Women’s FA Cup 4th Round

On Sunday we welcomed Billericay Town to the Dripping Pan for the Fourth Round of the Women’s FA Cup.

FT: Lewes 1 Billericay 1
Lewes won 5-4 on penalties

Rhian Cleverly is swamped by her jubilant team-mates after netting the winning spot kick
Photo: BTFC Press

Here’s our match day Progcast, updated with post-match clips and comments .

Read All About It!

Here’s how our match reporter Marcus Lee watched the action unfold


Simon Says

Manager Simon Parker on a tough week and a close match for his side

Simon Parker on a narrow win in the FA Cup

Reaction: Annie Timoney

Full back Annie Timoney with her view of the game

Left back Annie Timoney (with some helpers) offers a player’s eye view

Fan’s Eye View

Thanks to Andy Winter for this behind-the-goal view of the penalty shoot-out. Some solid pens here, just the width of a post between all ten.

Lewes were hoping to progress further in the Cup than last year, when they Rooks went out in the Fourth Round Proper with a 1-0 loss to Millwall Lionesses.

Billericay Town currently play in the FA Women’s National League in Division 1 South East and sit in sixth place. Billericay have played eight games, winning six, drawing one and losing one.

This was the visitors sixth Cup match of the competition, as their campaign started back in October in the Second Round Qualifying.

Lewes were looking to build on their good performance against London Bees in the league last weekend, which saw them gain a well-earned point.

Here’s what happened when the Rooks hosted the Bees.

Match Highlights from Rooks TV

MATCH REPORT – London Bees

Marcus Lee walks us through the key action from Lewes 0 London Bees 0

Teamwork. Simon Parker addresses the squad
Photo: James Boyes


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Today’s soundtrack will be provided LIVE by the fabulous LGB BRASS BAND.


If you’d like to Sponsor a Player, please contact info@lewesfc.com. You’ll get a photo of yourself with your chosen player and help the Club as we continue our mission to play great football and change the world.

Rooks fan Susie Arlett, who sponsors goalkeeper Faye Baker, says, ‘I support the team because I love the equality, the friendship and the atmosphere. I also love sponsoring Faye Baker – a fantastic goalkeeper and person. I love the fact that I’ve met her parents too!’

A huge thank you to Susie and all our other sponsors (to date) too:

The d’Arienzo family sponsor Sammy Quayle

Joe and Keysha Franchi sponsor Ava Rowbotham

Lord Chunky sponsors Dani Lane

Martin Scott sponsors Katie Rood

MJ Zara Associate sponsor Jess King

Dave Lamb sponsors Zoe Ness.


Lewes under-9 girls are the proud mascots for today’s match.

Massive congratulation to Lewes under-9s for their recent cup-winning exploits! The team will be presented with the RM Martin Cup – which they won in December – today and it will remain in the Display Cabinet from this weekend onwards.

The team always welcomes new players. Contact info@lewesfc.com for more information.



Yesterday’s result

Today’s matches


Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan for this afternoon’s SSE Women’s FA Cup match against Billericay Town. I’d like to welcome the staff, players and supporters from Billericay and hope you enjoy your day with us.

Last Sunday we played with freedom, created chances and were the better side on the day against a strong London Bees side. Today I’d like to see us go one better and bring home the win that we need to back up our performances and to reward our outstanding supporters.

Some of the visiting players today have played here before (with other clubs). They will be keen to make life difficult for us and to cause an upset. We’ll need to play our game well and keep our focus if we are to progress in this competition.

Thanks again to our backroom team, the ground staff and wonderful volunteers here at Lewes. We appreciate the effort that everyone behind the scenes puts in, day in, day out to make match days at Lewes special.

Whoever you’re here to support, get behind them and enjoy the game.



Click on the picture to view our pre-match press conference.

Rhian, Simon & Maggie in our live press conference

Simon Parker was joined by 1st team defender Rhian Cleverly and GM Maggie Murphy in a live-streamed pre-match presser on Friday.


Meet the 2019-20 Lewes FC Women Squad

  • Paula Howells

Non, je ne regrette RHIAN

Halfway through her first season at the club after joining from Le Havre, defender Rhian Cleverly gives us the low-down on life at Lewes

Thanking the fans at the Dripping Pan. Photo: James Boyes

How’s life at Lewes?

Life is going good. I can’t believe it’s been 6 months already! As a proud Welshie it’s hard to admit but I have to say it’s definitely starting to feel like home.

You’ve see a few changes since you arrived, including a few familiar faces. How’s the squad coming together?

That’s football. Things are always changing, you have to sometimes adapt quickly and stay focused on the game. Obviously very happy that we signed another Welshie in Ellie Leek. I’m biased as we’ve been best friends since we started playing but she’s got heaps of potential, composed on the ball and has settled in really well. Paula and Sophie have similarly been great and adding quality players like this for the 2nd half of the season gives us a massive boost and pushes the rest of the squad.

Rhian has plenty to say, no matter who’s boss. Photo: James Boyes

Tell us about you as a footballer. What’s your style, how do you like to play the game?

If you’ve been to a Lewes game you’ve probably heard me! I’m very vocal, trying to lead from the back and get the best out of my team mates. I’m not the fastest, strongest, most skilful but I like to think I read the game well and love being in possession of the ball.

In a single sentence or phrase, describe yourself as a footballer.

Determined and reliable.

Which sporting stars, Male or Female, inspire you?

