Sunday 6th March 2022 – 14:00 – FA Women’s Championship

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

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Supporting the Ukraine Humanitarian Effort 

Today you will notice that the players will be walking out holding sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine which has recently become a symbol of resistance. After the line-up they will walk to the edges of the pitch and pass the sunflowers into the crowd. We will be raising money for the British Red Cross Disasters Emergency Committee humanitarian effort  – and you can donate electronically through the QR codes around the ground or by clicking this link, or by donating spare cash into the buckets around the ground.

Our Supporters Club, and our Women’s and Men’s Vets are all undertaking huge fundraising efforts this month as well. We are also keeping our Ukrainian colleague Anastasiya Khomutova, our volunteer Pathway and Assistant 1st Team Performance Psychologist, in our thoughts at this time. Her parents are still in Ukraine and it is a distressing time for her, not least as a recent mother herself. 

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Away Kit at the Pan?!

The FA are working with colour-blind awareness to review kit colours and reduce the risk of colour clashes. This helps make our game as accessible to all.

In order to reduce the level of kit clash with Bristol, Lewes will play in our away kit (white shirt, red shorts and white socks) vs. Bristol who will be in all black.

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Manager’s Thoughts

Bristol City will no doubt give us another tough test as we have seen from our three previous encounters with the them already this season. They are currently in second place in the league behind Liverpool and are there on merit.

We’re very much looking forward to Sunday and to performing to our best as we have done in certain games this season. If we can reach those high standards then we can be more than a match for anyone in this league.

Following the disappointment of the result against Blackburn Rovers last Sunday, we have reviewed the match as a group in great detail in order to ascertain specific areas to address for the forthcoming game against Bristol City this weekend.

I’m sure we’ll be back to our best on Sunday given the quality we’ve got in the squad, especially in wide areas.

We hope that our supporters will come in their numbers again. The great atmosphere that they and the band generate definitely gives the players a huge lift!


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Notes from the Big Chair…

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back, finally, to the Pan for what is our fifth meeting with Bristol City since August. I hope the Robins had a good journey down to East Sussex and enjoy our hospitality off the pitch.

This is only our second home league game in almost three months, then we play here again for the next two Sundays. How are clubs expected to manage their cashflows when something as basic as home games can’t be scheduled fairly? The FA really need to look long and hard at this issue. There are far too many blank weekends, yet we play three midweek games in a league cup competition. An interesting case in point here is that Tatiana, who was sent off in the game against Crystal Palace in January won’t play again until next week (6 weeks!) because of her three game ban. The fact that she serves the same ban as our Men’s captain, Mitchell Nelson despite the fact our Women’s team play half as many games is another major issue that needs to be addressed.

We (and I meant the clubs and the FA) also have to agree on better rules around postponements. To have travelled all the way to Bamber Bridge a few weeks ago (only 291 miles from The Dripping Pan) to face Blackburn Rovers, only to have the game postponed an hour before kick off. The fact that Rovers have a perfectly good ground a few miles away that hosts their Men’s side that was available but couldn’t be used was another matter. But better use of more accurate weather forecasts and earlier pitch inspections should be brought in as a matter of course.

The stop-start nature of fixtures since the end of November has impacted our momentum. Our performances have been good but we haven’t seen the results. We played really well at Palace and at Blackburn yet came away with nothing, yet didn’t quite hit our stride here against Sunderland and at Watford, yet gain six points. Football, eh?

Enjoy the game and get behind the Rooks!


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Crystal Palace 3-1 Lewes. Images by James Boyes.

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Last Match Highlights

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#LetGirlsPlay Day

As the FA encourages girls in schools to play ‘The Biggest Ever Football Session’ on 9th March, Lewes Director Karen Dobres caught up with Lewes fan and FA Ambassador, 16-year-old Olivia Hancock.

Olivia, can you tell us how the hashtag #LetGirls Play started?

“I set up “Girls Play Football Day” on the 8th of November. It’s been going for several years now globally, and I’ve been raising awareness about the issue since 2017. During a 2-hour meeting with the FA last year I explained the importance of letting girls play, because there are actually so many obstacles in girls’ way.

After that successful chat the FA came to me to front the new #letgirlsplay campaign. It was a really proud moment for me and I’m now an official FA ambassador!

We are driving change so that every school will give girls equal access to football by 2024”

2) What has the impact been like?

“Since I did my let girls play video (filmed by the FA), explaining how hard it was for me as a girl to play at first, feedback has been incredible. People have said how powerful the video is – which is what I wanted! I want to get the message across that girls should play football equally and my long-term drive is that girls should have equal access to football in schools”

3) Why should girls play football?

“Football can be life changing in so many ways. For me football has been challenging, but I also have so many good memories because of it, and have met so many people throughout the years – many of whom I will be friends with for a long time”

4) How do you feel when you play?

“As soon as I put on my football boots I just get that magical feeling that you can’t describe.

Just kicking a football on a pitch with teammates means everything :)”

5) Who are your role models?

“I would say Jill Scott MBE, Ellen White and Katie Rood, but there are many more”

6) If you could play for any team, who would it be?

“The team I would love to wear the shirt for – even in a friendly/ charity match – would be Lewes Women. I think the work they do for equality is amazing. They’re a club like no other and I’d be proud to wear the shirt”

7) if you could write a sign on a billboard for all the world to see, what would it say?

“Every girl deserves the same opportunity as boys in football and sport all over the world”

8) Do you have a message for Lewes FC Women for today’s (6th March) match?

“Wishing you all good luck in today’s match!”

9) What would be your Top 3 Tips for Girls at the Dripping Pan today who want to play the world’s favourite sport?

“Tip 1: give football a try as it is a great way to exercise, make friends and it is great fun!!

