The FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup

Half time and the visitors are in control at the Pan
Simon Parker’s reaction to Lewes 1 Bristol City 3
Lewes skipper Rhian Cleverly clips one in at the near post
Bristol open the scoring with a worldie
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Progcast Contents

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Starting Line-ups

Team sheet
Your Rooks
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Watch Lewes FC Women: LIVE

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FAWC Match Report

Bees left buzzing after a soft penalty award keeps the points in North West London
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Rhian Cleverly of Lewes and Lauren Pickett of London Bees
London Bees v Lewes Women FA Women’s Championship football match, The Hive stadium, London, UK – 15 Nov 2020
Photo: Jed Leicester for The FA
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Taking The Mic

Ben will be joined on the mic by Sarah Kempson

Ben Jacobs @jacobsben is back on the mic for tonight’s live broadcast on Rooks TV and he has a very special guest tonight. Our very own Sarah Kempson will be casting a critical eye over the play, offering keen insight and sharp critique. And that’s just on the socks …

We wish you all could be here with us but Ben and Sarah will be doing their best to bring the game to you!

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Tonight’s Conti Cup Fixtures

Tonight’s matches in the Conti Cup

Please note: Birmingham v Leicester is PP

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Simon Says

Lewes Manager Simon Parker

Lewes face Bristol City WFC for the first time in their history tonight.
The Robins visit the Rooks on the back of an exciting 2-2 draw in the FAWSL against Spurs. Lewes head home after a disappointing 1-0 loss away to London Bees in the FA Women’s Championship.

Rooks manager Simon Parker is looking forward to another game away from the Championship where he can assess his squad.

“This Conti Cup game gives us the opportunity to try out some new things. It allows us to maybe line up a little differently, and gives an opportunity for a few players to show us what they can do, without the normal pressure of a league game.”

Simon was brutally honest in his assessment of Sunday’s performance away to London Bees. The Rooks were coming off the back of a narrow loss away to high-flying Leicester City and looking to bounce back after a strong start in the league. He gave his reaction immediately after the final whistle.

“We were poor today. We know that’s not acceptable. We started to improve, we did put them under pressure, created chances towards the end of the game, but by then it was too late.”

On the penalty award that decided the match:

“I’d have to watch it back, there were arms … if you do have your arms around an attacker in the box you run that risk. Apparently it was very very soft but I can’t really say more without seeing it again.”

Katie Rood will be looking forward to today’s contest, facing her former WSL club for the first time since her move to the Dripping Pan in January last year.

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The Rooks

Your 2020/21 Rooks
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Welcome to the Pan LUCY PORTER

Click on the image to read more about Lucy

Simon has added former Aston Villa academy and HOFSTRA midfielder Lucy Porter to his squad. Tonight could see Lucy make her home debut. Click here for more

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Watch every 2020/ 21 season Lewes home match LIVE
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Not Mao, Mr. Chairman

Good evening everyone.  I’d love to be welcoming you all to the Pan for this evening’s Continental League Cup tie against Bristol City but we live in strange times and like it or not, we have to abide by the regulations which means there will be no fans in The Pan tonight.

At least everyone can watch via Rooks Live TV.  The club will continue to stream all of our home games until fans can return to the Dripping Pan.

I know it is frustrating when some other clubs still do not offer streaming as an option when we travel away.  My view is that at the current moment every club should have the capability to stream games.  We are playing in the second tier of English football – I do not think it is too much to ask clubs to be doing this, especially when some have dedicated media teams at their disposal.

It is absolute madness that it is almost four weeks since I last wrote my notes and mentioned the uncertainty we faced in terms of funding.  Well guess what, there have been no updates in that period, yet here we are, expecting to continue with zero income and full costs. 

Quite how clubs that don’t have Premier League club backing can be expected to continue in the long term is beyond me.  English football has long been admired as the example of commercial success but currently it is a mess – not only from a Women’s aspect but also across our grassroots.

After a good run of games where we moved up to fourth in the Championship, we’ve lost our last two league games on the round, on both occasions by a single goal.  I’m sure that Simon won’t mind me saying that both performances were disappointing in terms of the creation of chances.  There’s no doubt defensively we look strong and organised but at the moment we appear goal-shy.  We’ve got some great talent in the squad who are as good as other players in this league, we just need to be brave and get into the dangerous positions to hurt our opponents.  

After tonight’s game, we have two further Championship games in the next six weeks – the season calendar for most clubs is once again going to be disrupted by International Friendlies for the third time this season.  Not only are these games disruptive to clubs but at a time when travel restrictions are placed on us all, they are pointless.  There needs to be a full review of the calendar to ensure next season isn’t stop-start, which does nothing for players, management, clubs and fans alike.

Thanks to everyone at the club who is working so hard to ensure we do have at least a game to watch via our streaming service tonight.  Enjoy the game and Come On You Rooks!


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Club Shop Barry

We’re getting close to that most wonderful time of year and though the club shop can’t open at the moment we can come to you via the wonder of the world wide web!

Baz has got heaps of festive goodies just right for that football mad Auntie or Uncle as well as awesome home and away kits for kids of all ages; 6 months to 99 years!

Click on Barry’s Furry Face to reveal the latest club shop online offers …

Club Shop Supremo @BazTheHaff welcomes you to his online emporium

Club Shop Barry welcomes you to his Online Emporium. You can spot the latest deals, grab the new home and away kit, hats, scarves, face coverings … you name it!

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Who Are Ya? Bristol City WFC

Meet the Robins

Bristol City WFC

Robins Squad

3Gemma EVANS
4Jasmine MATTHEWS (C)
5Laura Rafferty
11Charlie WELLINGS
13Benedicte Häland
14Aimee PALMER
15Megan WYNNE
16Meaghan SARGEANT
18Maisy COLLIS
19Izzy COOK
20Georgia WILSON
25Naomi Layzell
28Ellen JONES
2020-21 Squad

Bristol City Women are known as the Robins and play at Twerton Park.

