Sunday 5th March 2023 12:00pm – Barclays Women’s Championship – The Dripping Pan

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Welcome to The Dripping Pan for today’s Barclays Women’s Championship game against Sunderland. 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 afternoon and welcome back to the Dripping Pan for this afternoon’s Barclays Women’s Championship game against Sunderland. I’d like to welcome the fans, players, management and officials from Wearside and hope they enjoy our hospitality and a safe trip home.

Wednesday night was a disappointing result but not a performance. We seem to have played Bristol City every other week in the last couple of seasons and have always struggled to break them down.

We created chances but just lacked that cutting edge in front of goal. Bristol City are favourites to return to the Super League and they aren’t top of the table by chance. But we have an opportunity today to put the result behind us and concentrate on grabbing three points to climb the table.

It’s important we all stay focused on the next two league games, today and then next week’s trip to 2nd place London City Lionesses, and not get distracted by the Manchester United game – both on and off the pitch.

There’s still a huge amount of preparation work needed for the FA Cup game – over the next few days we will start to communicate the details and timings of the ticketing process.

As I mentioned on Wednesday, we know demand will far outstrip supply and some of our fans may miss out, which is why it is important to keep up to date on information from Social Media and the Website. For any owners who aren’t getting our newsletters or use our App make sure the club is aware of your updated email address as that is the prime mechanism we will use to communicate to you. I will also add a word of caution – we want to ensure as many of our fans get to see the game and should we be aware of any tickets being sold on resale platforms we will act accordingly.

Enjoy this afternoon’s game and Come On You Rooks!


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From the dugout – Scott Booth

Just reflecting on Wednesday, Bristol obviously have quality, they’re top of the league for a reason. They’ve got consistency and have been regularly winning games. 

We had a few chances that if we had taken, it might have been different, but at the same time, they also had other chances too. 

You have to be honest about it. They had a bit of extra physicality at times, they put us under more pressure. 

We had a period in the first half where we had a number of corners and didn’t create from them, we wasn’t physical enough. 

Then in the second-half they had a number of corners and they took advantage of it. I think that was the difference on the day. 

We have to learn from that – we didn’t deal with those situations well. On a whole, we just didn’t deal with that well enough all game. 

That’s just purely down to going in and matching them in the air because a lot of the problems they caused, came from aerial balls. 

We need to get better at it, it’s as simple as that. The players understand that, we’ve looked at it, and they know they’ve got to put it in in training. 

It’s never great if you’ve been undone by that kind of physicality, and that’s something we will improve on.

There wasn’t a lot in it though – really not a lot in it at all. It was just that extra bit of physicality, I don’t think they played us off the pitch, they didn’t create many chances from great moves. 

I also thought we gave them problems as well. I thought when the ball was on the ground, we were good, and we were physical enough on the ground. 

The fact is, that has been the case for every game this season apart from the Birmingham game, we’ve been in every game.

You have to say that the last three games have been tough in the league, they’ve all come together and been condensed. 

We’d have liked to have edged two of those games, that’s not happened so we have to make sure we get three points today.

Sunderland will be tough because they’re a really good unit, they work well together, they work for each other, very hard to beat. 

They have a number of proven players as well, they regularly mix it with the best teams in the league. We know it will be a tough game and we’ve told the players that, we need those battling qualities to come through. 

They’re really well organised and don’t give a lot away, and they do have a threat, particularly on the break, they’re quite transitional. 

They like to get forward quickly, so it just poses a different threat but we’re aware of it, the players are, and we just need to focus on us.

Thank you for your support today!


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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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Sunderland Association Football Club Women’ is an English women’s football club that plays in the Women’s Championship. They play their home games at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground in Hetton-le-Hole, in the City of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.

Sunderland won the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division in 2004–05 to reach the top tier National Division. After relegation in 2007, they returned to the National Division in 2009 and also lost that season’s FA Women’s Cup final, 2–1 to holders Arsenal at Pride Park Stadium.

The club’s bid to join the FA WSL for the initial 2011 season was controversially rejected in favour of the relatively newly formed, but big spending, Manchester City. This decision led to the departure of many star players (3 of whom represented England in the 2015 World Cup) and is thought to have damaged the development of the women’s game in the North East for years to come. Despite this they responded by winning the Premier League National Division, which had become the second tier, on three consecutive occasions and also collected the 2011–12 FA Women’s Premier League Cup. In 2014 Sunderland were accepted into the second division of a newly expanded FA WSL. They won the league on the final day of the season and were promoted into FA WSL 1 for 2015.

At the end of the 2017–18 season, Sunderland A.F.C. Ladies were unsuccessful with their application for a license in both FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship, meaning the Lady Black Cats, were demoted to the FA Women’s National League North, for the 2018–19 season.

Sunderland were successful in applying for promotion via the Upward Club Movement process after their seasons were curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This meant they returned to the Barclays Women’s Championship for the 2021-22 season where they finished in 9th place.

Barclays Women’s Championship Results and Fixtures

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20 Nov 2022ChampionshipSunderland0Lewes1
23 Jan 2022ChampionshipLewes2Sunderland0
26 Sep 2021ChampionshipSunderland1Lewes1
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The Rook’s endured a 1-0 defeat at The Dripping Pan to league leaders Bristol City, with Shania Hayles’ 58th minute goal earning their victory. Reports Ross Bray.

The decisive goal came from a corner that was cleared back out to the taker, Jodie Hutton, and her cross reaching Vicky Bruce on the turn, whose shot rebounded to Hayles who was able to stab it in.

Lewes never let their heads drop, creating many opportunities throughout the match. Early on, Ellie Mason’s clever turn on the edge of the 18 yard box gave space for a shot but was just over.

Paula Howells whipped a great ball in from the right hand side but Rhian Elin Cleverly was agonisingly close to tapping it in at the far post.

Bristol City had chances of their own with a fortuitous rebound falling straight to Hayles 6 yards out but blazed it over.

Bruce got on the end of Abi Harrison’s corner but her header was blocked on the line at the far post by Mason to keep Bristol City out.

While Scott Booth’s side will be disappointed with the defeat, they can take courage from their performance which saw them create numerous chances against the league’s meanest defence. They will be looking to bounce back with a win as they welcome Sunderland to the Pan Sunday.

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Squad No.NameSponsored By
1Sophie WhitehouseNathan Smith
2Ellie MasonScott Currie
3Rhian CleverlyThe Happiness Index
4Amelia HazardDawn Harding
5Charlotte Wardlaw
6Ellie HackLittle Stars Childcare
7Nat JohnsonAlice, Tom & Russ Mould
8Grace Palmer
9Emily KraftMichael Wirtz
10Amber Keegan StobbsBill Lynch
11Emma ThompsonMark Comford
14Paula HowellsBruce Taylor
15Jamie RitaThe English Soap Company
16Kirsty Barton
17Zoe SmithThe English Soap Company
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
24Aqsa Mushtaq
25Kenzie Weir
26Emily Moore
31Laura HartleyMichael Scoates
32Frankie AngelThe English Soap Company
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Award for Club Photographer ‘Boyesie’

Lewes FC is delighted that our own volunteer club photographer James Boyes has received a ‘Barnstar’ award from Women in Red, and is indeed the only person to receive one in 2022.

Women in Red are an organisation fixing gender bias on Wikipedia.

James was nominated for the award because he has made “a substantive change to improving the visibility of women footballers on Wikipedia”, according to Women in Red founder Roger Bamkin.

“Lots of people take pictures of footballers but James publishes his photos with an unusually generous license”, said Mr Bamkin. ‘Not many people know that 99.9% of photos on the internet are copyright which means that they cannot be used commercially on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Therefore James’ generosity is exceptional and important to Wikipedia who only allow photos on their site which are free to be used by anybody for anything’.

Wikipedia publish biographies of over 1.5 million notable people but over 80% of them are men. James’ images of women footballers are reused by Lewes FC and Wikipedia. Photos of Lewes players on Wikipedia, Twitter and Instagram very frequently come from James’ photostream.

James’ unusual publishing license is the reason why lots of published photos of women footballers from other teams come from his Flickr account. Other league match photographers are less clear about licensing, so when Wikipedia creators look for a photo of a woman footballer they look specifically to see when they played Lewes.

As a result the Wikipedia articles of many women footballers show them when they were playing Lewes FC Women – either at home at the historic Dripping Pan, or away – and James took their photo.

James was surprised to be nominated for the award but said that he was ‘happy to do anything to help grow women’s football’.

One of the nominees for the award was Helen Pankhurst, advisor to CARE and a supporter of Women in Red, who said“Throughout history, women’s contributions to society have too often been kept in the shadows and then forgotten altogether. It’s vital that we stop this from happening; that we find ways to document women’s stories, to celebrate and to remember their achievements.”

Roger Bamkin is a Wikipedia supporter. He was Chair of Wikimedia UK when it became an official UK charity with a London Office and gained its first employees. In 2015 he and (now Dame) Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight founded “Women in Red” which has since changed the number of women on Wikipedia from 15.5% to over 19%.

Women in Red is so-named because women who are mentioned on Wikipedia (but who do not have articles) have their names coloured red. In the last six years the organisation has gathered 600 members, tens of thousands of new articles, and sister projects in thirty other languages. Roger said ” Women in Red has succeeded in dramatically improving the gender gap on Wikipedia”

Creative Commons 4.0 cc-by-sa is the unusual license that Wikipedia requires for all the photos it includes on its web sites in over 300 languages. James uses an even more generous license so his photos can be used by anyone anywhere in the world. They don’t have to ask permission they only have to mention who took the photo.

We became the first professional or semi-professional football club to pay its women’s team the same as its men’s team, as part of its Equality FC campaign.

The Women’s first XI play in the Championship League (the second tier of Women’s Football in England) but their ambition is to win promotion to the Women’s Super League to play at the highest level of the sport. The Men’s team play in the Isthmian League.

Lewes FC, formed in 1885, is a 100% community-owned and not-for-profit football club. The club is led by directors elected by its 2400+ owners.

Anyone, anywhere in the world, can buy a single share in Lewes at

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For today’s game we are collecting for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Clare Crouch has been involved with the charity since 2016 and is now fundraising for Frontline Walk: The Pyrenees.

Following a World War Two escape route used by thousands of allied servicemen and Jewish refugees, and Clare will be heading over the Pyrenees with ascents of approximately 2,500m, before descending into Spain. 

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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 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

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
GK Coach Daniel Matraszek

General Manager Lynne Burrell

Nutritionist Stefano Montanari
Club Doctor Dr Daniel Hudson
Head Physiotherapist Adam Hutchins
Physiotherapist Maria Melero
Sports Therapist Liam Jenman
Sport Scientist Ivi Casagrande
Mental Coach Sarah Murray
Data Analyst Tom Drummer
Kit Manager Kerri Coombs

Communications Manager Jack Towers
Commercial Manager Stef McLoughlin
Fan Engagement Officer Shrey Nilvarna

Facilities Manager Damien watts

Golden Rook Rob Read

Web Editors Stuart Fuller & Jack Towers
Progcast Editors Stuart Fuller / Jack Towers / Stan Lahood
Club Photographer James Boyes & Grace Jones

Communication Manager Jack Towers
Commercial Manager Stef McLoughlin

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