New date for postponed Hendon fixture

Follow the postponement of our match against Hendon due to a waterlogged pitch, the new date for this fixture will be Tuesday 1st April, 7:45pm kick off. Seriously.


Bognor match postponed…again AGAIN

Due to the continued rain we’ve again had to call off tonight’s match with Bognor Regis Town (Thursday 6th Feb). The new date for this fixture will be announced in due course.

Next up for the young Rooks is an away game at Horsham next Thursday, 13th Feb, 8pm kick off.

Wealdstone Game is OFF – New Date announced

After a 2pm pitch inspection by the referee the Ryman Premier game tonight (28 January) v Wealdstone has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

After several hours of hard work by groundsman Jack Fingerneissl removing the surface water more heavy rain after lunchtime scuppered the plans to get the game on.  The game will now be played on TUESDAY 25th March 2014, kick off 7:45pm



Rooks cop an unfortunate draw at the Met

Wheeler MetLewes recorded their 13th draw of the season at the Met Police, but deserved to come away from Imber Court with all three points, writes Barry Collins.

The Rooks’ performance was everything Tuesday night’s capitulation at Horsham YMCA wasn’t: spirited, tenacious and unrelenting for the full 90 minutes. That was, in no small part, due to the return of captain Jack Walder, who put in a typically combative performance in the middle of the park, setting an example that his teammates followed.

Lewes made all the early running, and could have taken the lead after only six minutes, but Nathan Crabb’s half-volley smacked against the bar like a drunk tumbling off a stool. Lewes’s endeavour created chance after chance for the remainder of the first half: Lovett flicked a header narrowly wide, Matt Crabb struck the bar once more, and Nathan Crabb looked almost certain to claim his goal bonus when he broke clear of Police lines and narrowed down on goal, but a terrific recovering toe-poke from the Met left-back arrived just in the nick of time.

The Police had their first-half chances too. The Police’s snouts scouts had clearly noted our recent susceptibility at corners, and only a goal-line clearance prevented the Met taking the lead midway through the first half, as Will Salmon was given the time and space to attempt a cheeky backheel from a corner. Dan Simtin should probably have done better with a headed chance towards the close of the half, too, but he nodded the ball wide.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, except this time the Rooks weren’t only battling against the Met but the conditions, as an almighty downpour threatened to bring an early end to proceedings.

With ten minutes remaining, several flashes of lightning prompted the referee to consult his linesman and both benches about whether it was safe to continue. Garry Wilson’s argument that the Scots would call such conditions a “heatwave” clearly carried some weight, as the game was allowed to continue.

Just before that, Fraser Logan had a glorious opportunity to finish the game himself, when he collected a knock down on the penalty spot, took a deft first touch that gave him a clear strike at goal, but then fluffed his right-footed finish with a weak prod that trickled straight to the grateful Billy Granger in the Met goal.

So, the wait for a win in 2014 continues, but if the Rooks continue to show that level of commitment and desire, that winless streak won’t last much longer.

For a full set of Met Police vs Lewes photos, click here

Lewes: Banks, S Crabb, Austin, Lovett, Gore, Walder, Logan, M Crabb, Wheeler (Treleaven, 89), N Crabb (Dixon, 90), Blewden

Unused subs: Morrell-Williamson, Brinkhurst, Pearson

Booked: none

Met Police: Granger, Taylor, Aldred, Sintim (Sutherland, 62), Joseph, Hibbert, Newton (Smith, 64), Salmon, Collins, Hudson-Odoi, Pattison (Otobo, 75)

Unused subs: Pink, Smalley

Booked: Newton, Smith

Attendance: 265

Jackson claims Lewes FC Darts Tournament title

Friday night saw the annual Lewes FC World Invitational Open Darts tournament in the Rook Inn.

And Harry Jackson was crowned the new Lewes FC World Darts Champion after defeating the 2013 Champ Lee Deacon 3 – 2 in an epic final.

Harry knocked out Chunky, Sam Piper and Cynical Dave to reach the Final whilst Lee defeated Paul Denny, Lewes Ladies kit man Pav and Chris Harris on route to try and claim his 2nd title in as many years.
The Final saw Harry take the first leg with some very high scores, Lee took the 2nd leg before Harry took a two one lead. The 4th leg went to the wire but it was Lee who took it to a deciding leg. The 5th leg saw both players score similar and both had chances to clinch the victory but was Harry who took his chance and was crowned the new Lewes FC World Dart Champion.
Phil ‘The So-Called Power’ Taylor didn’t show up.

No fun at the YMCA #1

(To the tune of YMCA…)

Oh man, Christ alive I feel down,
I said, oh man, we were kicked off the ground.
I said, oh man, we played like asthmatic clowns,
We were weak, and meek, and scrappy.

