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Lewes Next Up For Invicta


On Saturday, following another week off, we visit the Dripping Pan to take on Lewes in a BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division game, kick-off 3:00pm. We have already played Lewes at home this season in the Buildbase F.A. Trophy, winning 2-0 with goals from Alfie Paxman and Sam Hasler in the second half. Around that time, at the end of October, Lewes had just seen their well regarded Manager Darren Freeman leave the club due to outside work commitments. At the time, Ross Standen and Tony Coade were appointed as Caretaker Managers and they will continue for the foreseeable future as they look to improve their current League position.

On the pitch they have picked up a bit after a slow start to the season and they are currently 15th  with eighteen points from their sixteen games with five wins, three draws and eight defeats overall, although at home they’ve only won once (1-0 against bottom club Corinthian-Casuals), drawn two (1-1 vs Enfield Town and 3-3 vs Potters Bar Town) and lost four (Bowers & Pitsea and Horsham, both 2-0, Cray Wanderers, 3-2 and Wingate & Finchley, 2-1).

And What About Us?

After another enforced break, Neil Cugley said “I’m just happy to get back on the pitch and I know the players are keen to get back playing games too, I think they’re fed up with training as we had sessions last week, at the weekend and on Tuesday. “The only good thing is that it has allowed Micheal Everitt to recover from his knock and he will be in Saturday’s squad along with Josh Vincent who was unavailable for our last game at Enfield, so we will be at full strength. “Hopefully we will pick up from where we left off, as we were playing some very good stuff before the break”. Having visited Lewes a couple of weeks ago when we had a Saturday off, Neil added “I’m looking forward to going back there, it’s a nice ground and pitch and of course it gives us another excuse to catch up with Frankie Chappell and his Mum and Dad!”. On Saturday, Neil went to Chatham to see Ian Draycott play and he mentioned “Draycs looks like he may have a further month on loan as he is getting regular games there, but the good thing is that if we do get injuries, we can recall him from the loan if we need to as it is the second month”. The day was also tinged with sadness as on the Thursday before, Hayley, the wife of Chatham Town Manager and former Folkestone Invicta midfielder Scott Lindsey, had passed away following a long battle with cancer, Neil said; “It was a very sad occasion and I really felt for Scott and his and Hayley’s family who went to the game. “I passed my condolences on to them all on behalf of the club at what must be a very difficult time for them.”

Form Guide

The below shows the results of Invicta’s last six away games and Lewes’ last six home with the most  recent first.

Folkestone Invicta           -             WDWLDW (currently 8th in the away form table)

Lewes                               -             LWLDLL (currently 17th in the home form table).

We’ve Already Met This Season

As mentioned, at the end of October we played Lewes in the Buildbase F.A. Trophy, winning 2-0, the teams were as follows;

Folkestone Invicta; Henry Newcombe, Josh Vincent, Alfie Paxman, Matt Newman, Callum Davies (Captain), Ronnie Dolan (Sam Hasler, 46 mins), Scott Heard, Micheal Everitt (Finn O’Mara, 34 mins), Ira Jackson, Jerson Dos Santos & Kieron McCann, (Unused Subs; Johan Ter Horst, Stephen Smith, Nat Blanks & Tim Roberts).

Goalscorers; Alfie Paxman (51 mins) & Sam Hasler (76 mins).

Lewes; Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke, Teddy Bloor (Kane Diedrick-Roberts, 65 mins), Leon Redwood, Michael Dome-Bemwin, Frankie Chappell (Captain), Alexander Malins, Dayshonne Golding, James Hammond, Stefan Ilic (Dylan Gifford, 74 mins), Michael Onovwigun (Tegan Freeman, 89 mins) & Thomas Day, (Unused Sub; Jay Popham).

Expect the squads to be similar on Saturday, although ‘The Rooks’ recently signed striker Billy Medlock. He had been out of the game for the past year, although he was the club’s leading scorer with eighteen goals from thirty-eight appearances in their promotion winning season of 2017/18. He has also played for Eastbourne Borough, Hastings United and Dorking Wanderers.  

Goals Scored

The chart below shows the League goals scored by Invicta (33, which is currently the second highest in the Division) and Lewes (22) and the times during the game they did so, which is split into fifteen minute segments. Interestingly, both clubs score the highest percentage of their goals in the last fifteen minutes with both sides scoring around a third, with Invicta scoring 11 and Lewes, 7).

Lewes’ leading scorers (League only) are James Hammond with four goals, followed by Olajuwon Adeyemo, Charlie Coppola, Dayshonne Golding and Stefan Ilic, who have three each, so they spread them around a bit.


Goals Conceded

The chart below shows the League goals conceded by Invicta (16, which is currently the third lowest in the Division) and Lewes (26), also split into fifteen minute segments. Again there is a pattern with both sides conceding almost half their goals in the last fifteen minutes of the first half as Invicta have conceded 7 and Lewes, 11.  

Previous Results

As you can see, head-to-head it’s fairly even overall with Invicta winning two and Lewes the same, although we’ve lost both games we’ve played at the Dripping Pan.









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Lewes Travel Details

Their ground address is The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2XA.

  • Road mileage, 101 miles (travel time, 1 hour, 55 minutes). Use M20, M26, M25 and take Junction 7 using the left 2 lanes to take the M23 (S) exit to Brighton/Crawley/Gatwick and merge onto the M23 and then continue onto the A23. Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left and at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A27 slip road to Lewes/Newhaven, and merge onto the A27. At the Ashcombe Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Brighton Road (A277), then turn right onto Winterbourne Hollow and continue onto Bell Lane, before, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Southover High Street (B2193) and turn right onto Cockshut Road, the ground will be on the left.
  • Lewes has a fifteen minute train service to/from Brighton, departing approximately every fifteen minutes in both directions. There is a direct London train approximately every 30 minutes to Victoria, via Gatwick Airport and Clapham Junction. For more information check http://nationalrail.co.uk. There is of course also the cross country Marsh Link service from Ashford International, although it may be quicker to walk! Lewes railway station is a two minute walk from the Dripping Pan. When you exit the main entrance, turn left and follow the path over the bridge then bear left at the roundabout, the ground will be in front of you.
  • If you are travelling by bus, you will need to take the 28 or 29. Get off at Lewes High Street and it's an 8-minute walk, use the journey planner at www.buses.co.uk, just type in 'The Dripping Pan (Lewes FC)' for details of routes and times.


£12.00, with concessions £7.00 (State pension age of 65 for men & 64 for women, full-time students and unemployed) with Under 16s free (please note that you will be asked for proof of status/age on entry) and Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Contactless card payment is available for entry to the ground, at the club shop, in the Rook Inn and at the various food outlets around the ground.


Please note, for those of you that like to wear the right colours at the games, we shall be wearing Black and Amber (with Amber shorts and socks).

To all those travelling, whether on the supporters’ mini-bus, or independently by road or rail, have a safe journey.

Saturday’s BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division Fixtures

It’s almost back to normal on Saturday with a near full set of fixtures in the Premier Division this weekend. The only side not playing a League game is Kingstonian who have the small matter of an Emirates F.A. Cup Second Round tie at home against National League AFC Fylde. Corinthian-Casuals haven’t got a game neither as they were scheduled to play Kingstonian. 

Premier Division



Brightlingsea Regent



Carshalton Athletic


Cray Wanderers

Enfield Town


Wingate & Finchley

Haringey Borough





Bognor Regis Town






Folkestone Invicta



Bishop's Stortford

Potters Bar Town


Bowers & Pitsea

F.A. Cup (Second Round)





AFC Fylde

Don’t forget there are two other BetVictor Isthmian League sides still in the Emirates F.A. Cup. Maldon & Tiptree are at home against Sky Bet EFL League Two Newport County in a game to be televised live on BBC Two at 7:55pm on Friday 29th November, whilst Chichester City visit Tranmere Rovers of Sky Bet EFL League One on Sunday 1st December, kick-off 3:00pm as the game is being shown live on BT Sport.