Rookettes send Copeswood back to Coventry

Lewes Ladies claimed the advantage against Copsewood Coventry Ladies at home last weekend as three goals and a clean sheet saw them take the maximum of points reports Dylan Legrand.

Lewes’ manager John Donoghue watched his side play some clinical football, and saw them open the scoring seven minutes before the interval and, then, trebled their lead with an outstanding second-half.

Lewes saw their first real chance to open the scoring in the opening five minutes with consistent pressure from Lewes in the Copsewood’s box saw their defenders at sixes and sevens before it was finally blocked and cleared.  A penalty claim was waved away that would have let Lewes take the lead after 20 minutes as Copsewood player flattened O Hagan in their penalty box, but the referee saw nothing wrong with the infringement.

The visitors also created chances to score early in the game when Lewes’ keeper Cowlin ran off her line and missed her clearance, but defender Rebecca Thompson did well to come back quickly and clear the ball to stop an inevitable goal.  Lewes found the pace to finish off some great football in the final third , Charlotte Bennett went on to volley a fine cross from the right flank and found the back of the net from four yards out,  seven minutes before the interval to give Lewes a much deserved lead. They could have doubled their lead in the next attack from a corner ball, but it was headed inches wide of the cross bar.

In the second-half Lewes maintained the pressure and had a number of early chances that should have made the score line more favourable but couldn’t quite find that clinical edge. Lewes continued to play their passing game on a great playing surface and on several occasions the midfield unit of Newton and McIntyre linked up well with the forwards only to be denied by some excellent goalkeeping from Nikki Duncan who pulled off some brilliant saves.

However Lewes went on to score their second thanks to Sian Heather’s clinical finish from a well taken corner ball, and the Rookettes could have widen their lead again within a minute when they broke through Copsewood’s defence, but it was again brilliantly saved.  Lewes’ Catherine O Hagan went on to score a third goal after team-mate Heather provided a nice through ball, it was then a one-on-one situation for O Hagan who fired the ball passed Duncan 30 minutes before the final whistle.

Chloe Howe, who came on as a late substitute, could have added her name on the score sheet with a powerful strike from 18-yards in the last 10 minutes of the match, but Copsewood’s keeper was again called into action with another brilliant save.

Lewes Ladies have now six points in their bag after five fixtures played and currently stand seventh of the FA Women’s Premier League table.   But with one game in hand they may go on to narrow their gap with the top four, as they meet Portsmouth at home at the Dripping Pan on October 8, 2014 KO 7:45pm.

Team: Cowlin, Baker (Howe 61) , Palmer, McIntyre, Thompson, West, Bennett (Winchester 82) , Newton, Spice (Trafford 14)  O Hagan, Heather

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U18s continue their winning run

The Ryman League U18s side travelled the short distance up the A23 to play Three Bridges in a return to league action and despite not being at their free flowing best they came away with all three points thanks to a fine second half comeback and in the process remain unbeaten this season.

With the DS not having a match this week Dave Amiet welcomed back Ronnie Conlon, Ollie Stevenson and Jarvis Kelly into the side and perhaps it was the change of shape which saw the away team suffer a stuttering start but credit to Three Bridges who came flying out of the blocks and could have been three up within ten minutes if their finishing had been better.

Due to some sloppy passing and ball retention, the home side did finally capitalise when a poor back pass from the normally dependable centre-half Rabbit Kiabalenga and indecisiveness from Chris Lambert in the Lewes goal gifted Bridges hard working striker the opener. As the half progressed Lewes played well in patches but struggled to break down a physical Bridges team.

The management team were pleased to get the team in at half time and a change in shape and formation saw the Rooks start to dominate the game and they soon got their reward when Jarvis Kelly raced through the Bridges defence and unselfishly laid the ball across for Ronnie Conlon to slot home the equaliser in the 52nd minute.

As the half progressed the confidence grew in the visitors and they started playing the football followers of the U18s are becoming accustomed to. The two Jack’s – Barnes and Meeres – came on in the second half for a deserving run out and settled into their stride to steady the defence. Chris Lambert redeemed himself with a great save and the safe collection of a number of crosses to keep the scores even.

