Welcome to the Dripping Pan for today’s Bostik Premier League game with Folkestone Invicta. Here is your complimentary e-programme. 

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CONTENTS

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Darren from the Dugout

Today’s match music

Chairman’s Notes

Get your ‘I Saw Brinky Score’ T-shirt

Nick Fears RIP

Charlie Coppola hits 100

Recent match review

Let’s talk about the World Cup’s Luis Monti

Today’s opponents

Youth update

The curse and myth of Manager of the Month

Stodgebusters on tour

Sponsor a Lewes FC player

Today’s teams

Upcoming fixtures

Credits and legal info


My Post


DARREN FROM THE DUGOUT

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This season, we’ll be interviewing Darren ahead of every game. Click Play below to hear his thoughts ahead of today’s game.


MEET TODAY’S MASCOT AND MATCHBALL SPONSORS

IMG-20181015-WA0001-1Today’s match mascot is seven-year-old Albie Gloster, who reached the ripe old age of seven earlier this month.

Judging by the kit, Albie’s a Brighton & Hove Albion, so (cheap plug ahoy!) he’ll doubtless be eager to get back down the Pan for our Sussex Senior Cup tie with Brighton & Hove Albion, which will be held here on Wednesday 7th November at 7:45pm.

We hope you and your family have a great day with us, Albie!

Our matchball sponsors need no introduction to Rooks regulars.

Ethel Treagus is one of our longest-standing supporters and a priceless club volunteer who sells our Golden Goal tickets alongside her granddaughter Kim Sutton.

As ever, we thank Ethel and Kim for their generous and tireless support. Have a great day!


TODAY’S MATCH MUSIC

We’ve created a playlist of the music you’ll hear in the stadium before the match and at half-time. If you’re a Spotify user, you can listen to the songs on the playlist below. Today’s match music has been chosen by John Peel.


CHAIRMAN’S NOTES

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Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan for what I believe is the first league meeting with Folkestone Invicta.  I’d like to welcome the fans, players, management and officials from Folkestone and hope they enjoy our hospitality off the pitch.

September was a great month for the club on the pitch.  After picking up 7 points from a possible 9, plus coming through five Emirates FA Cup ties unbeaten, Darren, Ross and Codge were rightfully awarded the Bostik League Premier Division Manager of the Month, whilst Lewis Carey won the “Safe Hands” award for conceding just two league goals in the month.  I know that Darren and Ross consider these awards as Managerial Curses but my research later in this e-programme prove them wrong, for the most part!

In addition to the performances by the First Team, our DS side under Steve Eke’s guidance topped the Bostik Development League South, whilst our Under-18s side progressed in the Isthmian League Cup and the FA Youth Cup.  On the Women’s side, we finished the month joint top of the Championship with three wins out of three games.  What a time to be a fan of the club!

October has so far been less kind.  In our last game here, we lost by the odd goal in seven to local rivals Worthing in a pulsating game, whilst Bath City ended our run in the FA Cup.  Last Saturday’s game at Potters Bar Town wasn’t pleasing on the eye in a number of ways and we struggled with the conditions, the pitch and the hosts approach.  Nevertheless, we had our chances to take all three points and came away feeling very disappointed.

We put that bad performance behind us in some style on Tuesday when we beat AFC Hornchurch 5-1.  They had only lost once this season in the league and the odds were certainly not stacked in our favour.  Scoring five goals away from home against anyone is a great performance but when one comes from Steve Brinkhurst, albeit a tap-in on the line after a scramble and with a hint of the last touch from Jonte, it made it an historic evening for everyone there.  Kev Brook, ever the one for a random stat, tells me that it has been 18 years since both full-backs scored in a game.

We’ve still got an opportunity to progress in two more cup fronts though in the next few weeks as we travel to Ashford Town (make sure you go to the right Ashford!) next Saturday in the FA Trophy whilst we will face Brighton & Hove Albion Under23s in the Sussex Senior Cup in early November here at The Pan.

Many of you will have seen the news this week that Thamesmead Town have gone into liquidation.  Unfortunately, the move to Dartford hasn’t worked out for them and despite some decent performances on the pitch, the lack of support and volunteers to help run the club off it, they have had no choice but to fold.  It is a sad day for football but one that brings home the importance of understanding what you have and the fantastic work our own volunteers do here at Lewes.

It was also sad to learn this week of the death of long-term Lewes fan and volunteer Nick Fears.  Nick was a great character, never afraid to remind us of his opinion but a Sussex football fan through and through. Our condolences go to his family.

Finally, just a reminder that our AGM is on Thursday at The Rook Inn from 7pm.  As we only received three nominations for the three open positions on the Board, there will be no election this year. I’d like to welcome back John Peel and Roger Warner to the board, and look forward to working with our newest member, Galia Orme.

Come on you Rooks!

Stuart


YOU SAW THE GOAL, NOW BUY THE T-SHIRT

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Four years, seven months and fifteen days since his last strike for the club, Steve Brinkhurst finally ended his goal drought in Tuesday’s 5-1 demolition of AFC Hornchurch.

(Warning: video below contains strong language)

To mark such an auspicious occasion, we’ve launched a special range of T-shirts. You saw the goal, now get the T-shirt to prove it!

These very limited edition shirts are available in a wide range of styles and sizes and are priced from £14.79 upwards. They are only available to order online.

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NICK FEARS RIP

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The club was saddened to hear of the passing of long-term Lewes fan Nick Fears. Nick was associated with the club for many years, and hit the local headlines in 2007 when he chased off a robber at the Dripping Pan, following a friendly versus Southampton.  You can read the story of Nick’s brave intervention here.

The club sends its best wishes and sympathy to Nick’s family and friends.


CHARLIE HITS 100!

Congratulations to Charlie Coppola, who’s notched 100 appearances for the Rooks since making his first team debut in 2015.


RECENT MATCH REVIEW

It’s been three matches on the road since we were last here at the Pan. That run started with our trip to Bath City in the FA Cup, before the defeat to Potters Bar in the League last Saturday. There were no highlights of either game and we don’t want to dwell on defeats, so let’s see all the goals and hear Darren’s reaction to the 5-1 win at AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday evening.


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LET’S TALK ABOUT… THE WORLD CUP’S LUIS MONTI

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Paul Sheppard profiles a unique player in World Cup history

  1. Who is the only man ever to play in successive World Cup Finals for different countries?
  2. Luis Monti.

And with the tournament still fresh in memory, that’s why we’re talking about him.

Monti, born in 1901 in Argentina, was a centre-back. Remembered for having been rugged in defence and skilful going forward, Monti played in the 1930 Final for Argentina, which Uruguay won 4-2; and was in the winning Italian team who defeated the Czechs 2-1 in 1934.

Monti started his career in Argentina in 1921 going on to win many honours, first with Huracán, and then with San Lorenzo. He won the first of his 16 caps with Argentina in 1924.

Monti 2This is Monti posing in the kit of San Lorenzo.

Now, despite what many of you must be thinking, I’m not an investigative journalist. Therefore what I’m about to write is the gist of what I’ve gathered online, and it’s a story that demands we suspend our collective disbelief. In fact it highlights the world’s first fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, directing operations to gather a team that would win Italy the football World Cup.

By the time the inaugural World Cup finals took place in neighbouring Uruguay in 1930, Monti was widely considered one of the best centre-halves in South America and vital to the Argentina team. Musso was determined that with Italy hosting 1934, they would gather a winning team, to which Monti was considered central. The only whiff of legitimacy comprised the belief that Monti had Italian ancestry.

The story behind Monti’s move to Italy starts along the familiar pathway of then unheard of riches for working class footballers in Serie A. It’s claimed the deal was ordered by Musso to get Monti, who duly moved to Turin and became an Italian citizen. During a nine-year career in Italy Monti played 225 games and scored 19 goals for Juventus, who he helped to four consecutive Serie A titles between 1932 -1935. After just a year in Italy, he made his international debut on their way to the 1934 World Cup win against the Czechs.

In the lead-up, the president of the Italian Olympic Committee and Football Association, Giorgio Vaccaro, was sent several times by Mussolini to meet with FIFA President, Jules Rimet, and the 1934 Italian bid was chosen.

The night before the match, June 9, 1934, a telegram was read in front of the players: “Victory or death. Win… If not so, crash.” The telegram was from Benito Mussolini. In the Final itself, at half-time it was balanced 0-0. The Italian coach, Vittorio Pozzo , informed his players of a message he had received:  “You are responsible for the success, but if you fail, may God help you.”

