Lewes were left to rue a series of missed first-half chances….

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The Dripping Pan, Lewes
Sunday 28th February FAWPL

Lewes were left to rue a series of missed first-half chances as QPR dug out a hard-won victory at the Dripping Pan. After a late start due to traffic congestion, Rangers struggled to find their feet as Lewes took an early grip on the game.

Emma Plewa, back after a long injury lay-off, started brightly, working well with Lane and Heather. Five minutes in one such move saw Plewa wriggle free inside the D. She steadied herself before calmly slotting home past the advancing Caldwell. 1-0 (5)

Natasha Wells, Danielle Lane and Plewa continued to cause the visitors problems down the Lewes right. Despite QPR’s physicality Lewes matched their effort, Hayley West leading by example as she closed down the big threat of Whitter. The R’s 17 got fed up with West’s close attendance, moving across to the right, only to find Rachel Palmer in similarly mean mood.

Rangers, a strong, biting wind at their backs, looked to test Dolbear from range, but efforts from Fogarty and Wilson were well off target. On 37 minutes Plewa got away on the left, pulling back cleverly for Larkin who skewed her shot wide. Lewes stayed on top without creating too many clear chances, taking their slender advantage into the changing rooms. HT 1-0

After the break Rangers had clearly sorted themselves out, tearing into the Lewes midfield and, in spite of a vicious wind still driving in from the east, pinned the home side in their own half. Lewes defended bravely, West continuing her display from the first 45, ably supported by Palmer and Carter. Every Lewes counter-attack was repelled with interest, Rangers finding their passing range with unerring accuracy.

West and Carter continued to bite into challenges, one tackle from West deemed to be illegal. Fogarty’s free kick was met on the six yard line by Danielle Puddefoot who powered her header past Dolbear. 1-1 (71)

Lewes brought on Lock for Plewa, the tall striker given a half-chance within a minute, Rangers closing ranks to keep her out. Lewes pressed, Lane and Wells working hard to set up attacks, but it was Rangers who looked more likely as time and again they turned defence into attack with quick, incisive passing.

With ten minutes to go Lewes brought on Walder for Larkin, Rangers Netshova for Odeniyi. On 84 minutes another Lewes corner resulted in a chance for Rangers, Natasha Wells racing back to do just enough to put Whitter off as she seemed certain to score. Lane raced onto the clearance but, as for Rangers’ strikers in the first half, the wind took the ball off her toes and the chance was gone.

Following a delay for treatment for McIntyre, caught badly as she completed a long pass, Palmer’s free kick was cleared, setting up yet another counter in stoppage time. McIntyre cleared, but a speculative shot back in seemed to catch Dolbear in two minds. Unsure of the flight, she punched high, R’s skipper Maggs first to react, slotting home from close range. 1-2 (90+)

There was no time to respond. For the second week in a row Lewes were denied in cruel fashion after controlling much of the play. Dolbear was inconsolable at the end but it would be harsh for any one player to carry the burden of this defeat. The team did not take their chances in the first half and did not create enough in the second.

Rangers hung in there when the pressure was on and took their chances as they fell. Lewes get a chance to put things right next Sunday when they travel to Plymouth Argyle.

MvP as voted by match sponsor Direct Mortgage Group: Hayley West

Lewes: Dolbear, West, Carter, Palmer, Newton, Heather, Larkin, McIntyre, Wells, Lane, Plewa
Subs: Capon, Walder, Louise-Joseph, Lock

QPR: Caldwell, Lopes, Odeniy, Denny, Dempster, Maggs, Layton, Wilson, Puddefoot, Fogarty, Whitter
Subs: Netshova, Humble, Coles


Rooks suffer heavy defeat at Canvey Island

Lewes suffered a heavy defeat on the freezing cold banks of the Thames Estuary with on-loan goalkeeper Harry Palmer suffering a debut to forget.

Palmer was the only change to the starting eleven from last week, replacing flu-suffering Chris Winterton, having signed at the 11th hour on dual registration from Braintree Town. New Eastbourne Borough loanee Josh Street and Miguel Baptista were also included in an attacking squad, with Darren Freeman recognising the need to grab at least a point.

The positivity lasted just six minutes before Gilbey’s cross was flicked home by centre-back Richard Halle. The home side weathered the strong wind quickly and put the Rooks goal under pressure before Lewes equalised against the run of play in the 15th minute when a neat passing move saw Laing play in Jonté Smith and he had no mistake when one-on-one with Conor Gough.

Lewes grew in confidence with Smith twice going close, denied by Gough on one occasion and the conditions on the other. Half-time saw the scores were level, with The Rooks feeling confident that they’d matched the hosts despite the strong wind acting as an extra attacker.

Alas the confidence dissolved within six second half minutes as Curran smashed the ball home after Tuohy had created the space for him. Stokes should have scored a third soon after, waltzing through the Lewes defence before his shot hit the post then rolled across the line. The Rooks luck ran out just after the hour mark when keeper Palmer took too long with his clearance and Tuohy charged the ball down, then rolling it into an empty net.

However, against the run of play Lewes came back into the game in the 76th minute when Redwood’s speculative free-kick eluded everyone in the area and bounced through Gough’s legs and into the net.

The next goal was crucial although in fairness it never looked like The Rooks would score it. Despite Freeman throwing on Baptista for his debut and Ben El-Mhanni it was the home side who looked the stronger and they wrapped up the win with three minutes to go when substitute Johnson’s effort came off the post and fell kindly to fellow substitute Akurang who made amends for his earlier open goal miss by smashing the ball home to make it 4-2. A fifth made the scoreline flattering although there was nothing lucky about Tuohy’s second in injury time, smashing home a volley from twenty five yards.  

It was a damaging defeat for the Rooks, with none of the other bottom six winning and now making Monday night’s trip to Hendon a must-win game.

Canvey Island: Gough, Pitty, Dumas, Gilbey (Agakwa – 90 mins), Halle, Sheehan, Curran (Akurang – 81 mins), Chatting, Tombides (Johnson – 81 mins), Tuohy, Stokes

Subs not used: Lawson, James-Lewis

Lewes: Palmer, Brinkhurst (Ben El-Mhanni – 82 mins), Redwood, Carey, Freeman, Malins, Conlon, Hammond (Baptista – 72 mins) Smith, Laing, Okojie (Street – 60 mins)

Subs not used: Muggeridge, Badger

Booking: Laing

Referee: Martyn Holmes

Attendance: 311

Canvey Island Preview + news of squad changes

It’s only been a few weeks since we last met The Gulls when Jonte Smith’s debut double gave us all three points. After two weeks of last minute goals conceded we will head to Essex with any thoughts of late drama firmly locked in the minibus!  Slowly but surely we are narrowing the gap on the teams above us, meaning three points tomorrow are more than vital than ever.

Our recent record against Canvey Island has been mixed.  We’ve won a couple, we’ve lost some and we’ve drawn a few.  In essence, we’ve been quite closely matched.  In recent times we’ve had the better of the encounters including that 3-1 win back in January.  Since then Canvey Island have won two, lost two and drawn one game, points that have essentially made their Ryman League Premier Division status safe for another season.  Lewes’s form has also been pretty good since that January day with one win, two draws and that last gasp defeat to Enfield Town.  Our Ryman record against Canvey Island now reads:-

P 9 W 3 D 3 L 3 GS 13 GA 12

Canvey’s home form has been a cause for concern recently, with five defeats and a draw from their last eight games at Park Lane (exactly the same as their away form in the same period), giving us some hope although our away form isn’t exactly the best – in fact it is still the worst in the division.  But we go with more confidence than we have ever had this season.  Last week Canvey won away at Harrow Borough with goals from Steve Sheehan and Lawrence Yiga.  Their main danger man remains striker Martin Tuohy who has 18 goals so far this term.

Darren will take an almost full-strength squad to Canvey Island, with the only absences being Jimmy Muitt and George Landais.  Last week’s new signing Josh Street should travel with the squad as too should new loan signing from Eastbourne Borough, Miguel Baptista.  The 22 year old Portuguese player will add further attacking options for Darren on Saturday.

In other squad news Trevor McCreadie has moved to East Grinstead Town in search of first team football and we wish him well for the future.

Kick off at Park Lane is 3pm.


Its Time. The Rookery 6’s start March 1…




Its time…Let the Action Commence…

Rookery 6’s League : Tuesday March 1st 2016 

The Rookery 6 six a side league with Coco5 begins on Tuesday March 1. Here are the details that you need to take part.

For those who have already registered, thank you! And those who would still like to take part – Registration will be at the clubs Rook Inn from 5:30pm next Tuesday. (Entry via the Dripping Pan at Lewes Football Club – under the Rook Inn sign)

Tuesday’s matches will be played at 6:30 – 7:30pm

25 minutes duration, with one match per week

We will need from you on the day:

•Your Team Name

•A list of players (up to 8 – Everyone must be 16+)

•Contact details of at least two members of the team

•£60 deposit plus £30 to play on the night

•Rules & regs will be given to you on the night

•Footwear and general housekeeping & rules are as follows:

If you’re already booked in for Friday, and want to change to Tuesday come down on the night and you can be registered as well!

If you want to join but have not registered yet, go to the website and sign up!


Friday and Sunday Leagues: 

You can sign up NOW to the Friday Main League, The SUPERVETs League, or the Sunday League.

