked: None.

Lewes: Banks, S. Crabb, Cole, Lovett, Austin, Brinkhurst (M. Crabb 60), Wheeler, Dixon, Hall (Smith 74), N. Crabb, Logan.

Unused Subs: Marshall, Hendon, Madhani.

Booked: Lovett, Dixon.

Sent off: Lovett

Referee: Gary Parsons

Attendance: 289


Lewes FC supports the White Ribbon Campaign

Saturday’s home game, v. Thamesmead Town, was sponsored by Sussex Police as part of the White Ribbon campaign, which the club are extremely happy to support again this year.

Lewes District were awarded White Ribbon status in 2012 as part of an annual national campaign aimed at eliminating domestic abuse and violence against women.

Although most men are not violent towards women, many will ignore the signs if they suspect it may be happening, or see it as something which doesn’t have anything to do them. We want to change this by raising awareness, changing behaviour and attitudes towards women and increasing confidence in reporting of domestic abuse.

Sussex Police have also been awarded White Ribbon status during 2013 and launched during the ‘Gentlemen of the Road Festival’ in Lewes in July. This is the first time that a Police Force have been awarded this status and forms part of the wider Sussex Domestic Abuse campaign as one of their priorities.

Lewes District are promoting the White Ribbon and Domestic Abuse campaigns during November and December at set piece events across the District, including the Lewes v Thamesmead fixture.

You can pledge support and find out more details through the White Ribbon website






Double Lovett halts the Wanderers

A professional performance helped Lewes to a convincing victory over struggling Cray Wanderers at the Pan, ending a run of back-to-back defeats in the process, reports Tom Harper.

Garry Wilson made three changes to the side which had lost 2-0 at home to Lowestoft in their previous game. Dan Smith and the injured Jack Dixon were replaced in the side by Steve Brinkhurst and Reece Hall, with Ben Austin replacing Jay Lovett in the only other change.  Bayan Fenwick was also unavailable because of the flu, along with Sam Gore, Matt Crabb and Ross Treleaven who are all struggling with injuries.

Lewes started the game on the front foot and could have been 4-0 up inside the first ten minutes, with Brinkhurst hitting the post twice with close-range headers and seeing another headed effort tipped over the crossbar by Charlie Grainger before Ben Austin saw his header kept out at point-blank range by the visitors goalkeeper.

Despite not being in the game during the opening stages, Cray nearly took a shook lead after 15 minutes when Helge Orome saw a header from a Jack Clark corner tipped over the crossbar by Rikki Banks.  Lewes’ task was made tougher after little over 20 minutes, as Andy Pearson was forced off through injury and was replaced by Lovett.

The Rooks continued to press though, and should have gone ahead just before the half-hour mark when Nathan Crabb saw a close-range effort kept out by Grainger after taking the ball past two visiting defenders.

Lewes finally got the goal their first-half display deserved after 31 minutes. Brinkhurst was the scorer in spectacular fashion, as he sent an acrobatic overhead kick from just inside the penalty area into the top corner after the Cray defence were unable to clear a Nick Wheeler cross.

However, the Rooks suffered another injury blow five minutes later as captain Jack Walder was forced off after picking up a knock and was replaced by youth-team player Josh Marshall, who was making his first-team debut.

The departure of Walder saw Fraser Logan take the armband, and the midfielder responded with an impressive display for the remainder of the game.

Despite losing two key players to injury, Lewes doubled their lead three minutes before half-time. Lovett was the scorer, as he stooped to head home from close range after a dangerous Logan free-kick had caused problems in the Cray penalty area.

Cray almost found a route back into the game just minutes into the second half, as the unmarked Jack Sherrat headed a Clark free-kick wide of the far post.

They were made to pay for this missed opportunity, as Lewes went 3-0 up after 54 minutes. The goal was rightly awarded to Lovett, as he saw his goalbound effort from another excellent Logan set-piece delivery deflected past Grainger by a Cray defender.

Although the significant deflection was ultimately what saw the ball end up in the back of the net, Lovett’s initial effort was on target and so the goal should be his.

Lewes continued to look dangerous from set-pieces, with Austin sending a very presentable opportunity from close range over the crossbar after yet another Logan delivery.

A rare foray into the Lewes half almost bought Cray back into the game with 25 minutes remaining though, as Tommy Whitnell found himself clean through on goal but could only send his effort into the side-netting.

The game began to peter out at this stage, with Lewes controlling possession without really like adding to the comprehensive lead they had built earlier in the game.

The Rooks did however add a fourth goal with one minute remaining, as substitute Dan Smith swept the ball home from close range after a Marshall cross from the right wing had been flicked on by Nathan Crabb.

Cray continued to work hard though, and pulled a goal back in the first minute of stoppage time through Clark, who sent a low effort across Banks and into the bottom corner.

This was an important victory for Lewes, who rarely looked troubled by Cray and could quite easily have scored more goals on the night.

However, seeing two more key players in Pearson and Walder added to the growing injury list will have been slightly disappointing for the management team heading into one of the busiest periods of the season.

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

The goals from Wednesday night can be view here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51kMm3-yCbA&feature=youtu.be

Lewes: Banks, S. Crabb, Cole, Pearson (Lovett 22), Austin, Walder (Marshall 36), Wheeler, Brinkhurst (Smith 70), Hall, N. Crabb, Logan.

Unused Subs: Hendon, Madhani.

Booked: None.

Cray Wanderers: Grainger, Talbot, Clark, Day, Orome, Young (Bardon 76), Stavrinou (Marshall-Katung 62), Sherrat, Whitnell, Stone, Henry.

