Sunday 2nd October 2022 2PM – The Continental Tyres Cup – The Dripping Pan

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Welcome to The Dripping Pan for today’s Continental Tyres Cup game against Charlton Athletic. Here is your complimentary e-programme

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Good afternoon and welcome to The Dripping Pan for this afternoon’s Continental Tyres League Cup tie against Charlton Athletic. I’d like to extend our hospitality to the fans, players, management and officials of the Addicks.

Half of my family grew up as Charlton fans, the other half (the better half naturally), West Ham United fans. My Grandparents, my Mum and Aunts grew up within a 5 minute walk of the Valley, and it was there I saw my first ever game of football back in 1974, being allowed to bring my boots along to the game against Burnley “just in case they were short of a player”. My Great Uncle owned a pub called the Coach and Horses a stone’s throw from the ground, where on a Saturday a man used to sell fish from a stall at the front of the pub. My Grandad used to tell me a tale (which has some partial truth I believe) that the stall owner used to go to matches with a Haddock nailed to a pole, with a sign advertising his business and that is how the club got the nickname “The Addicks” as a shortened version of Haddock…A fishy tale if ever I heard one.

The League Cup is a strange competition – we seem to be very unlucky not drawing the Super League London-based clubs, and with no disrespect to Bristol City, we will face them again for the third season in this competition (add in an FA Cup tie as well last). The competition is a bit stale and needs an overhaul. Moving some of the games to a weekend is a good idea – one idea would be to play it on International weekends – most clubs will use it as an opportunity to rotate their squad, and it would then fill the frequent gaps left by international gaps. Or perhaps we could involve some teams from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In the Men’s game that’s what has happened in the Scottish Premier Trophy, with sides from the other Celtic nations being involved.

It is an opportunity to get some minutes for our squad though and of course our aim is to progress from the group, something we’ve yet to do on our four previous campaigns. After four consecutive draws at the start of our season it would be nice to get that winning feeling. We played well again last week against Sheffield United, going in at half-time 2-0 up but allowed the visitors back into the game in a similar vein to the Southampton match (it must be those red and white stripes!). The crowd was excellent again and really got behind the team, something we will certainly need today.

Good luck to Charlyann, Zoe, Emma and Grace who will be departing on international duty this week. I know you’ll do us proud.

Come on you Rooks!


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Board directors Karen Dobres and Lucy Mills and Director of Performance Kelly Lindsay represented Lewes FC at the Athens Women’s Football Summit last week.

The summit united a truly global group of women’s football trailblazers, innovators, and investors from clubs, federations, media companies and corporations. In fact, all continents were represented.

Karen, Lucy and Kelly took the stage on day 1 to share their personal stories and insights on Lewes, including:

– How Lewes is able to attract new fans – people who never previously followed football.
– What we think it means owning a football club and our unique community ownership model.
– What our challenges and aspirations for the women’s game in England are for the future.

And some of our takeaways from the Summit:

Football clubs doing business as usual will struggle
Football clubs need to radically disrupt and do things differently if they’re going to survive. We learnt about amazing initiatives generating value and entertainment, like the Women’s Cup.

Private investors are leading the way
Investors are seeing women’s football as a big growth opportunity. It doesn’t need to copy the trajectory of the men’s game, it can carve out its own, and awaken millions of new fans.

Authenticity matters
People were struck by how authentic the Lewes story is. We believe our authenticity is based on having purpose and principles that make a difference in the world. The Summit heard how Lewes FC is a collection of people trying to build a club on principles and making it work in the commercial world at the same time. And because authenticity cannot be built overnight, it is arguably the ultimate competitive advantage as it cannot be immediately copied.

Expertise of the women’s game in and for the women’s game matters
Growth needs to be led and advised by the game’s experts to continue growing in a way that retains its soul and meaning.

Thank you to the organisers, and all the participants for creating an atmosphere where we all felt very much at home and able to make those connections that will lead to tangible change in the world.

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Lionesses roar against Durham

Sarah Ewens’ opener sent London City Lionesses on their way to a 3-0 win against Durham at Princes Park Stadium.

Ewens lobbed Durham goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders in the 15th minute to give her side a 1-0 lead.

They moved a step closer to their second win of the season when Amy Rodgers got on the end of a corner to make it 2-0, and substitute Lucy Fitzgerald added a third in the second half.

It could have been even sweeter for the Lionesses had Ewens’ second-half penalty not been saved by Durham keeper Tatiana Saunders, but they still ran out comfortable winners.

N’Dow seals last gasp victory for Charlton over Sunderland

Elisha N’Dow’s 92nd minute strike sealed a dramatic 3-2 victory for Charlton over Sunderland in a thrilling contest that saw four second half goals.

Hosts Sunderland led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Emily Scarr, who opened the scoring for the Black Cats in the 27th minute at Eppleton.

Ella Rutherford levelled up proceedings for the Addicks in the 63rd minute before a frantic ending to the contest.

Sunderland retook the lead in the 78th minute through Emma Kelly before Kiera Skeels equalised for the visitors just a minute later.