The young Rooks were now turning the screw and deservedly went 2-1 up on 76 when Jarvis Kelly finished off a slick passing move. Kyle Woolven replaced Dan Huet towards the end of the match and his pace caused problems for the Bridges full back and Lewes had chances to extend their lead but the Bridges keeper pulled off two great save in the last few minutes.

The man of the match award went to right back Craig Avens for his defensive display but equally importantly his overlapping and link up play with Tom Caplin.

The first 45 minutes was probably the worst the young Rooks have played this season but the management team were really pleased with the character and commitment and way they turned it around in the second half and came away to continue their winning run this season. Thank you to Three Bridges for their warm welcome and we wish them all the best for the season.

Team: Chris Lambert – Craig Avens – Jack Troak – Ollie Stevenson (Jack Barnes 69) – Adam Christian – Rabbit Kiabalenga (Jack Meeres 69) – Ronnie Conlon – Jack Whitmore – Jarvis Kelly – Dan Huet (Kyle Woovlen 85) – Tom Caplin. Not Used Connor Spicer – Nathan Stroomberg

Goals: Ronnie Conlon 52, Jarvis Kelly 76

Management Statement

I attended a supporter’s forum with Danny a couple of weeks ago. It appeared many fans/supporters/owners couldn’t make the evening so, after our recent loss in the FA Cup, I thought this statement was a sensible and informative approach to take. I hope you all agree.

Without doubt, so far this season things have not gone as Danny and I had hoped or planned. Our work, effort and desire is every bit as high as ever and our commitment to Lewes Football Club and, more importantly to its fans, supporters and owners is understood and beyond question or doubt. We feel very proud of our fantastic fan base and to know they are disappointed at the moment is something we both feel personally.

We take the managerial responsibility placed upon our shoulders with the same amount of pride and seriousness as ever and to see the team, our team, at the wrong end of the Ryman Premier League Table causes us much concern. To have limped out of the FA Cup at the weekend hurt everyone involved and to have it likened to the disastrous performance versus Leiston a number of years ago hurts even more, as I am not used to my sides capitulating easily.

Please believe me when I say we aren’t looking to make any excuses at all. Injuries, suspensions, even refereeing decisions against us are all part and parcel of this fantastic game and we have to deal with whatever is thrown our way. Ours has been an uncomfortable start to the season but some of our performances, as a team and as individuals, have fallen below expected and required standards. Neither Danny nor I are happy for that to continue but we are keen for our fans and supporters to know our thoughts in this regard.

We have been given an increased budget by the Lewes FC Board this season and we are grateful for that support in this, our second season in charge at the Dripping Pan. We feel we have brought in quality players that would allow us to progress towards a play-off place but, for whatever reason that progress seems to have stalled at the moment.

I’d like to feel we have the full support of everyone associated with this great Club. Without that 100% support, things will take longer to put right. The Board have been, and continue to be, hugely supportive of us. Whatever we have asked for, or needed, they have secured for us and they have made it a top priority too. They have been absolutely brilliant. The players have done their best in difficult circumstances but, for whatever reason, things have just not clicked into place as yet. We have tried all manner of systems and formations with the playing staff available but, as I’ve said, it hasn’t clicked into place so far. Both Danny and I remain confident that much better performances will come and we are always looking to improve things for the benefit of the Club and our fans.

From Day one of me being your Manager, along with Danny, we recognised the phenomenal power and strength of the Lewes FC fan base. It was, and still is, the envy of many within the non-league game. As the Club has over 900 owners, we understood the significance of that fan base, how those people felt about ‘their’ football club and, importantly, how it could help our team. It is no different now but I feel some pretty ragged performances have affected that blind belief and that uncompromised and unconditional support. Your support has inspired often and led us to victories that were not expected. It is the heartbeat upon which we all live.

It is so important that you continue to stay with us, to fight alongside us and to share in every experience with us. With you, we will have more successes than not. You are the key component that will see us through this rotten run.

We all know you deserve better than we have given so, hopefully, by all of us moving forward together, we will achieve our targets and our ambitions.

