When it comes to development Lewes have plenty in reserve

Manager Lil Johnson oversees the pre-match warm-up for Lewes Development Squad against Southampton Saints Development Squad, December 4 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Lewes manager Lil Johnson has a strong development squad to work with

Lewes Development 5 (Ramsauer 2; Ashby 21; Bowen 43; Baldock 51; E Smith 82)
Southampton Saints Dev 0

As relative newcomers to the Premier League’s Reserve Division, Lewes know what the gulf is like between the haves and have-nots at that level.

But after a couple of seasons of taking some heavy hits in the name of development, the club have decided to beef up their entire squad, and that means a different dynamic for the second string. Continue reading

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Triple celebration as Lewes bounce back

Action from QPR v Lewes, Sep 27 2015 (Photo: Jane Roberts)

Lewes’s first team earned their first win since the opening day of the season (Photo: Jane Roberts)

A triple triumph lifted the mood at Lewes, as all three ladies’ teams notched up impressive weekend victories. Continue reading

Talented youngsters following in the footsteps of their senior role models

Lewes Development 1 (Tibble 10) Brighton Development 4 (Bridge 4, Burt 17, Sinden 33, Rowe 90+3)

Action from Lewes Development v Brighton Development, Sep 20 2015 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Lewes did a better job of shackling Brighton’s dominant midfield in the second half

After listening to arguments and counter-arguments about the purpose of the FAW Premier League’s reserves divisions, what a delight to witness a football match between two genuine development sides, packed full not of first-team regulars but of footballers who very soon might well be. Continue reading

Tough start for Premier League champions Portsmouth

Fliss Gibbons is congratulated on one of her goals for Brighton against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Fliss Gibbons was among the scorers when Brighton won their opening fixture last season against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Premier League Southern champions Portsmouth will need to make sure their Super League play-off disappointment is well and truly out of their system when they begin the defence of their title with a daunting start to the new Premier League campaign. Continue reading

Charlton in the hunt for league grand slam of trophies

Action from Brighton v Charlton Athletic, March 1 2015 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Charlton’s first team could still win the Premier League, while their reserves and development sides are in the running for their respective titles (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Charlton Athletic are in the running for an extraordinary haul of trophies, with all three of their sides in with a chance of league titles or promotion – and with the first team still in four cup competitions. Continue reading

Late penalty blow hands Lewes youngsters a timely lesson

Lewes Development (Tagg, Tibble) 2-2 Gillingham Reserves (Loosemore, North pen)

Action from Lewes Development v Gillingham Reserves, March 29 2015An injury-time penalty denied Lewes’s second string a second successive league victory after going most of the season without one at all in a game spoilt by the windy conditions at the Convent Field. Continue reading