Double joy for our young Rooks

This midweek saw two of our teams with much young talent pick up important wins as both our Development Squad and Academy side got the better of Burgess Hill Town U21s and Tonbridge Angels Academy respectively.

The Academy travelled across to Tonbridge and came away with a well deserved 3-1 victory. The goalscorers were Nathan Payne after 15 minutes, Tom Haines with the second after 25 and Lucas Tredrea a minute from full time after Tonbridge made it 2-1 mid way through the second half. First half played some really good football, passing well and some great movement off the ball – all the things which were worked on last week in training. Second half became more about a will to win as Tonbridge threw everything at Lewes. The Academy defended really well and while they were limited to counter-attacks they did them with speed and resulted in the third goal. Academy Manager Adrian Howell was delighted with three well taken goals and some good individual performances including George Whitley in centre midfield and Jamie Stevens upfront for the for their first starts of the season.

On Wednesday evening the Development Squad progressed into the Quarter Finals of the Ryman U21 Cup with an entertaining 1-0 home win over Sussex rivals Burgess Hill Town. The match was filled with numerous chances for both sides and it was a miracle that the game finished with only one goal between the sides. The goal came after only 8 minutes when the lively Ian Robinson (pictured) crossed from the right and after a slight deflection the ball ended up in the back of the net. Harry Millar’s 25 yard free kick cannoned off the bar in the later stages of the first half and during the second half heroics from centre backs Alex Malins and Jordan Badger and goalkeeper Ryan Burbridge kept the clean sheet in tact. Forwards Callum Connor and Alex Laing also had chances to extend the advantage but ultimately manager Gary Croydon will be pleased with his young side’s performance and to have progressed to the next round where they’ll have a home tie against either Worthing or Thamesmead Town.

Next week the DS travel to Kent where they’ll visit Chatham Town on Monday, 7.45pm kick off while the Academy welcome Gillingham to Uckfield on Wednesday 1pm kick off. Before both of those our U18s hop across to West Sussex and a Dennis Probee Sussex Youth Cup semi-final at Bognor Regis Town on Sunday evening, 6pm kick off.


U18s overcome Bognor in first of the trilogy

The young Rooks made their first of three trips to Nyewood Lane, Bognor in the last 16 of the Lucas Fettes (League) Cup and thanks to a superb team performance they overcame their West Sussex rivals and marched into the quarter finals of the competition.

Lewes made changes following the defeat by Worthing last week and welcomed into the squad Teddy Bloor to make his debut and Jack Barnes who has waited patiently for his chance to shine up front.

As often happens the game started at a frenetic pace and Bognor had the first sight of goal but David Carruthers made a fantastic point blank save to keep the game scoreless. With 11 minutes gone Dan Huet fired the ball just over Ben Richer’s goal but it was the home side who took the lead on 34 minutes when loose defending allowed the Bognor centre forward to finish after Carruthers could only parry the initial effort.

The Rooks showed great character against a well organised and disciplined Bognor outfit and they could do nothing to stop Jarvis Kelly and Tom Caplin linking play, which cumulated with Caplin slotting home to make it one each at half time.

The second half started where the first had left off with both teams creating chances, the tackling from both teams was hard but fair which was good to watch with the referee Ciaran Fidler allowing play to flow.

With an hour on the clock the ever impressive Caplin delivered the perfect corner which Adam Christian powered home via a deflection to give the away side the lead. With Jack Barnes running out of legs young Kyle Woolven was introduced with Huet switching back to his normal role in the centre.

The crowd were getting their money’s worth with both teams playing cracking football and the match going from end to end. David Carruthers pulled off the save of the match getting his fingertips to a thumping long range drive which he was able to tip onto his cross bar. This lifted the Rooks and Huet and Kelly had chances to extend the lead but could not find that finishing touch. Craig Avens replaced the exhausted Rabbit Kiabalenga at right back and while Bognor threw everything they had at the Rooks but could not break down the visitors resilient and strong defence.

Manager Dave Amiet, Paul Ettridge and their staff were really impressed with the performance against a well drilled and resolute Bognor. Winning the match is always good for the team but the best thing tonight was seeing how well the boys played under pressure against a formidable team. Players played in different positions and adapted well and we stuck to our game plan. Everyone was outstanding and to single anyone out would be an injustice.

Everyone at the club would like to wish David Carruthers all the best for next weekend when he represents Independent English Schools Football Association. Well done and good luck.

In the next round of this competition we face a trip to either Burgess Hill Town or Herne Bay but up next is the big semi-final of the Dennis Probee Sussex Youth Cup again at Nyewood Lane against Bognor Regis Town, this Sunday 1st February which kicks off at 6pm.

Team: David Carruthers – Rabbit Kiabalenga (Craig Avens 85) – Teddy Bloor – Rhys Smith – Adam Christian – Ollie Stevenson – Ronnie Conlon – Tom Caplin – Jack Barnes (Kyle Woolven 69) – Dan Huet – Jarvis Kelly – Subs Not Used – Jack Whitmore – Matt Gunn – Nathan Stroomberg

Goals: Caplin 27, Christian 60.

