New directors elected to the Lewes CFC Board

On Thursday 30th October the club held its Annual General Meeting at The Rook Inn where voting concluded for the four available positions on the board of Lewes Community Football Club.  Six candidates had stood and thanks to the introduction of online voting, votes cast was at an all time high.  After the votes had been counted, Stuart Fuller (re-elected for a second term), Carol Joy, Barry Collins and Sean MacLeod were duly elected for the next three years.

Stuart Fuller
Stuart Fuller
Carol Joy
Carol Joy
Sean Macleod
Sean Macleod
Barry Collins
Barry Collins

















The club would like to thank everyone who voted for all six candidates, and congratulate our three new directors as well as offering our commiserations to the two unlucky candidates, John Ellis and Jon Ruben.

Finally, the club would like to sincerely thank Terry Parris for his service on the board both as Director and Chairman.  Terry decided to step down at the end of his three year term and work is continuing behind the scenes to find a role for Terry within the club.


DS victors in eight goal thriller

The Lewes Development Squad are developing a habit of hitting five goals in north Kent, as Gary Croydon’s team beat Whitstable Town U21s 5-3 last night, only a few weeks since the previous five goal salvo at Faversham Town.

The starting line-up had a sprinkling of first team players, with Jack Dixon, Nathan Crabb and James Fergany making the trip along with those knocking on the door of the first team, to face a strong Whitstable Town side that’d finished just a point behind U21s Champions Maidstone United last season.

The long journey perhaps contributed to the slow start and the home side were happy to oblige when after just 5 minutes Matty Guila opened the scoring. It took a while for the Rooks to up their game but in the 25th minute Nathan Crabb ran on to a Nicolas Le Metayer through ball to even up proceedings.

The lead was short lived as a defensive mix up allowed the Oystermen to regain the advantage through Josh Algar after half an hour but James Fergany pegged the score back at two apiece. The first half scoring wasn’t over though and the away side took the lead for the first time in the contest when Nathan Crabb crossed for Callum Connor to score his fourth of the season.

The second half started as the first had, with Whitstable well on top, and if it wasn’t for three superb saves from Ryan Burbridge the game could have been very different. Despite his saves the Rooks defence was finally breached when Guila got his second from a corner and that that stage it looked to be only one winner.

Credit to the team though as they began to get a foothold back in the game and when Crabb robbed the centre back on the half way line, he ran half the length of the pitch to score a brilliant goal to snatch back the lead. With time running out the home side threw everything to score the equaliser but the defence with an inspired Burbridge between the sticks held firm. It was Jack Dixon who stepped up to score a wonderful free kick into the top corner which perhaps flattered the victors but it was enough to secure all three points.

Next up for the DS is a home game against local rival Worthing on Thursday 6th November, 7.45pm kick off.

Team: Burbridge, Madhani, Le Metayer, Wilkins, Millar, Robinson, Conlon (Stevenson 70), Dixon, Fergany, N. Crabb, Connor. Subs not used: Martin-Cramp, Laughlin

Goals: N. Crabb (2), Fergany, Connor, Dixon

Hillians humble Rooks

Last season’s title winners Burgess Hill Town turned the tables on Lewes to record a convincing 3-0 victory only eight days after being humbled by a three goal margin themselves.

It was a perfect night for football at the Pan but both sides took a while to get into their stride. A series of set pieces from the away side were well defended by the Rooks back line but it was Ronnie Conlon who created the first real opportunity after 10 minutes, cutting in from the left to send his low right footed shot just wide of Paul Woods’ right hand post.

David Carruthers had to be at his alert best to bravely save at the feet of Mitchell Hamilton after a quarter of an hour and he also tipped over a Guy Bolton free kick towards the end of the first period. Although chances were at a premium the away side were seeing more of the ball which set the tone for the second half.

In the 50th minute the breakthrough finally came, albeit in bizarre circumstances – a sliced Ollie Stevenson clearance seemed to be heading towards Carruthers but the spin on the ball eluded the Rooks number one and the Hillian’s celebrated a deserved lead.