The worries of the Italian players and coach must have turned into panic when the Czechs scored with 19 minutes to go. Monti’s fellow Argentine/Italian, Raimundo Orsi, made it 1-1 9 minutes from time; Italy won it in extra time! The Italian team were not only presented with the Jules Rimet trophy, but also a particularly large cup that Mussolini had specially commissioned for the moment, as he had considered the FIFA award too small to reflect the glory of the winners.

In recent years, Monti’s granddaughter revealed how he had often spoken about threats received during his playing career in order to influence the outcome of games. In the 1930 World Cup Final, Lorena Monti claimed granddad stated: “At half-time, when Argentina were leading 2-1, they said that if Argentina didn’t lose, they would kill my grandmother and my aunt… In Uruguay they would kill me if we won. In Italy they would kill me if I lost…”

In total Monti won 16 caps (5 goals) for Argentina between 1924 and 1931, and 18 caps (1 goal) for Italy between 1932 and 1936. He died in 1983 aged 82, Jules Rimet still gleaming!


TODAY’S OPPONENTS: FOLKESTONE INVICTA

Folkestone Invicta

Founded in 1936, Folkestone Invicta initially played in the East Kent Amateur League before joining the Kent County League, winning the Premier Division in 1979. In 1990 the town’s principal club Folkestone FC folded after many years in the Southern League, and Folkestone Invicta moved into the former’s Cheriton Road ground in 1991.

Invicta joined Division Two of the Kent League in 1991, winning title at the first attempt along with the Division Two Cup and the Kent Intermediate Shield. Finishing runners-up in Division One of the Kent League in 1998 they earned promotion to the Southern Division of the Southern League.

They were transferred to the Eastern Division in 1999, and after a runners-up spot in their first season won promotion to the Premier Division. Relegated in 2003, a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Division the following season was enough to win promotion due to league re-organisation, Invicta finding themselves transferred to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League. In 2005-6 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 2–1 at League Two Chester City.

Relegated to Division One South in 2009, they finished second and won promotion back to the Premier Division via the play-offs in 2010. However, they finished bottom in 2011 and were relegated back to Division One South. Four successive top five finishes saw Invicta defeated in the play-offs, until winning the Division One South title by 24 points in 2016 (with manager Neil Cugley completed 1,000 matches as the club’s manager) to return to the Premier Division. They finished fourth last season scoring over a hundred league goals, losing in the play-off semi-finals to Hendon.

Folkestone Invicta currently lie ninth in the table on 16 points following Tuesday evening’s impressive 4-2 victory at Bognor Regis.

MEET THE SQUAD

Manager – Neil Cugley
‘Legend’ is far too easily used in this beautiful game, but mention Folkestone Invicta Football Club to almost anyone on the non-league circuit and the name of Neil Cugley will spring to mind. Neil owns a long association with Invicta, an astonishing 21 years in charge of the club representing the town where he was born and bred. The former centre-half turned centre forward has spent a lifetime in the non-league game. Neil was elected to the board of Folkestone Invicta Football Club in late 2015.

Tim Roberts – Goalkeeper
Tim joined Invicta in September 2013 from Walton & Hersham. He has now made over 200 appearances for the club, and was a key figure in Folkestone’s championship winning campaign when he was voted Supporters Player of the Year after recording a remarkable 20 clean sheets.

Nick Shaw –Goalkeeper
Nick started his senior career at Hythe before enjoying spells with Faversham Town, Norton Sports, Whitstable Town, Ramsgate, Deal Town. He is standby goalie to Tim Roberts.

Finn O’Mara – Defender
After six years with Gillingham, Finn joined Invicta just this month on a permanent deal until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Matt Newman – Defender
Matt rejoined Invicta from Hythe Town in time to play in the opening league fixture of 2017/18. A good passer of the ball, Matt can play equally well in midfield and defence.

Callum Davies – Defender/Captain
Callum began his career at Gillingham, where he won a League Division Two Championship medal under manager Martin Allen in 2013, but injury restricted his progress under Allen’s successor Justin Edinburgh. He signed for Invicta in 2016.

Jerald Aboagye – Defender
Jerald was snapped up by Invicta boss Neil Cugley in January from their neighbours Hythe Town, where he had been Supporter’s Player of the Year last season.

