Lewes Ladies battle hard to seal all 3 points

The first day of summer inspired Lewes to a much needed win at the Dripping Pan on Sunday against Keynsham Town.

Two second half goals in the space of three minutes earned all 3 points for the Rookettes. The win sees them move up to seventh spot and now sit comfortably in mid table.

Keynsham started the brighter of the two sides and looked to get in behind the Lewes defence, which they did to good effect the last time the sides met, but this time Lewes dealt with the threats and minimalized any real clear cut chances. Both sides struggled to get their passing going in the early stages. Cath O Hagan chased a series of early passes but was unable to trouble the Keynsham GK. The more direct approach from Lewes paying more dividends and Lewes should have gone ahead when Spice combined with Bennett who blasted over from close range.

Lewes looked the more dangerous on the set pieces but it was Keynsham who looked better in open play with more possession. Lewes were not able to get their wide players involved to support O Hagan and the midfield area very congested at times and with both teams cancelling one another out. A series of strong brave tackles on a hard surface saw Lewes finished the stronger as the game approached half way stage.

Lewes took more control in the second half and Cath O Hagan’s persistence paid off when she nipped in between the two defenders to latch onto Bennetts clever headed pass to lob the ball over West in the Keynsham goal. Lewes were much more on the front foot and utilised the width with much more effect in the second half. Manager Jacquie Agnew sensing the momentum in Lewes favour brought on fresh legs with Clare Trafford replacing Spice and within two minutes Lewes doubled the lead and effectively killed the game off when Nikki Payne now playing in centre mid picked out Kelly McCulloch who struck a wonderful first time volley from a narrow angle and beyond West’s reach.

Agnew then made another telling substitution with Sian Heather coming on for the tired Bennett. The game now at full stretch with the visitors looking the less fitter of the two sides. Cath O Hagan continued to keep the defenders busy with her endless running but the best move of the game came from a six pass phase and ended with a point blank save by West from Heathers close range shot on the right hand side. Keynsham rarely troubled Michelle Beazley who was protected well by her defence all afternoon in reality and when Lewes did get on the front foot they looked the more likely to score. A well-earned win for the Players and staff, especially the second half. Manager Jacquie Agnew was happy to get back to winning ways, ‘ I think we wanted it more than them and the reshuffle at half time seem to do the trick as well as the timings of the substitutes, we got it right on the day’. Two goals and a clean sheet is a good days work!

Another excellent report can be viewed here.

MvP as chosen by match sponsors Sam Piper: Cath O Hagan

Lewes: Beazley, Bennett,, Wells, Palmer, Smith, Newton, McCullock ,McIntyre, (Trafford, 57), O’Hagan, Payne, Spice (Heather 68) Unused subs: Baker

 

Got time to help the Board?

Dilbert Board

 

 

 

 

Things are pretty busy at the Dripping Pan right now.

You hopefully know all about the big regeneration project and there’s a whole bunch of other stuff too.

So, the Board wanted to say that, we could always do with a little help.

If you’re interested in giving a bit of your time to help the Board get stuff done better and faster, then get in contact with Charlie@LewesFC.com and tell us the kind of skills you think you have that might help. Just a few lines will do, we don’t want a whole CV.

And if you’re thinking that maybe, one day, you might be thinking about standing for the Board yourself, then this could give you a really good, no-commitments, insight into the crazy shenanigans that we get up to.

Thanks

Charlie Dobres (Board member)

p.s. If helping with Board stuff doesn’t sound like your thing but you still want to help at the club, then we are ALWAYS looking for matchday volunteers and maintenance volunteers. Get in contact with Adrian@LewesFC.com and he’ll be SO grateful…

Rooks lose Captain Jack in Spring Sunshine

It was a bad day at the office all round yesterday as The Rooks surrendered meekly to relegation-fighting Thamesmead Town which saw Jack Walder sustain a serious ankle injury reports Stuart Fuller.

13497015944_98b7142d44_bGarry Wilson brought new loan signing Alex Malins straight into the starting XI but both Ben Austin and Nicky Wheeler had to sit out the match due to injury. However, the next look side started brightly and forced an early corner giving the 25 or so Lewes fans hope that the recent run of indifferent results would end in South London.

Alas, the sunshine feeling lasted just four minutes.  A second successive Thamesmead Town corner was met by Tyrus Gordon-Young unmarked eight yards out from goal and he powerfully headed home. The Rooks never looked comfortable in the opening period of the game from Thamesmead’s aerial threat and they should have extended their lead in the first 20 minutes.

Lewes appeared to be back in the game when a Treleaven free-kick was flicked on by Jay Lovett and was bundled home by a Thamesmead defender under pressure from Andy Pearson.  The referee initially gave the goal but a linesman’s flag saw the goal chalked off.

