Ferring put to the sword

On a bright and sunny Sunday morning the Young Rooks traveled to Ferring to play their final friendly before the start of the season and came away with a comprehensive 6-0 victory after a dominating display.

The away side started brightly on a wide and flat pitch and could have been at least a couple up within the first five minutes, but lack of composure in front of goal meant the scores stayed level. Ferring also played some good football in the early stages but they struggled to contain the Rooks passing and movement and with 14 minutes gone Dan Huet opened the scoring. Then came an intense spell of attacking football from Lewes and the pressure told when Hal Colmer finished off two great moves with two well taken goals in quick succession.

For the second half Lewes made a number of changes and again started on fire when on 47 minutes George Amiet-West broke through and poked the ball under their advancing goalkeeper for four nil. Lewes then hit the post on three separate occasions before Connor Spicer drove home to make it five. It really was one way traffic and the visitors continued to dominate and hit the post for a fourth time, before the sixth was scored following the move of the match when Chris Lambert played the ball out quickly, three players linked well before Man of the Match Hal Colmer ran 30 yards and slotted home for his hat trick and the match ball.

This was another encouraging display by the U18s but the real test will be next week when they play their first competitive Ryman Youth League match away to Hastings United on Thursday 4th September, 7.45pm kick off.

Lewes would like to thank Ferring for today’s match and wish them all the best for the season ahead.


Rooks pay the penalty at The Beveree

Another below-par display saw Lewes fall to their fifth consecutive defeat, against a Hampton side who had lost their opening five games of the season reports Tom Harper.

Both sides understandably made nervy starts to the game after struggling to find form so far this campaign, with defences on top during the opening stages.

Hampton had the first real opportunity of the game, as Charlie Moone was denied by a fine last-ditch challenge from Ollie Rowe when clear through on goal.  The Rooks came into the game more as the half progressed though, with Nick Wheeler causing Hampton right-back Ben Osman plenty of problems.

Unsurprisingly, Wheeler was involved in Lewes’ best move of the half which saw Luke Blewden send an effort from inside the area just wide after latching onto a pass from Wheeler following a quick counter-attack.

The hosts finished the half on the front foot however, as George Wells forced Rikki Banks into a smart save with a mis-hit free-kick from in front of the away dug-out, before Banks superbly denied Moone from point-blank range after a low right-wing cross from Luke Wanadio.

14898233309_615b6cc306_zHaving finished the first half strongly, Hampton were handed an excellent opportunity to go ahead within two minutes of the restart after Wheeler was adjudged to have blocked a Wanadio cross with his arm in the penalty area.  Despite guessing the right way, Banks was unable to keep out Moone’s accurate spot-kick and the Rooks conceded the first goal for the sixth consecutive game.

Just four minutes later, the hosts doubled their lead. Wells was the scorer, heading a Wanadio cross into the roof of the net at the far post.  It took the Lewes players a few minutes to regain their composure after conceding twice in quick succession, but they were able to find a route back into the game just before the hour.

Ollie Rowe was the unlikely scorer for the Rooks, finishing past the previously untroubled Jack Norton in the Hampton goal from close range after a cross from Wheeler had been deflected into the danger area.

Lewes were handed another boost with 22 minutes remaining, as Osman was deservedly shown a second yellow card for the hosts after fouling Terry Dodd in the centre-circle, leaving the Rooks with plenty of time to try and make their numerical advantage count.

Within minutes, Lewes had created their best chance of the game, as a cut-back from the right by substitute Nathan Crabb was somehow put over the crossbar and the stand behind the goal by Dodd from just a few yards out.

If the travelling Rooks fans thought that it wasn’t going to be their day, this view was confirmed moments later when Elliott Romain saw a close-range header harshly disallowed for what referee Rob Smith deemed to be a foul on Norton.

The hosts saw out the remaining stages comfortably and even came close to adding to their lead during injury-time, as substitute Paris Mason saw a close-range effort kept out by Banks at his near post.

Lewes were able to force a few set-pieces during the last couple of minutes of stoppage-time, one coming after an altercation between Romain and Wells which ended with two players from each side being cautioned as the referee briefly lost control of the game.

However, the Rooks were unable to fashion another goal-scoring opportunity and deservedly fell to their fifth consecutive league defeat.

Next up for Lewes is a home game against Grays Athletic on Wednesday, kick-off at 7.45pm.

Hampton & Richmond Borough: Norton, Osman, Wells, Brewer, Jeffreys, Roberts, Wanadio, Carder, Chendlik (Kewley-Graham 69), Moone (Mason 90), Dunn (Federico 73).

Unused Subs: Bryan, Ibrahim.

Booked: Wells, Brewer.

Sent off: Osman.

Lewes: Banks, Brinkhurst, Cole, Rowe, Austin, Branford (Logan 75), Wheeler, Dixon, Dodd, Blewden (Romain 66), Fergany (Crabb 52).

Unused Subs: Napper, Sanderson.

Booked: Austin, Wheeler, Dixon, Romain.

Referee: Andrew Parker

Attendance: 261

Chats no match for Rooks as DS start with a win

Lewes FC’s Development Squad started life with an excellent display of football to brush aside Chatham Town U21s in a one sided affair at the Dripping Pan last night.

Gary Croydon had fully fit squad to choose from and included no less than nine players in the squad of sixteen that had come through the U18s or Academy or were still playing U18 football for the Rooks. Elliott Romain and Byron Napper werIMG_2422e also added to the squad to give them game time ahead of upcoming first team fixtures.

The Rooks made an extremely fast start and could have been one up in the first 30 seconds when Romain missed a gilt-edged chance from only a few yards out when it seemed easier to score. The Chatham goal continued to lead a charmed life only a few minutes later when Callum Connor failed to connect properly after a fine Jerome Jibodu cross.

The deadlock was finally broken after 22 minutes when Josh Marshall (pictured above), playing an advance number 10 role, comfortably beat Tom Barnes in the Chatham goal from 25 yards.

Lewes’ tails were up and it only took a further 8 minutes for the Rooks to extend their lead after brilliant interplay down the left between Napper and Max Howell allowed Callum Connor (pictured below) to stroke home into an empty net from 12 yards.

Chatham Town rallied and with 32 minutes on the clock pulled one back after Ant Carlton powered home a fierce header afterIMG_2443 finding himself unmarked after a well delivered corner. While the header was unsavable Croydon would have no doubt at words at half time about the marking.

There was no shortage of first half action and it was the home side’s turn to pounce from a set piece when Connor notched his second of the game with a well taken volley from a right wing corner just before the half time whistle.

The second half was perhaps understandably played at a slightly lower tempo but the home side continued to dominate and deservedly got their fourth when Marshall waltzed through the Chats’ defence to coolly slot into the bottom corner with 17 minutes remaining.

After 82 minutes the visitors had a great chance to pull one back when skipper Jordan Badger hauled down Jae Humphreys in the box but substitute Brad Fowler planted the resulting penalty well wide of Ryan Burbridge’s left hand post.

Both Connor and Marshall had chances to complete their hat tricks but Gary Croydon will have been extremely happy with his team’s performance and the 4-1 scoreline.

Next up for the DS is a trip to Hastings United on Monday 1st September, kick off 7.45pm at the Pilot Field.

Team: Burbridge – Jibodu (Stevenson 10) – Hobbs – Bukleb – Badger (c) – Napper – Robinson (Millar 65) – Romain – Connor – Marshall – Howell (Kelly 77) Subs not used: Conlon – Clark

Goals: Marshall 22, 73 Connor 30, 34

Cautions: None

Rooks Beach Huts

Lots of football clubs offer corporate boxes. Glitzy glass boxes perched high above the action.

But from this season, Lewes FC is offering something a little different… It started out as an April Fool and kind of got out of hand after that…

Beach Huts - Boyes

Corporate Beach Huts.

Just four beach huts are available, perched majestically on the grass banks near the top of the Philcox Stand. They’ll offer a great view of the game, a complementary well-stocked minibar, free snacks and wi-fi.

Even better, these spacious 8′ x 8′ huts (big enough to seat 6 people in) will be yours to use every day of the week, all year round for those times when you want a more unusual place to hold your business meetings – table and six chairs supplied. You’ll get a key and six season tickets and then… well, you can come and go as you please – the hut is yours for the whole year.

And we’ll throw in some pitchside advertising boards and other bits of advertising too.

As we said, just four are available. Three for annual rental and one for matchday rental. First come, first served.

For more details and to discuss prices, contact kevin.miller@lewesfc.com today.

Beach Huts at match - Boyes

Development Squad kick off this Wednesday

Lewes FC’s new Development Squad (DS) opens its Ryman League U21s account this coming Wednesday (27th August), when Chatham Town send their U21 side to the Dripping Pan for a 7:45 kick off. This first ever competitive game for the Development Squad which is quickly followed by a trip along the coast to play Hastings United, on Monday 1st September, also a 7:45 start.

The squad, assembled by Development Manager, Gary Croydon, includes a number of local lads who have progressed through the Rooks’ successful youth set up and full time academy. Bob Beaken is the Assistant Manager with Kevin Mottley as the team’s Conditioning Coach. NHS worker, Patrick Munday who is responsible for physio duties completes Gary Croydon’s support team.

Lewes FC have been keen to create a pathway for those progressive players to move from the Club’s Academy and youth set up through to the senior side. With this new side being established this season, the Club can now offer a complete and comprehensive range of football to support and represent Lewes.

Josh Marshall, Jordan Badger, Callum Connor, Max Howell, James Hobbs, Ollie Stevenson and academy scholar, Ronnie Conlon, have all been included in Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor’s squads over the past year and it is hoped they will feature more often as they, and their team mates, gain more experience and learn more about the expectation and required performance levels at a senior football club.

Having spent pre-season training with the first team players, the three friendly games have seen the squad remain unbeaten, whilst the performances have improved markedly game by game. Firstly the ‘Chandler Cup’ was secured against Ringmer, after a penalty shootout, which was followed up with a 2-1 victory against an Eastbourne Town XI at the Pan. Probably the most pleasing performance was last week’s excellent 1-0 victory against a strong Mile Oak side. The visit marked the opening of their new stand and won a tight game with a Max Howell wonder strike. Young Max curled the ball into the top corner of the goal from 35 yards out. It was a goal of the highest calibre.

Gary Croydon said, “Having spent many years at the helm at Burgess Hill Town FC, I am really excited by this new development team project at the Pan. I believe we have some very promising youngsters here and it’s my job to prepare them to be able to play at first team levels for Garry and Dan.

I have been so impressed by the support ALL the Lewes FC teams enjoy from owners and supporters, and football fans in general, so I would ask that your support would extend to this, Lewes FCs newest side. Please come and watch the lads on Wednesday, I know you won’t be disappointed.”

For the full list of DS fixtures please visit http://www.lewesfc.com/development-squad/ds-fixtures-and-results-201415/ and admission for home DS fixtures are £3 for adults while U16s are free.

Rooks suffer Bank Holiday bruising

An encouraging first-half display was not enough to prevent Lewes falling to their fourth consecutive defeat against table-topping Margate, as the pre-season title favourites comfortably saw off the winless Rooks with a clinical second-half performance, reports Tom Harper.

For the second time in three games though, Lewes faced an uphill battle after having Ollie Rowe sent off just before half-time, handing the visitors a numerical advantage they were always going to make the most of.

Lewes started the game brightly, with James Fergany, making his first start since returning to the club following a series of trials at professional clubs over the summer, causing the Margate defence problems with his trickery. Despite this, the visitors took the lead after just six minutes. Ryan Moss was the scorer, latching onto a loose ball in the penalty area and sending a low effort across Rikki Banks and into the bottom corner.

photo 2The Rooks restored parity just seven minutes later, as Fergany showed great composure to bring down a weak attempted clearance and send his effort from the edge of the area past the out-of-position Tom Beadle and into the bottom corner after a Nathan Crabb cross had not been cleared.  Within five minutes though, Margate had regained their lead. Moss was once again the scorer, as he was left unmarked at the far post to turn a Kane Wills free-kick past Banks.

Lewes more than held their own for the remainder of the half, with the combination of Nathan and the returning Sam Crabb down the right causing Margate problems.   The game was turned on its head just before the break, as Rowe was shown a straight red card for tripping Jason Prior when he was the last man.

There was an element of controversy surrounding the decision however, as referee John Pike had initially allowed an advantage to be played only for Prior to see his effort saved by Banks when clean through on goal before brandishing the red card.

Lewes needed to keep it tight early on in the second half, but instead found themselves 3-1 down within four minutes of the restart, as Charlie Allen applied the finishing touch to an impressive passing move from close range.  The visitors increased their lead further just before the hour, as Tom Phipp sent a powerful effort from a tight angle on the right-hand side of the penalty area across Banks and into the top corner following another incisive passing move.

Despite the game being all-but over as a contest by this stage in the driving rain, Lewes didn’t let their heads drop and continued to try and play the football that had seen them on top for long periods of the first half.  Any lingering hopes of an unlikely fight-back were ended with 19 minutes remaining, as a 25-yard free-kick from Moss found its way into the bottom corner despite Banks appearing to get two hands to the well-placed effort.

The closing stages passed without incident, as Margate comfortably kept possession to continue their 100% start to the season and leave the Rooks in the bottom four of the early-season league table.  Having seen so much possession during the first half, to ultimately lose so comfortably will be frustrating for Lewes.

However, there is no shame in losing to a Margate side who are living up to their billing as pre-season title favourites and are bound to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

The Rooks will be eager to get their first league win on the board soon though, starting with the trip to Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

Lewes: Banks, S. Crabb, Cole, Rowe, Stinson, Branford (Logan 46), Wheeler, Dixon, Fergany (Romain 75), Blewden (Napper 63), N. Crabb.

Unused Subs: Dodd, Brinkhurst.

Booked: Branford, Dixon.

Sent off: Rowe.

Margate: Beadle, Taylor, Bennett, Allen, Wassmer (Beales 72), Johnson, Phipp, Moss, Prior (Attwood 64), Moore (Cash 75).

Unused Subs: Stuart, Riviere.

Booked: Moore.

Referee: Neil Pike.

Attendance: 494

Rookettes start the season with a win

Two goals in the first half were enough to see Lewes take all 3 points a Katie McIntyre free kick and a Sian Heather shot from the edge of the box gave Lewes the advantage albeit Plymouth produced a couple of efforts from corners in the first half which if they were taken would have put pressure on Lewes going into the break.

Lewes controlled the game in the second half keeping the ball reasonably well and taking a few long range shots but not really threatening. Plymouth managed to produce a couple of great opportunities but they watched the ball fall agonisingly wide on a couple of occasions. Jodie Botterill found herself free in the box late on but her touch was caught under her feet allowing the Plymouth defence to get close and she pulled her shot wide.

MVP Hayley West
Attendance 88

Lewes:  Beazley, West, Baker, Thompson, Palmer, McIntyre, Newton, Howe, Heather, Spice, Botterill subs: Payne, Dawson, Carter, Noakes

Next up The Rookettes are in FAWPL league cup action away to Southampton on Sunday 31st KO is 2pm