Sunday 17th October- 2pm KO – FA Women’s Championship

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Welcome to The Dripping Pan for today’s FA Women’s Championship game with Charlton Athletic. Here is your complimentary e-programme.

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Manager’s Thoughts…

Newly appointed interim manager Craig Gill gives his thoughts ahead of his first league game.

First of all, the warm welcome I’ve had at the club has been superb so I’m very grateful for that, from everybody, from the board through to the staff and the players. I’m really looking forward to my first league game against Charlton.

Training has gone well, we trained Thursday and Friday, obviously with a game plan leading into the game, based on the good performance we had against Palace in the cup on Wednesday.

I’ve heard that there’s a great fanbase here in Lewes, they make a great noise which obviously helps the players, no doubt. But also, I’m excited to work with the players because I know there’s huge potential in this squad.

I’ve been brought in to work with, to coordinate, the high-performance team that we’ve got, performance analysts, coaches, strength and conditioning, sports science, physiotherapy. So, what we want to do is provide the best service to each player so they can perform optimally in each training session and obviously, in matches.

I’ve tried to put my own philosophy in, without changing too much, we hoping to be extremely positive against Charlton, very much on the front foot, taking the game to Charlton and looking to come up with a result.

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Notes from the Big Chair…

Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan for today’s FAW Championship game against our good friends Charlton Athletic.  I’d like to welcome their fans, players, management and officials to East Sussex this afternoon and hope they enjoy our hospitality.

It has been quite a week as you can imagine at The Pan.  We had just over 24 hours to prepare for the League Cup game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night after the departure of Simon Parker and Ady Penrose, then Craig Gill coming in and I thought the team did well in the circumstances.  I don’t think we had considered or had time to really practice our spot-kicks to earn the extra point but in an open group alongside Reading and Bristol City a point isn’t a bad result and I am sure Craig will have the team well prepared for today’s game.

The league this year is really tight – our visitors today known that a win here will see them hit top spot whilst three points for ourselves could see us in 5th place, with nearly a third of the season to go.  Nobody is running away with it yet, with the top four separated by just three points.  As a rule of thumb, anything over 2 points per game will see you challenging for the honours and that’s what we have to aim for.

I’m sure again it will not have escaped your attention that our game today is the only one in the division.  International games are being played at the end of the week but do we really need another two week break now?  Taking a leaf from the Men’s game, there was only one weekend where there were no domestic games and I fail to understand why the situation isn’t the same in the Women’s game.  We are trying to build momentum in growing attendances and this constant stop-start doesn’t do anyone any favours – fans, players or clubs.  If it was so necessary for this weekend’s games to be postponed, why are we allowed, or even required, to play today?

Finally, I’d like to give a big call out to our Men’s Under 18s side who on Thursday night demolished Hemel Hempstead Town U18s in the final qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup.  Hemel Hempstead play a division higher than us so a win would have been a bit of a shock but to win 6-0 was unbelievable.  The team, coached by Dale Hurley who also runs our Boys Under 14s, have now won all seven games they have played this season and now face Bromley U18s in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup in two weeks time.

Enjoy the game and Come On You Rooks!


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Lewes vs Crystal Palace, 1-1 (3-4 after penalties). Images by James Boyes.

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Previous Game Highlights

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Salgado proud of Rooks despite shoot-out defeat

Lewes goalkeeper Shanell Salgado hailed a “team performance” that secured a point against Crystal Palace in the Conti Cup on Tuesday night – but was naturally frustrated luck wasn’t on the Rooks’ side in the penalty shootout.

Ini Umotong’s first-half penalty had put Lewes ahead on the night and the hosts were on course for three points in their first group game until Molly-Mae Sharp’s equaliser from the spot in the 89th minute.

It means both sides earned a point from the clash but then came a bonus-point penalty shootout, which went to sudden death.

Salgado, who won the Supporters’ Club Player of the Match award for her performance, impressed during the spot kicks as well. But when Ellie Hack’s shot in sudden death rattled the crossbar, Salgado was unable to prevent Palace securing the bonus point.