With just a few minutes to go to half-time Blewden chased a long ball and fell to the ground with Thamesmead’s Sean Roberts.  The Thamesmead player immediately appeared in serious pain and was quickly attended to by both physios.  With play held up for 10 minutes an ambulance was called for the defender who appeared to have dislocated his shoulder.  Play had restarted for less than a minute before Jack Walder fell awkwardly challenging for a header and immediately it was obvious he was seriously injured.  Fortunately, the ambulance called for Roberts arrived soon after and the paramedics attended Walder on the pitch.  The game was held up for over 20 minutes before Walder could be taken away, with a second ambulance arriving to take both players to hospital, accompanied by our physio Natalie.

Unsurprisingly the final few minutes of the half were quite muted although Branford should have equalised for the Rooks, blazing over the bar from just eight yards.  Instead of taking the team into the dressing rooms, Garry Wilson conducted his team talk on the pitch, concerned that a further inactivity may have an adverse effect on the team.

The second half saw Lewes fail the press the Thamesmead final third with too many passes going astray.  As the game started to wind down gaps started to appear in the make-shift midfield and the home side scored a second when Malins slipped and let Gordon-Young in on goal and he smashed it past Rikki Banks.

There was no going back for Lewes and despite a late Jack Dixon strike that was brilliantly saved by Mott the Rooks never looked like getting back into the match.

At full time the management team kept the players on the pitch for 20 minutes, sharing some home truths.  Like the defeat two weeks ago against Carshalton Athletic, Lewes had been well beaten by a team in the relegation zone.

Next up for the Rook is the visit of Hendon on Tuesday night at The Dripping Pan, kick off 7:45pm.

THAMESMEAD TOWN; Mott, Hopkins, Porter, Baker, Butler, Thompson, Roberts, Duncan, Mullings, Gordon-Young, Carter

SUBS: Probets (Gordon-Young 86mins), Whitelock (Mullings 64mins), Glover (Roberts 42mins), Kamara, Budd

LEWES; Banks, Crabb, Malins, Lovett, Pearson, Walder, Treleaven, Dixon, Blewden, Branford, Brinkhurst

SUBS: Logan (Walder 43 mins), Gore, Murrell-Williamson, Agnoly (Crabb 75mins),  Wilson (Treleaven 62mins)

Booked: Malins, Brinkhurst

Attendance: 66

 

Malins is the man

The club are delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached with Crawley Town to take versatile defender Alex Malins on loan for the remainder for the season.

19 year old Alex returns to the Dripping Pan where he spent a successful work experience period at the end of last season, making 13 appearances in the red and black and scoring once. The first year professional from League One, who also spent a 3 months stint with Bognor Regis Town earlier this season, is able to play all across the back line and is also equally comfortable in the centre of the park.

Assistant Manager Danny Bloor was particularly pleased to secure Alex’s signature “There were a number of clubs vying to take Alex so we’re naturally delighted he’s chosen Lewes Football Club. Alex is a top young Sussex player with a good grounding at a pro club and he’s got the nine remaining games to show how good he can be. I’ve been very impressed with his attitude so far and I’m sure he’ll buy into what we’re building here at the Dripping Pan”.

Malins goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Thamesmead subject to his paperwork going through.

U18s back to winnings ways

The Young Rooks recorded an important 2-1 away win last night at Whitehawk with goals from Steve James and James Fergany.

There was a young look to the starting XI with 15 year old Fred Ham coming in for this first start at right back and two 16 year olds in the centre of midfield in George Corp and Tyler O’callaghan, who were making only their second Lewes U18s appearances.

Lewes had the best of the early exchanges and deservedly took the lead after 39 minutes. A left wing cross eluded everyone until Steve James, forward from centre back, smashed home an unstoppable volley at the back post.

The second half was a much more even affair as the away side struggled to adapt with the slope of the pitch and it was only 6 minutes after half time when the Hawks equalized with a low finish past Reece Markwick in the Lewes goal.

The lead only lasted 7 minutes when James Fergany pounced on a fumble from the home goalkeeper to fire home from close range to score his 3rd in 2 games since his return from injury. Both teams certainly had chances to score in the final third of the game but Lewes were worthy winners overall and the three points maintains their 4th place position in the table with only four games to play.

Monday brings another tough away game in the form of Bognor Regis Town. The match is at their Nyewood Lane ground and kicks off at 7.45pm.

Team: Markwick, Ham, Colmer, Stevenson (c), Wilson, James, O’Callaghan (Badger), Corp, Huet (Madhani), Fergany, Willis-Brown (Okafor). Subs not used: Carruthers, Maynard

Goals: Steve James (39), James Fergany (58)
MOM: Ollie Stevenson

Huge congratulations are also in order for young midfield George Corp who has been offer a two year deal at League Two club Bristol Rovers. We wish George all the best in his quest to become a professional footballer and hopefully this can act as motivation for some of our other talented youngsters to follow in his footsteps.

Stoned Rooks

A clinical performance from league leaders Wealdstone saw Lewes suffer a disappointing defeat and make it six league games without a win. reports Tom Harper.

