NEW fun football fitness sessions

Here’s a really fun way to get/keep fit in 2016 – football fitness sessions for people of little or no (current) footballing ability

Every football fan has heard of the FA’s ‘Fit & Proper’ test, which is supposed to prevent unsavoury people from being allowed to take over a football club. At Lewes FC, it’s the fans who own their own club, not big business.

However, the Rooks are introducing their own Fit & Proper ‘test’. But we’re talking about getting you feeling fit.

Womens session image onlyThe Lewes FC Community Team has created a programme to focus on people’s physical well-being: The new ‘Fit & Proper’ scheme will use football to help fans and local people become fitter via fun football sessions on the club’s Rookery 3G pitch. And, later in the year, the programme will then extend into good-eating advice and cooking workshops for the culinarily-challenged.

Commenting for the club, Community Development Manager Adam Wolecki said: “Not everyone can move like Messi, but almost anyone can kick a ball. And we are not worried about who ate all the pies, so long as the pies include some healthy options too.”

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Fit & Proper launches on Sunday January 10th when the club will start running weekly football fitness sessions aimed at people of ‘little or no football ability’.

The session for women will run 4-5pm every Sunday on The Rookery 3G all-weather pitch adjacent to the club immediately followed by a men’s session from 5-6pm. The usual price will be £5 per session (£3 for unwaged) but the first sessions on January 10th are FREE.

No booking is required, just turn up, play and feel better.

Enquiries should be sent to or phone Adam at Lewes FC on 01273 470 820.


Rooks smashed against The Rocks

An abject display saw Lewes suffer a heavy defeat at Sussex rivals Bognor, as the Rooks were made to pay for a slow start against their promotion-chasing hosts reports Tom Harper.

Darren Freeman made two changes to the side that had lost 2-0 at home to Enfield in their previous game, with Alex Laing and Trevor McCreadie replacing Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe and George Landais in the starting line-up.
Bognor got off to a bright start and hit the woodwork early on, with Jason Prior sending a far-post header from a deep Stuart Green cross against the top of the bar. The hosts did not have to wait long to take a deserved early lead though, as Prior was left unmarked to powerfully head home a corner from close range after just 12 minutes.

Prior doubled his and Bognor’s tally just four minutes later, as he sent a well-struck free-kick past Chris Winterton and into the bottom corner. There was an element of controversy about the goal however, with Phil Appiah having appeared to win the ball in a strong challenge on the edge of the area for which the free-kick was awarded.

The hosts were continuing to look the better side all over the pitch and should have extended their lead within minutes, with Chike Kandi forcing Winterton into a smart save at his near post after out-pacing Stacey Freeman down the left. Lewes came into the game a bit more in the lead-up to half-time, and saw both Laing and Henry Muggeridge force comfortable saves from Grant Smith in the host’s goal with speculative efforts.

The Rooks started the second half brightly and saw McCreadie send a long-range effort just over the bar as they looked to find an unlikely route back into the game. Bognor continued to pose a far greater threat going forward, with Prior having a towering header acrobatically cleared off the line by the covering Alex Malins.
The hosts were able to increase their lead just after the hour, as Alex Parsons beat Leon Redwood to a long ball forward and teed up Prior for a simple close-range finish into the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick.

Unsurprisingly, the game began to peter out at this stage, with Lewes unable to force Smith into meaningful action and Bognor content to sit on their three-goal lead whilst continuing to enjoy the majority of possession.

Bognor added a fourth goal in the final minute of normal time through substitute Ollie Pearce, who was on hand to convert a low cross from virtually on the goal-line and seal an emphatic win for the hosts.

The Rooks briefly rallied in stoppage time and saw Charlie Coppola denied a first senior goal by a smart save from Smith on an otherwise disappointing afternoon for the impressive number of Lewes supporters who made the short journey to West Sussex.

Next up for Lewes is a home game against Merstham on Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

Bognor Regis Town: Smith, Crane, Wollers, Tuck, Field, Robson, Parsons (Rutherford 71), Beck, Prior, Kandi, Green (Pearce 64).

Unused Subs: Whyte, El-Abd, Boughton.

Booked: Beck.

Lewes: Winterton, Brinkhurst, Redwood, Appiah (Coppola 69), Freeman, Malins, Muggeridge, Cotton, McCreadie, Fraser (Ben El-Mhanni 26), Laing (Landais 78).

Unused Subs: Breach, Carey.

Booked: Cotton.

Referee: William Bull

Attendance: 705

Bognor Regis Town Preview

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger. . . .”