An important report from the war office

ChamberlainOn Monday morning, the Club Secretary in London handed the Kingstonian Secretary a final note, stating that, unless we heard from them by 7:45pm that they were prepared at once to withdraw their players from the pitch, a state of war would exist between us.

I have to tell you now that no such undertaking was received, and that consequently Lewes went to war with Kingstonian.

You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me to report that we suffered a heavy defeat, both on the front and back lines. Up to the 35th minute, we hoped that a victory was within our grasp, but Mr Williams would not have it. Mr Penny was ordered to cross the Lewes frontier, and score a free header. He scored again in the 74th minute. His action shows convincingly that there is no chance of expecting that this man will ever give up his practice of using force to gain his will. He can only be stopped by force (but was not).

In fulfilment of our obligations to the Ryman Premier League, we continued to resist this wicked and unprovoked attack on our people… until the 85th minute, when we delivered Kingstonian a free-kick, and they chose to counter-attack us. We have a clear conscience, if not a clean sheet.

The situation in which no word given by the referee could be trusted and no people could feel themselves safe became intolerable. Despite an unprovoked attack on Wing Commander Crabb, it was wrongly deemed he who was the aggressor, thus becoming the final casualty of this appalling battle.

In the days to come, the Lewes players, management and fans will for the good of all walk together, side by side in majesty, injustice and in peace.

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs – victory in spite of all terror. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival from relegation.

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight against East Thurrock, we shall fight Hendon, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend against Canvey Island, whatever the cost may be; we shall fight in the beach huts, we shall fight on the training grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

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DS in Cup this Wednesday

This Wednesday (28th) sees our Development Squad take on local rivals Burgess Hill in the Ryman U21 Cup, here at the Pan.

With both teams performing extremely well this season the encounter has all the ingredients for an absolutely cracking game, so come on down and cheer the boys into the next round.

KO is 7.45pm and entrance is just £3, with kids U16 FREE (c/o our kids sponsor Specsavers).



U18s fall to the Rebels

The Young Rooks welcomed Worthing to the Dripping Pan for only their sixth Ryman League match of the season after their recent cup heroics but it was the West Sussex club that came away with the three points and a deserved 2-1 win.

The home side started slowly and gave Worthing too much time and space and it was no surprise that after controlling the opening exchanges they took the lead on 16th minutes when a cross from the right was neatly tucked home by Michael Waller.

As the half progressed Lewes started to press the young Rebels and moved the ball quicker and were rewarded when Dan Huet out muscled the Worthing centre backs and fired the ball home to level the scores at one apiece.

Worthing started the second half as they did the first and another attack down the right cut the Rooks open and again they were in front when Michael Waller grabbed his second of the night in the 47th minute.

As hard as man of the match Tom Caplin and his team mates tried and despite some decent pressure the young Rooks couldn’t force an equaliser and Lewes U18s suffered their second home league defeat of the season.

Manager Dave Amiet along with his coaching team admitted that on the night Worthing played the better football and probably deserved the win. This was a lacklustre performance from the lads but as long as the players learn from tonight then all is not lost. We have thee difficult games coming up all away to Bognor Regis Town in the Lucas Fettes League Cup, the semi-final of the Dennis Probee County Youth Cup and then a further league match. The first of which is Monday night (26th January) with a 7.45pm kick off.

Amiet also strengthened his squad this week with the signing of Teddy Bloor, Liam Wilson and Matt Gunn whom have all had long spells with Brighton & Hove Albion Academy and join Rhys Smith who signed last week.

Team: Chris Lambert – Craig Avens (Kyle Woolven 58) – Liam Knight – Rabbit Kiabalenga – Adam Christian – Ollie Stevenson – Jack Whitmore – Ronnie Conlon (Rhys Smith 52) – Dan Huet – Tom Caplin – Hal Colmer (Jack Barnes 75) – Subs Not Used: Jacob Bassett – Nathan Stroomberg

Goal: Dan Huet 24

Wingate break Rooks’ winning streak

Lewes failed to make it a hat-trick of wins with a stuttering performance at Wingate & Finchley, reports Barry Collins.

For possibly the first time this season, Garry Wilson had an embarrassment of riches to pick from, with Jack Walder finally returning from suspension, Gary Elphick returning to fitness, and the trio of players who were cup-tied for the midweek win over Eastbourne available for selection. Indeed, the squad is now in such rude health that Wilson was able to release Phil Appiah and Dean Lovegrove during the week.

Such strength in numbers appeared to be paying off in the opening exchanges, as Lewes dominated possession for the opening 20 minutes. Alas, the Rooks failed to convert their dominance into goalscoring chances. Tom Davis had an opportunity to warm the keeper’s gloves with a free-kick on the cusp on the penalty area, but it flew over the bar and the stand containing the travelling Rooks fans. Matt Crabb had another poke from distance just minutes later, but the midfielder’s effort was both high and wide.

Wingate soon made Lewes pay for their profligacy. A weak headed clearance from Ollie Rowe found its way to the league’s top scorer, David Knight, who struck a shot low to Rikki Bank’s left. Banksy looked to have it covered, but it eluded his grasp and trickled into the net, giving Wingate a thoroughly unmerited lead.

The goal demolished the confidence of the Rooks, who struggled to retain the ball as comfortably as they were doing in the opening period. Indeed, it was a misplaced pass that gave Wingate a 2-0 lead, Tommy Tejan-Sie accepting the gift that was presented to him on the edge of the penalty box before smashing a shot past Banks.

Lewes tried several different combinations to reduce the deficit in the second period. Romain was joined up top by Hopkinson early in the second half, and later by Griffiths, but Wingate dealt comfortably with whatever formation the Rooks threw at them. The home side remained a constant threat on the break and would have had a third, but for the vigilance of a linesman, who spotted a player in Banks’s eyeline standing in an offside position.

Wingate & Finchley: Smith, Goodman, Marsh-Brown, Lake, Weatherstone, Hewitt, Knight, Tejan-Sie, Laney, Graham, Oliyide

Subs: Wright, Rifat, Suddell, Metcalfe, Read

Lewes: Banks, S Crabb, Cole, Rowe, Breach, J Fraser, Wheeler (Hopkinson 52), Davis (Muggeridge 78), Romain, T Fraser (Griffiths 80), M Crabb

Unused subs: Walder, Elphick

Attendance: 167

First beers of the 2015 Beer Festival Revealed

There’s a Beer Festival Brewing at Lewes Football Club next Friday…

The first beers of the 5th Lewes Beer Festival have been revealed, and this year there are some very special ales on the menu, including an exclusive Harvey’s creation, and one dedicated to The Mighty Rooks…

Over 20 Ales & ciders will be on offer at the festival, held in the Rook Inn at the Dripping Pan on Friday, January 30 from 5pm.

First up is brewed by Harveys, and created as a tribute to one of the UK’s – and Sussex’s – finest folk singers, Bob Copper.

In his lifetime, Bob Copper (1915-2004) was responsible for collecting and recording many local folk songs, not only preserving the tunes and lyrics but ensuring that the style in which they were sung remained true to his forefathers.  He was a leading member of the famous singing Copper family of Rottingdean, East Sussex, and an important collector of English folksongs.


Bob Copper

Harvey’s Brewery have brewed an ale in tribute to the centenary of Bob’s birth, in a limited edition batch of just 20 kegs.  Lewes FC would like to thank Miles Jenner and the team at Harveys for allowing us to acquire a keg, and Bob Copper ale (6%) will be available at the festival.

Some of the best beers currently brewed in Sussex have been gathered together, including two from the Dark Star Brewery, based in Partridge Green. The Brewery, born in 1994 in the cellar of The Evening Star Pub in Brighton, offer this year’s Hophead (3.8%), which celebrates a great new tropical tasting hop from Victoria in Australia – Vic Secret, producing a zesty blend to one of the company’s most popular beers.

The other entry is Revelation (5.7%), a magnificent blend of Centennial, Liberty, Cascade, and Citra aroma hops that is highly drinkable and sure to be one of the stars of the show…

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Firle’s Burning Sky Brewery have two entries this year; Plateau (3.5%) is full of flavour; zesty, refreshing & low in alcohol, this beer will have you returning to the bar for another, and Arise (4.4%) is a superb session IPA that’s perfect for the end of the day (or even the start!).

Horsham’s Kissingate Brewery have re-named their classic ‘6 Crows’ ale, to 6 Rooks, with a re-designed pump clip, specially created for the festival. It’s a rich, dark and decadent stout with intense notes of molasses, bourbon, oak and woodsmoke and at 6.6% abv it packs a punch! This fine ale won first place at The Twickenham Beer Festival 2013 and 2014, and was Gold medal winner and Champion Beer of Britain London & South East Region 2013.

Other Kissingate entries include Sussex, (4%) A glorious chestnut beer with simple roasted malt notes, and Stout Extreme (6%) with its Intense liquorice, coffee and molasses flavours.

The last to be revealed (The full list – including some superb ciders – will be available next week) is from the Baseline Brewing Company, based in the village of Small Dole in West Sussex. The company produce unfiltered natural beers made with no additives, creating a clearer, better tasting beer. We have two entries this year; Dark Matter (5.5%) A dark, full bodied Ale with similarities to the classic Riggwelter from Black Sheep, and a new British Golden Ale, Gold Admiral (4.9%), combining First Gold and Admiral Hops from Sussex and Sussex Chalk Filtered water. A classic EPA.

There will be pub grub served all night courtesy of Club caterers CIRCA, and a raffle to support the Lewes FC Supporters Club, with some superb prizes on offer.

Tickets are just £5 and available on the night. However, you can reserve your tickets by e-mailing;, or by phone on; 01273 470820.

One of the highlights of the Lewes FC social calendar, the 5th Lewes FC Beer Festival is shaping up to be one the best ever, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Dripping Pan for some fine ales.

NOTE: The Festival will continue from 12pm on Saturday, January 31, as the Rooks entertain East Thurrock United in the Ryman Premier League, kick off 3pm. Tickets are £11 adults, £6 concessions, kids under 16 go free, and the Rook Inn will be showing the LIVE BT Sport match (kick-off 12:45pm) between Hull City and Newcastle United.