Unused Subs: Jahar, Larin, Beckett.

Booked: None.

Referee: Paul Kelly

Attendance: 355


Rookettes progress in the cup

The Rookettes snatched a last minute winner against Charlton at the Dripping Pan on Sunday to secure a place in the knockout stages of the Women’s Premier League Cup. Cath O’Hagan got the all important minute winner with six minutes to go from Kelly Newton’s lofted pass and the hosts hung on for the victory.

A bright start from Lewes was probably their best spell of the game and set the tempo for the rest of the match. Naomi Cole’s shot was cleared off the line and Clare Trafford would have played in O’Hagan if it wasn’t for the outstretched leg of Charlton’s centre back. The visitors rode out the storm and worked their way into the game, and the result was an entertaining end to end 45 minutes with open football played by both teams. Newton couldn’t quite direct her glancing header on target shortly before half time and the teams went in all square at the break.

Charlton began the second half strongest and Lewes seemed to drop deeper, inviting the pressure. A series of long range shots from the visitors failed to trouble Michelle Beazley in the Lewes goal although she was called into action to make a superb point blank stop and shortly afterwards was at full stretch to palm a shot around the post.

Lewes still looked dangerous on the break though and continued to commit players forward. Trafford danced through the visitors’ defence but disappointingly couldn’t get a decent shot away, O’Hagan’s driven cross evaded her team mates and Cole just failed to get on the end of a long free kick. At the other end Player of the Match Beazley and her back four performed heroics to keep the increasingly threatening Charlton out before O’Hagan popped up with her goal, a calmly taken lob which was initially flagged offside before the referee overruled and awarded the goal.

Next up for the Rookettes is an away game at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, next Sunday, kick off at 2pm.

Rooks netted by Trawler Boys

A disjointed Lewes display and an inconsistent refereeing performance saw the Rooks suffer back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season against a well-organised Lowestoft side, reports Tom Harper.

10890470166_45b2e2c421_bGarry Wilson made three changes to the side which had lost 2-1 at Bury Town in midweek, with Andy Pearson, Sam Cole, making his first appearance since joining the club on loan for a month from Eastbourne Borough, and Dan Smith effectively replacing Steve Brinkhurst, Bayan Fenwick and Reece Hall in the starting line-up.

The opening stages saw very few chances for either side, with both defences on top early on.  The visitors had the first real chance of the game, as Jake Reed got in behind the Lewes defence and saw his cut-back put over the bar from close range by the dangerous Emmanuel Osei.

The Rooks best chance of the half came around the half-hour mark and saw Dan Smith just fail to connect with an excellent low cross across the six-yard box from Nathan Crabb when any contact would have put Lewes ahead.

The game came to life six minutes in the second half, although not in the way Lewes would have hoped as Lowestoft took the lead.  Osei was the scorer, as he controlled a long ball into the penalty area with his back to goal, before turning and sending a low shot past the previously untroubled Rikki Banks and into the bottom corner.

The Rooks very nearly equalised immediately though, as Smith saw his far-post header from a deep Nick Wheeler cross come back off the bar.

Lewes suffered a major blow with just over 25 minutes remaining, as top scorer Jack Dixon went off injured after a strong but fair challenge in midfield. Things got even worse for the Rooks just minutes later, as Reed appeared to go down easily in the penalty area under a challenge from Andy Pearson, with referee Matt Eva having no hesitation pointing to the spot.  Reed took the penalty himself, but saw his tame effort saved by Banks in a moment that Rooks fans hoped would galvanise their side.

This was not to the case though, as Lowestoft doubled their lead after 73 minutes. Robert Eagle was the scorer, as he sent a far-post header back across Banks and into the bottom corner after the Lewes defence was unable to clear a dangerous cross.

Soon after, the game descended into farce. The referee controversially awarded a drop-ball after an off-the-ball incident involving Jack Walder and Andrew Fisk with Lewes on the ball in the Lowestoft half.  Seconds later, a 22-man brawl ensued as Eva lost control of the situation completely.

As a result of this brawl, Lewes saw Fraser Logan and Walder booked, with Nathan Crabb receiving a second yellow card. Lowestoft saw just one player, Fisk, receive a caution for his part in the melee.  It was soon ten against ten, however, as Eagle received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away in what seemed to be a case of mistaken identity.

Despite there being seven minutes of injury-time, Lewes never looked like getting back into the game and fell to their third league defeat of the season.

This was a disappointing performance by the Rooks, who rarely looked like scoring against a well-organised Lowestoft side.  The important thing is for Lewes to put this game behind them and try and rediscover the form which saw them in the play-off places little over a week ago.

Next up for the Rooks is a home game against Cray Wanderers on Wednesday, kick-off at 7.45pm.

Lewes: Banks, S. Crabb, Cole, Lovett, Pearson, Walder, Wheeler, Dixon (Fenwick 64), Smith (Hall 71), N. Crabb, Logan.

Unused Subs: Brinkhurst, Austin, James.

Booked: Dixon, N. Crabb, Walder, Logan, Pearson.

Sent off: N. Crabb.

Lowestoft Town: Jones, Williams, Smith, Fisk, Haynes-Brown (Henderson 68), Gaughran, Ainsley, Jarvis, Reed (Frew 90), Osei (Ainsley 90), Eagle.

Unused Subs: Okay, Jessup.

Booked: Eagle, Fisk, Smith, Reed.

Sent off: Eagle.

Referee: Matt Eva

Attendance: 706