We travel down the A27 on Boxing Day with hope, not fear in our hearts.  Football is a results business and for that we probably get a “D -” on our Christmas report but our effort grade would certainly be a “1”.  Tuesday night was a perfect example where we dominated a game for an hour then let the conditions dictate and Enfield scored twice in the last five minutes.  The age-old curling free-kick hit into the Jet Stream undid us for the first and as we pushed on looking for a point we were exposed on the counterattack.  Alas, that is the nature of the game when you are at the bottom.  However, Saturday brings an opportunity for redemption and to recover some local pride as we head to Bognor Regis Town for our traditional Bank Holiday game.  Honours have been relatively even over the past few years against the Rocks – Lewes snatched a victory at Nywood Lane last Easter thanks to two Elliot Romain goals, whilst back in August it was Jason Prior’s turn to score a double and take all three points for Bognor Regis.

Our recent record against The Rocks now reads:

P 9  W 4 D 2  L 3 GS 8 GA 10

However, it is current form that is probably more relevant to gaining any insight into what could happen on Saturday.  Bognor’s last run out was the 2-0 defeat away at Billericay Town which dented their Promotion ambitions.  In fact their last six games have seen four defeats and a draw, one of the worst spells they have experienced all season.  They are one of the pack that sits just outside the play-off zone at the moment.  Their home form has been good, with seven wins and three draws from twelve games so far, averaging two points and two and a quarter goals per game.  Games at Nywood Lane are entertaining with an average of 3.67 goals scored per game this season.  Unsurprisingly, Jason Prior has been the main man this season with 18 goals to date, including those two at The Dripping Pan back in August.

Alas, our form on the road has seen us lose three-quarters of our games, conceding 2.21 goals per game.  But we all know that football is a funny game and who wouldn’t back us to repeat our performance from last Easter.  Despite starting on Tuesday, George Landais remains a major doubt as too is Lee Carey.  James Hammond is serving the last of his three match ban so could this be another opportunity for young Charlie Coppola to shine?

Kick off on Saturday at Nywood Lane is 3pm.  Admission is £10 for adults.

Enfield take away the point(s) of Christmas

Two late goals saw Lewes fall to a disappointing defeat against mid-table Enfield in a game played in terrible conditions at the Pan reports Tom Harper.

Darren Freeman named an unchanged side after the Rooks recorded only their second league win of the season against Farnborough on Saturday, with George Landais fit to start despite going off injured after 20 minutes of his debut three days previously.

Lewes got off to a bright start and could have taken the lead inside the first minute, with a right-wing Henry Muggeridge cross being headed just wide at the far post by Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe.  They could and perhaps should have had a penalty soon after, as James Fraser appeared to be barged over off the ball just inside the penalty area as he looked to make a run across an Enfield centre-back.

The Rooks were enjoying most of the possession early on and looked to make the most of playing with the wind as they tried to build on Saturday’s victory.  The closest Lewes came to taking the lead before the break saw Ogedi-Uzokwe hit the top of the crossbar with a curling shot from the edge of the area that had beaten visiting goalkeeper Nathan McDonald.

Having enjoyed so much of the play throughout the first half, the Rooks were under pressure from the early stages of the second and were grateful to Chris Winterton for keeping out a powerful close-range header after a deep Ryan Doyle free-kick was not cleared.  There was little goalmouth action for much of the half, with Enfield posing more of a threat than they did in the first and Lewes unable to see enough of the ball to cause the well-organised visiting back four many problems.

Winterton had to be alert again heading into the final 15 minutes to keep out a powerful effort from Tyler Campbell, after the winger had cut inside from the left.  The deadlock was broken with eight minutes remaining, as Harry Ottaway met a dangerous free-kick from Doyle and beat Winterton at his near post with an accurate header to give the visitor’s the lead.

Enfield made the points safe after 89 minutes, with Ottaway latching onto a lofted through-ball, turning Steve Brinkhurst on the edge of the area and sending a left-foot shot across Winterton and into the bottom corner.

Conceding twice so late on was harsh on the Rooks, who still tried to find a route back into the game during stoppage time and saw Muggeridge send a half-volley from the edge of the area just over.  There was very little between the two sides for long periods of the game, but Lewes were ultimately made to pay for not making the most of playing with the wind during the first half, something the visitors were able to do in the closing stages to win them the game.

The Rooks will hope to put this disappointing defeat behind them when they make the short trip to Bognor Regis Town on Boxing Day, kick-off at 3pm.

Lewes: Winterton, Brinkhurst, Redwood, Appiah (Coppola 84), Freeman, Malins, Muggeridge, Cotton, Landais (McCreadie 37), Fraser, Ogedi-Uzokwe.

Unused Subs: Breach, Strong, Stroomberg.

Booked: Appiah, Cotton, Fraser.

Enfield Town: McDonald, Doyle, Stevens, Vilcu, Joseph, Muguo, Campbell, Livings (Lewen 69), Devyne (Parcell 79), Ottaway, Bihmoutine (Kouassi 72).