Josh Vincent – Defender/Midfielder
JV as he is known by everyone at the Fullicks Stadium has been a member of the senior squad at Invicta for nine years. A loyal and much valued player, he is chasing the record for the most appearances for Invicta having played over 400 games.

Ronnie Dolan – Midfielder
Ronnie attracted a great deal of interest from higher level clubs earlier in his career. Signed for Invicta in 2014 from Hastings United, he has also had spells at Ashford Town, Ashford United, Hythe Town and Welling United.

Sam Hasler – Midfielder
Sam is a talented midfielder who joined Folkestone from Herne Bay in October 2016. Sam scored Folkestone’s Goal of The Season in 2016-17 with a stunning free kick against the eventual Isthmian League Premier Division champions Havant & Waterlooville

Micheal Everitt – Midfielder
Player-coach Micheal is Invicta’s record appearance holder with more than 600 games to his credit. He was a member of the championship and promotion-winning side of 2015/16, and last year played in the crucial last five games that secured Premier Division football for Invicta for a second year. Mike runs a successful soccer coaching company which works extensively with youngsters in local schools and similar organisations.

Kieron McCann – Midfielder
Kieron impressed Manager Neil Cugley who watched him play for Sevenoaks Town, from whom he joined Invicta in the summer of 2017.

Ian Draycott – Forward
Ian joined Folkestone from Leatherhead in the summer of 2014 and went on to score 43 goals in 57 appearances in his debut season, and then 40 goals in 53 appearances the following year. He was named in the Ryman League Team of the Season selected by the managers for 2014/15.

Ade Yussuf – Forward
Ade is a hard-working striker who joined Invicta from Hornchurch during the summer of 2017.

Alfie Paxman – Forward
Alfie emerged from the Ramsgate youth set-up and represented Kent at youth level before joining Dover Academy at the age of 16. A prolific goalscorer for Ramsgate last season, Alfie joined Invicta for the start of this season.

Johan Ter Horst – Forward
A product of the Invicta youth system, Johan broke into the first team in 2013/14 season. He moved to join Hull City in the Premiership under Steve Bruce but was released at the end of season 2016/17. He joined National League Maidstone United in the summer of 2017, and after a brief spell returned to his roots and is back and enjoying his football again.

Kane Rowland – Forward
Kane entered the game through the youth ranks at Ramsgate and played for Margate, Whitstable, and Sittingbourne, before joining Invicta.


YOUTH UPDATE

Lewes U-18s

It’s been a tremendous start to the season for both our U23s and U18s squad this season…

Just last night the U18s made it into the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup for the second year running with a brilliant victory at Croydon. The young Rooks found themselves deservedly 2-0 down against their powerful and organised south London opponents but a sensational second half turnaround saw Ross Barclay score from the spot, Dylan Gifford have another penalty saved only for Barclay to be on hand to knock in the rebound. In the final minutes Alfie Headland found himself free in the box to calmly slot  home to secure the win and a place in the next round.

It did though come at a cost, with an early injury to Leone Gravata and a nasty cut knee in the second half for Mitch Hewens. We wish them both well with their recovery. Sutton United’s Academy await in the next round, to be played on Thursday 1st November, at the Dripping Pan.

Aside from the impressive run in the FA Youth Cup, Dale Hurley’s boys have already successfully negotiated two rounds of the Isthmian League Cup (a trophy they are looking to retain) including a 13-1 win over Shoreham, while the league has taken a back seat due to all the cup games but a convincing win over Bognor Regis Town and a narrow defeat against last season’s Champions Whitehawk put us in a good position when the league games restart.

Dylan Gifford leads the U18s scoring charts so far, with an incredible 10 in 7 appearance, while Leone Gravata and Elliot Bennett, back from a year out injured, both have 4 goals.

Steve Eke’s U23s suffered a late defeat on Thursday night at Herne Bay. After battling back from 2-0 down at half time, goals from Jake Lindsey and Sam Karl levelling the score, it looked certain that the Rooks would grab the winning goal only the home side scored four minutes from time to take all three points. Five U18s players made their U23s debut at Herne Bay, four of them only 16, and they showed what quality and promise we have within the youth set-up currently.

It’s certainly been goals galore for the U23s this season, with seven scored against Thamesmead Town, five against Hastings United and Ramsgate and four against Horsham. They currently sit handily in 7th place in the Isthmian Development League South with games in hand on the teams above. Centre-back Alfie Headland and Billy Medlock have five apiece this season, while Dylan Gifford and Sam Karl have continued their impressive goal scoring form with four each.

Upcoming Fixtures (all 7.45pm kick offs)

Monday 22nd October – Lewes U23s v Cray Wanderers U23s

Tuesday 23rd October – Eastbourne Borough U18s v Lewes U18s

Monday 29th October – Carshalton Athletic U23s v Lewes U23s

Thursday 1st November – Lewes U18s v Sutton United Academy (FA Youth Cup – First Round proper)


THE MYTH AND CURSE OF MANAGER OF THE MONTH

Darren Freeman

Stuart Fuller investigates whether MOTM is really a kiss of death

Ask any manager at any club around the world and they will tell you they don’t care for plaudits of being the manager of the month until the season has ended.  Despite being top of the Bostik League South Division for two-thirds of last season, our very own Darren Freeman didn’t win a single monthly award, something that also happened when he was in charge of the very successful Whitehawk side that gained three promotions in just a few years.

But against his wishes the gaffer won the award for September in the Bostik League Premier Division, which is a fantastic achievement for him, Ross and Codge, after just a few games back at this level.  In September we took seven points from a possible nine, the best record in the division.  It wasn’t just the results though, it was who they were against.  Wins at Margate and Wingate & Finchley plus a draw against second place Enfield Town.  Whilst they didn’t count towards the award, we could also add in five unbeaten FA Cup ties, including the 8-1 thrashing of Molesey.  Few could argue it wasn’t a deserved reward for a fantastic month.

Yet ringing Darren and telling him the news was a job that Barry and I had to flip a coin for.  His immediate reaction was to say he’d refuse to accept it and wouldn’t attend the presentation ceremony.  When I told him that as a representative of the Isthmian League board I would fine him he grudgingly accepted but, wary of the superstition of the “Curse of the Manager of the Month”, he immediately banned any further talk of the award.

Results in the first half of October seemed to bear out his suspicions.  Consecutive defeats to Worthing, Bath City and Potters Bar Town represented the worse run of form The Rooks had had for over eighteen months.  But is there really a curse?  Statistics suggest that it is all in the manager’s mind.

Last season the Manager of the Month in the Bostik League Premier Division won an average of 1.8 points per game in the month after they won the award.  Whilst this was a slight drop from just over 2 points per game for the month in which they won it, it is still a very impressive return, almost Play-off form.  The situation in the Bostik League North and South Divisions wasn’t too different, with a return of 1.6 and 1.5 points respectively. But certainly not the level of poor form that most managers think.

The numbers don’t tell the whole story.  For all the money and hype around Billericay Town, their joint managers, Glenn Tamplin and Harry Wheeler, won the Manager of the Month award five times thanks to some excellent performances.  Excluding April’s award, their subsequent month performance ranged from 3 points per game in September to just 1 point per game in January.   Likewise, Dulwich Hamlet’s Gavin Rose only gained an average of 1 point per game in November after winning October’s award, whilst Greenwich Borough’s Paul Barnes could only gain 0.8 points per game in April after scooping March’s award.

So next time you hear a manager talk about the curse of the award, take a careful look at their next set of results.  No manager, well apart from a certain Portuguese one in North-West England, wants to really big up their abilities, and that’s why they created the curse.  If you don’t believe me, then you can ring Darren and give him the good news next time!


STODGEBUSTERS ON TOUR

The Stodgebusters jump aboard the bus to Bath, before paying a visit to Potters Bar

The next step in our FA Cup odyssey was away (again) at Bath City. We had been to Twerton Park a few times back in our Conference South days. We also recollect Kevin Keehan’s outfit playing Team Bath there in the Trophy a few years ago. Danny Cullip wasn’t injured that day and scored a rare goal.

With there being a team/supporter coach being laid on this seemed the obvious way to get there, and in the process help the club get some of the coach hire cost back. But when Mrs. PJ got wind of the game she fancied making a weekend of it down in Somerset. She got her way when PJ submitted to a half-nelson and an arm-lock.

Gary the Badge had just spent a week in the Wells area and recommended Double Gate Farm B&B in Godney. So that was that sorted for Friday until Monday.

