Rooks held by Blues – Lewes Community Football Club

Rooks held by Blues

Rooks held by Blues


Written by: Jack

Scott Booth’s side got their first point on the board on Sunday drawing 0-0 with Birmingham City at the Dripping Pan. 

It was a game that felt impossible to end 0-0 but bodies on the line and saves at either end meant both teams had to settle.

Pre-game, we paid tribute to ‘Buzz’ the grandfather of Ellie Hack who we sadly lost recently. A big Lewes supporter and the biggest supporter of Ellie, and we remembered him with a minute’s applause.

The Rooks started the game very brightly but just struggled to really test Lucy Thomas in the Blues net.

13 minutes in, Grace Riglar rose highest from a corner but couldn’t direct it toward goal and it flew well over.

Straight up the other end, Shauna Vassell in her first start made a crucial block to deny Birmingham a clear goal scoring opportunity.

Possibly the biggest chance of the game came shortly before the half-time whistle when Maria Farrugia burst forward, playing in Caragh Hamilton, but she could only find the side netting.

10 minutes into the second half and Lewes had another big chance go begging when Hollie Olding’s deflected strike found its way to Anna Grey but she couldn’t quite get the power behind the strike and it was into the hands of Thomas.

Shortly after, Farrugia almost caught out Thomas from range with a free kick which dipped agonisingly close over the bar.

We were then in for a very crazy couple of minutes; Katie Dungate went in late on Hamilton and was sent off for the Blues with a second yellow card. But then moments later, Hamilton herself received marching orders, also for a second yellow card.

For the remaining 20 minutes, we went to 10v10.

There was little in the way of chance following the dismissals and both teams you could tell were starting to tire in the heat.

In the last 10 minutes though, it seemed another huge chance for Lewes… substitute Reanna Blades played a fantastic ball into Grey showed brilliant strength up against the last Blues defender but she just lost control of the ball as Thomas came and collected.

Birmingham found some momentum going into seven minutes of stoppage time. A lovely ball was played into Louise Quinn who turned towards goal but her effort was brilliantly blocked by Riglar.

A game-defining moment followed when former Rook Ellie Mason found space on the edge of the box and unleashed a strong effort towards goal but was met with a Sophie Whitehouse special to deny.

There was one more half chance for Lewes in the dying embers when Blades drove towards goal before playing a lovely pass into Brasero-Carreira, but she couldn’t quite the the ball under and Blues cleared.

A lively, action-packed game came to an end with Lewes getting their first point of the season.

This Sunday, we are away to Sheffield United, and return to the Dripping Pan on Sunday 1 October vs. Blackburn Rovers.

Lewes FC Women
Whitehouse, Riglar, Cleverly (C), Vassell, Hamilton, Farrugia (Oakley, 80′), Olding, Palmer (Hazard, 64′), Grey, Mooney (Blades, 80′), Pursey (Brasero-Carreira, 64′).