And after a red card for Sunderland defender Abby Holmes, Charlton made the most of their player advantage through N’Dow’s late winner.

Hughes hat-trick powers Palace past Blackburn

Elise Hughes starred for Crystal Palace as she scored all three goals in their 3-1 win over Blackburn.

It took just 13 minutes for the 21-year-old to open the scoring on the Eagles’ travels to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

The Welsh forward netted for a second time in the 43rd minute to double Palace’s lead shortly before half-time, and she ensured she’d be taking home the match ball with a third strike eight minutes into the second half.

Blackburn netted a consolation in the 60th minute with Saffron Barker converting from the penalty spot but they were unable to turn the contest around, with their opponents claiming a third win of the season.

Birmingham survive late scare to beat Coventry

Two goals in the final 25 minutes were not enough for Coventry United as Birmingham held on to seal a 3-2 victory at St Andrew’s.

The hosts had the perfect start with Jade Pennock and Louise Quinn both scoring inside the opening 20 minutes to give them a two-goal advantage.

It seemed that all three points were safely sewn up when Ashley Hodson added a third just inside the hour mark, though they were forced to survive a late fightback from their opponents.

Mary McAteer’s 67th minute effort pulled one back for Coventry before a Mollie Green own goal in the 89th minute led to a nervy final few moments.

But the Blues were able to hold to grab a second win of the season.

League leaders Bristol held by Southampton

Beth Lumsden helped Southampton pick up an impressive point on the road as they held league leaders Bristol City to a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.

The hosts led at half-time thanks to Ffion Morgan, who put Bristol ahead just inside the opening 30 minutes.

However, Saints responded quickly in the second half with Lumsden’s effort in the 47th minute drawing them level.

Both sides generated opportunities to clinch victory but ultimately neither could find the decisive breakthrough.

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Founded in 1991 as Bromley Borough, later under the name Croydon Women’s F.C., between 2000–2007 as Charlton Athletic, the club was one of the most successful women’s teams in England.

After the parent club’s relegation from the Premier League, the women’s team was controversially disbanded in the summer of 2007, causing almost all of the senior squad to depart, although later a rescue sponsorship package was formed allowing the women’s set up to continue.

CAWFC won the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division title in 2017–18. On 27 May 2018, they beat Northern Division champions Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC 2–1 in a play-off final at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, and thus gained promotion to the FA Women’s Championship, the second tier of women’s football, for the season 2018–19. Last season they finished in 5th place in the Championship.


Charlton Athletic Women v Birmingham City Women, Barclays Women’s Championship, The Valley, 18 September 2022 Picture : Keith Gillard



25th Aug 2019ChampionshipCharlton Athletic0Lewes0
6th Dec 2020ChampionshipLewes2Charlton Athletic1
7th March 2021ChampionshipCharlton Athletic1Lewes1
17th Oct 2021ChampionshipLewes2Charlton Athletic0
16th Jan 2022ChampionshipCharlton Athletic 1Lewes 0
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Goals from Izzy Dalton and Amber-Keegan Stobbs were sadly not enough to steer Lewes to a first win of the season on Sunday, as Sheffield United hit back in the second half to secure a 2-2 draw.

The Rooks, coming into the game at the Dripping Pan with three draws on the bounce to start off the Women’s Championship campaign, had to make do with another point.

As with the Southampton game at the Pan late last month, Scott Booth’s side took a two-goal lead into the second half but couldn’t hold on for three points.

Paula Howells and substitute Emma Thompson both went close in stoppage time, but the Rooks were forced to make do with a share of the spoils.

Dominant early stages
Booth’s side started strongly on a bright, autumnal day at the Pan, and could have been two up within the first 16 minutes. Howells fired wide from close range in front of the home end, before the winger saw a rocket from the edge of the area blocked.

Moments later, though, and Dalton had the hosts in front when converting a penalty into the bottom left corner. Amelia Hazard had been barged over in the box, which handed Dalton the duty to slot home the opener.

Lewes’ domination continued after the goal and Howells put wide another effort, before Emily Kraft forced a magnificent save out of United goalkeeper Bethan Davies on the half-hour mark.

And it was Stobbs who finally broke through again on 39 minutes, charging through the Blades midfield and firing low into the net from the edge of the penalty area. Stobbs dedicated her goal to If U Care Share, the charity the players wore T-shirts for before kick-off.

United comeback
However, despite the two-goal lead the Rooks couldn’t hold on. United came out for the second half much faster and built up early pressure that finally yielded when Ellie Mason converted into her own net.

From here on the game opened up. Next Howells fired over the crossbar from 12 yards out, while Ellie Hack headed wide from a corner.

The Blades then got their leveller with 22 minutes remaining thanks to Charlotte Newsham, who was there at the far post to convert a deep cross from under the crossbar.

Three minutes later and the visitors had the ball in the back of the net again – only for the offside flag to chalk it off.

Frantic final minutes
With the game finely poised, tensioned spilled over on the touchline with Kraft and Naomi Hartley booked, while Sophie Whitehouse was on hand to deny United a third with a stellar save as the clocked ticked over 90 minutes.

Eight minutes of stoppage time followed, during which Dalton came off injured, and both Howells and Thompson saw efforts comes to nothing.

In the end Lewes, pressing until the ref’s whistle, had to make do with a draw in front of the 545 supporters at the Pan.

Lewes XI: Whitehouse, Mason, Hack, Johnson, McKenna, Hazard, Dalton, Howells, Copus-Brown, Stobbs, Kraft.
Subs: Moore, Angel, Cleverly, Palmer, Thompson, Pizzarello, Rita, Heria, Longhurst.

Sheffield United XI: Davies, Newsham, Hartley, Riglar, Sweetman-Kirk, Cusack, Rayner, Paul, Lord-Mears, Muir, Haywood.
Subs: N. Wilson, E. Wilson, Walters, Enderby, Wilcock, Docherty, Francis-Jones, Brown.

Attendance: 545

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After the game last Sunday both Emily Kraft and Libby Copus-Brown thanked the fans for their amazing support, reports Joe Short.

A magnificent 545 fans came to the match at the weekend to cheer on the Rooks as Scott Booth’s side made it four draws from four at the start of the season.

Still unbeaten in the league, striker Kraft says there’s plenty more to come from the players as they gel further as a team this autumn.

“The first half speaks for itself – we managed to score two goals, had most of the possession, handled it really well and showed what we can do when we’re dominant on the ball,” Kraft says, reflecting on Sunday’s game.

“We went into the second half with the same mindset, so it’s frustrating to lose two goals. We wanted to keep going but when it doesn’t work and you concede, it’s hard to take. Especially when we’ve drawn the last three games too.

“But on a positive note we created a lot more chances compared to previous games, and that’s definitely something we can take from this. We just need to build on this and begin converting the chances we create.”

‘We love it’
On the fans who brought the noise to the Pan on Sunday, Kraft adds: “The support was brilliant – in fact the fans have been amazing at every game.

“You heard the band, you heard the music. The voice of Lewes is there in the crowd, and it’s incredible having them cheering you on, showing they’re behind you no matter what. We love it, love connecting with the supporters after the game, it’s something Lewes really stands for.”

Australian Libby Copus-Brown, who earned her first start at the Pan on Sunday, was equally reflective of the solitary point taken from the match.

“It’s disappointing we didn’t get the three points. We started off really well but we need to learn to take that to our advantage and pull out a full 90-minute performance. We we take that into next week now, that’s our focus,” she says.

“It happened against Southampton too. To be 2-0 up and to draw, it’s frustrating. And we drew not because they were better than us, but because we let them back in. We just need to play for the full 90 minutes.

“It was my first start and it’s really exciting. Every player wants to be in the starting XI and hopefully I did my job and keep that spot. I love the noise of this crowd. It brings an amazing atmosphere and gets us going.”

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Squad No.NameSponsored By
1Sophie WhitehouseNathan Smith
2Ellie MasonScott Currie2
3Rhian CleverlyThe Happiness Index
4Amelia HazardDawn Harding
6Ellie HackLittle Stars Childcare
7Nat JohnsonAlice, Tom & Russ Mould
8Grace Palmer
9Emily KraftMichael Wirtz
10Amber Keegan StobbsBill Lynch
11Emma ThompsonMark Comford
12Charlyann Pizzarello
14Paula HowellsBruce Taylor
17Zoe Smith
18Rebecca McKennaLeschenault Press & The Book Reality Experience
19Lauren HeriaAlex Lambeth
20Libby Copus-BrownJoe Short
22Josie LonghurstMartin Scott
23Izzy DaltonLeschenault Press & The Book Reality Experience
26Emily Moore
31Laura HartleyMichael Scoates
32Frankie Angel
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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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Honorary President Terry Parris
Chair Stuart Fuller
Directors Sue Anstiss MBE (co-opted), Ed Briggs, Scott Currie, Karen Dobres, Stuart Fuller, Lucy Mills, John Peel, Claire Rafferty (co-opted), Sally Taplin, Trevor Wells
Chief Executive Officer Maggie Murphy
Club Secretary John Peel
Fan Engagement Officer Shrey Nilvarna
Financial Director Biram Desai
Operations Manager James Barker

Equality FC Campaign Manager Karen Dobres

Life Members
Peter Brook, Dorothy Brook RIP, Vic Blunt, Pat Dartnell, Gary Elphick, Gordon Fowlie, Peter Hiscox RIP, Billy Nixon, Derrick Parris RIP, 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 Scott Booth
Assistant Manager Nat Haigh
PP Coach Christos Andreou
GK Coach Daniel Matraszek
Nutritionist Stefano Montanari
Physiotherapist Katrina Martin & Lydia Woodland
Team Psychologist Chelsea Orme
Data Analyst Adam Chilcott
Sporting Director Kelly Lindsey

General Manager Lynne Burrell

Women’s DS Head Coach Andy Corrigan

Pathway Co-ordinator Ryan Sullivan

Golden Rook Rob Read
Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editors Stuart Fuller
Club Photographer James Boyes

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