Tag: Lewes

Non-League Videos Of The Week

The Easter weekend is traditionally the weekend during which most non-league promotion and relegation issues are sorted out one way or the other and, with a round of fixtures to be played this afternoon, we’re going to take a moment to catch up with some of Saturday’s matches. Our first match comes from the foot of the Blue Square South. Havant & Waterlooville’s league season is effectively over, but Saturday was critical for Lewes, who went into Saturday’s match desperately needing a win to maintain any realistic chance of staying up. They are at home against relegation rivals Bishops Stortford this afternoon. At the top of the same table, Ebbsfleet United, in third place in the table, are more or less guaranteed a place in the play-offs, but Chelmsford City sit just outside of the top five and were another team in desperate need of three points on the road with a trip to Ebbsfleet on Good Friday. A win would leave Chelmsford just a point off the play-off places and they are also at home this afternoon, against Bromley. Another team chasing a play-off place are Wrexham, in the Blue Square Premier. We’ll have a further update on what has been going on at The Racecourse Ground this evening, but on the pitch the team has been continuing to go reasonably well and on Saturday they were away...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

This week’s non-league videos of the week come from the top and bottom of the Blue Square South, and from the Combined Counties League. Our first match comes from Princes Park, and is between Dartford and Lewes. Dartford are comfortable now in mid-table in the Blue Square South. Lewes, however, are in trouble at the foot of the table, although a surprise win against the league leaders, Braintree Town, on Wednesday night left them still in touch with their rivals at the foot of the table. With just a handful of matches left this season, however, they still need to pick up a couple of wins if they are to have any chance of lifting themselves out of the relegation places. Our second match comes from the other end of the table. Under the managership of Garry Hill, Woking have had something of a renaissance during the second half of this season and are in the play-off places, whilst still harbouring ambitions of overhauling Braintree Town at the top of the table. Yesterday afternoon, they were playing away against Eastleigh, who are still in the hunt for a play-off place for a place in the Blue Square Premier at the end of this season. Indeed, with two games in hand and the top of that table looking very congested indeed, they may even have half a chance of catching...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 3-1 St Albans City

In heraldry, it’s called The Rule Of Tincture. Metal should never be placed upon metal. St Albans City arrived at Lewes this afternoon with a mix and match kit. Their choice of outfit, yellow and blue striped shirts with white shorts and socks broke this rule – yellow represents gold and white represents silver. St Alban himself, had he a particular interest in the conventions of heraldry (and, let’s face it, it wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate) might well have been appalled. He would probably, however, have been even more enraged by the travesty of a performance that a team bearing his name managed this afternoon at The Dripping Pan. Perhaps no-one had reminded them of the importance of this fixture. St Albans went into the match one place and one point above Lewes, third from bottom, in the Blue Square South table. With one win in their last twenty-three matches, there is no question that they are facing a scramble to avoid relegation from this league and this match felt as if they are sleep-walking through this situation. If they are to have any chance of avoiding that relegation, it is a truism they need to be winning matches like this. If they can’t guarantee winning matches like this, then they need to at least be in the game. As a bare minimum, these games need to be contested....

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125 Years Of Lewes FC

They had talked, during the week, of what the crowd might be on Saturday. That the average home crowd of Lewes FC in the Blue Square South has risen by fifty per cent this season in spite of being near the bottom of the table says something in itself about the moves that are already being made to restore the links between the clubs and its community, but the club’s hopes of getting the crowd up to 1,200 for the visit of Chelmsford City seemed optimistic. They needn’t have worried. The weather on Saturday afternoon was fine and, with a large travelling support having travelled down from Essex, the crowd swelled to 1,326 as a real festival, a half-time procession of former players and a birthday cake gave The Dripping Pan a carnival atmopshere. “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang played over the tannoy as the teams lined up to kick-off. It might have been more appropriate to play “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John because, after the tribulations of the last couple of years, there was an element of thankfulness at the club’s continuing existence to the celebrations. There have been some hard times at The Dripping Pan over the last couple of years and there may yet be more to follow, but the club still exists and its future feels more secure than it has done for...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 1-2 Hampton & Richmond Borough

It’ a warm and pleasant Saturday afternoon, and it’s a scene that is being repeated the length and breadth of the country. From the tip of Cornwall to the top of Northumberland, Non-League Day is upon us and at The Dripping Pan Lewes were at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Blue Square South. The initiative has put something extra in the air – a sense of heightened expectation that, in some small and modest way, we, for once, are in the spotlight this afternoon. There are a few nursing hangovers from the night before’s unexpectedly comfortable England win, but these are eased by a welcoming clubhouse, local beers and greasy food. Saturday afternoon isn’t a time for being healthy, on the whole, though. On the pitch, Lewes have a problem. Their reasonably bright start to the season is starting to feel like something of a distant memory already. They have lost their last three matches and their team is shot through with injuries. They managed four new loan signings by the closure of the transfer window to try and plug the gaps, but there has been talk that they may even struggle to fill their substitutes bench this afternoon. The reality of their financial predicament is that they can’t afford to just go out and replace injured players with new ones. They can see the light...

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