Rooks come flying into The Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium
Tonight (Tuesday 14th July) it is our great pleasure to welcome Tony Russell, the officials, players and supporters of our good friends Lewes FC. as Angels Boss, Steve McKimm continues to fine tune his squad for the upcoming National South season.
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Our visitors play in the Isthmian Premier Division, Step 3 of the Non-League pyramid, and so therefore it is the highest ranked club we have played so far in the pre-season programme.
The last time we met The Rooks competitively was in our promotion winning season in 2018-19 but strangely both league fixtures failed to provide a single goal. We entertained them very early in the campaign on 14th August with the return fixture taking place on 27th February as we made our dogged journey towards the play-offs. Even an abandoned match that season at the Dripping Pan on 6th February also saw no goals with the referee deciding enough was enough just before the break when the pitch began to resemble a lake with torrential rain continuing to fall. Goals between the two clubs did at last come in an away pre-season friendly on 22nd August 2020 when we ran out 4-1 winners.
Like our visitors last Saturday, Grays Athletic, 21st century history for Lewes has been to say the least contrasting. Champions of Conference South in 2007-08 they were quickly relegated from non-league's top flight the following season and eventually found themselves back in Isthmian South. Consolidation followed and in 2017-18 they achieved promotion back to the Isthmian Premier. Like ourselves, they are a supporter owned club and perhaps see their valuable work within the community equally as important as winning trophies.