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Next Up We Visit Lewes


Following on from our 4-1 victory at Wingate & Finchley, we hit the road again on Saturday (20th November) to visit Lewes, in what will be another difficult game, for our fourth successive away Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division game, kick-off 3:00pm. Please note, one of their most well-known and loyal fans, ‘Cynical Dave’, passed away suddenly last Saturday morning, and they will be marking his passing before the game on Saturday with a  minute's applause. Condolences from Invicta to all his family, friends, and everyone at Lewes F.C.  


Due to last season ending prematurely, we didn’t play ‘The Rooks’ at all and when the season did finish, they were in 18th place with eight points from eight games, and in the combined table for the previous two seasons, they are in the same position with a Points Per Game (PPG) average of 0.93, compared to Invicta’s of 1.83, which sees us in 4th place.


However, this season they are a different prospect as in the summer, they appointed former Cray Wanderers Manager Tony Russell as their replacement for Hugo Langton and he brought with him his Assistant at ‘The Wands’, Joe Vines, who had previously played for ‘The Rooks’. As is customary when a Manager moves clubs, he rebuilt the squad including several players from his former club, but few could blame him as over the past two seasons Cray Wanderers have been one of the best sides in the Premier Division (they are actually 2nd in the combined table with a PPG average of 1.98). Those that joined him at the Dripping Pan are goalkeeper Lewis Carey, defenders Tom Carlse and Mitchell Nelson, midfielders Freddie Parker and Bradley Pritchard, plus forward Joe Taylor. Kyron Richards also signed from ’The Wands’, but he recently left. He also bought in defenders Killian Colombie from Vanarama National League Aldershot Town and Matt Weaire, a former Denmark Under 19 International, from Colchester United, plus midfielders Michael Klass from Southend United and Ayo Olukoga, from fellow Premier Division side East Thurrock United. He has also added wingers Iffy Allen from Ebbsfleet United and Razzaq Coleman De-Graft from Hampton & Richmond Borough. Recently, they’ve also brought in defender Will Salmon on loan from fellow Premier Division side Leatherhead, and forward Deon Moore who has joined, also on loan, from Vanarama National League South Dulwich Hamlet.           


Over the past week, we’ve leapfrogged each other in the table, last Saturday they went 3rd as they beat Haringey Borough whilst we were playing Faversham Town in the Buildbase F.A. Trophy, whereas on Tuesday our win at Wingate & Finchley saw us return to 3rd, as they were beating Littlehampton Town 4-1 in the in the Sussex Senior Cup Second Round rather than playing in the League. In their fifteen League games so far, they’ve picked up twenty-seven points with eight wins (Potters Bar Town (A) and Merstham (A), both 3-1, Enfield Town (H) 4-1, Brightlingsea Regent (A) 4-0, Margate (A) 6-2, Leatherhead (H) 5-0, Carshalton Athletic (H) 1-0 and Haringey Borough (H) 4-2), three draws (Cheshunt (H) 2-2, Horsham (H) 0-0 and Bishop’s Stortford (A) 1-1), and four defeats (Cray Wanderers (A) and Hornchurch (H) both 3-1, Worthing (A) 5-4 and East Thurrock United (A) 2-0).


Just looking at those results, you’ll realise they score a lot of goals, and their top two goalscorers in all competitions have both had spells with Invicta. Inevitably, leading the way is Joe Taylor with fourteen goals and he is followed by Ollie Tanner, who has nine, and then Taylor Maloney with seven. Michael Klass has three, Iffy Allen, Razz Coleman De-Graft and Bradley Pritchard have two each, whilst Tom Carlse, Killian Colombie, Freddie Parker, Kyron Richards and Matt Weaire have one apiece.


Looking ahead to the game, Neil said: “I know I keep saying it, but once again this will be a very difficult game against another good footballing side, and we’ll have to up our game from Tuesday’s performance at Wingate & Finchley. “Tony [Russell – Lewes Manager], did a great job at Cray Wanderers and he is already doing the same at Lewes and I fully expect them to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. He has bought a number of that successful Cray side with him to Lewes, including, of course, Joe Taylor, who once again is at the top of the goalscoring charts, and quite honestly what Manager in this League wouldn’t want him in their team.”


Looking at player availability, he added: “The squad will be much the same that played at Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday, although it looks like Jordan [Wright] will be ready to return to the squad which will give us more options.”     


Form Guide

The below shows the results of the last six home League games for Lewes and the last six away for Invicta.

Lewes                                -             DWLWWW (currently 6th in the home form table)

Folkestone Invicta           -             WDWDLW (currently 5th in the away form table).


League Progress

The two charts below (courtesy of Football Web Pages) show the position of Invicta (on top) and ‘The Rooks’ (below) in blue and the points gained after each game played, in red. 




Goal Times       

The below graphs show the times in which both Folkestone Invicta and Lewes have scored (on the left) and conceded (on the right) their goals in their League games so far this season.


On the goals scored front, Invicta are lagging behind as although we’ve scored twenty-six (which is 5th in the current goalscorers’ table), our opponents have scored half as many again and have scored thirty-nine (which unsurprisingly puts them top of the goalscorers’ table with Worthing). As far as goals conceded are concerned, there is again a bit of a difference, we’ve conceded fifteen (which sees us 5th in the goals conceded table), whilst our opponents have conceded twenty-three (which is 16th  in the goals conceded table).


That means in their fifteen League games, there has been an aggregate of sixty-two goals, incredibly over four a game, they are obviously the team to watch if you want to see goals (get ready for a 0-0 draw on Saturday then!!).   

Goals scored graph  

  Goals conceded graph.



Previous Results

Things are all square between the clubs as in the five games played, both have won two and the other game has ended in a draw. In the below, all results are in the Isthmian League unless stated and Invicta’s score is shown first:









IL Cup


















*Seasons curtailed prior to game being played.


Last Visit To The Dripping Pan

The last time we played at Lewes was just under two years ago, on Saturday 30th November 2019, and it ended in a 0-0 stalemate with Scott Heard being sent off in time added on at the end of the game, the match details were (with Lewes fielding a familiar Captain!):


Lewes: Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke, Thomas Day, Leon Redwood, Tegan Freeman (Kayne Diedrick-Roberts, 46 mins), Frankie Chappell (Capt), Alex Malins, Dayshonne Golding, James Hammond, Jordy Mongoy (Peter Gregory, 46 mins), Charlie Coppola (Billy Medlock) & Stefan Ilic, (Unused Substitute: Emmanuel Yeboah).


Folkestone Invicta: Henry Newcombe, Josh Vincent, Alfie Paxman, Matt Newman, Callum Davies (Capt), Sam Hasler (Johan Ter Horst, 61 mins), Scott Heard, Ronnie Dolan, Ira Jackson, Jerson Dos Santos & Kieron McCann, (Unused Substitutes; Finn O’Mara, Micheal Everitt, Nat Blanks & Tim Roberts).


Attendance: 565.


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 every fifteen minutes in both directions. There is a direct London train 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.

To all those travelling, have a safe journey.



£11.00, 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.


You can purchase your tickets here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/lewesfootballclub2/555898.

 You can pay on the gate on the day, but there is a £1.00 surcharge. Supporters can pay by cash but there is only one cash turnstile whereas there are three ticket or card ones, so it is quicker (and cheaper) to buy in advance.


Once in the ground all food and drink purchases are by card only, cash payments are not accepted.


Lewes have now opened a second bar at the top of the stand where the club shop used to be.  All their beers are from local breweries: Harveys, Franklin, Gunn and Abyss, and in terms of food they offer pie, mash, peas and gravy from the hatch and there is also a Fries Hut with a range of toppings.

 Match Programme

Their match day programme will be published on Saturday morning and is available here: https://lewesfcprog.com/category/mens/.


Please note, for those of you that like to wear the right colours at the games, we shall be wearing our black and amber kit (with the amber shorts too!) as Lewes wear red and black stripes.



Premier Division Fixtures – Saturday 20th November

Bishop's Stortford


Wingate & Finchley

Bowers & Pitsea


Haringey Borough

Brightlingsea Regent


Potters Bar Town

East Thurrock United



Enfield Town





Carshalton Athletic



Cray Wanderers






Folkestone Invicta



Bognor Regis Town