Tip 2: Football helps you to develop new skills.

Tip 3: being involved with football can take you to places all over the world”

Find Olivia on Twitter @LittleOlivia7 and on Instagram @littleolivia7


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Fixture Update

Our postponed home match against Durham FC will now be played on Sunday 20th March 2022. We look forward to welcoming the Wildcats to the Dripping Pan later this month and tickets will be on sale soon…

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Lewes Squad List

1Tatiana Saunders (GK)
2Ellie Mason
3Rhian Cleverly
4Amelia Hazard
5Nicola Cousins
6Ellie Hack
7Lucy Ashworth-Clifford
8Ellie Noble
9Georgia Timms
10Freda Ayisi
11Heidi Logan
14Paula Howells
15Ini Umotong
16Izzy Collins
17Lea Cordier
18Rebecca McKenna
19Kallie Balfour
20Sophie O’Rourke
22Josie Longhurst
23Izzy Dalton
24Lucy Porter
27Zoe Cross
31Laura Hartley (GK)
32Shanell Salgado (GK)
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Bristol City Squad List

1Sophie Whitehouse (GK)
2Ella Powell
3Lia Cataldo
4Brooke Aspin
5Naomi Layzell
6Aimee Palmer
7Abi Harrison
8Ava Kuyken
9Melissa Johnson
10Simran Jhamat
11Chloe Bull
12Flo Allen
13Erin Foley (GK)
14Jasmine Bull
17Gwen Davies
18Maisy Collis
19Izzy Cook
20Maddie Wilde
22Lily Greenslade
23Aggie Beever-Jones
24Ffion Morgan
26Fran Bentley (GK)
27Jesse Woolley
44Satara Murray
Bristol City Women squad photo 2021/22 – Rogan/JMP – 06/10/2021 – Robins High Performance Centre – Bristol, England.


  • Head coach – Lauren Smith
  • Assistant Coach – Jennifer Foster
  • Head of Goalkeeping – Dan Smith
  • Lead Physiotherapist – Becky Hughes 
  • Physiotherapist- Elise Denner 
  • S&C Coach – Ellen Davies 
  • Analyst – Luke Morgan
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Other games this weekend around the club!

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Worthing edge out the Rooks in front of a sell-out Dripping Pan crowd

Worthing edge out the Rooks in front of a sell-out Dripping Pan crowd

Written by: Stuart

A second-half winner from Jesse Starkey saw Lewes fall to a 2-1 defeat against local rivals Worthing in front of a sell-out crowd at the Pan, reports Tom Harper.

Tony Russell made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Corinthian Casuals in their previous game, with Casey Pettit and Ollie Tanner replacing Matt Weaire and Razz Coleman De-Graft in the starting line-up.

Worthing made a bright start and could have taken the lead early on, with Lewis Carey making a smart save to keep out an Aarran Racine header.

Carey remained the busier of the two goalkeepers as the half progressed, denying Callum Kealy and then saving a powerful Ollie Pearce effort.

The visitors took the lead their first-half performance had arguably deserved on 32 minutes, as Kealy flicked a Jasper Pattenden cross from the right past Carey and into the back of the net.

Lewes responded well though, and levelled the scores just six minutes later, an Ollie Tanner cross from the left being deflected into his own net by Racine.

Worthing should have regained their lead just before the break, but saw Pearce shoot wide with only Carey to beat after being played through on goal by Reece Myles-Meekums.

Lewes started the second half on the front-foot, with Rhys Murrell-Williamson exchanging passes with Taylor Maloney before seeing his strike from a tight angle saved by Harrison Male at his near post.

Worthing began to regain control after a bright start from the Rooks, and Maloney was forced into a smart block to keep out a goal-bound effort from a quickly taken corner as the visitors looked to go back in front.

Long periods of the remainder of the half passed without incident, with both sides defending well and ensuring that Carey and Male remained relatively untroubled.

The visitors started to turn the screw again heading into the final 20 minutes though, and saw Jesse Starkey shoot just wide from the edge of the area after a deflected shot dropped into his path.

This proved to be a sighter for Starkey, as he sent his next effort, a half-volley from the edge of the area, past Carey and into the roof of the net to put Worthing back in front on 77 minutes, sending the travelling supporters behind the goal into raptures.

Lewes fought for a route back into the game in the closing stages, but were unable to really stretch the Worthing defence or force Male into any action of note, with the visitors holding on to record a vital win in their push for the title.

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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 match day 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).

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Honorary President Terry Parris
Chair Stuart Fuller
Directors Sue Anstiss MBE (co-opted), Ed Briggs, Scott Currie, Charlie Dobres, Karen Dobres, Stuart Fuller, Lucy Mills, John Peel, Ed Ramsden, Claire Rafferty (co-opted), Sally Taplin, Trevor Wells
Chief Executive Officer Maggie Murphy
Club Secretary John Peel
Fan Engagement Officer Shrey Nilvarna
Youth Secretary Kevin Brook
Operations Manager James Barker

Equality FC Campaign Manager Karen Dobres

Life Members
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 Craig Gill (interim)
Assistant Coaches Jesus Cordon
PP Coach Christos Andreou
GK Coach John Macrae
Nutritionist Stefano Montanari
Physio Katrina Martin
Physiotherapist Paul Paredes
Team Psychologist Chelsea Orme
Data Analyst Adam Chilcott

General Manager Lynne Burrell

Women’s DS Head Coach Andy Corrigan

DS Assistant Coaches Rhian Cleverly and Nicola Cousins
U16 Girls Head Coach Carl Pennifold
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
Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editors Stuart Fuller and Sam Simons
Club Photographer James Boyes

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14:00 SUNDAY MARCH 13TH 2022