Unused Subs: Hayden-Smith, Wynter.

Booked: None.

Referee: Gregory Read

Attendance: 377

Rookery 6s – Six-a-side Leagues


The Rookery6’s League kicks off this February on the Lewes FC 3G pitch ‘The Rookery’.

There are Leagues on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday evenings and specialist Leagues for SuperVets (40yrs+).

We’ve created a dedicated website for the Rookery6’s where match results and stats will also be posted.

All the information you need is right here..

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Enfield Town Preview

There’s hardly a chance for us to take a breath and enjoy the sweet taste of Saturday’s victory before we have to try to do it all again against Enfield Town.  Saturday’s three points saw us gain ground on the six teams immediately above us, and whilst it was a small dent in the deficit, it would be enough to raise a Roger Moore-style eyebrow for some of our rivals.  Phil Appiah’s superb first half strike was enough to take all three points and Darren Freeman will hope that Christmas comes early with another haul against fellow fan-owned Enfield Town.

We last met almost nine months ago, on a chilly March night when goals from Jack Rowe-Hurst and Emmett O’Connor gave the Rooks a vital win in their fight against relegation.  It was a rare win against Enfield Town since we renewed our rivalry in the Ryman Premier League.  The current record looks like:-

P 6 W 2 D 0 L 4 GF 8 GA 11

The good news is that the injury to George Landais wasn’t as bad as it first seemed and he could be in contention for a starting spot, as too could Lee Carey and Alex Laing.  James Hammod is still unavailable due to suspension kept, serving the second of his three games.  Ben El-Mhanni missed out on Saturday due to a groin strain that could also keep him out of this one.

Enfield come to East Sussex in mid-table having got over the poor start to the season that saw them in the bottom four at the end of September.  They’ve won their last three outings, including Saturday’s 2-1 versus Canvey Island thanks to a brace from Tyler Campbell.  Goals were the issue at the start of the season as The Towners only scored in two of their opening nine league games.  Since then they’ve only failed to score on two occasions in the league with Corey Whitely and Bobby Devyne sharing 18 goals between them.  They have lost six out of their nine games on the road this season, scoring just six times in the process.

Kick off is 7:45pm on Tuesday night with admission £11 for Adults, £6 for Concessions and Kids go Free thanks to Specsavers.

Appiah wonderstrike gives the Rooks overdue win

After nine months of waiting, Lewes finally recorded a home league win with a comfortable victory over fellow relegation candidate Farnborough, reports Stuart Fuller.

Darren Freeman had the luxury of choice up front with James Fraser, Trevor McCreadie and new signing George Landais all available, although Josh Jones wasn’t yet at full match fitness. With Lee Carey still nursing an injury from last week and James Hammond suspended, Phil Appiah and Lloyd Cotton took the central midfield roles and soon started to impose themselves on a weak Farnborough side who set themselves up in a 5-3-2 formation.

Lewes dominated opening exchanges with the impressive Junior Odegi-Uzokwe having the better of the Farnborough defence and it was his run on 15 minutes that led to the first real chance when he beat his man, pulled the ball back for James Fraser, who did a good job of controlling the ball but flashed his shot over the bar.

On 21 minutes new striker George Landais limped off on his debut with a knee injury, replaced by Trevor McCreadie. Farnborough’s desperation to grab some points was summed up ten minutes later when striker Bogdan Vastsuk threw himself to the floor in the area, resulting in the first of five yellow cards for the visitors.

The Rooks came close to opening the scoring on 35 minutes when Lloyd Cotton headed the ball back across the goal for Henry Muggeridge, whose shot just scraped the bar. Ten minutes later and Cotton was involved again, laying a perfect ball on for Phil Appiah who, despite having a poor first touch, hit a peach of a shot from 25 yards into the corner of the net.

Lewes led at the break for just the second time this season and came out with a bounce in their steps for the second half. Farnborough brought on Barton to give them another attacking option but the majority of the half was spent in the midfield. Twice Lewes had good shouts for penalties, first when Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe was hauled down in the area only for the referee to deem the offence outside and then, for the second week running, Trevor McCreadie was fouled in the area in front of the linesman yet nothing was given.

With the clock ticking over the ninety minute mark and three points at stake, Lewes tried to hold the ball in the corners as long as they could. Finally the whistle blew and a huge burden had been lifted off the team.

Lewes: Winterton, Brinkhurst, Redwood, Appiah (Gayler 80), Freeman, Malins, Muggeridge, Cotton, Landais (McCreadie 21), Fraser, Ogedi-Uzokwe

Unused subs: Breach, Strong, Stroomberg

Booked: Appiah

Attendance: 449