Yours in sport

Garry Wilson

Lewes FC announce new partnership with Coco5

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Lewes Football Club are delighted to announce that coconut water sports rehydration drink COCO5 will be the Official Rehydration Partner of the Ryman Premier League outfit for the 2014/15 campaign.

The Chicago based company, who won the US Fitness Alliance Sports Drink of the Year 2014, launched in the UK in May 2014, already boast partnerships with Chicago Blackhawks, London Scottish Rugby, The Guildford Flames, Wimbledon Squash & Rackets Club alongside ambassadors including Sir Ian McGeechan, Colin McCarthy, Kenny Logan, Mike Gapski and Andrew Shaw. Lewes Football Club is the first Football Club in the World to work in partnership with Coco5

As well as providing all Lewes FC’s teams with the sports drink, the Coco5 logo will also feature on the back of shirts and shorts of the Men’s first team and Development squads.

Coco5 is an innovative, all natural coconut water based rehydration drink developed by a team of professional sports medicine experts and nutritionists in America, determined to invent a healthier drink for professional athletes and physically active people of all ages.

Steve Barton, CEO of Coco5 in the UK, said last night,

“This is a very proud day for Coco5, as not only are we supporting an extremely well established and ambitious club but we are also working within one of the strongest community clubs in the whole of the UK.”

Scott Sandler group President & CEO of Coco5 commented

“This is further evidence of our ambitious growth plans across the World for Coco5 and we welcome Lewes FC to our impressive stable of Ambassadors and Sporting Clubs”.

For Lewes Football Club, Commercial Manager Kevin Miller said,

“We are delighted to welcome Coco5 to Lewes Football Club. We’ve been trialling the product for a number of weeks with the mens first team, and after their recommendations we approached Steve and his team. We look forward to welcoming Coco5 to the Lewes FC family.”

He added; “It is another example of how Lewes Football Club are now attracting new brands and new business, matching the ambitions of companies like Coco5 who see their partnership with us as an opportunity to enhance and develop their message both on and off the pitch.”

Coco5 will be available on matchdays in the Hatch and in the Rook Inn. For more information visit www.coco5.co.uk

Ladies Development side fall to Pompey Chimes

A shocking first half performance followed by a resilient 2nd half saw Lewes Ladies Development Squad suffer a 7-2 loss at home to Portsmouth reports Mark Currier.

Following a narrow last minute defeat against defending champions Brighton the previous week, Lewes went into this weeks game looking to build on that performance.  Instead 2 goals within the first 6 minutes set the scene for a poor first half which saw the team fortunate to go in at half time 6-0 down.

The introduction of 2 players from last seasons under 16 squad at half time gave the team an immediate lift and the second half was a much more competitive affair with 2 well taken goals from Georgia Tibble either side of a further Portsmouth strike ensuring that Lewes avoided the humiliating scoreline which looked on the cards at half time.

It was a particularly disappointing performance following last weeks efforts.  This season will be a tough test for us against many teams from Centre of Excellence clubs with a well established infrastructure and we can accept that the execution and decision making of some of our players may be flawed at times as they learn the game.   However failure to work hard when out of possession and put any pressure on the opposition at times was totally unacceptable, and it seemed like we had 6 players playing against their 11 during the early part of the game.

I’m pleased that the players stepped it up in the 2nd half and the substitutions seemed to make a big difference in energy levels and enthusiasm which we will look to take into next weeks game away to Spurs.

Rooks crash out of the FA Cup at Witham

An abject display saw Lewes deservedly crash out of the FA Cup on a disappointing afternoon in Essex reports Tom Harper.

The Rooks started the game in encouraging fashion though, as Terry Dodd flicked the ball just over the crossbar and onto the roof of the net after controlling an Elliott Romain knock-down.  The next 20 minutes or so passed by without incident, as Lewes looked relatively solid at the back but were unable to trouble a well-organised Witham Town side who have made a steady start to the campaign following their promotion from Ryman North last season.

The hosts continued this start by taking the lead just before the half-hour mark through the impressive Danny Emmanuel, as he got on the end of a low left-wing cross from Kurt Smith to divert the ball across Rikki Banks and into the bottom corner after Lewes had momentarily switched off.  It went from bad to worse for Lewes six minutes before half-time, as Steve Brinkhurst was correctly adjudged to have tripped Smith in the penalty area, leaving James Stevens to convert the spot-kick and double the host’s lead.

The Rooks were handed a route back into the game right on the stroke of half-time however, as referee Nolan Wilde surprised everyone in the ground by pointing to the spot following an innocuous looking challenge in the Witham area at a free-kick.  Lewes were not going to pass up this opportunity, with Jack Dixon comfortably dispatching the penalty to bring the Rooks back into the game.

The management team made their thoughts on the first-half display known to the players during the break, with the team returning to the pitch several minutes before Witham and Jack Walder making his return from injury, as he replaced James Stinson at the heart of the defence.  There was nothing the management could do about Witham’s third goal, as Brinkhurst ignored a shout from Banks to allow a long ball to run through to him, sending a pass-back past his goalkeeper and leaving Tom Wraight with the easiest of finishes into the empty net just seven minutes into the second half.

The hosts were now playing with confidence and should have increased their lead minutes later, as Emmanuel was just unable to supply the finishing touch to a deflected Smith cross-shot at the far post.  Despite this, Witham potentially made things difficult for themselves with just under half an hour left to play as Ryan Blackman was shown a second yellow card.

If anything, it got easier for the hosts and they increased their lead within a minute of being reduced to ten men. Wraight was the scorer, sending a fine low effort from the left-hand side of the penalty area across Banks and into the bottom corner after a purposeful run from Emmanuel.

Lewes were struggling to keep any possession, but still nearly pulled a goal back as substitute Luke Blewden saw a close-range effort well saved by Martyn Guest before Ross Treleaven somehow missed the target with his follow-up effort.  The hosts continued to look dangerous going forward and could have gone further ahead when Emmanuel went on a run which took him past several Rooks players before seeing his powerful effort well saved by Banks.

Lewes had the final say in the last minute, as Blewden finished a Fraser Logan cut-back from close-range after a clever through-ball from Dodd to ensure the score-line looked a bit less one-sided.  This was a disappointing display from Lewes, who never looked like getting back into the game after going behind in the first half.

The Rooks will hope to put this behind them when they face Peacehaven in the Ryman Premier at the Pan on Wednesday, kick-off at 7.45pm.

Witham Town: Guest, Mead, Watson, Stopher, P. King, Blackman, Emmanuel (Charles 82), Stevens, Smith (Murfet 87), Godbold, Wraight (Pedulu 87).

Unused Subs: Townrow, Robinson, B. King.

Booked: Godbold.

Sent off: Blackman.

Lewes: Banks, Brinkhurst, Cole, Rowe, Logan, Stinson (Walder 46), Wheeler (Blewden 64), Dixon, Dodd, Muggeridge (Treleaven 56), Romain.

Unused Subs: Crabb, Fergany, MetayerÂ, Lightwood.

Booked: Banks, Cole, Rowe.

Referee: Nolan Wilde

Attendance: 121

AGM & Board Election – 30th October 2014

The Annual General Meeting for Lewes Community Football Club Limited will be held at The Rook Inn, The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2XD on Thursday 30th October 2014 at 7.30pm. The election for four positions on the board of Lewes Community Football Club Limited will also take place on the above date and at The Rook Inn. Polls open at 6.30pm and will close at 7.30pm.

Please click here to view the election addresses from the six candidates who are standing for election.

As four positions on the board are available each owner will be given a printed ballot paper on arrival at the AGM and will be asked to vote for up to four candidates.

If you are unable to attend the AGM or would simply prefer to vote online, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P95YXKP where you will be asked for your owner’s number and some basic identification questions which will enable you to vote. Those voting online can still attend the AGM but will not be able to vote again.

Other business of the AGM will include:

  • Presentation of topline results from Annual Accounts – (Final accounts still with auditors)
  • Announcement of new Board members

Please remember to bring your owners card or proof of ID to the AGM, as you will NOT be able to vote without it. If you are under 16 years of age you can attend the AGM but will not be eligible to vote.

If you are an owner and you don’t currently receive regular emails from Lewes FC and would like to, please email the Secretary at clubsecretary@lewesfc.com.