Wednesday 18th January 2023 6:00pm – The FA Continental Tyres League Cup – The Dripping Pan

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Welcome to The Dripping Pan for today’s FA Continental Tyres League Cup game against Bristol City. Here is your complimentary e-programme

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Coventry, 30 October 2022. Barclays Women’s Championship match between Coventry United Women and Lewes Women.
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Good evening and welcome to The Dripping Pan for this Continental League Cup match against Bristol City. I’d like to welcome our visitors from way out West and hope their journey to and from the Pan is as smooth as possible.

I know it is an earlier kick off than we would normally have on the rare occasion of a midweek game but we wanted to allow our visitors the chance to get home today rather than the early hours of tomorrow.

This game is one that we tried desperately to play before Christmas. It originally fell foul to the freezing weather here, then we switched it to Bristol City’s Robins High Performance Centre, where again it was postponed.

So, here we are, hopefully third time lucky. I’d like to thank our ground staff and volunteers for their efforts in preparing and protecting the pitch so we can have a game tonight. Just a reminder that should we win tonight, or even lose on penalties after ninety minutes, we will progress through to the quarter finals for the first time in our history and will face a WSL side.

The team couldn’t have asked for a better result on Sunday, following on from the 5-0 win against London Bees in the FA Cup, when they went to St. Mary’s Stadium and beat Southampton 1-0. A former Rooks manager once said that 1-0 was his favourite score-line as it meant you were always having to concentrate and retain your focus. That was certainly the case on Sunday as Sophie Whitehouse once again proved what an outstanding goalkeeper she is, repelling everything the Saints threw at her.

Don’t forget we are back in Championship action on Sunday as we head to Charlton Athletic before the big FA Cup tie away at Ipswich Town on the 29th January.

Anyway, back to today and the prospect of progressing in a tournament we’ve never really enjoyed success in. Let’s get behind the team this evening and Come on you Rooks!


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From the dugout – Scott Booth

It was a little bit bitter sweet on Sunday; we get three points, away from home, against a tough side, a really good side, but don’t play well.

We’ve said it a number of times how good Sophie has been this season, she’s been really consistent and a really good person as well.

She wants to work hard for the team and be a leader, she led by example without a doubt on Sunday with another great performance.

We’ve set high standards in terms of what we do with the ball and our possession work. We feel like we didn’t do that well at all but the players worked incredibly hard to retain the points which was the key thing.

In six-weeks time we will remember we got the three points, not the performance, so it was really key we did that.

We’ve still got a lot of work to do in terms of making sure we keep our standards really high, and that’s what we’re hoping to do against Bristol.

They’re another good side, a side that are doing really well at the top of the table. We have to respect them but understand we’re a good side ourselves.

Both games this week are going to be tough because they’re teams at the top of the table, and not been beaten often, don’t concede a lot of goals.

These are the games that we can hopefully go into and believe we can match them, look to take points, we don’t want to come into it with a mentality other than we’re winning the game.

The league is so competitive that we’ve seen already, this season, that just about any team can beat any team, and that’s the mentality you go into the games with.

It’s tough having three games in a week no matter how you look at it, the players want to play games but it’s not easy when you factor in travel, and the fact that the games are coming thick and fast.

It is difficult but it’s difficult for every team involved and from my perspective we just take every game as it comes and try to win every game.

We want to get through tonight of course, we haven’t ever been through before. We have standards to set and we’re not going to drop that in the cup.

The players understand the magnitude of the game, getting through to the Quarter-Finals, and having a top class opposition in Manchester City or Leicester City to pit ourselves against.

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We are delighted to announce that we have officially launched our community ticket scheme which gives you the chance to give back to our community.

This has been created to help local people who are worst hit by the cost-of-living crisis to attend Lewes FC home matches.

As you may already know, we have been helping local food banks for several years, by collecting donations at matches and helping at supermarket collections.

But we are now giving our fans the opportunity to give back to local people who are worst affected by the cost-of-living crisis and who simply don’t have the spare cash to be able to attend a football match.

Particularly at the Dripping Pan, a match is so much more than the football. It’s where everyone is welcome and where friendships are made and nurtured. Lewes FC is a community club, and everyone is invited.

So, you can now go on to our ticket site and buy Community Tickets. Each ticket will cost £10 and that will cover the price of a meal and a drink at the game.

The club is adding no admission charge and will make no profits from these tickets. When you are buying your own ticket, maybe add a Community Ticket or two at the checkout. Or, even if you can’t go yourself, or already have a season ticket, why not make a special visit to the ticket site and pass on the joy and togetherness of matchday at the Dripping Pan.

The club will print out the Community Tickets and pass them on to local food banks who will distribute to their clients to use at any home match of their choice.

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Bristol City Women’s Football Club is a women’s association football team from the city of Bristol. Formed in 1998 as Bristol Rovers W.F.C., they were renamed Bristol Academy W.F.C. in 2005 following increased involvement of the Bristol Academy of Sport, based at Filton College (now part of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College). 

A second change of name, this time to Bristol City was approved by the FA Women’s Football Board in time for the 2016 WSL season. They play their home games at the Robins High Performance Centre. Bristol City Women won promotion to the FA Women’s Super League (WSL), the highest level of the women’s game in England in 2016 and stayed there for five seasons before being relegated to the FA Women’s Championship in 2021

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, before the 2019/20 Barclays FAWSL season saw 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.

The 2020/21 campaign saw Oxtoby depart in January on maternity leave, with Matt Beard coming in as cover until the end of the season. A successful Continental Cup run saw the Robins reach their maiden league cup final, ultimately losing out to double-winning Chelsea at Vicarage Road. 

The Robins were fighting at the bottom of the table throughout the season and took the race for survival to the last day of the season, however a 3-1 defeat to Brighton condemned the club to relegation to the FA Championship. 

The summer of 2021 saw City Women rebuild ahead of the upcoming season. Former coach Lauren Smith returned to the club as Head Coach making 11 new signings and bringing seven academy talents into the first team group. 

City Women had a positive 2021/22 season, finishing 3rd in the Championship with a 3-0 win against Blackburn Rovers and a record breaking game at Ashton Gate against Liverpool.


The FA Continental Tyres League Cup Results and Fixtures

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6 Mar 2022ChampionshipLewes0Bristol City3
12 Dec 2021FA CupBristol City5Lewes0
17 Nov 2021FA League CupBristol City3Lewes1
5 Sep 2021ChampionshipBristol City2Lewes1
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Lewes took all three points at St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon in a resilient, hard-working display in the return to league action.

An Emily Kraft header in the first-half was enough to seal a 1-0 win but Sophie Whitehouse in goal took a lot of the plaudits in a player of the match performance.

The Rooks were up against it from the first whistle with the Saints playing a very high-tempo and looking to get the ball forward at every opportunity.

Lewes did well to slow that tempo down at times, trying to opt for a more patient approach.

Eventually though Southampton were presented with their first big opportunity with Ella Morris clean-through on goal, but Whitehouse got a strong hand to it to palm it away.

Saints continued to put numbers forward but a stern Lewes defence stood up to the pressure well.

Shortly before half-time, the resilience paid off when Emily Kraft rose highest from an Amelia Hazard corner to header in superbly past Kayla Rendell.

The second-half started just as the first did with Lewes very much under the cosh.

Somehow Saints didn’t equalise just minutes into the half when Whitehouse was called into a fantastic double-save following a few scrambles in the box.

Moments later Whitehouse got enough on it to deflect away a dangerous cross into the box from Milly Mott which was eventually fired over in the follow up.

Sophia Pharoah was also denied when, following some intricate play on the edge of the box, found herself one-on-one with Whitehouse with the Lewes no.1 once again to the rescue, getting a strong leg to it.

The final big chance came for Southampton when the ball fell to Megan Wynne on the edge of the six-yard-box but she fired it into the side netting.

The Rooks eventually withstood the pressure which included nine-minutes of stoppage time and took home a big three-points in what was just a second defeat of the season for Southampton.

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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
14Paula HowellsBruce Taylor
17Zoe Smith
18Rebecca McKennaLeschenault Press & The Book Reality Experience
19Lauren HeriaAlex Lambeth
20Libby Copus-BrownJoe Short
21Valentine Pursey
22Josie LonghurstMartin Scott
23Izzy DaltonLeschenault Press & The Book Reality Experience
26Emily Moore
31Laura HartleyMichael Scoates
32Frankie Angel
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Lewes FC is delighted to announce a new partnership with SumUp, global provider of diverse payment solutions.

More than 4 million businesses use SumUp card readers and products every day to simplify payment processing in a safe and secure way.

SumUp was founded with small businesses in mind, providing them with the tools they need to be more efficient so they can focus on doing what they love. This partnership with SumUp will support Lewes FC with top-notch payment solutions so that we can put our all into scoring goals on the pitch.

Maggie Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Lewes FC said “SumUp are committed to using their platform to make the world a better place, and we are delighted they see Lewes FC as a key partner in doing so.

“From the start, it was clear that SumUp cares about their customers and we’ve appreciated the support we have already received.”

Bobby Alam, Head of Sales UK & Ireland of SumUp Point of Sale said, ”SumUp are delighted to be partnering with and working alongside Lewes FC and its local community.

“With a club being at the forefront of change and empowering people to grow, thrive and be successful in doing what they love—it perfectly aligns with our vision at SumUp.

“We are proud to champion equality, diversity and inclusion while helping promote Lewes FC’s ethos to the world.”

We’re sure that fans will give SumUp a warm welcome the next time they purchase a hot pie or a cold pint.

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General Aqua Yoga, Aqua Walk, Pregnancy Aqua Natal classes available

HALF PRICE ‘one off’ taster classes available in week 1 or 2 of our January course 

Wed 4th evening / Thur 5th pm, Wed 11th evening / Thur 12th pm 


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 Barclays 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. Lewes 2000 FC Limited is 100% owned by Lewes Community Football Club.

Honorary President Terry Parris
Chair Stuart Fuller
Directors Willa Bailey, Tim Bradshaw, Ed Briggs, Scott Currie, Stuart Fuller, Andy Gowland, Lucy Mills, John Peel, Trevor Wells
Chief Executive Officer Maggie Murphy
Club Secretary John Peel
Fan Engagement Officer Shrey Nilvarna
Financial Director Biram Desai
Operations Manager James Barker

Life Members
Peter Brook, Dorothy Brook RIP, Vic Blunt RIP, 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
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

Communication Manager Jack Towers
Commercial Manager Stef McLoughlin

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

Communication Manager Jack Towers
Commercial Manager Stef McLoughlin

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