So as the coach, with the majority of the Stodgebusters on board, was setting off from the Pan, PJ and his beloved were tucking into a full English breakfast at Double Gate. With the size of the servings there would be no need for the usual pre-match lunch for him. Gary the Badge, Roly and Malcolm would have to take pot luck with whatever was near the ground.

With the coach pounding the motorway, The PJs spent the morning looking around Bath City centre. She liked all the designer shops. He preferred Poundland and their range of sweets.  The queue for the Roman Baths was ridiculous so they popped into the beautiful Bath Abbey for a look around.

2pm was the cut-off point and, after making absolutely sure that he was still in possession of all his credit cards, PJ made tracks for Twerton Park on foot leaving his other half to browse more shops. It would be about a 25 minute walk from the city centre. It was the perfect time for Google maps to fail, but after walking generally in the right direction PJ spotted a couple of black and white Bath City shirts and tagged along.

Twerton Park is a big, old school football ground. Huge stands down the sides but no cover behind the goals. PJ soon found the usual gang and gave them his best Jay from The Inbetweeners impression with a loud “Bus *******!” He was shocked that the remaining Stodgebusters had just spent about 90 minutes in McDonald’s. That is not our usual habitat at all. PJ showed no mercy and spoke of large breakfasts and cream teas.

Lewes had a string of absentees from this game due to injury and a couple of suspensions, but the patched up team did well in the first half against a big team from the league above. We held our own and created a couple of good chances. But just as we were expecting the half-time whistle we gave the ball away carelessly down the right. The ball was rifled across and poked in the net. There wasn’t even time to kick off again. If we could have held out until half time it might have been a different game.

The second half was a different story. That goal had been a kick in the stomach and shook the team. Bath dominated and were soon two up with a good finish. Two became three and there was no way back. Bath whistled several shots just wide while Lewes created very little. One nice touch was late in the second half when the public address chap asked the Bath fans to give us Lewes lot a round of applause for making the trip. To be honest, three nil was about the right score. But it was a weakened team with several key players absent and players having to play out of position. To win that game was a big ask.

PJ strolled back to the city centre to see what she had bought. Everyone else headed to the bar to wait for the coach.

Long coach journeys home are not great after a defeat, and this one wasn’t helped by PJ’s parting shot of sending the other Stodgebusters on board a photo of the fish and chip dinner he was having at an award winning restaurant!

POTTERS BAR

This was a first for the Stodgebusters for two reasons. We hadn’t been to Potters Bar before and it’s always good to tick off a new ground. Secondly with the ongoing rail problems we decided to travel up to London Bridge on the Uckfield line. Parking at Uckfield station is just £2 all day so it all looked good.

We arrived in plenty of time to catch the 10.33 and took in the scenic delights of Crowborough, Edenbridge and Hurst Green instead of Haywards Heath and Gatwick Airport. On arrival at London Bridge it was a 2 stop hop on the Northern Line tube to Moorgate to catch the Potters Bar service.

There was an incident on the escalator at London Bridge where an elderly Asian lady refused to get on causing a bit of a gridlock behind. In spite of encouragement from other family members she was having none of it. Thankfully there were two down escalators so at least people were still able to get down on the platforms. After we got to the bottom the other side was completely clear so obviously no one had been able to get her to move.

On arrival at Moorgate we met up with a gaggle of fellow Rooks fans including chairman Stuart. We were in a jovial mood which was somewhat misplaced considering what happened on the pitch later.

On arrival at Potters Bar it was lunch time and the Pasalet Cafe was given our custom. This was a truly excellent place and two Steak Pie meals, a portion of Sausage and Mash with a pile of fried onions and a large breakfast were give a unanimous thumbs up by us all.

After that we waddled our way to the ground which took about 15 minutes mainly because it was uphill. We consoled ourselves by thinking it was downhill on the way back when we needed to catch the train.

It was a gloriously sunny day and we sat outside with a drink before the action started.

When we looked at the state of the pitch we were not impressed at all. It was as dry as a bone and looked full of ruts and holes. The first half went by with virtually nothing happening apart from the home team hitting the post with a free kick. We had two glorious chances which were both missed so it was a trek behind the other goal for the second half hoping for much better.

A strong wind was blowing down the pitch in our favour now so we all expected some wind assisted long range shots to rain in on the keeper but that never happened and the longer the game went on it was the home team who were more threatening. They were starting to get crosses into the box and we knew something would fall for them. Sure enough it did as one of their players put away the winner after Lewis Carey had parried away a well struck effort.