This advantage was soon doubled when left back Henry Daly ran from the half way line and danced through the home defence to cool finish a brilliant taken goal. During this 15 minute spell the Rooks rear guard were struggling with Town’s movement and attacking talent and when the ball fortuitously broke to striker Hamilton his powerful volley across Carruthers from just inside the box was right out of the top drawer. 3-0.

The young Rooks had two late clear-cut chances for a consolation but both Jarvis Kelly’s snap shot and Jack Troak’s poked effort missed the target. Hillian’s substitute Josh Green also had a chance for their fourth but his long range effort cannoned off the bar.

The no doubt the best team on the night won and full credit to Ian South and his side for producing a fine display of football especially so soon after such a dominant Rooks performance in the Sussex Youth Cup a week ago.

Dave Amiet, the management team and the lads will regroup and, as with the previous week’s FA Youth Cup defeat, it will be a lesson learnt and will certainly improve the players in the long term.

The U18s are again in cup action next week when they take on Sussex rivals Worthing in the Lucas Fettis (League) Cup on Monday 3rd November at the Dripping Pan, 7.45pm kick off.

Team: Carruther, Bassett (Amiet-West 70), Troak, Le Metayer, Barnes, Kiabalenga (Whitmore 46), Conlon, Stevenson, Kelly, Huet, Caplin (Avens 56). Subs not used: Colmer, Markwick.

League leaders take all 3 points from Rookettes

Lewes Ladies showed some great attacking football on Sunday afternoon but two second-half’s goals saw top table Cardiff Ladies win maximum of points reports Dylan Legrand.

Lewes Ladies held the FA Women’s Premier League leaders for more than 50 minutes but a double from Cardiff’s midfielder Shanelle Edwards made the difference in a very open game.

Applying a high-pressure from the start Lewes Ladies won their first free-kick on 16 minute and were close to take the advantage but midfielder Katie McIntyre’s well executed free-kick from 20 yards curled above the wall and hit the bar.

Lewes were so close to break the deadlock again in the 22 minute after Cardiff’s keeper Alesha McGlynn failed to catch the floating ball from a cross but Lewes’ Ashleygh Goddard was flagged off-side as she half-volley the ball at the far post.

Cardiff also saw their chance to score before the interval as midfielder Steph Williams’ fine effort from the centre of the box went just above the bar.

With a flat score at half-time Lewes Ladies kept their attacking spirit for the rest of the game but unmarked Cardiff’s Edwards found the back of the net 15 minutes in the second-half at the far post thanks to a fine low-cross from the left-flank.

Faye Rabson came on as a second-half substitute for Lewes Ladies and gave another lift up-front. Her energy and individual skills on the right-wing left Cardiff vulnerable on several occasions.

Lewes’ O’Hagan raised every hopes for an equaliser five minutes before full-time, following a fine run on the left-wing she fired from 15 yards in a tight angle but it went inches wide to the near post.

But Edwards scored again and put Cardiff 2-0 up on the counter-attack with a fine finish with two minutes remaining, Lewes McIntyre’s free-kick crashed into the wall and with a high defensive line Edwards had too much space to play it cool.

It was a very opened game at the Dripping Pan and Lewes Ladies played some promising football, but a well-organised Cardiff side made the difference by finding the channels to net at the right times.

Lewes Ladies’ manager John Donoghue, said after the game:

Lewes Ladies: Beazley; Baker; Palmer; McIntyre; Thompson; Newton; Heather (Poole 76’); Goddard; Spice (Bennett 76’); O’Hagan; McCullock (Rabson 62’)

Sub not used:

Cardiff City Ladies: McGlynn; Britton; Townsend; Green; Jones; Mills; Edwards (Daley 76’); Williams; Cilpson; Williams; Aldridge

Sub not used: Williams; Hunt

Goals: Edwards (55’, 86’)

Yellow cards: Britton; Green

 MVP: Rebecca Thompson

Rooks win fits The Bill

Lewes put their recent poor run of results well and truly behind them with a commanding win over Met Police writes James Boyes.

The visitors came into the game in fifth place on a four match unbeaten run, which contrasted sharply with the Rooks who had only managed three points from the previous six games.

Lewes boss Garry Wilson made a number of changes to the starting line-up, bringing in much-travelled Leroy Griffiths to bolster the front line and replacing Jack Dixon in midfield with youngster Josh Marshall making his first league start.

A reshuffle in defence meant that Ollie Rowe, Lloyd Harrington and Gary Elphick formed a back three, with Sam Crabb and Sam Cole both very effective as wing backs.

Lewes were positive from the start and were worthy leaders after only 16 minutes, in a move which started as a result of a Met free kick.

Rikki Banks gathered the ball easily and his quick kick fell to Luke Blewden who managed hold off two challenges before getting a shot off.

Met keeper Zaki Oualah reacted quickly to parry the ball but could only push it to the far post where both Phil Appiah and Sam Cole lay await, but it was Cole who got there first to slot Lewes ahead.

The visitors almost had an instant response but Charlie Collins was unable to connect with a cross at the far post for the Met. Neat interchange play between Harrington and Griffiths saw the striker gain space for a low cross but Blewden was beaten to the ball by Oualah.

Cole’s persistence, which was a common theme throughout the game, allowed him to launch a dangerous cross from the left which was met by Crabb but his powerful volley narrowly missed the target.

The Met enjoyed their best spell as the interval approached with Collins and Ty Smith both having chances but the half ended under a cloud when the visitor’s bench was incensed with Matt Crabb’s tackle on Bradley Hudson-Odoi, which earned the veteran a booking.

Marshall’s industrious debut ended with an injury only five minutes into the second period and he was replaced by Jack Dixon in a like-for-like swap.

It didn’t take long for the sub to make his mark though following a corner routine which fell to him via Griffiths’ back heel in the six yard area. Dixon made no mistake despite the close attentions of two defenders and doubled the lead in the 56th minute.

Despite the two-goal cushion, Lewes remained lucid and confident which ensured the stinker the visitors were having looked even more stark.

Lewes continued to press and a neat passing move between Sam Crabb and Blewden’s ended with the defender stepping back from the byline before rifling a powerful shot narrowly too high.

The game lost its way in the final moments as the referee repeatedly brandished his yellow card for a variety of challenges but that did little to detract from the Rook’s best performance for weeks.

Lewes: Banks, S Crabb (Logan 81), Cole, Rowe, Elphick, Harrington, Appiah, Marshall (Dixon 50), Griffiths (Romain 84), Blewden, M Crabb.

Unused subs: Wheeler, Stinson.

Booked: Appiah, M Crabb, Dixon, S. Crabb, Cole.

Attendance: 426

FA Youth Cup run ended at Maidenhead

Lewes U18s excellent FA Youth Cup run and unbeaten record came to an end against Maidenhead United in a hard fought defeat at York Road, which despite the 5-2 final scoreline was a spirited and gusty performance which the players can take many positives.

The Rooks started on fire and flew into an early lead when Jarvis Kelly played in Dan Huet to coolly slot past Sam Gray in the Magpie’s goal after only four minutes. A long range Kai Walters strike two minutes later restored parity at one apiece but when Kelly broke through, fired the ball at Gray, who made a great stop but could not stop Huet heading home the rebound for his second. This was his 10th in seven matches this season and capped a sensational opening ten minutes. Rooks 2-1 to the good.

The game then settled down into the expected game pattern of the visitors using their diamond midfield of Spicer, Stevenson, Whitmore and Conlon with quick short passing feeding the ever willing Huet and Kelly, while the physical United side played to their strengths and were happy to get the ball from front to back quickly using their strong front two to hold the ball, allowing their midfield to get forward.