Garry Wilson made three changes to the side which had drawn 1-1 with Kingstonian in their previous game, with Jay Lovett, Fraser Logan and Rhys Murrell-Williamson replacing Ben Austin, George Branford and Ross Treleaven in the starting line-up.

Both sides started the game slowly, with Lewes looking relatively strong defensively whilst trying to get the ball forward quickly to Luke Blewden.  Wealdstone had the first opportunity of the game, as Charlie Penny, who enjoyed an impressive loan spell at the Pan from Millwall earlier this season, saw a close-range effort parried by Rikki Banks before Luke Pigden saw his mis-hit effort on the rebound hit the crossbar and bounce clear.  However, the visitors did take the lead after 18 minutes. Tom Pett was the scorer, latching onto an inch-perfect through-ball and finishing calmly past Banks from close range.

Lewes restricted Wealdstone to very few opportunities during the remainder of the first half, but were struggling to create chances themselves.  The closest the Rooks came to equalising before the break saw Jack Walder send a long-range effort comfortably wide, before Murrell-Williamson saw an effort from the right deflected just wide of the near post.

Lewes started the second half brightly, with the pace of Murrell-Williamson and Nick Wheeler out wide causing the Wealdstone defence plenty of problems.  Despite enjoying more possession, the only clear-cut opportunity the Rooks were able to create during this period saw Jack Dixon send a powerful header from a Treleaven corner over the crossbar.

The visitors made Lewes pay for not turning their possession into goal-scoring chances with 20 minutes remaining, as Pigden capitalised on a poor ball across the penalty area from Andy Pearson and saw his tame close-range effort fumbled into the net by the unfortunate Banks.  Wealdstone wrapped up the points in style six minutes later, as experienced striker Scott McGleish controlled a long ball forward and sent a superb looping 30-yard half-volley from the right channel over Banks and in off the far post.

The game petered out in the closing stages, with a comfortable save for Jonathan North from a long-range Matt Crabb effort being the closest the Rooks came to scoring a consolation goal.

This was not as bad a display as the score-line suggests from Lewes against the soon-to-be Ryman Premier champions, but the Rooks were made to pay for defensive errors and not turning their possession into clear-cut opportunities by a clinical display of finishing from Wealdstone.

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

Lewes: Banks, S. Crabb, Gore, Pearson, Lovett, Walder (M. Crabb 78), Wheeler (Treleaven 62), Dixon, Blewden, Murrell-Williamson, Logan (Branford 68).

Unused Subs: Brinkhurst, Madhani.

Booked: Walder, M. Crabb.

Wealdstone: North, Hammond, Okimo, Parker, Cronin, Godfrey, McCluskey (McCubbin 64), Pigden, McGleish (Putman 80), Penny (Silva 84), Pett.

Unused Subs: Hamblin, Malcolm.

Booked: Cronin.

Referee: Graham Ions

Attendance: 356

 

Rookettes come close but get no cigar

Lewes put in a brave performance against title contenders Gillingham at the weekend but came unstuck with a well taken goal in the 72nd minute reports Jane Roberts.

Gillingham enjoyed long periods of possession but couldn’t find a way through a very resilient Lewes side, marshalled by Kate McIntyre and Lel Smith.

Lewes looked to play the counter attack with Cath O’Hagan up top but couldn’t convert the one or two chances the created, although did look dangerous on set pieces and went close on a couple of occasions, the best chance falling to captain Kelly Newton who found herself with time and space inside the box but not the power to test the GK.

As the weather worsened the football got more thrilling. The game grew more competitive and the tackles more committed especially in the midfield area.

Lewes were probably the happier at half time with the score at 0-0, although Gillingham shading the first half in terms of goal scoring opportunities with Rookettes keeper Beazley the busier of the two GK’s.

The second half started much as the first with some late tackles for which most went unpunished. Gillingham looking to get through the centre with some nice passing phases which paid dividends in the 72nd minute when Whinnett found the back of the net with a well driven low shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

In response Manager Jacquie Agnew changed formation and looked to play more direct with 2 now up top. Char Bennett & Sian Heather were called into action and injected new energy and a higher tempo in the search for an equaliser. Lewes huff and puffed but couldn’t penetrate in the final third and could only manage a couple of half chances. Cath O Hagan continued to try and force errors from the Gillingham back line but the ball just wouldn’t sit down on this very bumpy surface at Chatham FC. It finished 1-0 to Gillingham but Lewes put in a gutsy team performance and made it very difficult for the hosts.

Manager Jacquie Agnew said ‘ I was pleased with the players application today and they carried out the game plan very well indeed, we will work on the marginal things and get ready for the many home games we have coming up in April.

The players MVP was O’Hagan.

Next match is at home against Keynsham this Sunday KO 2pm

 

Squad: Beazley, Wells, Smith, Palmer (Elcome 85), McIntyre, Newton, Baker, Payne, McCullock, (Heather 72) Spice (Bennett 65), O Hagan