Apart from a couple of half hearted scrambles in the box we never looked like equalizing so it was a very disappointing day. We hadn’t played well against very beatable opposition, and the pitch was a shocker.

We couldn’t hang around at the final whistle as we had to be back at the station in time for the 17.10 to Moorgate. As it was all downhill we managed it comfortably. After arriving at Moorgate would we be able to catch the 18.07 Uckfield service from London Bridge though? This was more of a challenge which meant having to run a bit of the way. The Stodgebusters try not to run if possible but sometimes needs must. We made it with a few minutes to spare and slumped down in our seats to finish off the sweets we had started to consume on the journey up.

The trip back to Uckfield went quite quickly but we were surprised to find several police cars and a lot of uniformed officers at the station. We had no idea what was going on but they seemed in a jovial mood.

At least we have a home game on Saturday before two more away trips.


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TODAY’S TEAMS

LEWES

LEWIS CAREY 1
STEVE BRINKHURST 2
THOMAS DAY 3
MICHAEL DOME-BEMWIN 4
FRANKIE CHAPPELL © 5
STACEY FREEMAN 6
LUKE BLEWDEN 7
OMARR LAWSON 8
JONTE SMITH 9
RONNIE CONLON 10
JAMES HAMMOND 11
DECLAN APPAU 12
HARRY REED 14
DAN DARBYSHIRE 15
MARCUS ELLIOTT 16
SAMUEL KARL 17

FOLKESTONE

1 TIM ROBERTS
2 JOSHUA VINCENT
3 FINN O’MARA
4 MATTHEW NEWMAN
5 CALLUM DAVIES ©
6 RONNIE DOLAN
7 SAMUEL HASLER
8 MICHAEL EVERITT
9 KANE ROWLAND
10 ADAM YUSUFF
11 KIERON McCANN
12 JOHAN TER HORST
14 IAN DRAYCOTT
15 ALFIE PAXMAN
16 ETHAN MADDEN
13 NICHOLAS SHAW

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

Opponents H/A Date
Whitehawk A Tues 23rd October, 7:45pm
Ashford Town (Middlesex), FA Trophy 1st Qualifying round A Sat 27th October, 3pm
Harlow Town H Weds 31st October, 7:45pm
Kingstonian A Sat 3rd November, 3pm

Full season fixtures, results and stats embedded below


Credits and legal info

The Bostik League strongly support recent FA statements that there should be a zero tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination. Accordingly, any form of discriminatory abuse, whether it be based on race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, faith, age, ability or any other form of abuse will be reported to The Football Association for action by that Association. (The FA 0800 085 0508/Kick It Out 020 7253 0162)

Lewes 2000 FC Limited. Registered in England and Wales with Company Registration Number 03790979.

Honorary Presidents Carol Joy and Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller
Directors
Charlie Dobres, Eddie Ramsden, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Barry Collins, Jackie Gilligan, Ed Briggs, Jon Ruben
Club Secretary Barry Collins
Youth Secretary Kevin Brook
Operations Manager Duncan Thompson

Life Members
Mr and Mrs Brook, Vic Blunt, Pat Dartnell, Gary Elphick, Gordon Fowlie, Peter Hiscox, Billy Nixon, Derrick Parris, Terry Parris, Jimmy Quinn, P. Swaysland, Steve Ibbitson, Jason Hopkinson, Steve White, Martin Elliot, Kevin Fingerneissl, Kevin Powell, David and Barbara
Arnold, Roger and Cathy Feltham, Ethel Treagus, Roy Dartnell RIP, Ron Moore, Derek Southouse, Ray Smith, Ken Carter

Manager Darren Freeman
Assistant Manager Ross Standen
First Team Coach Tony Coade
Physiotherapists Paul Baskin & Debbie Adams
Performance Analyst Matthew Strong
Development Squad Manager Steve Eke
Development Squad coach Luke Carter
Development Squad/Under-18s sports therapist Chris Dumbrell
Under-18s Manager Dale Hurley
Under-18s Assistant Manager Craig Stevens
Under-18s coaches Jake Legrange and Johnny Buggy

Golden Rook Rob Read
Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editors Paul Sheppard and Duncan Thompson
Progcast Designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes