U18s held at Rottingdean

The U18s travelled to a windy Rottingdean to play against their youth side, the match started at a slow pace with both teams trying to come to terms with the strong cross wind and bobbly pitch. The visitors had the first real chance when a Dan Huet header produced one of many fine saves from Nathan in the Rottingdean goal. As the match progressed Reece Markwick produced a great save to keep the scores level, while Young Rooks had their best spell and Adam Christian could have had a hatrick of headers following well worked set pieces. Dan Huet spurred two chances before finally latching onto a superb through ball from George Amiet-West and slotted the ball under the advancing home goalkeeper. Liam Wright picked up an injury late on the first half and was replaced by the impressive Jack Troak.

Lewes struggled to get going in the second half and Rottingdean had their best spell of the match and got a deserved equaliser following poor defending by Lewes. The away side tried to get the ball down and play the football we have become accustomed to but struggled with the wind and were unable to break down a resilient Dean defence meaning the game finished one apiece. Despite the result the management team were still able to take some positives from the match.

Lewes U18s would like to wish Rottingdean all the best for the season ahead.

Squad: Reece Markwick – Craig Avens – Liam Wright – Jacob Bassett – Adam Christian – Rabbit Kiabalenga – Jack Goodale – Dan Huet – Kyle Woolven – Sam Bentley – George Amiet-West – Jack Troak – Lucas Tredea – Sam Piper


Pompey too strong for young Rooks

The Young Rooks headed along the sunny South Coast to play a friendly against Portsmouth Academy U16 and 15s at their training ground. The match was played on a new 3G pitch which enabled both teams to get the ball down and play some decent football. Some of the young lads seemed a little nervous before the match but that did not show in the first few minutes when they could have gone two up. As the match progressed both teams moved the ball around well, Portsmouth hit the Lewes post which was soon followed by their first goal. As the half progressed the young Rooks found a new belief and had six shots on target to the home side’s three, which finally paid dividends when Sam Bentley deflected the ball into the Pompey goal to square the game at one apiece. Lewes finished the half the brighter team but could not beat the impressive Pompey keeper.

Lewes made seven changes for the second half and it took a while for the visitors to settle which was not helped when Portsmouth pounced on a Lewes mistake and took an early lead. As the half progressed Lewes played a higher line and nearly got an equaliser when Jacob Bassett made a great run down the right and drilled the ball at the goal only to see the goalkeeper produce another first class save. Both teams moved the ball around all over the pitch but Pompey’s high tempo caught the Lewes defence napping and they scored another to make the game 3-1. Kyle Woolven delivered an inch perfect corner which Jarvis Kelly headed back across the goal into the bottom corner only to see the Pompey ‘keeper pull off another full length save. Both teams had chances but game finished 3-1.

Lewes U18s were a credit to themselves and their club today and we’d like to thank Portsmouth for the opportunity to play their Academy and wish them all the best for the season.

1st Half Team: Reece Markwick – Fred Ham – Jack Troak – Connor Spicer – Adam Christian – Rabbit Kiabalenga – Ollie Stevenson – Dan Huet – Hal Colmer – Jarvis Kelly – Sam Bentley

2nd Half Team: Chris Lambert – Jacob Bassett – Liam Wright – Connor Spicer – Jack Barnes – Jack Meeres – Marley Reynolds – Dan Huet – Sam Bentley – Jarvis Kelly – Kyle Woolven

Newhaven provide stern test

The U18s suffered their first defeat of their pre-season with a narrow 2-0 reverse against a strong Newhaven Reserve side.

The pitch team did the U18s proud on Friday with the playing surface in excellent condition despite the heavy rain that fell. The Young Rooks started the brighter side and had the first chance of the game with only foir minutes on the clock. As the match progressed the lads grew in confidence as the match progressed against an experienced and strong Newhaven team started playing the fluent football the watchers of the U18s are becoming accustomed to. Both sides had half chances but the home side came closest when George Amiet-West drilled the ball from 25 yards out only to see it thump the bar with 35 minutes gone. The back four marshaled by David Carruthers in goal and lead by player of the half Rabbit Kiabalenga kept the Newhaven players quiet until the 43 minutes. David Carruthers made a fantastic double save but could not keep the third strike out and the visitors went in one up which was perhaps a little harsh on the Young Rooks. Ollie Stevenson played a skippers role with Connor Spicer and Marley Reynolds whom dictated play in the centre of midfield. Young Gabrial Davis gave a great display at right back which showed when the winger he was marking had to swap sides to get on the ball.

After the break and Amiet made 10 changes which included two under 16 player. In the early stages Newhaven found it difficult to get close to the fluent Rooks but despite much probing there was no equaliser. After the hour Newhaven had their best spell and Reece Marwick pulled off two tremendous saves but could not keep out a long range strike after 66 minutes which put the Haven two up. The Young Rooks showed great character and grew in confidence as the match progressed and only brave defending in the visitors box stopped the boys from finding the back of the net. Second half captain Jack Whitmore led the midfield trio of Dan Huet, playing in a new role, and the impressive and player of the second match Kyle Woolven who helped dictating the second period. Jarvis Kelly also hit the Haven crossbar with 41 minutes gone with an excellent individual effort.

The Youth team were a credit to themselves and their back room team tonight and although they did not get a victory against a decent County Reserve side they played some cracking attacking football on a wet and blustery night.

1st Half Team:
David Carruthers – Gabrial Davis – Liam Knight – Connor Spicer – Adam Christian – Rabbit Kiabalenga –Ollie Stevenson – Marley Reynolds – Reece Willis Brown – Tom Crossman – George Amiet-West

2nd Half Team:
Reece Marwick – Fred Ham – Hal Colmer – Jack Whitmore– Adam Christian – Jack Barnes – Kyle Woolven – Dan Huet – Sam Bentley – Jarvis Kelly – Emeka Okafor

Six of the best at the Caburn

Dave Amiet and Adam Kipling’s young Rooks swept aside the challenge from local rivals Ringmer U18s at the Caburn on a warm Sunday morning to record a stunning 6-0 win.

In the first period Lewes kicked up the slope and the match started at a frantic pace but both teams found it difficult to keep the ball. It wasn’t long though before the visitors gained control of the match and staring knocking the ball around which cumulated with skipper Ollie Stevenson opening the scoring with a wonderful 25 yard strike which gave the Ringmer goalkeeper no chance. Lewes stepped up the pressure and Jarvis Kelly slotted home the second soon afterwards. Lewes had the majority of possession in the first period and only fine goalkeeping kept the score at two nothing.

The Rooks were now in total control of the game and were three up shortly after the interval when Kane Swallow drilled the ball home. With Ringmer electing to play a high line the Lewes players exploited this and Man of the Match Sam Bentley (pictured) broke through to slot home his first and Lewes’ fourth. Ringmer had the odd flurry into the Lewes half but were unable to trouble Chris Lambert in the Lewes goal. Sam Bentley beat the off side trap again and rounded the goalkeeper for his second which was quickly followed by his third and first hatrick for the club.

Ringmer never gave up and were a credit to their Manager Neal Jacobs. Lewes Under 18s management team and players would like to wish Ringmer Under 18’s all the best for the season.

1st Half Team : Chris Lambert – Fred Ham – Jack Troak – Jack Whitmore – Jack Meeres – Rabbit Kiabalenga – Ollie Stevenson – Alfie Yates – Hal Comer – Jarvis Kelly – George Amiet-West

2nd Half Team: Chris Lambert – Gabrial Davis – Jack Troak – Connor Spicer – Rabbit Kiabalenga – Liam Knight – Marley Reynolds – Kyle Woolven – Sam Bentley – Kane Swallow – Emeka Okafor

Young Rooks start with a win

The young Rooks started their pre season programme with a trip to Buxted to play a strong and well organised Barcombe first team. This was the first time the majority of the boys had played together which showed early on as they seemed to show too much respect for the Barcombe players and their obviously physical presence. The game was played in four quarters to allow squad rotation and breaks in the hot conditions and the first two periods finished goalless with neither side managing to find that finishing touch on a hard and bumpy pitch.

With the teams fully rotating the coaching staff had the opportunity prepare the players for the next quarter which paid dividends when Jarvis Kelly drilled home following a corner to break the deadlock. The second came shortly after when Skipper Jack Whitemore’s header hit the post and rebounded out to George Amiet-West who rifled the ball against the underside of the cross for make it two nil. The young Rooks settled and grew in confidence and it wasn’t long before Alfie Yates finished off another great move for the visitors third. Barcombe pulled a goal back following sloppy defending and despite chances for both teams in the final quarter the game finished 3-1.

Both teams were a credit to their respective clubs and gave a great display of football despite the conditions. Lewes would like to wish Barcombe all the best for the season and thank their players and coaching team for a great evening of football.

U18s shaping up well for the season ahead

Pre-season training for the Ryman U18s side is well under way and joint managers Dave Amiet and Adam Kipling have been delighted with the attitude, commitment and quality from the lads and are already predicting big things from the squad.

A record 78 players attending trials over the summer again underlines the standing of Lewes Football Club’s youth system and its tradition in producing quality players for either the first team or beyond. With the club’s Development Squad now in place there’s a clear pathway to first team football at the Dripping Pan.

Kipling commented that “It’s been a tough job to whittle down the trialists but we’ve been extremely pleased with what we’ve seen so far and we’re getting close to deciding on a squad for the season ahead. We’re very much looking for a certain type of player to play for Lewes Football Club and they need to have the right mix of talent, the ability to listen and take new ideas on board and an absolute dedication to improve as footballers. It’s then my, Dave, Paul (Ettridge) and Ian’s (Hinckley-Smith) job as coaches to challenge them and work hard with the boys on the training field to improve them individually and collectively.” Amiet added “We’re confident that we’re putting a good squad together to challenge the current U21 playing squad as well as creating a solid foundation for the football club going forward.”

The young Rooks kick off their friendly programme this Tuesday (22nd July) with an away friendly against Barcombe at Buxted Football Club, kick off 6.30pm. An in house match will take place at Uckfield 3G on Thursday 31st July 7pm kick off. A trip to the Caburn to play Ringmer U18s on Sunday 3rd August, kick off 11am has also been arranged.

The league season starts the week beginning Monday 1st September with the fixtures being released the week commencing 28th July.

Joining us in the Ryman Youth South league next season will be Bognor Regis Town, Burgess Hill Town, Eastbourne Borough, Eastbourne Town, Hastings United, Horsham, Three Bridges, Whitehawk and Worthing.
Further friendlies will be announced over the coming weeks.

U18 Trials – Register now

Ex U18 David Wheeler, now at Exeter City
Ex U18 David Wheeler, now at Exeter City
Ex U18 Solly March now at Brighton & Hove Albion
Ex U18 Solly March now at Brighton & Hove Albion

Lewes FC U18 trials have been announced and will take place on:

Saturday 10 May 10-12am

Tuesday 13 May 6-9pm







Interested players, currently playing either U16 or U17,  should email their details (Name, DOB, Address, Phone and Email, Previous and Current Clubs, Preferred Position) to Adrian Howell (General Manager) at adrian@lewesfc.com

The trials will take place at Lewes FC, The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Road, Lewes BN7 2XA.

We are looking for players who want to play football the right way and must have the right attributes, mentality and professionalism to be a Lewes FC player. Next season also sees the start of a new U21 team which adds to the natural progression that players can make through the club.