A defensive error in the 45th minute allowed David Rogalksi to equalise right on the stroke of half time which came as a massive blow to Lewes so close to the break.

The young Rooks continued to pass the ball around in the second half but the lads could not cope with the physical presence and directness of their opponents and it was only a matter of time before the pressure told. Kia Walters scored his second to give Maidenhead the lead for the first time in the tie after 50 minutes.

For a while it was one way traffic for United, and despite the attacking changes in an attempt to change the course of the game – Tom Caplin for Connor Spicer and Kyle Woolven for Jack Whitmore – two late goals from Rogalksi and Sutcha Shepard perhaps gave the 5-2 scoreline a flattering look as often the neat play of Lewes was not converted into clear cut chances.

There’s no doubt the best team on the night won and ultimately cup games are about winning and getting through to the next round and in this case it was Maidenhead United’s youth team who rightly progressed to the first round proper to take on Eastbourne Borough.

Manager Dave Amiet and his staff were pleased and proud of all their players and how they conducted themselves against a strong Maidenhead United team. There’s no doubt who were the better footballing side on the night but the visitors learnt a harsh lesson that being the more technical team does not always get the right result. The boys were naturally disappointed but were given a lift when Chairman Terry Parris came into the dressing room after the match and echoed the management’s words – expressing how Lewes are looking to develop players for the future that can very much get the ball down and play.

Next up is a league encounter against last season’s Champions Burgess Hill Town at the Pan on Monday 27th October, 7.45pm kick off.

Team: David Carruthers – Craig Avens – Jack Troak – Connor Spicer (Tom Caplin 46)– Adam Christian (Jack Barnes 75) – Rabbit Kiabalenga – Ollie Stevenson – Jack Whitmore (Kyle Woolven 69) – Dan Huet – Jarvis Kelly – Ronnie Conlon. Subs not used Nathan Stroomberg – Jacob Bassett

Goals: Dan Huet 4, 10

Man of Match: Dan Huet

Rookettes pipped to the post by Charlton

15219705208_175b7ec7c6_zTitle contenders Charlton Ladies took all three points from a tight and entertaining game between closely-matched opponents, scoring the winner in stoppage time, writes Dylan Legrand.

It was a midfield battle where both sides made their chances, but some brilliant displays in defence left the score at 0-0 half-time.

In the first half, Lewes’ Spice could have opened the scoring from a through ball, cutting inside the box to her right, she shot from 15 yards but it was just blocked. The home side had another good chance eight minutes before the break, when McIntyre’s cross somehow found the top of the bar.

Charlton broke the deadlock after the interval. Clifford scored just after the hour-mark with a cracking shot from 35 yards, which flew over Beazley and found the top-left corner of the net after hitting the inside of the bar. Ten minutes later Charlton came close to doubling their lead after they found the pace to break through Lewes’ defence, but Graham’s left-footed shot went inches wide of the far post. The second half also saw Lewes’ West injured after a challenge, and replaced by McCullock.

Lewes were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when O’Hagan was fouled in Charlton’s box – the referee showed no reaction to the incident and let the game continue. However, a penalty in Lewes’ favour then allowed the equaliser, strongly taken by Goddard at 80 minutes.

Charlton Ladies finished the game in the 90th minute when, after an accurate pass in a tight area, Pittuck slotted low past Beazley to win the game, disappointing the home crowd after some fine attacking football from the home side.

Manager John Donoghue said after the game: “It was a tremendous performance; everyone did what they were asked and more today. It was unfortunate we didn’t come away with a point.”

Lewes Ladies meet next with table-topping Cardiff City Ladies on October 26th at the Pan.

Lewes: Beazley, Thompson, Palmer, McIntyre, West, Newton, Baker, Goddard, Spice, O’Hagan, Bennett

Subs used: McCullock (58), Heather (69), Noakes (82)

MVP: Kate McIntyre

Attendance: 95