Club History

In 2005 Bristol Rovers Women’s FC became known as Bristol Academy WFC under a new partnership agreement with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (previously Filton College).

By 2011, Bristol Academy WFC Limited was formed and won a licence to compete in the new FA Women’s Super League. This allowed the team to become semi-professional and an untested Mark Sampson stepped up from head of the College Girls U18 Development Squad to first team manager. Sampson was to remain in post until he left to take up the prestigious England Women’s manager post in 2014.

In that time Bristol Academy reached two FA Cup finals (2011 and 2013) and competed in the Champions League (2011 and 2014). In 2013 they also finished second in WSL1.

In 2015 Willie Kirk was appointed as manager, following a brief spell by Dave Edmondson. At the end of the 2015 season, following relegation to WSL2, the FA Women’s Super League management committee approved the name change for Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club to change to Bristol City Women’s Football Club.

Summer of 2018 saw Kirk depart and new manager, Tanya Oxtoby take the helm as City Women embarked on a second consecutive season in the top flight of women’s football in England. In Oxtoby’s maiden season in charge she lead City Women to a sixth placed finished in the Barclays FAWSL with her side accumulating 25 points.

The 2019/20 Barclays FAWSL season saw Bristol City Women maintain their top flight status with notable victories over Manchester United and Birmingham prior to the termination of the season due to COVID-19.

Last match: Salmon late Show Rescues Robins

Ebony Salmon bagged a late leveller v Spurs at the weekend

A last-gasp injury time equaliser from Ebony Salmon earned the Robins a point in a 2-2 with Spurs.

The Robins opened the scoring on the forty minute mark as Chloe Logarzo converted a spot-kick following a foul on Yana Daniels. 

Spurs equalised a few minutes later as Siri Worm’s in-swinging free-kick clattered off the post and into the back of the net. The visitors then took the lead midway through the second half as Neville headed past Baggaley. 

With the clock in the red and City needing a moment of magic, Ebony Salmon connected with Jemma  Purfield’s long diagonal ball to smash home and equalise for the Robins. 

Highlights from Sunday’s Match

Records and Honours

WSL1 runners-up: 2013
FA Cup runners-up: 2011, 2013
WSL2 runners-up: 2016

All-time top goalscorer – Natalia Pablos (22 goals in 37 matches from 2011-2013)

Staff Roll Call

Head coach – Tanya Oxtoby
Technical Director 9-19 & Assistant Coach – Marco Chiavetta
Physiotherapist – Chris Underwood
S & C Coach – Ellen Jones
Analyst – Ben Roberts

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Dining With Donovan

Midfield dynamo Emily Donovan shared a culinary secret with us this week. Our very own @Rookmeister tried it out and here’s how it went down …

Marmite were keen to know how it went …
Fair to say it went down rather well with the sausage-fingered Tweeter!

Emily says she can’t remember exactly when she first tried the combo.

“I don’t remember exactly but all credit has to go to my Mum (take a bow Ruth Donovan)!
I was a really fussy eater growing up and she was always trying weird and wonderful combinations to try and get me to eat something!”

Indeed it was that there Emily Donovan!! Great choice, Emily!!
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This season these are being designed by our U14s/ U16s pathway players. They’ve been interviewing and photographing our first team players via Zoom.

The poster for tonight’s game features our very own NZ International star Katie Rood!
Roodie was speaking with Pippa Fisher, aged 12.

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If You Liked It Then You Shoulda Put A Ring On It

Lewes FC is the first & only football club in the world where women and men footballers get equal resources.

No other football club can say that.

Our women’s team is one of the top 20 teams in the country. And our men’s team is one of the most loved in non-league football.

We are 100% fan owned, not-for-profit. We have Owners in 31 countries around the world.

This is a football revolution. And we want your company to #JoinTheClub


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The Lewes FC Supporters Club raises money for the club, runs social events and represents the fans on the terraces.

The Supporters Club – in no small part due to David & Barbara Arnold and a handful of other hardcore volunteers – has raised enormous amounts for the club over the past few years.

In Season 2018/19, the Supporters Club donated just over £22,000 to the club.

Take a peek or get involved! All Rooks welcome …

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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. 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.

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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)

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

Honorary President Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller

Directors Ed Briggs*, Charlie Dobres, Stuart Fuller*, John Peel, Eddie Ramsden, Galia Orme, Roger Warner, Steve Keegan, Karen Dobres, Trevor Wells
Claire Rafferty**

*Re-elected at AGM Oct 2020
** Directors seconded onto the board

Operations Manager Warren Lane

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
Safeguarding Officer Lynne Burrell
Pathway Coordinator Alison Palmer

Manager Simon Parker
Assistant Coach Jesus Cordon
Assistant Coach Ady Penrose
PP Coach Christos Andreou
GK Coach Sergio Maldonado
Nutritionist Stefano Montanari
Asst PPC Kayleigh Bonwick
Physio Paul Paredes
Team Psychologist Chelsea Orme
Data Analyst Adam Chilcott
Kit Wrangler Joe Gander

DS Coach Lewis Singleton
U18s Manager/ Head coach Kelly Newton
U18s Manager/ Coach Charlie Carter
U16s Manager David Seymour
U16s Coach Lucy Barnes
U14s Manager/ Coach Tom Young/ Rob Palmer

Pathway Co-ordinator Alison Palmer
Pathway Goalkeeping coach Peter Stimpson

Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editor Ash Head
Progcast designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes