Gritty Chichester dent revitalised Lewes’s home record

Action from Lewes v Chichester City, Oct 8 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Charley Wilson-Blakely scored twice but was later forced off with injury (Photo: John Holden)

Lewes 2 (Rutherford 40; Lane 44)
Chichester City 2 (Wilson-Blakely 27, 31)

Chichester City claimed a minor victory after becoming only the second side to take a point off Lewes at their Dripping Pan fortress this season, but it must have felt like a defeat after losing their key player, talisman and top scorer Charley Wilson-Blakely to an injury that looks bound to sideline her for some weeks. Continue reading

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Gutsy Brighton show character to down Durham despite being reduced to 10

Brighton 3 (Gibbons 8; Umotong 26; Buet pen 85)
Durham 2 (Hepple 45, 58)

Brighton showed two sides to their character, shrugging off the twin setbacks of surrendering a two-goal lead and having their goalkeeper sent off to clinch a valuable and significant victory over Durham and give new boss Hope Powell a winning start. Continue reading

Lewes make it four wins in a row as they take Sussex bragging rights

Katie McIntyre in action for Lewes at Chichester City, Sep 24 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Katie McIntyre was a giant for Lewes in midfield and scored the winning goal (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 1 (Tucker 19)
Lewes 2 (McIntyre 35; Carter 53)

Lewes’s red-hot winning streak continued as Rebecca Carter’s third goal in four games helped them to yet another single-goal Premier League victory that lifts them to the giddy heights of second. Continue reading

Lane heads Lewes heroes as they destroy Palace’s unbeaten record

Danni Lane scores the winner for Lewes against Crystal Palace, Sep 20 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Danni Lane scored with a header moments after hitting the bar with a similar effort (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 1 (Lane 77)
Crystal Palace 0

Magnificent Lewes turned themselves into unlikely early Premier League title contenders after inflicting a first defeat of the season on high-flying Crystal Palace. Continue reading

That old familiar feeling as friends reunited cancel each other out

Rebecca Carter scores the only goal for Lewes against Portsmouth, Sep 17 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Portsmouth succumbed to a late goal for the second game in succession (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 1 (Carter 87)
Portsmouth 0

Familiarity ┬ámay breed contempt, but it can also breed football stalemates – and that was the perhaps inevitable outcome at the Dripping Pan today as a host of former team-mates marked each other out of a disappointingly scrappy game. Continue reading

Newcomers Varndeanians take the points in gritty display

Action from Burgess Hill Town v AFC Varndeanians, Sep 10 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Burgess Hill Town 1 (Ashby 89)
AFC Varndeanians 2 (Perilli-Gardener 51, 53)

They’re one of Sussex’s newest teams – or maybe they’re not. They’re certainly in a new division. But AFC Varndeanians are certainly not in the mood to play the part of nervous debutants on the bigger stage. Continue reading

Red-hot Rabson bags hat-trick as Wasps again overcome league newcomers

Action from Crawley Wasps v Parkwood Rangers, August 27 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Title hopefuls Crawley Wasps were comfortable winners but league newcomers Parkwood never gave up

Crawley Wasps 6 (Rabson 4, 14, 18; Callaghan 45+2; Cole 61; Davies 71)
Parkwood Rangers 1 (Whiteman 89)

Abandoned after 90 minutes

Newly promoted Parkwood were made to feel the heat as Crawley Wasps gave them an inkling of the task ahead of them in the next tier of regional football at a baking Oakwood. Continue reading