FA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – SUNDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2021 – 2pm
Today’s game is sponsored by Architecture of Calm
Welcome to the home of LIVE football at Lewes FC!
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THE FA CHAMPIONSHIP – Today’s games and standings
TAKING THE MIC – Today’s commentary team
It’s a warm welcome back to Lewes FC to commentator Ben Jacobs for today’s contest.
Ben will be joined in the comms box on Sunday by Lewes FC Men’s Manager, Hugo Langton.
The match will be streamed live for those fans unable to attend today. See the live link above!
TODAY’S MATCH SPONSOR – Architecture of Calm
Today’s match is sponsored by new Rooks fan Scott Currie of the ‘Architecture of Calm’ in Newhaven. Scott loves our community and equality messages, has just joined the Men’s Vets, and cannot wait to play again himself. Here is a pic of him and his daughter (whom he encourages with her football) ready to watch today’s game on the livestream. He’ll pick today’s MVP who’ll be presented with a bottle of Valentines fizz on his behalf!
Architecture of Calm (AoC) was borne out of the idea, or out of the opportunity to conduct one’s self in a different manner to the norm; to give one’s self the time to consider every aspect of a brief without haste, materiality with actual physical touch and appearance with genuine interrogation.
NEWS OF THE WORLD
Lewes entertained a world-wide audience for the last last home game, including many of the +1600 owners. Here’s a recent map showing our ownership locations. Beneath that a list of countries that streamed the match v Sheffield United last month.
Lewes vs Sheffield United three weeks ago was live streamed in the UK, USA, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Cyprus, Morocco, South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Albania, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Italy, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and Luxembourg!
Boss Simon Parker looks back on last week’s win at Coventry United and the challenges that today’s game against London City Lionesses brings.
We know the game is a huge challenge. London City Lionesses have been on a good run of form, winning their last two games and have not conceded in their last five games. They will come into today’s game full of confidence, but we also will come into the game on a high after last week’s performance and win at Coventry United.
We worked hard prior to last Sunday’s game in changing our formation and approach, looking to play on the strengths of our new signings. It isn’t something you can change completely overnight and whilst there were a lot of positives from the game, it is a learning process for us all. We know that we will make some mistakes, and everyone is still learning about each other. That being said, we are focused on getting a positive result today and we know we can cause London City Lionesses some issues. If it is anything like last week’s game, it will be entertaining.
We were happy with large parts of the performance at Coventry United. We had a lot of the ball in the final third, more than we have had in most games this season but we need to work more on our decision making in those areas and thinking about the final ball. I thought we dominated the midfield, but we need to ensure that the way we manage the game is better, less transitional.
We were very comfortable for large periods of the game and had the opportunities to create a lot and should have scored long before injury time. We also gave Coventry a few opportunities near the end of the game which could have led to a completely different result.
Thanks for your continued support for the side. It was great to see so many fans on the Town Hall meeting during the week and I hope those that could attend found it beneficial to listen to what Hugo and I had to say about the teams today and our future plans.
YOUR 2020/21 ROOKS
FROM COVENTRY WITH LOVE – Coventry United 0 Lewes 1
Marcus Lee reports from Butts Arena where The Rooks got their first win of 2021 thanks to a last-minute winner from Georgia Timms.
All four of the January signings made their first starts for the Club with Zoe Cross, Mollie Rouse, Ini Umotong and Lucy Ashworth-Clifford all making the starting line-up.
It didn’t take long for the Rooks to get their first attack as a clever ball from Ellie Leek found Cross. She then tried to find Umotong in the area, but it was just cut out before the striker could reach it.
Ashworth-Clifford was providing good pressure and forced the Coventry defence into a mistake, but goalkeeper Susan Wood was just able to clear.
A good counter from Lewes on 12 minutes allowed Leek to have a shot on goal, but the Welsh midfielder sent her curling effort just wide.
Two minutes later, Simran Jhamat had the ball in the net but was denied by the offside flag.
Coventry had their first chance on 17 minutes, but it was a comfortable save for Tatiana Saunders.
Just after 30 minutes, the Rooks countered very well. Sophie O’Rourke stole the ball and found Ashworth-Clifford, she then played a delightful ball to Umotong which again was just cut out.
Leek had another chance on 36 minutes as a ball over the defence nearly reached her, but it just ran through to Wood.
Four minutes before half-time Jhamat saw her effort tipped over the bar and the sides went in level at the break.
The second half started slower compared to the first. A Lewes break saw Jhamat try to find Ashworth-Clifford, but it was intercepted.
On the hour mark, Beth Merrick had a chance for the hosts, but her shot was well wide.
Katie Rood was introduced to the game on 61 minutes and had her first chance seven minutes later as she saw consecutive shots blocked.
Saunders was called into action on 75 minutes with a fantastic save. Amber Hughes fired a shot on the turn and Saunders’ diving save tipped the ball onto the bar and over for a corner.
With six minutes left, Simon Parker made two changes, bringing Timms and Emma Jones on.
It turned out to be the two substitutes combining to win the three points for the Rooks. The ball broke to Jones on the left wing and she fired a low cross across the face of goal and Timms was there to poke it in and win the game for Lewes.
Coventry United: Wood (C), Crackle, Miles, Wilcox, Brown, Toussaint, Orthodoxou, Anderson, Hughes (Hassall 80), Stevens (Davies 54), Merrick
Subs not used: Chandler, Wathan, Clark, Dermody, Morris,Roberts, Whiteman
Yellow cards: Orthodoxou 80, Toussaint 90, Merrick 90+1
Lewes: Saunders, Quayle, Cleverly (C), Cousins, O’Rourke, Cross (Noble 76), Rouse, Leek (Mackey 76), Jhamat (Rood 61), Umotong (Timms 84), Ashworth-Clifford (Jones 84)
Subs not used: Hartley, Lane, Hack, Savva
Goal: Timms 90+3
Yellow card: Quayle 73
HIGHLIGHTS: Lewes 0 Sheffield United 2
Here are the best bits from our last Championship match, at home to Sheffield United.
NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Dripping Pan, whether you are one of the staff and volunteers here in person or watching us virtually via our streaming service. I’d like to welcome London City Lionesses to the Pan this afternoon. I hope that you have a safe and swift journey back up to South East London.
It’s been three weeks since I wrote my notes for the Sheffield United game, so here’s a quick recap on what has happened since.
We’ve received a bit more detail on the Winter Survival Package for Super League and Championship clubs. If you remember, this was the £3 million fund was the promised back in November to the Women’s Elite clubs who are continuing to play without any fans, and thus any income, but still having to incur the costs of running the squad, the management and our facilities. Applications can now be made to the fund, although we have no idea what amounts we can apply for! These funds are vital for the Women’s Elite game to continue and end the season as a full campaign and not as last season where the season simply faded into an incomplete stop.
We’ve unveiled two new signings who made an immediate impact last week in the win at Coventry United. On deadline day we welcomed Zoe Cross and Mollie Rouse to the Club. Along with other new signings in the transfer window Ini Umotong and Lucy Ashworth-Clifford, they went straight into the starting line up last weekend and made a huge impact immediately.
As we welcome the quartet to the Dripping Pan, we had to say goodbye to Emily Donovan, Hannah Griffin, Lucy Porter and Ella Newman. We wish them all luck with their careers and thank them for their hard work and efforts for the club.
It seemed that last Sunday we were destined not to score at Coventry United. It was a very open game, played in freezing conditions but we finally got our reward in injury time when Georgia Timms netted from close range from a superb cross from Emma Jones. The win keeps us in touching distance of the top four, with today’s game against London City Lionesses being a fight for fifth and sixth place.
We still have no further news of this season’s FA Cup. With the clubs at Step 3 and below still unable to play, the competition has been put on indefinite hold. One suggestion that we have made to the FA is to try to bring forward our league fixtures onto the FA Cup dates and then look to complete the season a bit earlier and hope the FA Cup could be completed after that. Sensible I know but…
Thanks to everyone who joined our second Owners Town Hall in the week – we had a great session with owners on from all over the world listening to Simon Parker and Hugo Langton on updates from the footballing side. Keep an eye out for our next one which will be in March.
Come on you Rooks!
DOUBLE DEADLINE DAY DELIGHT: Welcome Mollie and Zoe
On deadline day it was a double announcement to end the transfer window as we welcomed Zoe Cross and Mollie Rouse to the Club. Both players have been part of England’s youth teams and were part of the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup squad where they won a bronze medal. The Rooks’ new midfielders both went to the USA to study and play football, Cross went to the University of Missouri, while Rouse was at the University of Central Florida and University of Louisville.
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 today’s game features veteran Rook Charley Boswell and was designed by Verity, aged 12.
WHO ARE YA? London City Lionesses
London City Lionesses visit the Dripping Pan on Sunday in a fight for a top four place in the FA Women’s Championship.
1 Lucy Thomas
2 Chantelle Mackie
3 Leanne Cowan
4 Poppy Wilson
5 Hannah Short
6 Ylenia Priest
7 Ali Murphy
8 Freda Ayisi
9 Juliette Kemppi
10 Lily Agg
11 Annie Rossiter
12 Grace Neville
13 Hope Smith
14 Kallie Balfour
15 Hayley Nolan
16 Harley Bennett
17 Lucy Fitzgerald
18 Ellie Mason
20 Atlanta Primus
21 Flo Fyfe
23 Lilly Pursey
30 Shae Yanez
37 Elizabeta Ejupi
44 Nina Wilson
Last 5 matches
28th Jan – Charlton Athletic (A) – FAWC – 1-0
24th Jan – Blackburn Rovers (H) – FAWC – 3-0
17th Jan – London Bees (A) – FAWC – 0-0
10th Jan – Crystal Palace (H) – FAWC – 0-0
20th Dec – Sheffield United (A) – FAWC – 0-0
A TESTING TIME – Maggie Murphy explains the squad’s Covid-19 precautions
Click on the arrow below to hear about the squad’s protocols and preparation for home and away games.
GREAT SCOTT! Lewes Welcome Lyle & Scott
Lewes Football Club is very proud to unveil its most significant partnership to date.
With the collaboration including an in-depth content series, buying new key players, shirt sponsorship of both the women’s and men’s teams, grassroots community outreach and development of club facilities, Lyle & Scott are making a six-figure investment in the club: The Rooks and The Golden Eagle .
Charlie Dobres commented “This incredible Lyle & Scott partnership is an acknowledgement of the club’s place in both its community and the wider football world. Lyle & Scott is an iconic brand whose focus is on community initiatives and we can’t wait to get to work. The benefit of this investment will be felt across both women’s and men’s teams and throughout the club.”
Maggie Murphy, General Manager of the club’s women’s section added “In a dark year where women’s sport faced so many setbacks, this partnership with Lyle & Scott proves that women’s football and ethical, community-oriented football is the future of the game. This investment allows us to grow, professionalize and strengthen our squad as well as share our story with others via a unique content partnership with Lyle & Scott”
Ben Gunn, Brand Director of Lyle & Scott said “Lewes FC is a beacon in the sporting world, a fan owned football club whose principles and values extend way beyond the football field. Something that genuinely excited us. Our focus at Lyle & Scott is on building a community, supporting, and collaborating with those whose vision is a powerful conduit for change across fashion, sport and music. We didn’t see this an opportunity to sponsor Lewes FC but rather an opportunity to help them tell their story, support their journey, whilst creating content opportunities that will allow a much wider audience to appreciate the outstanding work the club does.”
The deal is initially set to run through until summer 2021.
Watch out for updates and news in the weeks ahead!
PAN FOR GOLD: you have to be in it to win it!!
Join Alan Sayers and his merry band of Supporters Club members on the trail for (not quite) lost treasure. This monthly draw delivers valuable cash prizes to the winners. Take part for just £5 per month per person.
Click on GOLDMEMBER for more. Go on, the link is fine. You can trust us. Baby.
SEEN THE GAME? BUY THE T-SHIRT
Click on my gawjus Furry Face to reveal the latest club shop online offers … Baz
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!
WANT TO BE PART OF THE LEWES STORY?
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 33 countries around the world.
This is a football revolution. And we want your company to #JoinTheClub
LEWES FC SUPPORTERS CLUB
Click on the logo to visit the wonderful world of LFCSC …
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.
Since 2018/19, the Supporters Club donated just over £22,000 to the club.
Take a peek or get involved! All Rooks welcome …
FILMING AT MATCHES
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.
CREDITS AND LEGAL INFO
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
Chair Stuart Fuller
Directors Ed Briggs*, Charlie Dobres, Stuart Fuller*, John Peel, Eddie Ramsden, Galia Orme, Roger Warner, Steve Keegan, Karen Dobres, Trevor Wells
*Re-elected at AGM Oct 2020
** Directors seconded onto the board
Operations Manager TBA
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 Director Charlie Dobres
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/ Coach 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 Stuart Fuller
Club Photographer James Boyes