“For a goalkeeper you live for those moments,” said a disappointed but proud Salgado after the match, which came just a day after the Rooks parted company with manager Simon Parker.

“A lot has happened over the last 24 hours and we’ve shown a lot of character today.”

Both Freda Ayisi and Heidi Logan had chances to put the game to bed before Palace’s late leveller in a game that was stocked with chances.

Indeed, substitute Kalle Balfour had the opportunity to win it with the last kick of the game and fired just wide of Chloe Morgan’s right-hand post.

“Even when we conceded late we still kept going, we didn’t want to stop and that shows a lot of heart,” added Salgado. “We played with pride today.

“I’m very proud of the girls, for their performance despite the loss. A penalty shootout goes either way – we did our best, and it’s lovely to have the fans around with their support.”

The shoot-out defeat means Lewes sit third in Group D, with Bristol City having beaten Reading 1-0 to take top spot.

Assistant Manager Jesus Cordon led the team whilst interim manager Craig Gill joined him on the touchline for his first game. Salgado said: “We had to do the same routine as we would for a league game and we got our heads in the match early.

“We came here to do a job and we did that to the best of our ability. It takes every player individually in order to get a performance like we did out as a team.”

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1Tatiana Saunders (GK)
32Shanell Salgado (GK)
2Ellie Mason
3Rhian Cleverly (C)
4Amelia Hazard
5Nicola Cousins
6Ellie Hack
7Lucy Ashworth-Clifford
8Ellie Noble
9Georgia Timms
10Freda Ayisi
11Heidi Logan
12Charley Boswell
14Paula Hotwells
15Ini Umotong
18Rebecca McKenna
19Kallie Balfour
20Sophie O’Rourke
23Izzy Dalton
27Zoe Cross
34Lara Miller
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1Sophie Hillyerd
2Becky Jane
3Rachel Newborough
4Vyan Sampson
5Hollie Olding
6Anna Filbey
7Emma Follis
9Jess King
10Lauren Bruton
11Elisha Sulola
12Sophie Quirk
13Eartha Cumings
14Megan Wynne
16Elise Hughes
17Kiera Skeels
18Lois Roche
19Ella Rutherford
22Beth Roe
25Hannah Godfrey
26Lois Heuchan
29Mia Ross
Charlton Athletic FC
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Kelly Lindsey on the BBC Sportshour Yesterday…

Head of Performance Kelly Lindsey @coachaffwnt chats to Caroline Barker @carolinebarker about her journey to joining Lewes FC on today’s BBC Sportshour podcast at 10am…

On replay here:

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Fans of the Day

The ‘fans of the day’ from Wednesday night, Lexi, Shay and Charlie, who all received signed posters, chosen by the Lewes FC Supporters Club.

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Chairman Stuart Fuller
Directors Ed Briggs, Charlie Dobres, Karen Dobres, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Ed Ramsden, Claire Rafferty (co-opted), Trevor Wells
Chief Executive Maggie Murphy
General Manager & COVID-19 Officer Lynne Burrell
Operations Manager James Barker
Commercial Manager Ini Umotong

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Mr and Mrs Brook, Vic Blunt, Pat Dartnell, Gary Elphick, Gordon Fowlie, Peter Hiscox RIP, 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 RIP

Manager Simon Parker
Assistant Coach Jesus Cordon
Assistant Coach Ady Penrose
PP Coach Christos Andreou
GK Coach John Macrae
Nutritionist Stefano Montanari
Asst PPC Kayleigh Bonwick
Physio Katrina Martin
Physiotherapist Paul Paredes
Team Psychologist Chelsea Orme
Data Analyst Adam Chilcott
Kitman Jessie Maes

Women’s DS Head Coach David Seymour
Women’s DS Assistant Coach Kavi Luchowa
U16 Girls Head Coach Carl Penfold
U16 Girls Assistant Coach Tim Heal
U14 Girls Head Coach Rob Palmer
U14 Girls Assistant Coach Tom Young

Pathway Co-ordinator Ryan Sullivan

Golden Rook Rob Read
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Club Photographer James Boyes

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