Staines put Rooks to the sword

A disappointing performance saw Lewes suffer their fourth consecutive league defeat, as the Rooks were unable to build on recent encouraging performances on a frustrating afternoon at Staines reports Tom Harper.

Darren Freeman named an unchanged side following last week’s unfortunate defeat to promotion-chasing Kingstonian, and included new signing James Hammond on the bench.

The Rooks should have taken an early lead, as Alex Laing played in Richard Pacquette, who saw his goal-bound effort blocked by covering defender Erivaldo Felix.  Staines had plenty of pace going forward, and the impressive Michael Kalu went on a purposeful run through the middle before seeing his low shot well held by Chris Winterton as the hosts began to enjoy the better of the play.

Lewes still looked dangerous in the final third at times though, with Laing escaping the attentions of Darren Purse to send a curling effort just over the crossbar.  The hosts made the most of this missed opportunity by taking the lead after 28 minutes, as Kalu got across his marker to powerfully head a Jack Bennett corner into the net off the underside of the bar.

Staines doubled their lead just four minutes later, with Ahmed Abdulla converting a Felix cut-back from close range after an impressive run from the right-back.  The Rooks should have got back into the game just before the break, as Pacquette headed over at the far post after a corner had not been cleared.

Freeman made a change at half-time, with Hammond coming on for his debut in place of Leon Redwood, who had struggled at left-back against the pace of Kalu throughout the first half.  This change saw a slight re-shuffle, with Henry Muggeridge moved to left-back and James Fraser playing on the right of midfield.

The second half saw few chances of note for either side, as Staines seemed content with their 2-0 lead, while Lewes were unable to really test Jack Turner in the host’s goal, despite their best efforts.  The closest the Rooks came to pulling a goal back saw Muggeridge have a long-range shot fumbled wide by Turner with just under 20 minutes remaining.

The hosts ensured there would be no Lewes come-back by adding a third goal after 78 minutes, as Ashley Lodge was on hand to finish from close range after a cross from the left had been flicked on into the danger area.

This was a disappointing result for the Rooks, whose improved performances coming into the game suggested that a win was just around the corner as they looked to close the gap between themselves and the rest of the bottom four.

Unfortunately, they were unable to cope with the pace of the Staines wide players and never really looked like getting back into the game after conceding two goals in five first-half minutes.

Lewes will hope to put this disappointment behind them when they travel to East Thurrock United next Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

Staines Town: Turner, Felix, Bennett, Brewer (Vancooten 82), Purse, Gough, Wanadio, Lodge, Cox (Hutchinson 82), Abdulla, Kalu.

Unused Subs: Churchill, Thomas, McAllister.

Booked: Bennett, Brewer, Abdulla.

Lewes: Winterton, Brinkhurst, Redwood (Hammond 46), Fraser, Freeman, Malins, Muggeridge, Cotton, Pacquette, Laing (Gayler 82), Ben El-Mhanni (McCreadie 67).

Unused Subs: Breach, Strong.

Booked: Malins, Pacquette.

Referee: Stephen Bates

Attendance: 172


Development Squad Update

Development Squad (DS) manager Steve Eke updates us with the latest news and results from the U21s:

Any fans wishing to see goals should get along to see our the DS in action – we can’t guarantee they will all be in our opponents net but we are working to address this and as we currently sit second in the league we will continue an attacking philosophy.

Since our previous report we have lost at Merstham 6-0, the best team we have played, where we included a number of trialists! Then we overcame Whyteleafe 2-1 at The Pan when a terrific second half saw us come from behind with goals from Iuean Strong and George Laughlin, the second time George has scored a cracker in a tight finish. We next entertained Worthing and after an early goal apiece, ours from Adam Christian, and a very even 35minutes we collapsed to disappointingly lose 6-1.

Next up on The Rookery we beat Midhurst 7-1 in the Sussex Intermediate Cup, we brought in a number of Youth Team players who played to a level to that will ensure further call ups. Max Howell hit a hat-trick, a brace from Lucas Tredrea and one each for Max Oldham and 16 year old Alfie Rogers.

We then had our most pleasing performance of the season so far, solid defending, good confident possession and excellent finishing to win at Three Bridges 4-1, our first away win in the league. Ian Robinson scored two goals as did young Charlie Coppola, our defending was excellent all over the pitch but a mention for Matt Gunn and Jack Troak up from the Ryman U18’s who slotted seamlessly into the back four.

