Wivi team up with Saltdean as young managers seek to inject fresh life into women’s game

Badges of Saltdean United and Worthing UnitedWivi have called it a day. After withdrawing from the South East Counties league midway through last season through a lack of numbers, Haywards Heath and Wivelsfield have decided not to risk re-forming –¬†but their spirit will live on at the heart of a brand new club, Saltdean United Ladies. Continue reading

Result almost academic as experienced Worthing win colleges battle

Newman Lewes Academy 0
Worthing College 6 (Tubby 12, 45, 57; Rolf 16; Booker 55; Pursey 59)

In the battle of the Sussex academies, experience won the day as Worthing College, the academic arm of Brighton’s development set-up, swept aside Newman’s, the newest kids on the block, established¬†by East Sussex rivals Lewes last summer. Continue reading

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

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

Double joy for Lewes as Chichester are left licking their wounds

Goalmouth action in the pre-season friendly between Lewes and Chichester City, August 2 2015 (Photo: Charles Hobley)

Lewes won both games, but there were encouraging signs for both Chichester sides, too (Photo: Charles Hobley)

Lewes 4 (McIntyre 20, 90+6, Khassal 45+1, 56) Chichester City 1 (Fowlie 88)
Lewes Development 2 (Smith 26, Lock 71) Chichester City Development 0

The pain of pre-season takes many forms – the struggle for fitness, juggling with new tactics, and, as so many frustrated managers discover, even just putting out a side in what for many is still very much the holiday season. Continue reading

Lewes cup win proof that youngsters can flourish in adult football

Lewes celebrate winning the Sussex County Women and Girls Football League Cup, April 26 2015 (Photos: Jane Roberts/Jacquie Agnew)

Most of the Lewes development side have been together through the youth age groups (Photos: Jane Roberts/Jacquie Agnew)

Lewes’s development side became surely the youngest ever winners of the Sussex County League Cup on Sunday when they resoundingly beat the vastly more experienced Hurstpierpoint 4-1 in the final.

With seven 16-year-olds and nine 17-year-olds, Martin Perkins’ squad, playing in their first season in adult football, had an average age of just over 16.5. Continue reading