For the Friday League, the Lewes FC Main Office will be open from 6:00pm next Friday (March 4) for you to register, the main league begins from 8pm – 9pm…(remember you only need £40 deposit and £20 per game!) and for the SUPERVETS League – you can register at the Main Office anytime from 6pm on Friday too… Remember its 40 + only…

(The office is up some stairs but you can use the climb as part of your warm up…)

The Sunday Leaguers can sign up now, during next week, or on Friday or Sunday (March 6) at the Club. Deposit is £80 and it’s £40 per game (40 minute matches)

Don’t forget there’s a Beer Festival here at the club next Friday at the Rook Inn! http://www.lewesfc.com/ale-be-back/

A perfect way to get some team bonding going!

For more information e-mail: 3g@lewesfc.com or phone 01273 470820

Good luck!

Lewes FC Rookery 6 team.

Lewes Ladies v QPR Sunday 28th. Please don’t rain.

FA WPL Sunday 28th February 2016.  Our postponed Valentines Day fixture finally gets under way this coming Sunday.


QPR match form guide: LWWWLL

QPR will be looking to bounce back after a couple of heavy defeats to Bristol City (7-1 in the FA Cup) and Charlton Athletic (5-0 in the Capital One Cup).  Two good away wins came against Chichester and Enfield, both cup matches, Jo Wilson (2 goals in each) and Danielle Puddefoot (1 in each) on the score-sheet.

The Hoops gave Lewes a good game at their place earlier in the season, where the Rookettes edged an initially tight contest 3-1, goals from Ellie Lock (2) and skipper Kelly Newton. Our respective DS squads played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Rookery recently.

Lewes have endured a cruel run of late, with postponements and a tough loss  (6-5 on penalties in the FA Cup) leaving the players and staff without reward or game-time for a lot of hard work on the training ground. We welcome recent signing Kellie Larkin to the Dripping Pan for what will be her home debut.

Let’s hope we can get this match on and get a good crowd in to enjoy what we expect to be a great game of football. Kick off is 2pm, bar and snack hatch open, £3 admission (with free programme) and kids under 16 go free.

Take a look at the Rookettes link and meet The Lewes Ladies Teams. Kids may get to meet their favorite player on Sunday. The Rookettes

Lewes DS v Pagham Reserves – match preview

Steve Eke’s Development Squad head into Saturday’s Sussex Intermediate Challenge Cup semi final with Pagham Reserves full of confidence, with the young Rooks currently s sitting 5th in the Ryman U21s South table.

The Sussex Intermediate Challenge Cup provides reserve and U21 teams and those first teams below Southern Combination Division One a chance to pit their wits against each other for a chance to contest the historic trophy in April at Culver Road. Southwick won last season’s trophy, to complete a league and cup double, with a 1-0 win over Arundel Reserves.

The route to the semi final has been a long one for  Lewes which started back in September with five tough rounds successfully negotiated. They came in the way of wins against Rotherfield, Ferring, Midhurst and Easebourne Reserves, Lindfield and Bosham with 16 goals scored and only 4 conceded. Top scorer for the Rooks in the competition with 3 goals is Academy striker Lucas Tredrea and pacey winger Max Howell, while midfielder George Laughlin has popped up with a couple of vital strikes.

Our West Sussex opponents will not be underestimated though and they are also enjoying a fine season, currently sitting top of the Southern Combination Reserve Section (West) and are unbeaten in 12 games, scoring 81 goals in the process. Their route to the final as been equally tough and have enjoyed wins against Upper Beeding, Chichester City Reserves, Roffey and Cowfold.

Squad from: Stroomberg, Stevenson, Troak, Kemp, Christian, Poole, Millar, Mbiriviri, Laughlin, Whitmore, Rogers, Strong, Aller, Dramis, Izuchukwu, Follea, Robinson, Tredrea.

Kick off is at 3pm and admission is just £3 for adults and U16s go free plus the bar and food hatch will be open.



Bickerstaff’s Fishmongers know their Plaice…

Bickerstaff’s Fishmongers Join Lewes FC’s Support & Save Scheme


Lewes FC are delighted to announce that local Fishmongers Bickerstaff’s are the newest members of the Lewes FC Support & Save scheme.The stall in the Riverside on Cliffe High Street, is offering 5% discount on all locally caught produce to all owners of the Football Club.


Mr. Ian Bickerstaff who also owns the West Quay Fish Shop in Newhaven said;

“I’ve been carping on at doing this for a whale”  he explained, “I thought I needed time to mullet over, but after a trawl through the Lewes FC website it wasn’t a difficult decision to hake”

CEO and Commercial Manager Kevin Miller is delighted with the decision.

“At first I thought, this scampi happening, but I’m delighted to thank and welcome Mr.Bickerstaff and the staff to the Pan. It just goes to prove that any fin is possible, and we’re always happy for our owners to save a few squid.”


The Riverside on Cliffe High Street, Lewes

The offer begins this Saturday (27th) and is open to the Riverside store only.


If you would like to take advantage of this discount, and 75 other superb offers from stores and facilities around the region, you’ll need to become an owner of Lewes Football Club!

It costs just £30 per year… Just follow the link!