Up till this stage our journeys across the M25 had been fruitless apart from a first day point at Sittingbourne so Chatham away presented a challenge. We included four first team players (as did Chatham) Conlon, Strong, Appiah and Gayler and all four contributed fully to an excellent performance against a combative opponent. From 0-0 at half time, when the team were asked to be more positive offensively and get extra players into attacking areas, we ran out 4-0 victors, (well done to all for taking on the instructions!) Iuean Strong scored a terrific hat-trick and Ronnie Conlon got the fourth. Part of the backbone of the squad Adam Christian, James Kemp, Max Howell, Ian Robinson, George Laughlin, Nathan Stroomberg and Harry Millar gave performances to feel confident going into the Xmas period. Iuean Strong has now scored in every league game bar one tallying 10 goals.

The whole squad has contributed to a good start to the season and we intend to keep blooding U18 boys from Alex Walsh’s Ryman and Jay Lovett’s Academy squads when appropriate.

Our next match is this Monday (29th November) at the Pan versus Sittingbourne, 7.45pm kick off. Please come along and support the lads.

Thanks, Ekey

Lewes FC team up with the ‘Bright Young Things’

Lewes FC Team Up with the ‘Bright Young Things’ of Brighton University

In a pioneering community and educational initiative, Lewes Football Club have partnered with Brighton University’s own in-house PR department to offer final-year sports journalism degree students practical experience of working with the club on PR, marketing and promotions.

Bright Young Things is a recently established initiative that provides the opportunity for students (supervised by an academic) to work with local organisations on projects including marketing, promotion, communication, PR and social media. The project offers live case study experience for students of the University, informs teaching and assists local organisations in gaining new skills and knowledge.

The team of three students – Aneeka Jivraj, Chandni Shah and Aisha Karim  – will spend five hours per week for the next six months helping to promote the Club’s 3G Rookery 6’s six-a-side league starting in January, as well as working on other community and promotional initiatives as the Rooks move into the second half of the Ryman Premier Season.

The collaboration offers hands-on experience of dealing with client relationships, and offers creative input and real- time social media marketing, culminating in the students’ finals exams next June.

Principal Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Brighton, Dan Bennett, said:

“We are really excited to be working with Lewes FC. They are great club with a pioneering community spirit and an innovative approach to their business. This gives our students a really exciting and challenging opportunity to put their marketing and PR skills in to practice, and we hope that this will be the start of a long-term partnership between us.”

For the students it’s a fantastic opportunity, as Aisha explains:

“With Lewes Football Club being a massive community club, we as students of University of Brighton are excited to be a part of this wonderful community. We are really thrilled to work with Lewes and give something back to the community through our artistic and creative marketing and PR venture.”

For the Club, Chief Executive and Head of Commercial, Kevin Miller, said:

Lewes Football Club likes to do things a little differently; our Beach Huts and matchday posters have already received a lot of media attention, so we were delighted to be able to set up a partnership with Brighton University and look forward to the students bringing a vibrant and fresh perspective to our marketing campaigns, as well as working on some of the initiatives that we have already established.

As a community club we want to be as inclusive as possible, and we are really looking forward to this partner ship in the hope that we can establish a permanent curriculum choice for many sports journalists of the future.”

The partnership will run through to the end of May 2016.

For more details on the Bright Young Things visit:

For further details on Lewes FC contact Kevin Miller on 01273 470820 or e-mail


Squad Update

LaingStriker Alex Laing has put pen to paper to sign a contract at the club, securing his services until the end of the 2016/17 season.

The 20-year-old former Crawley Town youngster has four goals and nine assists to his name this season, after breaking into the first team squad with some impressive pre-season performances. We are delighted he has committed his future to Lewes Football Club.

“Laingy signing a contract with the club is excellent news,” said manager Darren Freeman. “I’ve been hugely impressed with his desire and attitude since I’ve been at the club and he’s a young, local player who could go onto big things. He’s still quite raw and has got a lot to learn, but we feel he has many of the attributes to become a top striker. As a club we want our nurture our best young players and Laingy’s contract reflects that”.

Young midfielder Ronnie Conlon has joined Southern Counties East side Crowborough Athletic on a month’s loan, in order to gain regular senior football. The Academy graduate has made 18 appearances for the Rooks this season, the majority of those from the bench. The loan move will allow him to get minutes under his belt and gain further senior experience.

“Ronnie is chomping at the bit to play football and it’s difficult to give him that at the moment, so a loan move to a club on his doorstep for a month makes perfect sense,” said Freeman. “People forget he’s only 18 and has only had a handful of Ryman Premier starts under his belt. He’ll gain valuable experience by playing a month of senior football and he’ll still be able to train with us at times during his loan. Again, he’s got a brilliant attitude is a hugely exciting prospect who Ross, Codge (Tony Coade) and I rate very highly and we know he’ll be a big part of the club’s future. Just like Jordan (Badger) and Dan (Hutchins) at Peacehaven, regular first team football at this stage of their careers will do them the world of good.”

Coming into the club is another exciting prospect, James Hammond from Peacehaven and Telscombe. James first broke into the Magpies side as a 16 year old and, despite his progress stalling slightly due to illness, he’s been an important first team player over the past couple of seasons. Primarily a central midfielder, Hammond comes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s match at Staines Town.

“I’m delighted to get Hammo (James Hammond) to the club. He’s a young lad that has a decent amount of Ryman football behind him, and has an experienced head on young shoulders. When I was scouting for Fleetwood Town and Luton Town, he was one I watched a number of times and there was also interest from a number of Football League clubs. He’s a local lad, very talented and one who’ll fit into what we’re building at the club. It’s important that we have a nucleus of Sussex lads that the supporters can relate to and hopefully stay with the club for a long while. We need to win football matches, and quickly, but at the same time hopefully many of the current squad will be the core of the Lewes XI for years to come”.

Leaving the club after short spells are Gary Charman and Max Oldham. Gary’s change of work location makes it impossible for him to reach Lewes to train, and he returns to Bognor Regis Town. Max Oldham needs regular first team football, which he is seeking elsewhere. George Brown’s work commitments are still restricting his availability, which means we won’t see him in the first team squad for the foreseeable future.




Staines Town preview

OK – let’s do this.  Dust ourselves down, put the past two weeks of last minute heartache behind us and go grab those 3 points that our performances deserve.  Tomorrow we head around the M25 to Staines Town for our first meeting with The Swans since our Conference South days.  Staines have played the least number of games in the Ryman Premier League thanks to their excellent run to the 1st Round of the FA Cup.  In fact, the defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient two weeks ago was actually their last run out, so they will come into the game relatively refreshed.

Nicky Forster’s side’s form this season has been indifferent to say the least.  After relegation from the Conference South last season, they were one of the favourites to be there or there abouts at the end of the season.  However, a poor start, including a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Brentwood Town has seen them stay towards the bottom end of the table.  Two wins and two draws from their last six underline their unpredictable nature.  Their major goal threat comes from former Hayes & Yeading striker Pat Cox, who has 17 goals this season and Luke Wanadio who has 8.  Apart from those two, the team has only scored 10 goals in all competitions.

Staines fans have been starved of action so far this season, with only 5 league games being played at Wheatsheaf Park so far (lucky programme editor!), where they have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 2.  With our best form coming away from home could there be an upset on the cards?  The last time we played Staines Town was back in January 2011 when a Newton goal completed the double for the visitors over the Rooks after Leroy Griffiths had scored the only goal on the opening day of the season.

With two good training sessions under their belts this week, the Rooks head to Staines in good spirits with the only injury doubt being Trevor McCreadie still so Darren Freeman has a strong squad to choose from. New signing James Hammond is also added to the squad.  Anyone making their first visit to Wheatsheaf Park can find directions here.

‘Striker Pose’ with Wave Leisure and Lewes FC!

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‘Striker Pose’ with Wave Leisure and Lewes FC!

Wave Leisure Trust and Lewes Football Club have teamed up for fans to ‘Striker Pose!’ and win a years free gym membership! 

In an effort to make the nation more active and get people to #movemore, and as part of Lewes Football Club’s ‘Fit & Proper Owners Test,’ Wave is offering one lucky winner a full year of FREE Gym Membership, including free unlimited gym classes and swim at any of the Wave centres in Lewes, Seaford, Peacehaven and Newhaven.

Fans will have the chance to post their best ‘Striker Pose’ between November and May 2016 to Instagram and/or Twitter with the #StrikerPoseLewesFC and get their pic liked/retweeted by their friends.


Every month a classic ‘pose’ will be chosen, and the monthly winners will be eligible for the main prize.

The competition launched at Saturday’s Ryman Premier League game between Lewes and Kingstonian at the Dripping Pan, and will finish in May 2016.

Throughout the campaign both Lewes Football Club and Wave Leisure will offer fitness tips and encourage fans to get active and stay healthy!

Adele Tomasin, Marketing and Communications Manager at Wave Leisure said, 

“We believe everyone who enjoys a sport should be active and we’re striving to bring the fun back into fitness! Wave Leisure are proud to be part of a local, healthy and active community and are always looking to approach fitness with a smile!” 

Kevin Miller, Commercial Manager at Lewes Football Club said,

“This is a superb opportunity for Rooks fans to re-create those classic poses from great players in the past, have a bit of fun, and get fit at the same time! I hope that they will be able to re-create some of our own players classic poses as the goals reign in here at the Dripping Pan!”


The Fit & Proper Owners Test is a campaign started by Lewes FC and is aimed at generating fitness programmes and wellbeing messages to the club’s 1,200 owners.

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16. The monthly winners will be notified via social media, and will be entered into the main competition to win a month’s free Gym Membership.

For further details visit @lewes_cfc or contact the Wave Leisure Trust on 01273 486000 @waveleisuretrust

Rookettes suffer at hands of Coventry United

Lewes were beaten by a resolute Coventry side on a freezing afternoon at the Dripping Pan. First half goals from Neville and Lynch gave the visitors a comfortable half-time lead, adding to their tally as Lewes fought to find a way back into the game after the break reports Ashley Head.

Early exchanges were notable for Coventry’s discipline in the back line, catching Lane and Heather offside as Khassal looked to launch attacks. The home side struggled to keep possession, one such loss in their own half allowing Neville a run on goal. Her finish was emphatic, high past the diving Augustus. 0-1 (11).

The Lewes response was thwarted by short passes and the offside flag. Khassal offered most threat, carrying the ball as Lane and Heather drew defenders. For the visitors Johnson, Lynch and Wilcox were superb, reading the game and making well-timed interceptions to blunt the Lewes attack and launch their side forward.

Just after the half-hour Kelly Newton was harshly penalised after a crunching tackle on halfway. Coventry forced a corner and, with Augustus rooted to her line, Lynch rose to head home. 0-2 (35). On the cusp of halftime Lewes won a free kick, Khassal body-checked on the edge of the area. The initial shot was blocked and fell to Khassal who hit a fierce, dipping shot, brilliantly tipped over by Wood. The officials managed to miss this, bizarrely awarding a goal-kick, much to the disbelief of both sets of supporters.
HT 0-2

With no joy immediately after the break Lewes brought Lock on for Howell. As the home side pressed Coventry stood firm, launching a series of incisive counter-attacks. On 58 minutes Augustus saved well from close range only for Dermody to fire home for 0-3.

Lewes replaced the injured Augustus with Lauren Dolbear and brought Kirsty Spice on for Paige Walder. Spice immediately showed the aggression and attack Lewes needed. Khassal took advantage, racing into space as Wood slipped but was denied a shooting chance by the excellent Wilcox. Palmer’s eyes lit up as she charged in to smash a half-volley from 35 yards, only to see the ball curl away to strike the Rook Inn.

On 79 minutes Tash Wells was booked for a late challenge. Lewes struggled to clear the free kick and Lynch smashed home from close range for 0-4. Coventry weren’t done, Selmes unlucky to strike the post with Dolbear beaten. At the other end Ellie Lock raced in only for the alert Wood to take the ball off her toes. With the game lost Lewes never gave up. Spice forced a corner after great work from Heather but the Coventry defence were not to be denied their clean sheet.

FT 0-4.

Coventry were well worth the points on a tough day for the Lewes strike force . Organised, compact, they never looked in trouble and took their chances clinically. Next up for Lewes, Gills Ladies at home in the FA WPL Plate on Sunday 29th November. Gills are in good form; this should be a cracker.

Match Sponsors: Faith and Daniel Manton

MVP: Sian Heather

Lewes: Augustus, Capon, Howell, Palmer, Wells, Newton (c), Walder, McIntyre, Khassal, Heather, Lane

Bench: Lock, Louis-Joseph, Spice, Dolbear

Coventry: Wood, Johnson, Miles, Piggott, Lynch, Wilcox, Hughes, Hall, Selmes, Dermody, Neville

Bench: Worthington, Livermore, Gauntlett, Lundie