Wivi 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
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
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
A triple triumph lifted the mood at Lewes, as all three ladies’ teams notched up impressive weekend victories. Continue reading
Lewes Development 1 (Tibble 10) Brighton Development 4 (Bridge 4, Burt 17, Sinden 33, Rowe 90+3)
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
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’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