Oh man, out the cup we did go,
I said, oh man, it was a total no-show,
And I ask where, did our defenders go
When they scored four goals to our one?

We got caned at the YMCA
We got caned at the YMCA

They had a keeper with curls, players who screamed like girls,
Yet the still smashed four past our door

We got caned at the YMCA
We got caned at the YMCA

A date at Brighton is gone, another cup run gone wrong,
And Deaksy’s still looking pretty ill…

Oh man, we had a pretty good start
I said, oh man, the players showed lots of heart,
Yet, that’s when, Jack Dixon got a great chance
But it landed somewhere near France

Half-time, and beer and pies were consumed,
I said, half-time, nobody dare guess what loomed,
I said, stay back, but the defence went AWOL
And Danny Bloor went slightly mental

We got caned at the YMCA
We got caned at the YMCA

Ross Treleaven scored late, but it still wasn’t great
We were laughed at by all their fans

We got caned at the YMCA
We got caned at the YMCA

It was colder than hell, the burgers didn’t sit well,
And the trains were all running late

It’s not much fun at the YMCA
Rooks fans, Rooks fans, there’s no need to feel down,
We’ve still got Margate and Lowestoft Town

It’s not much fun at the YMCA
Rooks fans, Rooks fans, we’ve no time for the blues,
Rooks fans, Rooks fans, Wealdstone’s coming on Tues…


No fun at the YMCA #2

A poor second-half performance saw Lewes’ chances of silverware ended for another season, as they suffered a deserved defeat to County League promotion contenders Horsham YMCA in the third round of the Sussex Senior Cup reports Tom Harper.

Garry Wilson named a strong side, including return vice-captain Jack Dixon and in-form striker Luke Blewden.  The Rooks started brightly, with Rhys Murrell-Williamson seeing an effort from the edge of the area deflected wide on his first start for the club and a couple of deliveries into the danger area causing problems in the hosts defence.

However, Horsham soon settled into the game and played the better football for much of the remainder of the first half.  Rikki Banks was forced into a fine reaction save to keep out an attempted clearing header from Steve Brinkhurst after a corner had not been cleared as the hosts looked to make their greater share of possession count.

Lewes did come close to taking the lead just before half-time though, with Andy Pearson heading a Ross Treleaven long-throw straight at Sam Smith in the Horsham goal.  The first few minutes of the second half set the tone for the rest of the game, as Banks was forced into good save to deny the lively Dave Brown.

Just five minutes after the restart, the hosts took the lead. Nick Sullivan was the scorer, as he volleyed home from close range after his initial effort from a tight angle had hit the post.

Six minutes later, the lead was doubled. Nick Sullivan was once again the scorer, as he latched onto a long ball over the top of the Lewes defence from Liam Hunter before sending an inch-perfect lob from the edge of the area over Banks and into the net.  The Rooks briefly rallied just after the hour, with Smith forced into fine saves to keep out a close-range effort from Matt Crabb and a powerful header from substitute Nick Wheeler which seemed destined for the bottom corner.

The game was over as a contest after 74 minutes though, with a goal which summed up the entire second half display.  Brinkhurst was the unfortunate player, as his attempted challenge on Nick Sullivan ended up guiding the ball past Banks and into the bottom corner.

It got worse for the Rooks three minutes later, as Brown converted a Brad Curtis cross at the far post to make it 4-0 and leave Lewes facing their heaviest defeat of the season.

However, Lewes tightened up at the back during the final ten minutes and were able to grab a consolation through Treleaven, who sent a well-struck volley from the right-hand edge of the penalty area across Smith and into the bottom corner with seven minutes remaining.

The score-line is a fair reflection on what was a poor Lewes performance, particularly in the second half when Horsham stepped it up a gear and moved the ball too quickly for the Rooks.  As disappointing as the performance was from a Lewes perspective though, the hosts deserve credit for an excellent team display typified by a high pressing game which forced the Lewes players into errors from the start.

However, the Rooks have got an opportunity to get this defeat out of their system quickly, as they travel to Metropolitan Police in the league on Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

Horsham YMCA: Smith, D. Sullivan, Evans, O’Carroll, Crane, Hunter (Hutchings 74), B. Curtis (R. Curtis 84), Dugdale, N. Sullivan, Grantham (McCrae 61), Brown.

Unused Subs: Gannon, Hopkins.

Booked: None.

Lewes: Banks, Brinkhurst, M. Crabb, Jirbandey, Pearson (Lovett 66), Logan, Treleaven, Dixon, Blewden, Keita (Wheeler 57), Murrell-Williamson (Gore 61).

Unused Subs: Walder, Lightwood.

Booked: Lovett.

Referee: Graham Kane