Growing up Alex Scott was always my role model. But I also love Sam Warburton and Serena Williams

What attributes do you admire most in them?

I always supported and watched Arsenal growing up and I loved Alex’s energy. I really admire how she’s taken that into her career outside of football now! Sam Warburton because of his leadership qualities for Wales and the Lions. Serena for her professionalism and determined character on and off the court

Away from football, what do you like to do to relax?

I’m currently studying for a masters in sport psychology (which I love but it’s far from relaxing). Also a big fan of yoga, going to watch the sunset and socialising with friends.

Sticky toffee pudding, ice cream or cheese board?

Sticky toffee pudding with ice cream

Say cheese. Or Ice Cream. Whatever. Photo: James Boyes

Rooks Swoop for Harris

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Lewes FC Chairman Stuart Fuller

Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan for today’s FA Women’s Cup tie against Billericay Town.  I’d like to welcome the fans, players, management and officials from The Blues and congratulate them on reaching this stage in the competition, the furthest they have ever gone in the FA Cup.  I saw their game against Actonians in the previous round and I know that they will be a tough team to break down.

The FA Cup gives us an opportunity to concentrate away from the Championship for a week.  We stopped the run of defeats last week with a solid draw against London Bees in front of another excellent crowd of over 500.  We were certainly unlucky not to grab all three points with an effort disallowed and the woodwork saving our visitors on a couple of occasions.  With other results for the teams around us not necessarily working in our favour it is certainly tight at the bottom.  With Simon now getting to grips with the requirements for the rest of the season we may see a few changes to squad in the final week of the transfer window.

The winners of today’s tie will receive £2,000.  The winners of the ties being played in the Men’s FA Cup Fourth Round this weekend will receive £180,000.  Is it fair that the winners of the men’s competition at a similar stage receive ninety times more?  The winners of the Extra Preliminary Round, the first step in the Men’s competition that starts in August, receive 30% more for winning at that stage than the 16 women’s teams will do this weekend.  As a club, we do not feel that is right at all.  Whilst I understand the commercial aspect of the competition, there needs to be a move towards equalising these amounts.  You will see our players wearing t-shirts designed by the club to support the movement towards closing this gap. 

Our men’s team

Enjoy the game and Come on you Rooks!



Billericay Town


Alex Baker
Gemma Crowe
Laken Duchar Clarke
Danica Dougal
Courtney Lumley
Lucy Jones
Esme Lancaster
Lindsey Morgan (C)
Jay Blackie
Zoe Rushen
Kerry Stimson
Karissa Rodney
Ellie Nicholls
Evie Anderson
Hannah Smith
Maddie Bishop
Therese Addsion
Amy Mullet
Milly Dingwall
Mya Turner
Robyn Moody
Hannah Humm
Paris Smith


Lindsey Morgan is the captain for BTLFC and has scored the winner in the last 2 rounds of the FA Cup. In the last round she scored a 93rd minute winner to put Billericay into the 4th round. She is the most experienced player in the squad, having played for the likes of Aston Villa, Chelsea, Millwall, West Ham, C&K Basildon, and Dagenham & Redbridge.

She lifted the BBC Essex Women’s Cup last season in a 4-0 win over C&K Basildon (Now AFC Basildon) – also her previous club.

She is the leader in the pitch and orchestrates the midfield whilst also running in behind to grab a goal


Each of our 2019/20 season home match posters will feature an Inspirational Women. Our latest is Pat Davies.

Pat Davies is an English footballer who scored a hat-trick in the first Women’s FA Cup in 1971. She scored the goals for Soutbampton, who went on to win 4-1 against Stewarton Thistle.

She also played for England against Scotland on 18 November 1972, scoring two goals to complete England’s 3-2 victory.

(Information sourced from Wikipedia.com)


Sign up to Women’s Walking Football, which takes place every Tuesday. Contact info@lewesfc.com for more details.


We are delighted to welcome EarthQuake Drummers to the Dripping Pan today.

This skilful band of ne’er-do-wells can be seen across the county and the country, performing at festivals and events, not least tassels-deep in the Lewes Bonfire celebrations.


Today there may be film crews in the ground, filming on behalf of Lewes Football Club and other media organisations. The filming is usually for Lewes FC marketing purposes, to show what a matchday looks/sounds like and to generally promote what we do. There may also be film crews from media organisations who will use their footage in news reports, and crews for a documentary about Lewes FC Women, Reds. Lewes Football Club respectfully asks for your permission to be filmed. If you do not want to be filmed, please let the crew know directly and they will oblige.   Thanks for your cooperation in helping to build a successful club.


The FA Women’s Championship strongly supports 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)

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Honorary President Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller

Directors Ed Briggs, Charlie Dobres, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Eddie Ramsden, Jon Ruben, Galia Orme, Roger Warner
Steve Keegan, Karen Dobres, Claire Rafferty, Michelle Bowie*

* Directors seconded onto the board

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.

General Manager Maggie Murphy
Assistant GM Lynne Burrell
Marketing Officer Maggie Murphy

Head Coach Simon Parker
Assistant Coach Jesus Cordon
Goalkeeping Coach Lee Callender
S&C Coach Andrea Gillardoni
Team Psychologist Chelsea Orme
Data Analyst Adam Chilcott
Kit Wrangler Joe Gander

DS Coach Lewis Singleton
U18s Manager Kelly Newton
U18s Coaches Charlie Carter, Greg Cross

Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editor Robin Mannering
Additional content Ash Head
Progcast designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes