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August 2nd, 202001/08 - Restart Reports
Saturday 1st August

A hot and sticky early August afternoon was the day we were finally allowed to return after nearly five months off, and it turned out to be a real success for the Swans as all three sides in action recorded victories! With the COVID measures taking centre stage it was certainly a little strange having to adapt to the new procedures but the boys took it in their stride and complied with everything.

TD Shipley 0-3 Lindfield

Perhaps the most impressive result of the day was the 1s win over County 2 outfit TD Shipley. JP's 2020 pre-season regime has certainly paid dividends as we raced into a 2-0 lead after just three minutes. Jon Cunningham Junior picked up where he left off last year with two carbon copy runs down the right channel where he outpaced his marker and put the ball across the face of the goal where first Matt Jasper and then Logan Newington were in waiting to make it 1-0 and then 2-0 shortly after. Shipley quickly realised Jonno was the danger man and made sure they didn't allow him such room for the remainder of the game. It was a real slog of a first-half after the blitz at the beginning, TD threatened in parts but defensively the men in green looked very assured. HT 2-0 Swans.

We rung the changes at the break bringing on six subs but it didn't have any negative impact whatsoever as the fresh legs allowed us to stay in control of the game. Shipley did have a brief spell midway through the second period where they saw a header crash off the top of the crossbar from a corner and a direct free-kick which Paolo Ciambriello made a superb save from. Lindfield also had a few chances go begging through Luke Paskins, Andy Davies and Karel Kutaa, however it was a surprise that the killer goal came from skipper Dan Oliver. Not only are we not used to seeing Dolly roam around the midfield like he used to in his younger days, he scored from inside his own half as a half cleared ball fell to him with him smashing it first time over the goalkeeper and into the unguarded net. A top strike! FT 3-0.

Lindfield III 3-1 The Village Sunday 2s

In the 3s first outing of pre-season it was a late replacement in Sunday side The Village who stepped in to fulfil the fixture at Downlands. With a deep squad of 18 players to pick from, everybody got a decent run over the 90 minutes. The game started with a lot of rustiness within both ranks, but once the Thirds got the ball down they were much better and began to control the game. The Swans eventually took the lead through returning speed merchant Chaz Mayne who seized on a goalkeeping mistake to poke home. Lindfield held the advantage until the interval. HT 1-0 Swans.

A mass overhaul of changes at the break didn't initially work quite so well for the Thirds as less than a minute after the second-half kicked off the opposition were level. In fairness it was a tidy finish from outside the box. 1-1. From that moment on though it was all Lindfield and we regained the lead through another returning Swan in Dan Foreman (Yes, son of dodgy MSFL ref Micky Foreman) who tapped home at the back post after some brilliant work from Liam Cummins. There was then a great chance to make it 3-1 after debutant Gregg Chappell was chopped down in the box. Veteran Steve Spies stepped up and blasted the penalty into orbit - vintage Spies! The third goal did eventually come after a long pass from Joe Chilmaid sent Chappell through one-on-one where he finished with aplomb. FT 3-1.

Dan Foreman was awarded the MOM gong for a fine display on his long-awaited homecoming but it was Gregg Chappell who caught the eye of the scouts, where one wrote in an article, "Chappell was covering every inch of the artificial turf during his short cameo as he made a telling impact on his debut, you could tell he was really putting the yards in for his mentor Nick Jones". Perhaps the addition of Nick to Matt Batchelor's backroom staff could prove to be key for the coming season?

Scaynes Hill III 0-2 Lindfield IV

A fabulous day for football was completed as our Development side earned a 2-0 win over the newly formed Scaynes Hill 3s. The hosts started the brighter whilst not creating too much in the way of chances. The Swans on the other hand were looking dangerous going forward and broke the deadlock. Some good link up play was started by Tommy Winter in the middle of the park where he sprayed the ball out to Ryan Martin wide right who crossed for debutant Adam Durrant to tuck the ball away into the far corner. Just before the interval Winter picked up the first injury of the season and earned himself a black eye to boot, yet the young trooper soldiered on and continued to play. HT 1-0 Swans.

The Swans confidence grew even more during the second 45 and when the home side threatened the fitness of Lindfield really began to show as they withstood anything that was thrown at them. Winter put the game to bed as he picked the pocket of the Scaynes Hill defender in the centre circle running through one-on-one to finish very calmly sliding it past the keeper. FT 2-0 Swans.

A great result and performance, and special mentions for Lewis Corby who made his debut at left-back and Reece Gregson for once again putting on the gloves as we are still yet to secure a permanent goalkeeper for the season. Anyone interested, please get in touch!

August 1st, 20202020 Friendlies Announced

Following the green light from the FA for friendlies to start from 1st August our teams have been very busy over the past couple of weeks arranging games.

There are still a few slots left, so please get in touch if you are interested in playing us. This is the current schedule:

*FIRSTS*

Saturday 1st August
TD Shipley

Saturday 8th August
Cuckfield Town

Saturday 15th August
Ridgewood

Saturday 22nd August
Crawley Devils

Wednesday 26th August
Seaford Town U23s

Saturday 29th August
Holland Sports

*SECONDS*

Saturday 8th August
Cuckfield Town 2s

Saturday 15th August
Ridgewood 2s

Saturday 22nd August
Crawley Devils 2s

Saturday 29th August
Cowfold

*THIRDS*

Saturday 1st August
The Village Sunday 2s

Saturday 8th August
Scaynes Hill

Saturday 15th August
Ansty

Saturday 22nd August
Copthorne 3s

Wednesday 26th August
Hassocks Fatboys 2s

Saturday 29th August
Buxted 2s

*DEVELOPMENT*

Saturday 1st August
Scaynes Hill 3s

Saturday 8th August
Scaynes Hill 2s


June 30th, 2020***PRE SEASON TRAINING 2020/21***
TUESDAY 30TH JUNE
*First & Second Team Only*
Mid-Sussex Prem & Div 1

THURSDAY 2ND JULY
*Third and Development Only*
Mid-Sussex Div 4 & 5

6:30pm start at the Lindfield Common on both days - NEW PLAYERS WELCOME

After what seems like an eternity football is slowly coming back, and for Lindfield FC that means a couple of months of hard graft on the Common as JP puts the players and their excess summer weight through their paces.

We will of course be adhering to the FA guidance on returning to football which for the time being means training in separate groups of six. We've seen pre-season training turnouts in years gone by hit 50s & 60s in terms of numbers so to make it manageable we will be splitting the players into Tuesday sessions for 1s & 2s and Thursday sessions for 3s & 4s. This will stay in place until restrictions ease and we are allowed to train in bigger groups where we will return to the whole club training twice a week.

We will be putting a number of measures in place to ensure we are complying with the FA guidelines, namely that players will effectively have to book their place for training so that JP can plan each session accordingly. Existing players will do this by liaising with their current managers and new players can do this by contacting the club through our social media channels where we will put you in touch with one of the managers. You will be advised what training group you are in before each session and will have to stick with this same group for the duration. Please may we also ask that there is no hanging around after training, and that once the session has ended all players promptly make their way home.

If you have any questions whatsoever regarding the return to training please contact your manager or DM the club social media account.

See you all in a few weeks!!!!

March 25th, 202014/03 - Scaynes Edge Derby Thriller
Saturday 14th March 2020

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Lindfield 3-4 Scaynes Hill II

Apologies for the delay with this report, just the small matter of the COVID-19 crisis putting this one to the backburner. That said, despite the defeat, if it proves to be the last Swan outing of the season then what a way to bow out.

Ultimately the Development Squad's long wait for a victory continues, but they certainly played their part in in an end to end contest at Downlands with a few screamers thrown in for good measure. Scaynes applied the early pressure and were thwarted by a couple of decent saves from the returning Matt Batchelor to begin with but did eventually break the deadlock with a low shot into the bottom corner from 15 yards. The Swans responded well and drew level when Tommy Winter smashed (punted) the ball into the stanchion for his first ever Swan goal. The sight of it brought a tear to Micky Perry's eye on the sidelines. The tide was turned moments later when Reece Gregson also hit his first goal for the club. Inspired by Winter's earlier effort, Gregson rifled home from range with a stunning left-footed drive to give his side the lead. Scaynes were stunned, as was Ryan Martin who got in on the goalscoring act by miscuing a clearance into his own net passed Matt Batchelor to make it 2-2. Batchy wasn't too pleased on his first Lindfield appearance since returning from injury and first start since January 2019. His displeasure turned to disgust with himself as he came to claim a cross and went full on Shaun Chapman with a flap leaving the Scaynes player to turn the ball into an unguarded goal just before the interval. HT 3-2 Scaynes Hill.

It was harsh on the Swans to go in behind at the break as a few errors cost them dear, and they looked like they wanted to prove a point as they flew out the traps in the second period and started strongly. Tommy Winter's tireless running up front was causing problems as Reece Wickwar and Harry Fisher began to grow into the game in the middle of the park. Amir Nazari and Kelson Sewell provided assurance in defence and Batchelor had the fans chanting, 'Jones who?' as he was able to kick the ball in a straight line from goal kicks. Then came the sucker punch and arguably the goal of the game as the Scaynes striker cut inside and unleashed a rocket into the top corner to give his side a two-goal cushion with 15 minutes remaining. Kyle Lehkyj notched an impressive solo effort as he made a surging run from halfway, nicked the ball past the keeper and finished cooly into an empty net which made for a nervy finale. In the end though, Scaynes held out for the win and three points. FT 4-3 Scaynes Hill.

A valiant effort from the Swans and a superb spectacle for the neutral. In the grand scheme of things at this moment in time football is very much at the back of everyone's minds, but in the long run the experience our Development boys have had this year will hold them in good stead for the future, and when they come back next season they will be far stronger for it.

Over and out, stay safe football family!

March 9th, 202007/03 - Winning Run Ends
Saturday 7th March 2020

MSFL PREM
Lindfield 3-3 AFC Uckfield Town II

Our winning run came to an end in an entertaining goalfest at Downlands which saw us share the spoils with a young and very impressive AFC Uckfield side. The visitors responded excellently to going 3-1 down and clawed it back to 3-3, and could have taken all three points in the end as a surprising Paolo Ciambriello red card and an all too familiar sin bin for Andy Brown meant the Swans had to withstand a late Uckfield onslaught with just 9 men.

The Swans started well as left wing-back Cam Laird hit his third goal in five games in the 15th minute with a splendid finish into the top corner from outside the box after good work from Karel Kutaa down the right channel. The lead didn’t last too long though as Uckfield began to threaten and got their rightful reward with a fine finish from their own left-back who hit a first time half-volley into the bottom corner which left Ciambriello with no chance to even attempt a save. Ciambriello did get the opportunity to prove his worth soon after and made a superb stop from point-blank range to prevent Uckfield going ahead. In the closing stages of the half and against the run of play Lindfield regained the lead with Laird involved again, this time turning provider with a pinpoint cross to the back post which was volleyed into the roof of the net by Brown. To compound Uckfield’s first-half frustrations the referee peculiarly dished out a couple of yellows and a sin bin in a match that at no point boiled over nor had a single challenge that warranted such punishment, at that point though we weren’t to complain and went in at the break ahead. HT 2-1 Swans.

It was a case of déjà vu at the start of the second period as we got a quick goal, and it was the goal the fans had been waiting for as Logan Newington finally opened his account for the club. He must have thought he was still playing in the yellow of Burgess Hill Albion as he showed great composure to hit home when put through one-on-one. In recent matches when we’ve managed to get a two-goal cushion we’ve gone on to control the game, but this week Uckfield had other ideas and continued to threaten. Their pressure soon told as an underhit pass from Jonty Revell was intercepted by the Uckfield left winger in the 65th minute, and he struck a low shot into the bottom corner from range to kickstart the comeback. Minutes later they were level through the sheer endeavour of their striker who blasted his way through the box forcing confusion in the defensive ranks and managed to nick the ball passed Ciambriello and stroke into an empty net. It went from bad to worse for the Swans as Ciambriello raced out of his box to clear a ball over the top, seemingly not anticipating that the young Uckfield sub was likely to be quite quick. Whilst the Swans number 1 did manage to get to the ball first he also crashed through the Uckfield man with the referee blowing his whistle for a free-kick. What was completely unexpected was for the straight red to follow, especially as there were two Lindfield covering defenders and the fact that the Uckfield player was running away from goal. Mike McDonald, who’d just come on to make his first fronts appearance for over four years had to take over and don the Italian’s gloves, and did well during his 20-minute stint. Thankfully the resulting free-kick came to nothing. With 10 minutes left on the clock Brown was penalised for winning an unchallenged header and when he remonstrated with the decision with the word, ‘Ref’, albeit with his usual volume he was sent to the sin bin. Lindfield had to battle out the remainder of the game with just 9-men in a 4-3-1 formation and in fairness did well to combat the numerical disadvantage. FT 3-3.

No sour grapes on our part as we got what we deserved. The sending off and sin-bin came at a time when we were already drawing and if anything Uckfield were probably the more worthy winners on the day. 6 wins on the bounce now becomes 7 games unbeaten, but with 19 points from our last 7 games we’re in a good place going into the business end of the season as the final league table starts to take shape.

March 7th, 2020Ryan Novis- Feb 2020 Player of the Month
Despite some stiff competition, there was only ever really going to be one winner! A masterful month from Ryan has now been topped of with the POTM award, well done!
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Final Results

1st Ryan Novis- 43%
2nd James Kenward - 31%
3rd Jacob Turner - 17%
4th Tommy Winter - 9%

Congratulations to all of our nominees.

March 3rd, 2020February 2020 Player of the Month Nominees
Ryan Novis

The Mid-Sussex Cafu has had a fine February, spending the majority of it bombing up and done the right flank and topped it off with a brilliant headed goal against Eastbourne Rangers at the weekend. He’s come on leaps and bounds this season and if he keeps these performance levels up he’ll surely be in the reckoning for the Player of the Year gongs and perhaps finally get considered for the Young Player of the Year that has always eluded him. Vote for Ryan if he’s wowed you with his endeavour and Brazilian flair.

Jacob Turner

Our inaugural September 2019 winner Jacob is back in the running after a fantastic brace in the 2s only game of the month which ultimately secured the points for his team that day. Vote for Jacob if you were impressed by his Ardingly double or if you merely feel he’s by far the best Turner brother – which is basically just common knowledge.

James Kenward

There were three Swan hat-tricks in February despite the limited amount of games, with none more important than James Kenward’s away at Ifield to seal the 3s first win of 2020. Two calmly dispatched penalties and a diving header securing a 3-2 win having been 2-0 down. Vote for James if you like hat-tricks and if you’re glad he saved Stuart Ridley and Matt Batchelor from the sack!

Tommy Winter

Just the one game for the Development in Feb thanks to the rain and various storms, yet Tommy thrived in an unfamiliar frontman role against Ardingly 2s. He’s had a solid campaign to date as a defender and with the games set to come thick and fast perhaps he can help spearhead the Dev Squad up the league table during the business end of the season. Vote for Tommy if you enjoy defenders showing the strikers how it’s done.
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March 2nd, 202029/02 - Jon defeats Jorge with Another Treble
MSFL PREM
Lindfield 4-1 Eastbourne Rangers

The 1s resident weather expert Jon Cunningham provided a very accurate pre-match Storm Jorge briefing before going on to hit his second hat-trick of the season in the victory over Eastbourne Rangers. It was a revenge mission going into the match for the Swans as we were thumped 5-0 in the reverse fixture back in October, with a much more competitive affair ensuing this time and three points coming our way instead.

The 40mph Jorge winds made for extremely unpredictable movement of the ball throughout, yet the calibre of the goals scored was in fact top notch. Ryan Cafu-Novis opened the scoring 10 minutes in to notch his first fronts goal of the season as he powerfully headed home a pinpoint Cam Laird cross at the far post following a good passage of Lindfield play. Novis' reward for the goal was to be moved into centre-back along with Dean Berry after quickfire first-half injuries to Jonty Revell and Stu Savidge. Revell's ailment was a blow to the nose (shock) and despite wanting to play on the blood would not stop flowing from his sizeable snout. Savidge's rather unsurprisingly was not nose related as he hobbled off with what looked like an ankle sprain + it was very windy... Luke Paskins and Phil Elkins came on in what turned out to be a very makeshift XI as Logan Newington was moved out wide to make his first wing-back outing since Steve Spies was still in his 30s! Aaron Walsh had a golden opportunity to double our lead but for the efforts of the impressive Eastbourne goalkeeper as he made a superb save from point-blank range with minutes of the first-half remaining. Despite this, it was probably more relief that we went into the break ahead considering the circumstances. HT 1-0 Swans.

Rangers threatened to level during the early parts of the second period and rattled Paolo Ciambriello's crossbar with a fine effort from range, however the Weather Man Jonno came into his own during this half. Newington had been rolling back the years during his stint at wing-back, showing some fine touches and whipped an inch perfect cross into Cunningham who headed expertly passed the Eastbourne keeper from 10 yards. There was a scare for the hosts shortly after this as the Rangers midfielder pulled one back and scored what has to be the league's goal of the season with a ping from the half-way line which went right over Ciambriello and into the top corner - it is still being classed as a lob and Paolo was still fined £1. There were some nervy moments, especially as Eastbourne had Jorge on their side during the second-half but the killer blow came 15 minutes from time. Andy Brown laid Cunningham in who had made a brilliant run and finished with aplomb into the bottom corner to restore the two-goal advantage. Cunningham still had enough time to secure the hat-trick and did so in style, with Newington the provider once again. Newington having been moved into his preferred striking berth made a clever run into the box and picked out Jonno who nearly broke the net with a thunderous left-footed drive into the bottom corner. FT 4-1 Swans.

Six wins on the trot now and a superb team effort on this occasion. Novis and Berry put in brilliant displays in unfamiliar defensive positions, Elkins and Paskins came on to sure up the midfield which had been decimated by injuries and Newington & Cunningham stole the show with their assists and goals. Next up AFC Uckfield II in the early 12:15pm KO on BT Sport.

February 23rd, 202022/02 - Five Wins in a Row for the Fronts
MSFL PREM
Rotherfield 0-6 Lindfield

A dominant display from our Firsts saw them run out 6-0 winners against Rotherfield on the Uckfield Leisure Centre 3G. On what seemed to be the biggest pitch in the world both sides initially struggled to cope with the sheer size of the arena, but once the Swans got going there was no stopping them.

The woodwork proved to be our most important weapon during the opening exchanges and played a pivotal part in our first three goals. After a few early scares which included Dan Jacques falling over his own legs completely unchallenged, Jon Cunningham burst through, rounded the keeper and looked like he had finished smartly. Agonisingly Jon saw his effort cannon off the post and even more agonisingly for the Rotherfield defender he could only watch as he inadvertently turned the ball into his own net. Five minutes later a barnstorming run from Dean Berry ended with the midfielder smashing a shot against the bar, but this time the rebound fell to a Lindfield player in Andy Brown who duly obliged by passing the ball into an empty net to double the advantage. Goal number three shortly followed and came in similar circumstances as Cunningham got to the right byline and cut the ball back, and for the third time in the afternoon the ball hit the woodwork, with Cam Laird lurking this time to volley the ball into the net from about half a yard. There was still time for another goal before the break with no woodwork intervention needed for the fourth as Ryan Novis whipped a sublime cross to the far post which was met by a perfect header from Aaron Walsh who guided the ball into the top corner. HT 4-0 Swans.

Lindfield continued to dictate the game in the second period with the back three of Jacques, Dan Oliver and Stu Savidge all very comfortable bringing the ball out of defence and utilising the engines of Novis and Laird on the flanks. Logan Newington impressed in a rare outing in midfield and whilst his wait for a first goal in a Lindfield shirt continues he put in a great shift alongside Berry and Brown. Some icing on the cake was added to the scoreline late on when Newington found Cunningham who finally got the goal his performance deserved with a typically powerful effort into the bottom corner from just inside the box and sub Phil Elkins then finished off a well worked team goal with 10 minutes remaining. FT 6-0 Swans.

Five wins from our last five games in comparison to just three from our first 12 moves us to 2nd in the league on goal difference. It is a great run of form we find ourselves in, but is it too little too late?

February 16th, 202015/02 - Reserves Overcome Ardingly & Storm Dennis to Win
Saturday 15th Feb 2020

MSFL DIV 1
Lindfield II 4-3 Ardingly

The 2s edged a bruising battle against Ardingly on Saturday with both sides braving the elements in treacherous conditions. The match itself was a corker with the Swans twice coming from behind to eventually seal all three points.

It took a while for the game to settle down as the players had to adapt to the 50mph winds and it was Ardingly who took the lead after 10 minutes as their midfielder hit an absolute rocket into the top corner of Shaun Chapman's goal from 30 yards. The returning Liam Mulvee slotted into the heart of the Lindfield back three for a rare appearance and levelled proceedings with an even rarer goal. A well worked short corner was laid to Mike McDonald who whipped an inviting ball across the 6-yard box which found it's way to Mulvee at the back post. The veteran did the rest showing great composure to stroke the ball past the stranded keeper. The visitors regained the advantage once again as they were given far too much time in the box which allowed their man to twist and turn with ease and get off a decent shot which beat Chapman and nestled into the bottom corner. The Swans rallied for the remainder of the half and equalised for the second time in the match via a Jacob Turner header. Yes, Jacob not his basic defender brothers Chris or Dan, the unassuming tricky winger who normally ducks when the ball is in the air. Not only was it surprising that it was Jacob who scored the header, it was a beauty as he rose like a salmon at the back post to power the ball home. Minutes later Lindfield were infront with Turner heavily involved again as he put a dangerous ball in from the left which was parried by the keeper into the path of Shaun 'Poacher' Kevern who had the simple task of passing the ball into an empty net. HT 3-2 Swans.

It was a superb start to the second-half as Turner notched his second of the match to earn his side a two-goal advantage with a speculative effort from range. Turner fell over as he struck the ball and gleefully watched as the wind helped the ball on it's way as it sailed over the Ardingly stopper. The Swans controlled the game for 10-15 minutes after this and should have put the game to bed during a period where a number of chances came and went, and were punished with 20 minutes to go as Ardingly pulled a goal back. Too much time and space for their striker and whilst it was a good finish, same old story. Logan Newington and Declan Perry came on for Lindfield, with the latter in particular having a fine stint on the left side of the back three especially as Ardingly applied the pressure in search of a late equaliser. The Swans stood firm though and saw out the closing stages to secure a very important win against a vastly improved Ardingly outfit in comparison to the side we beat 5-0 back in September. FT 4-3 Swans.

The victory sees the 2s move up to 5th in the Div 1 table, but it doesn't get any easier next week as they take on AFC Acorns who despite being 4th have conceded only 6 goals all season. A tough test awaits!

February 14th, 202008/02 - Thirds & Dev Lose
Saturday 8th February 2020

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Lindfield III 1-6 Scaynes Hill

It wasn't the best 90-minutes Lindfield 3s have ever experienced as they suffered a hammering at the hands of local rivals Scaynes Hill. Two early goals for the visitors saw them quickly gain the upper hand with in-form James Kenward's saved penalty at 2-0 epitomising the Swans day. A superb individual goal from Luke Paskins did get the hosts back into the game but it was the only bright spot of the afternoon as Scaynes eventually ran riot. A game to forget.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Lindfield IV 1-3 Ardingly II

It was double derby day misery for the Swans at the weekend as the Development Team were defeated by Ardingly 2s. Result aside, there were certainly more positives than negatives in this match as debutant Omar Baytar impressed between the sticks, with sub Ruben Johnson also making his first Lindfield appearance and showing his qualities. There was a first goal in green for Kane Johnson who put his side infront early in the first-half, only for Ardingly to equalise shortly after. Ardingly went ahead just before the break yet it was Lindfield who controlled much of the second-half and despite their endeavours and the best efforts of MOM Tommy Winter who excelled in an unnatural frontman role, they were unable to level. A late third for Ardingly secured the points and whilst it was another loss the 4s can take a lot of heart from their performance against a vastly more experienced side.

February 3rd, 202001/02 - Comeback Wins for 1s & 3s
Saturday 1st February

MSFL PREM
Lindfield 5-2 Rotherfield

An excellent victory in the end for the fronts to make it four wins on the spin, but in truth the scoreline doesn't tell the full story. We showed steel to overturn a 2-1 deficit, with a few late goals adding a bit of gloss to the end result.

The Swans netted the opener and by the far the best goal of the game after 10 minutes as a decent move down the right side ended with Aaron Walsh picking out Andy Brown with a wonderful through ball, with the latter dinking the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper. In recent weeks an early goal has set the tone for Lindfield to go on and dominate the game, yet this week Rotherfield had other ideas. In the space of two minutes they had turned the game on it's head, the first a brave header at the far post from a corner and the second an absolute gift after Stu Savidge had forgotten what team he was playing for and replicated Walsh's earlier assist by playing the away striker in on goal. In fairness the Rotherfield forward finished very well with a lob over the stranded Paolo Ciambriello. As the first-half drew to a close two quickfire Lindfield goals from our famous long-throws swung the contest once again. Dan Oliver looped a header in via the back post to equalise and Brown got his second of the match from all of two yards when the ball dropped kindly. HT 3-2 Swans.

We were well aware we were fortunate to be ahead at the break and a bit of a rollicking seemed to work a treat as we came out and put in a far more assured performance during the second period. The fact we were able to bring Logan Newington, Karel Kutaa and Matt Perry off the bench to test tired Rotherfield legs shows the strength in depth of the squad at the moment, and these additions really helped secure the win. There was still time for another long-throw goal as Oliver helped himself to a rare brace as he steered a Dean Berry catapult in at the near post to give us a vital two-goal cushion. Then with minutes remaining Newington showed both a touch of class and good fortune as he plucked a high ball out of the air like a prime Berbatov and then attempted to shoot. His effort sliced favourably to Brown who headed over the Rotherfield keeper for his hat-trick goal to well and truly put the result beyond doubt. FT 5-2 Swans.

Another win and another three points earned against a Rotherfield outfit who certainly made us work hard for it. Holiday to Hastings next week as we travel East to Hollington on the fun bus!

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Ifield 2-3 Lindfield III

The 3s were looking to bounce back after last week's disappointing last minute penalty meant they had to share the spoils. No such generosity this week though as a James Kenward hat-trick sealed their first win of 2020.

The game started well for the Swans but they somehow found themselves 1-0 down after a simple long pass exposed the lack of pace in defence (Steve Spies and Mike McDonald were playing centre-back just to clarify things) as the home striker raced through on goal and finished smartly. After strong claims for a Lindfield penalty were waved away by the ref and a goal dubiously getting ruled out for offside it felt like another one of those days was on the horizon. HT 1-0 Ifield.

The second-half began with more Lindfield dominance but the Swans were punished by a sucker punch with McDonald falling over his own feet leaving the Ifield striker one-on-one with Leigh Batchelor and unfortunately the end result was another composed finish to make it 2-0 Ifield. McDonald managed to redeem himself in the end, with a move into midfield proving to be a masterstroke as he won a penalty in what was somehow deemed to be a foul by the referee. Kenward duly dispatched the spot-kick for his first of the afternoon. A delightful diving header from Kenward levelled proceedings as he got on the end of an inviting cross from Mickey Neatherway and the hat-trick was sealed from the spot with 10 minutes to play, with McDonald winning another penalty. FT 3-2 Swans.

A superb comeback and a thoroughly deserved win. Hat-trick hero James Kenward earned himself the MOM award along with the match ball for his efforts.

BRIAN HALL TROPHY
Crawley United II 4-0 Lindfield IV

The Fourths were dumped out of the cup by an unforgiving Crawley United side. The hosts couldn't believe their luck when they found themselves 1-0 up within 60 seconds, immediately leaving the boys with an uphill task. Whilst the Swans grew into the game and played lots of encouraging football it was the same old story of not being able to put away chances, whereas the opposition were clinical throughout and ultimately deservedly earned their place in the hat for the next round. Miles Collins was given MOM for a strong performance despite playing out of position at centre back.

January 31st, 2020Jon Cunningham Junior - Jan 2020 Player of the Month
A big well done to JC Junior - the most prolific striker in the Mid-Sussex Prem (based on the past two weekends). Our man of the moment soared to victory in the end and has been handed the poisoned chalice of the POTM title!
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Final Results

1st Jon Cunningham- 46%
2nd Ryan Martin - 29%
3rd Reece Wickwar - 15%
4th Jamie Duncan - 10%

Congratulations to all of our nominees.

January 30th, 2020January 2020 Player of the Month Nominees
Jon Cunningham Junior

With just one goal in his first nine games for the fronts this season, Jonno has upped the ante in January with 5 goals in 2 games (technically 3 games but we won't mention his ill-stricken sub appearance against Sporting). A perfect hat-trick versus Westfield was followed up with a very impressive brace against the current Mid-Sussex Prem Champions Cuckfield last weekend. If you believe our man of moment deserves to win this prestigious gong please vote for JC Junior.

Jamie Duncan

Big Jamie 'John Terry' Duncan was a rock at the back in the 2s 5-1 thrashing away at Montepellier Villa at the start of the month, winning the MOM award for his troubles. He was a key factor in keeping the score down in the 6-2 defeat away at Balcombe; the less said about that one the better. If Juncan is your choice or if you think he'll be hungry the next time he's at the clubhouse and you want to see him stuffing chicken wings down his throat please vote for him.

Reece Wickwar

The best goalkeeper at the club, yet not a single minute of Swan action between the sticks is almost a crime against football when it comes to this guy. Nevertheless, he's the Thirds nomination for the January award after two tireless displays of running where he's played upfront, both left and right wing, and even enjoyed a stint in centre midfield. Vote for Reece if you love versatility in spite of wasted goalkeeping talent.

Ryan Martin

Development Squad frontman has grown into a real leader both on and off the pitch for his team since the start of the season. Despite a difficult patch of team form he's set an example with his hold up play and all round link up with the front six. If you like how our young starlet has performed this month or if you simply like kids please vote for Ryan.
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To cast your vote please go to the official club twitter page - @lindfield_fc

https://twitter.com/lindfield_fc

January 26th, 202025/01 - Derby Day Joy for the Swans
Saturday 25th January 2020

MSFL PREM
Lindfield 3-0 Cuckfield Rangers

The Swans are on a roll and surged up to 5th in the league with a comprehensive victory over the reigning Mid Sussex Prem Champions. It was our most complete performance of the season against a very strong Cuckfield side who've given us our fair share of humblings over the years.

A relatively even first period saw opportunities for both teams come and go, with the Lindfield openings all falling to Jon Cunningham who missed two gilt-edged chances before hitting the opener. A quick break ended with Logan Newington putting it on a plate for his strike partner who finished powerfully from 10 yards despite the best efforts of everyone's 'favourite' goalkeeper Aaron Agate. HT 1-0 Swans.

Lindfield stepped it up a gear in the second-half as the introduction of Phil Elkins and Karel Kutaa gave us fresh legs, with the latter having a hand in the second goal of the game. As he did all afternoon, Cunningham made a run down the flank and with the help of Kutaa squared to Luke Paskins who had the simple task of stroking the ball into an empty net for his 6th goal of the campaign. 2-0 soon became 3-0 as Cunningham was slipped in by Andy Brown and fired past Agate into the roof of the net. Brown and Kutaa wasted good chances in the closing stages and Rangers had a goal ruled out for offside but the win was secured once again by a superb team performance from a seemingly rejuvenated Lindfield. FT 3-0 Swans.

Next up, Pete Ford's Rotherfield are coming to town....

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Ifield 2-2 Lindfield III

Debuting the new blue away kit, the Swans got off to a flier against Ifield with Adam Wright toe punting home from outside the box at 1:57pm (3 minutes before the actual due KO time). HT 1-0 Swans.

The lead was given away 15 minutes into the second period when a combination of Leigh Batchelor, Mike McDonald, Mikey Edmends and Steve Spies over-playing at the back resulted in the cheap concession of possession, and yes you've guessed it; an easy equaliser for the hosts. The game opened up in the last half hour with the Swans best chances falling to birthday boy James Kenward who rattled the bar and McDonald who kicked the floor when through one-on-one with the keeper. Eventually the Swans did re-take the lead with 5 minutes left on the clock as sub Reece Morris delivered a lovely ball for McDonald to redeem himself and tap home. Heartbreak at the death though as veteran Spies gave away a last minute penalty with the taker sending Leigh the wrong way. No time to KO. MOM James Kenward.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Lindfield IV 0-3 Fletching II

A first-half blitz from Fletching did the damage against our Development side as they found themselves with a mountain to climb at half-time. Despite a string of fine saves from second team gaffer Shaun Chapman who filled in between the sticks the visitors deservedly went in at the break with a comfortable lead. HT 3-0 Fletching.

A vastly improved second-half performance was given by the young Swans as they really grew into the game but unfortunately just couldn't make the breakthrough. The three debutants Kelson Sewell, Kane Johnson and Sami Sims impressed, with Sims earning a joint MOM award alongside Jake Scovell. FT 3-0 Fletching.

January 19th, 202018/01 - Fronts Win Again on Sav's Big Day
Saturday 18th January 2020

MSFL PREM
Lindfield 5-0 Westfield

A perfect hat-trick from Jon Cunningham Junior gave birthday boy Stu Savidge the best gift of all as the fronts secured consecutive wins for the first time since April 2019. The victory saw us leapfrog our opponents Westfield and climb two places to the dizzy heights of 7th in the Mid-Sussex Prem.

The Swans were the fastest out the traps at an unusually sunny Downlands and applied the early pressure, with Andy Brown notching the first goal from close range after 15 minutes following good work from veteran Aaron Walsh. It looked like a quick second as Jon Cunningham thumped home a rebound, but after a lengthy VAR delay the goal was ruled out for a handball in the build up. The misfortunate only seemed to spur Cunningham on as he made a barnstorming run down the left flank before teeing up Cam Laird to finish well for his first 1s goal since April 2017, no VAR check needed on this one. HT 2-0 Swans.

Lindfield continued to dictate the play in the second period, with Cunningham finally getting on the scoresheet with a great right-footed strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Our man wasn't finished there though and scored two more before a standing ovation on 75 minutes as he was subbed. The second a peach of a header from a pinpoint Luke Paskins cross and his third a deft flick with his left after a rampaging run and inch-perfect ball from Ryan Cafu-Novis. Debutant James Kenward nearly made it six in the final minutes but for a fine stop from the Westfield keeper. FT 5-0 Swans.

Three Points. Five Goals. Clean Sheet. And a very happy Stu Savidge on his 43rd birthday.

January 12th, 202011/01 - Firsts Upset the Formbook
Saturday 11th January 2020

MSFL PREM
Lindfield 5-2 Charlwood

Well, we didn't see that one coming after last week's atrocious display. A fantastic win against the league leaders Charlwood and a much needed three points after two losses on the bounce.

A decent enough performance in the first period was marred by the concession of two sloppy goals. The first a cheap free header from a corner and the second a calamitous error which allowed their striker to run through and finish very well off the post. HT 0-2.

If Carlsberg did second-halves.....

A goal five minutes after the interval set us on our way as Alex Ternouth struck from close-range. Minutes later Aaron Walsh levelled proceedings, a flowing move down the right side ended with Cam Laird putting in a fine cross for Aaron to power home with his head. It was Walsh who then put us ahead with a brilliant solo effort as he beat three players and calmly slotted past the keeper. Ternouth got his second of the match to make it 4-2, heading in a Luke Paskins free-kick and new signing Karel Kutaa notched the 5th on his debut, stroking the ball into the side netting after some great work from Andy Brown on the left. There was a bit of Charlwood pressure during the closing stages but we defended resiliently to ensure we got the win. FT 5-2.

Magnificent effort from all and a very happy changing room afterwards.

MSFL DIV 1
Balcombe II 6-2 Lindfield II

The Reserves were put to the sword by a very strong and impressive Balcombe 2s outfit. Adam Wright and Barry Fuller notched the Swan goals, however it turned out to be a very difficult afternoon for Chappers boys. The tireless Matt Perry was the standout performer and was awarded MOM. The topsy turvy Lindfield Reserves season continues.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Cuckfield Development 9-0 Lindfield IV

It was also a very difficult day for our 4s as they were hit for nine at Whitemans Green. In all fairness Cuckfield Dev are a wonderful side, with many of their players surely destined to be playing First Team football or higher in the not too distant future. Following yesterday's match their stats show they average over 7 goals a game! Hopefully for our boys a lesson learned. Ryan Martin was MOM for the Swans.

January 8th, 202004/01 - 2s Thrive After Christmas Booze
Saturday 4th January 2020

Lindfield 0-1 Sporting Lindfield

A poor showing from the fronts saw us drop our 100% record over our local rivals and lose the village derby for the first time. In fairness it was a tight match that seemed destined to be settled by a single goal and unfortunately for the Swans it was Sporting who grabbed it.

A dire opening 45 minutes set the tone, however in first-half stoppage time Logan Newington looked to have notched his first goal in a green shirt when he raced through to finish one-on-one with the keeper only to have it chalked off by the Assistant Referee’s flag. A tight call indeed. The quality of the match didn’t improve too much in the second period and midway through the half Sporting got the crucial goal as their left winger made a superb run down the flank and finished well into the bottom corner. We formed some sort of reaction and threw bodies forward in an attempt to salvage something from the match and despite a few half chances, penalty shouts and a bit of handbags Sporting stood firm and saw out the match.

A very disappointing performance considering our recent upturn, but well done to Sporting. Lindfield is purple, for now.

Montpellier Villa II 1-5 Lindfield II

A fantastic win was secured at Falmer at the weekend over Monty Villa who had edged the reverse fixture last year with a 4-3 win at the Common. It shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone that Lindfield Reserves led by the Duncan brothers wouldn’t have been affected adversely by the Christmas excess, in fact it would appear it has significantly enhanced the 2s abilities.

Goals from the returning Dom Reason, Adam Wright, Barry Fuller, Shaun Kevern and a real treat from Will Ozil-Duncan saw the 2s seal a very impressive victory. Rumour has it young William made a surging run from midfield, found himself one-on-one with the keeper, rolled it through his legs and rounded the keeper to knock the ball into an empty net. Wow.

Lindfield III 0-7 AFC Ringmer II

“‘No comment”, Matt Batchelor, Lindfield Thirds Assistant Manager.

January 3rd, 2020Jordan Walsh - Dec 2019 Player of the Month
Well done to Jordan Walsh for winning the last POTM award of 2019. Despite rumours our victor opened up 30 new Twitter accounts over the past 24 hours to vote for himself, a deserving winner either way.
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Final Results

1st Jordan Walsh - 45%
2nd Tom Pinnock - 27%
3rd Rob Ternouth - 15%
4th Will Duncan - 13%

Congratulations to all of our nominees.

January 2nd, 2020December 2019 Player of the Month Nominees
Jordan Walsh

The Better Walsh has added a new dimension to the fronts since re-signing from Horsted Keynes and put in two top performances in December. A goal and MOM award versus Balcombe helped us seal our first win since the start of October and was followed up with a good showing against Forest Row where he was unfortunate to be on the losing side. Vote for Jordan if you love a comeback or if you like seeing Div 5 strikers trying their hand in the Prem!

Will Duncan

Another month for the 2s with just one game played which was the 7-4 defeat at home to Holland Sports. As Adam McAuley didn't make it to training, it's the midfield general Will Duncan who gets the nomination this time around. He was awarded the MOM gong against Holland for a typically commanding display in the middle of the park. Vote for Will if you think he deserves a free portion of chicken wings to top up what we suspect has been a plentiful Christmas period of food and booze for the Duncans.

Tom Pinnock

A long overdue contender for the POTM award is the 3s top goalscorer Tom Pinnock. His consistency has been a real asset so far this season and although his only December outing was in a 2-1 defeat to Balcombe he was the Thirds standout performer on the day. Vote for Tom if you are a fan of his wonderful mane of hair

Rob Ternouth

We seem to love a returning Swan in December as Rob Ternouth has come home and donned the gloves for the Development Squad for the past two games. He's backed up the hype with a couple of excellent displays between the sticks and seemingly made the No 1 spot his own ahead of the ageing Nick Jones. Vote for Rob if you think he deserves this month's award, or if you simply think he's a handsome bloke.
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To cast your vote please go to the official club twitter page - @lindfield_fc

https://twitter.com/lindfield_fc

December 14th, 201914/12 - Narrow Defeats for Firsts and Development
Saturday 14th December

MSFL PREM
Lindfield 2-3 Forest Row

A late winner for Mid-Sussex Premier Division high-flyers Forest Row was a real sucker punch for the fronts. The Swans twice took the lead, only to be quickly pegged back on both occassions and were made to pay 5 minutes from time when the visitors hit the winner from the penalty spot.

Another dominant first-half showing looked to have been rewarded in the 40th minute when Jon Cunningham hit his first goal of the season for the fronts with a tidy finish following some typically boisterous work from Jordan Walsh in the build-up. Less than a minute later though it was one apiece when the Row winger capitalised on some slack Lindfield efforts at clearing their lines with a goal at the back post. HT 1-1.

Whilst the second-half was certainly a more even affair it was the hosts who took retook the lead when Luke Paskins scored a cracking free-kick from 30 yards, yet once again Forest Row levelled almost immediately. It was end to end in the closing stages and it was Row who got the luck teams at the top often seem to get when a loose ball in the box struck Alex Ternouth on the arm. Penalty was the decision by the referee, and although a seemingly harsh one, it was very much in line with decisions we are seeing on the telly each week so no complaints our end. The spot-kick was duly dispatched and proved to be decisive. FT 3-2 Forest Row.

A frustrating afternoon given a top performance from the Swans against a very good side in Forest Row.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Fletching II 4-3 Lindfield IV

A fiesty and fiery encounter against East Sussex side Fletching 2s saw our Development squad also lose out by the odd goal. Ross Mallon notched his first Lindfield goals with a brace, with the evergreen Barry Fuller scoring the other for the Swans with his fifth of the season. Despite a lot of positive signs Lindfield travelled back to the West side of Sussex empty handed.

This was the Development's last match of 2019 and with 13 league matches and a Brian Hall cup run to look forward to there is plenty of room for optimism in 2020.

December 8th, 2019Mikey Edmends - Nov 2019 Player of the Month
Mikey Edmends has pipped Matty Jasper to the award this month with 38% of the vote. Well done Mikey, your story is a real tearjerker!
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Final Results

1st Mikey Edmends - 38%
2nd Matt Jasper - 36%
3rd Adam McAuley & Matt Deal JOINT - 13%

Congratulations to all of our nominees.

December 7th, 201907/12 - Derby Day Win for the Fronts
Saturday 7th December

MSFL PREM
Lindfield 3-2 Balcombe

Lindfield First Team win a game of football. This is not a typo. 9 winless weeks came to an end with a fantastic performance against an in-form Balcombe outfit. The Swans showed two sides to their game during the course of the 90 minutes, racing into a 3-0 lead after half an hour and then showing great resilience to withstand a second-half Balcombe onslaught and hold on for all three points.

A 2-yard tap-in from Alex Ternouth put the Swans ahead after 10 minutes, with Jordan Walsh doubling the lead 5 minutes later with a speculative effort from long-range, his second goal in four games since re-joining the club. Andy Brown made it 3-0 before the half-hour mark with a composed one v one finish having been picked out with a wonderful through ball from Logan Newington.

The third and final Lindfield goal of the afternoon seemed to spark the visitors into life as they began to control the game and earned themselves a lifeline in first-half stoppage time with former Swan Dave Keane stabbing in from close-range. A second Balcombe goal with 20 minutes to play made for a nervy ending and despite a few half chances we stood firm to hold on for a most valuable win.

Special mention to Balcombe who contributed to the cost of the 3G pitch hire, good luck for the rest of the season.

MSFL DIV 1
Lindfield II 4-7 Holland Sports

Where do we begin with this game? 11 goals, 5 penalties and an Adam Wright 50-yard worldly for starters!

Yes it was a defeat but considering the reverse fixture was a 10-0 drubbing nearly three months ago it was certainly a vast improvement. 2 of the 5 penalties were awarded to the Swans and they were duly dispatched by yet another re-signing in Shaun Kevern - welcome home Shaun! Wrighty got his annual worldy from half way with the other an own-goal. Holland scored 3 more than Lindfield and that's why they won the game. A very good team, who are surely favourites for the Div 1 title.

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Balcombe III 2-1 Lindfield III

It wasn't all bad for Balcombe FC at the weekend as their Thirds beat the Swan 3s with a winner in the last minute. A relatively even contest saw the hosts draw first blood, but the returning James Kenward notched his first goal in Lindfield green with a clever dink to equalise. Just as it looked like the spoils would be shared Balcombe got a winner at the death.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Portslade Athletic II 4-2 Lindfield IV

Our Development Lads got their first runout in 4 weeks and took their most youthful squad of the season to Brighton Aldridge College 3G to take on a very experienced Portslade outfit. The boys battled back from 3-0 down to make it 3-2 thanks to goals from Ryan Martin and Fin O'Connor but a late breakaway goal for Portslade killed the game and ultimately secured the win for the home side. Some real encouraging performances, especially from the two goalscorers Ryan and Fin, and a superb display between the sticks from Rob Ternouth making his Dev Squad debut.

December 6th, 2019November 2019 Player of the Month Nominees
British Weather

The frontrunner for the award this month as we have been limited to half a dozen games combined across the four teams over the five Saturdays in November. If you think the cold, wet and windy conditions have made the biggest impression please cast your vote.

Matt Jasper

His second nomination of the season, but this time as a first team player. One of the only players to come off the pitch away at Charlwood with his head held high, with his goal in last weekend's draw with Ringmer earning the fronts their first point since the 5th October! Vote for Matt if you like what you've seen or even if it's just a case of you like gingers.

Adam McAuley

The multiple postponements have limited our token Irishman to one game in November, and that was a 3-0 defeat in the cup versus Buxted. Despite the lack of action Adam has even turned up to training a few times - a real rarity in the second team! Choose Adam if you're a fan of training or if you think he might help solve the Irish border problem amid our current political crisis.

Mikey Edmends

27-year-old Mikey notched his first ever goal in men's football this month in the 3s 3-1 victory over Copthorne and was duly awarded the MOM award as well. He was also part of the side that ran the Div 4 North league leaders Ifield Sports mightily close in a 2-1 loss a week later but all in all a splendid couple of weeks for Mr Edmends. Pick Mikey if you're an old romantic and if seeing him finally score after all these years brought a tear to your eye.

Matt Deal

Another up and coming young Matthew who sticks out like a sore thumb in a crowd due to always wearing a Gillingham shirt, hence his new nickname, 'Gillingham Matt'. A versatile defensive player who looks most at home in the left-back position, Matt has worked his way into the Development starting XI and has been one of their top performers in recent weeks. Vote for Matt if you like Gillingham.
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To cast your vote please go to the official club twitter page - @lindfield_fc

https://twitter.com/lindfield_fc

November 30th, 201930/11 - Firsts Stop the Rot v Ringmer
Saturday 30th November

MSFL PREM
Lindfield 1-1 AFC Ringmer

A vastly improved showing from the fronts saw them share the spoils with AFC Ringmer on the 3G at Downlands. It was the only Swan game of the weekend following postponements for the other sides as the fixture backlog across the Mid-Sussex League continues to build up.

Lindfield put in a dominant performance in the first-half, but a combination of a lack of cutting edge and solid defending from the visitors meant it was a stalemate at half-time. 17-year-old Matt Jasper's first goal for the 1s saw the Swans take the lead midway through the second-half, albeit via an overhit cross, with Ringmer equalising shortly after when their centre-back finished a corner from close-range. The game really opened up in the closing stages, with both sides having chances to snatch all three meat joints, but in the end we both had to settle for a point apiece.

A thoroughly encouraging display off the back of some well below par games and as always when we play Ringmer an entertaining match played in the right spirit. Good luck for the season chaps!

November 23rd, 201923/11 - Reserves Dumped Out of the Mowatt
Saturday 23rd November

MOWATT CUP
Lindfield II 0-3 Buxted

The 2012/13 winners of the Mowatt Cup (Lindfield 2s) were given a Hickmans humbling by an impressive Buxted side. There was a debut for new signing Logan Newington but it was the visitor's who dealt with the difficult pitch better and in turn progressed to the next round of the Cup.

November 16th, 201916/11 - Brave 3s Run League Leaders Close
Saturday 16th November

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Ifield Sports 2-1 Lindfield III

When it rains, it pours. What had promised to be a fantastic weekend of football for the club with all four sides scheduled to play turned into just one match as the other three were victims of the water deluge on Friday night. The 3s trip to Ifield survived and whilst they came away with nothing it was a valiant effort against the table-toppers who had inflicted a 7-3 hammering on the Swans in the reverse fixture at the end of September.

A surprisingly high quality match panned out at Cherry Lane in Crawley given the conditions and it was no surprise to see the hosts take a 1-0 lead into half-time. An end-to-end second period ensued, but it was Ifield who doubled their lead after the break which looked to have killed the game. The Swans rallied and nearly pulled off a stunning comeback with a late Steve Spies penalty, but in the end it was too little too late. A super performance nonetheless and a vast improvement on their last Ifield Sports encounter.

November 9th, 201909/11 - Thirds Seal First Win of the Season
Saturday 9th November

MSFL PREM
Charlwood 7-1 Lindfield

Another dark day for the 1s, as table-toppers Charlwood ran riot to dump the Swans out of the Monty. Despite a marginally better showing than at Eastbourne two weeks ago, i.e. we actually got into the final third and had a few shots, we were second best throughout. Andy Davies twice crashed headers against the woodwork and Jordan Walsh opened his account with a well-taken goal early in the second-half, but it was a 'SEVEN' from Len from the home side who march on in the cup.

MSFL DIV 1
Brighton & Hove Medical School P-P Lindfield II
*OPPOSITION UNABLE TO RAISE SIDE*

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Lindfield III 3-1 Copthorne A

Finally the 3s sealed their first win of the season and they did so in style. An early goal for the visitors was an all too familiar feeling for the Swans, but from then on a dominant performance ensued. Tom Pinnock hit a brace and MOM Mikey Edmends scored his first ever goal in adult football to secure all three points. A long overdue win!

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Lindfield IV 1-6 West Hoathly II

The Development were also on the end of a hammering at Hickmans Lane. A classy West Hoathly 2s walked away with all three points against the young Swans, but hopefully the boys can use the experience as a learning curve to improve. It was good to see the promising Finley O'Connor on the scoresheet who has already tasted first team action earlier this season.

November 8th, 201909/11 Preview - Monty Cup Fever for the Fronts
Saturday 9th November

MONTGOMERY CUP
Charlwood v Lindfield
1:30pm KO
Charlwood Recreation Ground, RH6 0BY

The 1s travel to Surrey and are tasked with attempting to pull off a shock result in the Monty by stopping the MSFL Prem runaway league leaders Charlwood. The Swans have had a poor start to the campaign and go into the game off the back of a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Eastbourne Rangers a fortnight ago, but with a few faces returning to the squad there have been a few murmurings in the camp that an upset could be on the cards.

MSFL DIV 1
Brighton & Sussex Medical School v Lindfield II
2pm KO
Brighton Uni, BN1 9PH

The 2s will be hoping to get back to winning ways after just 2 points from their last 3 league matches. They take on the Medicine men from Brighton Uni who are currently winless in the league, which in Swan terms usually means they'll take all three points from us. There's an outside chance of the 2s reaching third in the table come 4pm on Saturday if they win and other results go their way.

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Lindfield III v Copthorne A
2pm KO
Lindfield Common

It's Copthorne at home for the 3s as they continue their search for a first win of the campaign. Stuart Ridley has had the boys hard at work on the training pitch (they are the only team that actually turns up to training) and claims they are raring to go following last week's postponement.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Lindfield IV v West Hoathly II
2pm KO
Hickmans Lane

The Development face West Hoathly for the third time already this season. With one win apiece, there's certainly a lot more at stake than just three points on Saturday. Stacey's lads haven't played for four weeks and are chomping at the bit to get back out on the pitch this weekend.
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Fingers crossed for some good weather between now and Saturday morning!

November 3rd, 2019Kyle Lehkyj - Oct 2019 Player of the Month
Kyle Lehkyj has edged this month's award by just two votes, but a deserving winner nonetheless. A free drink or portion of Micky's wings coming your way!
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Final Results

1st Kyle Lehkyj - 46%
2nd Luke Paskins - 43%
3rd Jack Nicholas - 11%

Congratulations to all our nominees, it could be a difficult November comp if this weather continues. We may have to pick the contenders based on training performances if we get no games.

October 31st, 2019October 2019 Player of the Month Nominees
Luke Paskins

Despite just the one win out of the three games he’s played in October, he was the star of the show with an impressive hattrick in the 5-1 victory over Willingdon Athletic at the start of the month. Luke is the first team’s top scorer so far this campaign with four goals in four games; long may it continue!

Jack Nicholas

Has really started to get into the swing of things this month, mainly because the 2s have actually had fixtures to play. Jack has seamlessly slotted into Shaun Chapman’s midfield and if he’s not careful he’ll be relegated to the first team soon.

Kyle Lehkyj

There have been many standout performers for our newly formed Development team in October, but Kyle has stood out recently and earned himself a promotion to the 3s last week for their cup game at Maresfield. A versatile player who can play in either full-back position and is equally as comfortable on the wing.
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To cast your vote please go to the official club twitter page - @lindfield_fc

https://twitter.com/lindfield_fc

October 26th, 201926/10 - 3s out the Parsons, Point for the Reserves
Saturday 26th October

MSFL PREM
Eastbourne Rangers 5-0 Lindfield

The less said about this one the better. The Swans were dominated from start to finish, with the impressive hosts running riot.

MSFL DIV 1
Lindfield II 3-3 Balcombe II

You can say what you want about our 2s this season, but boy are they great to watch if you're a neutral. Their matches so far this campaign have averaged 5.7 goals and this one very much went to form in that sense. They salvaged a point at the weekend coming back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3. A Cam Laird brace and an own goal earned the Reserves a share of the spoils and cemented their place slap bang in mid table as they sit 6th out of 11 teams in Division 1.

PARSONS CUP
Maresfield Village 2-1 Lindfield III

The Thirds poor league formed continued in the cup as they suffered a narrow defeat away to Maresfield. Sam Partridge's first goal of the season was all the Swans had to show for their troubles as they exited the Parsons early doors.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Lindfield IV v Cuckfield Development
*POSTPONED - WATERLOGGED PITCH*

October 25th, 201926/10 Preview - All Games On. For Now.
Saturday 26th October

MSFL PREM
Eastbourne Rangers v Lindfield
2pm KO
Eastbourne Sports Park, BN21 2UF

After last week's washout there will be at least one Swan outfit guaranteed a game tomorrow as the Firsts take on Eastbourne Rangers on the 3G surface at Eastbourne Sports Park. Prior to their defeat against league leaders Charlwood last weekend, Rangers had been in good form of late picking up an excellent 4-0 win in the cup over Bexhill and at the beginning of the month recorded a highly impressive 3-2 victory at Balcombe. This will be another tough test for the Swans given their own inconsistent start to the campaign.

MSFL DIV 1
Lindfield II v Balcombe II
2pm KO
Lindfield Common

This one is a real doubt given the state of the Common, but if it does get the green light tomorrow morning it's derby day for the 2s. These two sides last met in the semi-final of the Stubbins Cup in 2018 where a Steve Spies header in the dying embers of that game saw the Swans progress to the final and go on to lift the trophy. It's a chance for both teams to put pressure on the Division 1 frontrunners, but for Balcombe it is also a revenge mission.

PARSONS CUP
Marshfield Village v Lindfield III
1:30pm KO
Maresfield Recreation Ground, TN22 2EE

There were rumours circulating on social media earlier today that the Maresfield pitch is indestructible, which if true bodes well for the 3s getting a rare runout tomorrow. It's a first cup match of the campaign for the Thirds and they will be hoping they can kickstart their season with a win and safe passage through to the next round of the coveted Parsons Cup.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Lindfield IV v Cuckfield Development
2pm KO
Hickmans Lane

Another fixture in jeopardy due to pitch conditions. If on, it's Development (unofficially) v Development (official) at Hickmans Lane, with the Cuckfield version certainly the favourites having taken the league by storm so far which 5 wins from 5. Everybody loves an underdog though and our boys will be up for the challenge of securing the bragging rights tomorrow afternoon.

October 18th, 201919/10 Preview - 1s and 4s Off, 2s Still On
Saturday 19th October

The First Team and Development Squad games have finally succumbed to the torrential rain and have been called off this evening. Both Lindfield Common and Hickmans Lane are covered in standing water and would probably require some sort of boat to see any sort of activity on their surfaces come Saturday afternoon.

Fear not (for the time being), the Reserves match is still on:

MSFL DIV 1
AFC Acorns v Lindfield II
2pm KO
Hazelwick School, RH10 1SX

The 2s will be keen to put last Saturday's narrow 4-3 defeat against high-flying Montpellier Villa II behind them. That said, they face an arguably tougher challenge this week as they travel to table-toppers AFC Acorns, who have won four from four thus far in the league. Three points and a 22-goal swing could see Chappers boys move into second; more realistically any sort of win could move them into third.

October 12th, 201912/10 - Miserable Swan Saturday
Saturday 12th October

SUSSEX INTERMEDIATE CUP
Rottingdean Village 3-2 Lindfield

The fronts love affair with the Intermediate Cup was very short lived, 70 minutes to be precise. The Swans stormed into a 2-0 first-half lead thanks to goals from Pete Andersen and Tom Pinnock and with 20 minutes of the match remaining looked set for safe passage through to the next round. A controversial disallowed Dan Oliver goal proved to be the turning point of the match. An in-swinging Luke Paskins corner was deemed to have gone out of play before coming back in by the assistant referee prior to Dolly poking in from close range. 30 seconds after this incident Rottingdean grabbed a goal with a slick counter attack. They drew level 10 minutes from time with a superb effort from 25 yards and sealed the win at the death with their right winger stabbing past Paolo Ciambriello after a mazy run from their frontman. A very disappointing afternoon having been in control for the majority of the game, but certainly not the first time we've thrown away 2 goal leads....

MSFL DIV 1
Lindfield II 3-4 Montpellier Villa II

A spirited second-half comeback wasn't enough at the Common as the Reserves lost for the first time since the opening day of the season. 3-0 down at half-time and having missed a penalty, it seemed as though it was going to be one of those days for our 2s. However, strikes from Steve Spies, Jacob Turner and Jordan Davidson went agonisingly close to earning a point, but for a solitary strike from Montpellier late on.

TESTER CUP
Lindfield IV 1-4 West Hoathly II

And to top off an already miserable day for the club our Development team were knocked out of the Tester Cup. Declan Perry grabbed his first goal for the Swans which was a real plus point but the away side gained revenge for the league defeat inflicted upon them by the 4s last month.

October 10th, 201912/10 Preview - Cup Ties for 1s and 4s
Saturday 12th October

SUSSEX INTERMEDIATE CUP
Rottingdean Village v Lindfield
3pm KO
Falmer Road, BN2 7DA

Our first venture in the competition since the 2015/16 season where we were knocked out in the early rounds by Lewes U21s. Off the back of last week's superb win at home to Willingdon, the fronts will be hoping to continue the performance levels set in that game as they face County League opposition in Rottingdean Village.

MSFL DIV 1
Lindfield II v Montpellier Villa II
1pm KO
Lindfield Common

The Reserves are at home for the second week on the spin and face Montpellier Villa 2s who have a 100% record in all competitions so far this campaign. It's a challenging fixture for our boys, but they know that a win or draw could see them move up to second in the league.

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Ifield Albion v Lindfield III
2pm KO
Furnace Green Pitch 1, RH10 6RB

The Thirds travel to Ifield Albion where a win would see them leapfrog their opponents in the league. It's been a disappointing opening three matches for the 3s but there is a real sense of optimism going into this game that they can kickstart their season at the weekend.

TESTER CUP
Lindfield IV v West Hoathly II
3:30pm KO
Lindfield Common

Cup fever for the Fourths on Saturday as well as they face West Hoathly 2s. The visitors suffered their only defeat of the season so far at the hands of our Development lads in Mid-September, can the Swans beat the odds again and cause a cupset?

October 5th, 201905/10 - Firsts Secure Vital Three Points
Saturday 5th October

MSFL PREM
Lindfield 5-1 Willingdon Athletic

It was a crucial victory for John Cunningham's team at the Common, and it was earned in style. An absolutely dire showing from both sides during the goalless first-half didn't give much reason for optimism but a change of shape in the second paid dividends for the Swans (potential tactical wizardry from John???) HT 0-0.

Luke Paskins bravely slotted home from a pinpoint Ryan Novis cross out on the right to open the scoring, with headers from our tall lumps up top Andy Davies and Aaron Walsh quickly making it three. Our fourth was an absolute gem of an effort from Paskins who smashed the ball home from the edge of the area and the Mid-Sussex Messi made sure he was going home with the match ball with his third and Lindfield's fifth in injury time. Willingdon grabbed a consolation at 4-0 following a well worked move down the left flank. FT 5-1 Lindfield.

MSFL DIV 1
Lindfield II 2-2 Buxted

Our Reserves will be bitterly disappointed to let a 2-0 lead slip from their clutches in the late kick off at the Common. Fans were once again let down by an uneventful and goalless first 45 minutes which was arguably an even poorer spectacle than the 1s earlier first-half stalemate. HT 0-0.

This game burst into life almost immediately after the restart when Jon Cunningham Junior notched his first of the season with a well taken goal. The unlikely source of left-back Adam McAuley popped up with the second for the Swans with what looked like a head/shoulder combo. The 2s appeared to be cruising to their third win on the spin, however Buxted were handed a lifeline when Cam Laird conceded a penalty for a robust challenge on the visiting forward. Buxted duly dispatched the spot-kick and earned themselves a share of the spoils with a sublime effort from well over 40 yards out that sailed over Shaun Chapman. FT 2-2.

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
AFC Acorns II 6-4 Lindfield III

A frustrating day for the Thirds, who have averaged three goals a game so far this season yet have only one point to show for it. The 15 goals conceded goes a long way to showing why they have only one point and it was a day of defensive errors and basic mistakes that let the side down once again. The Swans goals were scored by Lewis Turpin, Steve Spies, Reece Wickwar and Tom Pinnock.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Scaynes Hill II 2-0 Lindfield IV

It was a derby day defeat for the Development Squad against local rivals Scaynes Hill. On a positive note it was just their first loss of the campaign and they still sit 4th in the table with seven points from their opening four games.

October 4th, 201905/10 Preview - All Four Swan Sides Ready for the Weekend
Saturday 5th October

For the first time this season all of our teams are playing on Saturday. There's a double header at the Common with the 2s on after the 1s match, and it's away days for both the 3s and 4s.

MSFL PREM
Lindfield v Willingdon Athletic
1:30pm KO
Lindfield Common

Rather aptly being played just 5 days after the uninspiring Man United v Arsenal MNF fixture, two former giants of the Mid-Sussex Premier Division meet once again. There were no Keane/Viera clashes on show at Old Trafford but the age old Walsh/Weston battle is set to be rekindled at the Common which promises to make much better viewing. Both sides are in desperate need of a win following stuttering starts to their respective campaigns.

MSFL DIV 1
Lindfield II v Buxted
4pm KO
Lindfield Common

It's 4th versus 5th in the late kick off at the Common, with our Reserves taking on a rejuvenated Buxted team. The visitors travel to Lindfield off the back of two convincing wins and will be hoping to make it three on the bounce on Saturday. The 2s are in similarly fine form with two wins, seven goals and none conceded in their last two fixtures. Whatever pans out, it looks set to be a corker of a game.

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
AFC Acorns II v Lindfield III
2pm KO
Hazelwick School

Our Thirds are in search of their first win of the campaign and travel to 5th placed AFC Acorns II. Acorns have narrowly lost their last two matches 4-3 so will be chomping at the bit to get back to winning ways against the Swans. Stuart Ridley and Matt Batchelor will be wanting a reaction from their men after last weekend's heavy defeat against the runaway league leaders Ifield Sports.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Scaynes Hill II v Lindfield IV
4pm KO
Scaynes Hill Rec

Yet another local derby for our Development Squad after the Fairfield Fun Fair 5-0 victory last time out. Whilst they face a Scaynes Hill outfit without a point so far, they did lose a pre-season friendly against them back in August which they will have to be mindful of.

October 3rd, 2019Jacob Turner - Sep 2019 Player of the Month
Jacob Turner has secured September's gong with 40% of the fan's vote. A thoroughly deserved award for our second team winger, who you can catch another glimpse of at 4pm on Saturday when the 2s take on Buxted at the Common.
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Final Results

1st Jacob Turner - 40%
2nd Matt Jasper - 22%
3rd Barry Fuller - 21%
4th Ryan Novis - 17%

Well done to all our nominees, but it's Turner with the free beer/wings token this time around.

October 1st, 2019September 2019 Player of the Month Nominees
This season we are running a player of the month competition, with the winning players earning themselves a free drink or portion of Micky's famous chicken wings at the clubhouse. There were many deserving candidates, including a shout for Jon Ballantyne who was said to have had a good* game in the 10-0 defeat at Holland Sports.

*Ballantyne did not make the final cut
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September's nominations are as follows:

Ryan Novis

A solid showing for 1s in their only match of the month against Balcombe before a very successful two-match spell in the second team. An absolute screamer of a goal from the right-back against Ardingly combined with two clean sheets sees him bang in contention for this prestigious gong. Hitting form just in time for his annual month off for bonfire season!

Jacob Turner

One of the few to come away with any credit after the opening day drubbing away at Holland Sports, the best Turner of all has gone on to flourish with two outstanding performances against Ardingly and AFC Varndeanians II. A sublime lob away to Ardingly saw him open his account for 19/20, and a MOM display at Brighton Uni at the weekend has earned young Jacob his spot at the nominations table.

Barry Fuller

Buller has been appointed as skipper of the newly formed Development side and has led by example thus far with four goals in two games. In Baz terms he's notched two overhit crosses, a penalty and a header. Joking aside, he's set the standards in the 4s and has been a big help both on the field and in the dressing room.

Matt Jasper

'Ginger Matt' is the affectionate nickname he has been handed due to the fact that there are too many Matts to keep on top of at the club, but mainly because he is the only one with orange hair. Hairstyles aside, the teenage midfielder has proven to be a real talent, having made a handful of impressive cameo appearances for the 1s earlier in the season he got off the mark against West Hoathly 2s a couple of weeks back and followed it up with a superb display at the weekend against Fairfield. Unlikely to be his only player of the month nomination this campaign!
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September 28th, 201928/09 - Important Wins for 2s and 4s
Saturday 28th September

MSFL DIV 1
AFC Varndeanians II 0-2 Lindfield II

An astute defensive display was the key factor in securing the points at Brighton Uni which in turn saw the 2s soar to the dizzy heights of 4th in the table.

A surprisingly accomplished strike from Dan Oliver in the first-half and a typically cool finish from the returning Aaron Walsh in the second proved to be the difference. Another win and a second successive clean sheet was just reward for a fine team performance.

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Lindfield III 3-7 Ifield Sports

Well it was goals galore at the Common and whilst the 3s will be bitterly disappointed by the final score, it doesn't tell the full story.

Having opened the scoring thanks to a Steve Spies thunderbolt penalty with just a couple of minutes on the clock, they were blown away during a 20-minute spell where Ifield scored four goals. Whilst there were plenty of errors during the build-ups, the quality of finishing on show from the away side was very impressive. The Swans did get a goal back thanks to a wind-assisted Tom Pinnock corner which blew in at the near post, and then a plethora of opportunities went to waste as the clock ticked down. The Sports were grateful to their keeper for several fine stops and repaid him for his troubles with two more goals just before the half-time whistle. HT 6-2 Ifield.

The second 45 minutes didn't live up to the same standards as the first in terms of goals, however the Thirds restored a bit of pride with a much improved showing. Luke Paskins scuffed one in to pull it back to 6-3 before Ifield scored a corner of their own, this one being directed into the goal by gust of wind at the back stick. Their corner taker must have bigger and more powerful legs than Pinnock. That was the end of the scoring and the real difference on the day proved to be the quality in the final third. FT 7-3 Sports.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Fairfield II 0-5 Lindfield IV

Another win and a first ever clean sheet for the Development Team who played their match at Fairfield Rec just metres away from an active fairground.

In truth is was a very one-sided affair with only a lack of composure and cutting edge in the final third preventing the Swans from an even bigger margin of victory. An overhit Baz Fuller cross that caught the home keeper off guard and nestled into the top corner set the Swans on their way. A close-range finish from Andy Brown and a Fuller penalty saw the Swans take a comfortable lead going into the break. HT 3-0 Swans.

The game really opened up in the second-half, wingers Matt Jasper and Will Jury-Carmichael were getting a lot of joy on the flanks and Ryan Martin was making a lot of good runs up top with Fuller. The chances were getting created yet the lads couldn't seem to hit a barn door. The fourth eventually came when Brown got his second of the match with 65 minutes on the clock which quickly saw the subs enter the field. There were debuts for Matt Deal who came on at left-back and for Alex Parsons who partnered the hard-working Matt Perry in the centre of the park. There was also a first competitive appearance of the season for Ian Bettridge who had spent the first 70 minutes of the game running the line and speaking in a Scottish accent. Thankfully he didn't play like a Scottish right-back and continued the good work started by the man he replaced Tommy Winter. A second Lindfield penalty handed Ryan Martin the perfect opportunity to open his account for the club but he was denied by a strong save from the Fairfield stopper. Ryan was to have the last laugh though minutes later when he tapped home from close range for a well deserved first goal in the green of Lindfield. Jasper rattled the bar from 30 yards with a rocket of a shot and Perry clipped the post with a clever chipped effort from range, but no more goals followed. FT 5-0 Swans.
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For the first time this season we actually look set for four Swan fixtures next weekend, here's the schedule as it stands:

Firsts v Willingdon Athletic
1:30pm KO The Common

Seconds v Buxted
4pm KO The Common

Thirds v AFC Acorns II
2pm KO Hazelwick School

Fourths v Scaynes Hill II
4pm KO Scaynes Hill Rec

September 26th, 201928/09 Preview - First Night at the Clubhouse
Saturday 28th September

Arguably the biggest social event of the year this weekend as the cricket club hand over the keys to the clubhouse for another season. This of course gives us the opportunity to celebrate the grand re-opening - seven glorious months of mayhem await!

With the 'phantom' rep squad game postponing the fronts clash with Rotherfield, it is just the 3s in action at the Common on Saturday in the 2pm KO. Following the small matter of an actual football game, it'll be party time for the Swans, Lisa Spies is cooking up a chilli for the lads and Head Barman Graham Watson will be offering the best drinks deals in town.

Football wise, here's the lowdown:

MSFL DIV 1
AFC Vardeanians II v Lindfield II
1:30pm KO
Brighton Uni

Jekyll and Hyde so far from our Reserves, and they'll certainly be hoping for a more Jekyll-like performance against an AFC Vardeanians side who are two wins from two in the league this season. Shaun Chapman welcomes back skipper Will Duncan to the fold and takes a strong squad with him to Brighton Uni.

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Lindfield III v Ifield Sports
2pm KO
Lindfield Common

It doesn't get any easier for our Thirds either as they host table-topping Ifield Sports. The visitors are in fine form having won their opening three matches, scoring 17 goals in the process. Let's hope Leigh Batchelor is in top form come Saturday, or worst case scenario he doesn't injure his back from picking the ball out of the net too much.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
Fairfield II v Lindfield IV
4pm KO
Fairfield Rec

Fantastic maiden win for the Development Squad last week, but with such a good result comes the pressure of doing it again this weekend. They take on an experienced Fairfield second team who are unbeaten in the league so far this campaign.

September 21st, 201921/09 - Two Games Two Wins
Saturday 21st September

MSFL DIV 1
Ardingly 0-5 Lindfield II

A far cry from last weekend as the Reserves secured an emphatic win in the early KO against an Ardingly side who finished mid-table in Division 1 last season.

Ryan Cafus-Novis opened the scoring with a half-volley on the angle from just inside the box, think Harvey Barnes v Sheffield United the other week, but scored by a 38-year-old bloke. Another veteran in Mike McDonald got the second, nodding in from close range and Jacob Turner beat the offside trap and lobbed the keeper for the third to give the Swans a healthy lead at the break. HT 3-0 Swans.

Young prospect Jamie Wilkes stepped up in the second period having spent the previous 45 minutes in the left-back's pocket and notched twice, the first a particularly fine finish from 25 yards. In the blistering heat both sides tired towards the end of the match with the full time whistle a relief for all when it eventually came. For the Swans it was the perfect response to the hammering 7 days beforehand and certainly proof that they can compete at this level following promotion. FT 5-0 Swans.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
West Hoathly II 1-3 Lindfield IV

A turn up for the books and history made at North Lane Rec as the Development Squad secured their first ever win. Off the back of 8-1 and 7-1 wins for Hoathly in their previous two matches there was just cause for scepticism going into the match but a mature and professional performance from the Swans was rewarded with three points.

Captain Barry Fuller powered a Ryan Martin corner past the keeper to put the Swans into an early lead, but in truth it was the home side who had the better chances in the first-half. Up and coming goalkeeper Nick Jones pulled off an array of fine stops to keep his side ahead and was very unfortunate to concede minutes before the interval. An unremarkable corner was not dealt with and during the goalmouth scramble that ensued Hoathly were able to scramble the ball over the line. To label it an ugly goal is an understatement but hopefully a lesson learnt. HT 1-1.

The game opened up in the second-half, with a chance every few minutes for both teams as the heat seemed to catch up with the players, however it was the Swans who regained the lead midway through the half. A wonderful move through the centre of the park was rounded off by a first-time finish into the bottom corner by Matt Jasper on his competitive debut for the Development. The crucial third goal by Fuller minutes later was a real collector's item! Having absolutely no right to take the shot on from 65 yards out on the byline, the majority of his teammates were bemoaning the fact that he had the audacity to do so, but as the ball clipped the far post and nestled into the net the groans turned to cheers. Just don't expect him to do this every week, and if he does the fronts will have him back! The toughest test of the afternoon came when we went down to 10-men due to a Ricky Peacock sin-bin - hopefully the youngster will treat this mishap as a learning curve. Despite the setback the boys adapted and stood firm, and saw out the last 10 minutes of the match for a thoroughly deserved victory. FT 3-1 Swans.

Special mention to Ryan Martin, Ross Mallon and Miles Collins who sent the club WhatsApp group a number of questionable (cringe as described by Jonty Revell) videos of themselves dancing like the Inbetweeners at various points over the course of Saturday night.
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As it stand, all four sides are in action next weekend:

Firsts v Rotherfield
1:30 KO The Common
Seconds v AFC Varndeanians II
1:30 KO Brighton Uni 3G
Thirds v Ifield Sports
4pm KO The Common
Fourths v Fairfield II
4pm KO Fairfield Rec

September 19th, 201921/09 Preview - Reserves and Development in Action
Saturday 21st September

MSFL DIV 1
Ardingly v Lindfield II
1:30pm KO
Ardingly Rec

It's a chance for redemption for our Reserves after last week's 'Holland Horror' show. Gaffer Shaun Chapman believes his side will have learnt a lot from the humbling defeat last Saturday and that with a few players returning to the squad this week that his boys are more than capable of a result.

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
West Hoathly II v Lindfield IV
4pm KO
North Lane Rec

Two games. Two wins. 15 goals scored. 2 conceded. That is West Hoathly 2s form so far this season, so it would seem that a formidable outfit await our Development side when they travel to North Lane Rec on Saturday. After an encouraging point last week our boys should be going into the game full of confidence as they seek their first ever win.

September 14th, 201914/09 Review - Heartbreak. Embarrassment. Promise.
Saturday 14th September

MSFL PREM
Balcombe 1-0 Lindfield

A late Balcombe goal broke Swan hearts at Hanbury Park in a typically competitive and cagey game.

It has to said it was certainly not a game for the purists as a drab match panned out with both sides cancelling each other out in most departments. Balcombe skimmed the top of the crossbar in the first period and the Swans makeshift striker Jamie Wilkes had a golden opportunity midway through the second as he raced clear of the home defence only to be denied by a good save from the keeper. The telling moment came 10 minutes from time as a strong header following a decent Balcombe move was parried, with the home midfielder quickest to react and fire the winner into the roof of the net from 6 yards. Our boys rallied in an attempt to salvage a point but unfortunately came away from the game empty handed.

Yet another narrow defeat for the fronts in a match that could quite easily have gone our way with a bit of luck.

MSFL DIV 1
Holland Sports 10-0 Lindfield II

With this one the less said about it the better.

A depleted Reserve side made the arduous trek to Surrey to take on Dean Berry's old team. With a handful of regular 2nd teamers being promoted to the fronts to cover for holidaying Swans and around half-a-dozen other 2s boys also unavailable, Chappers was only able to take 12 players with him to the game - and one of them was an extremely drunk Jon Ballantyne! Even own goals from Barry Irvine and Darren Baylis weren't enough to liven spirits as a very impressive Holland outfit ran riot.

MSFL DIV 5 South
AFC Ringmer III 1-1 Lindfield IV

Enough on the woes of the weekend, there were some positives as the Development lads earned a superb point at last year's Div 5 South high-flyers.

32-year-old youngster Aaron Walsh put the Swans ahead, firing home the rebound from his saved penalty. However, Ringmer equalised with a penalty of their own, and scored without the need for a rebound. All in all though a great start for Stacey and Mick who will will be delighted with the solid display.
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Just the two games on the schedule next week:

Saturday 21st September

Seconds v Ardingly
1:30pm KO Ardingly Rec
Fourths v West Hoathly II
4pm KO North Lane Rec

September 12th, 201914/09 Preview - Development Debut
Saturday 14th September

MSFL DIV 5 SOUTH
AFC Ringmer III v Lindfield IV (Development Squad)
3pm KO
Caburn Ground

It'll be a momentous occasion when Stacey Martin and Mick Perry lead our Development side out for their first competitive game at the weekend. It's a tricky start for the lads as they face AFC Ringmer who finished 3rd in the division last season, but after some solid showings in friendly matches and hard work at training they are more than up to the task.
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Our 1s and 2s are also in action on Saturday, both sides with tough away games!

MSFL PREM
Balcombe v Lindfield
2pm KO
Hanbury Park

Last meeting - 26/01/2019
Balcombe 3-2 Lindfield
Davies x 2

MSFL DIV 1
Holland Sports v Lindfield II
2pm KO
Mill Lane Rec

Last meeting- 03/04/2019
Lindfield II 0-2 Holland Sports (Somerville Cup Final)

September 7th, 2019Thirds Share the Spoils at Cuckfield Rec
Saturday 7th September

MSFL DIV 4 NORTH
Cuckfield Town II 2-2 Lindfield III

Two points dropped rather than a point gained the general consensus after the match as Stuart Ridley's first game in charge ended in a draw.

The game came to life in the second-half after a goalless first period which saw the Cuckfield woodwork rattled on a couple of occasions. Lindfield went 1-0 down against the run of play on 60 minutes when the hosts launched a counter from a free-kick. A ball over the top saw their quick forward round the on-rushing Leigh Batchelor and calmly finish into an empty net. 0-1.

The Swans equalised soon after as debutant James Kenward beat two men on the right wing before luring the goalkeeper out and squaring to fellow debutant Tom Pinnock who finished with aplomb. 1-1.

It was Lindfield who fell behind once again as the Town central midfielder picked up on a loose ball on the edge of the box and bent a wonderful finish into the far corner. 1-2.

The Swans replied for the second time in the match with 10 minutes remaining with the unlikely combination of the centre-backs linking up to score the equaliser. Steve Spies burst past his marker (Batch obviously wants him to keep him happy with phrases like that), pulled it back to Darren Baylis who showed a touch of class with a delightful turn and smashed it into the top bins. 2-2.

Our new-look 3s continued to press and looked the more likely to snatch a winner but failed to capitalise. Full-time 2-2.

The Thirds don't play again until Saturday 28th September when they take on Ifield Sports at the Common.

Nevertheless, plenty of football next weekend for the fans....

Firsts v Balcombe
2pm KO Hanbury Park
Seconds v Holland Sports
2pm KO Mill Lane Rec
Fourths v AFC Ringmer III
3pm KO The Caburn


August 31st, 2019Big Three Points for the First Team
Saturday 31st August

MSFL PREM
AFC Uckfield Town II 1-2 Lindfield

A hard-fought and crucial three points were earned against a stubborn AFC Uckfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Swans were made to work for their win, and found themselves 1-0 down at HT after a late penalty was given away by Alex Ternouth for handball. The home winger sent Paolo Ciambriello the wrong way and there were a few stern words during the Lindfield briefing at the interval. HT 0-1. Young Jamie Wilkes took it upon himself to motivate the troops with a rallying cry as he stood at the centre spot ready to start the second-half and as the ref's whistle blew the versatile forward simply dribbled up the pitch (Without having been passed to). Much to the bemusement of both sets of players and the ref himself, it took a full 10 seconds before it was pulled back and he was given a brief explanation on the correct procedure at kick off.

The second period did eventually begin and the comical moment ironically sparked the travelling Swans into life. A rare foray forward from Ryan Novis was the moment of magic needed to get the greens back into the game. The 38-year-old* veteran showed pace, power and guile as he bamboozled his way up the wing and put an inch perfect ball into the path of Andy Brown who couldn't miss from 10 yards out, and thankfully didn't! Lindfield gradually began to dominate and it was the court jester Wilkes who provided the opportunity needed to win the match as he shrewdly won a penalty, forcing the defender to make a risky challenge having made a dangerous venture into the area. Brown stepped up and stroked the ball home for his second of the match. There were a few nervy moments as the clock ticked down, but the boys stood firm and saw the game out for their first win and points of the season.

With a few players on international duty next weekend (Paolo Ciambriello has been called up to the Vatican National Team), the 1s don't play again until Saturday 14th September against our local rivals Balcombe. 2pm KO at Hanbury Park.

*Age predicted based on a sample of 100 similarly rugged and burly men.

OPENING DAY DERBY FOR THE THIRDS

The 3s are the only Swan outfit in action next weekend and they begin their Div 4 North campaign with a late 4pm KO against Cuckfield Town II at Cuckfield Rec. It's new gaffer Stuart Ridley's first competitive match in charge so expect to see him with the armband, on all set plays and in the free role.

August 28th, 2019Pleasure Trip for the First Team
Saturday 31st August

MSFL PREM
AFC Uckfield Town II v Lindfield
2pm KO
Victoria Pleasure Ground

The fronts will be desperate to bounce back after two successive 3-2 defeats so far, will it be third time lucky for JC and the boys? Boosted by the returning Andy Davies and Cam Laird, Mid-Sussex's Mr Marmite Aaron Walsh is also in contention after a spell out of the team as a devoted Father.

Last time out versus Saturday's opponents- 30/03/2019
Lindfield 5-1 AFC Uckfield Town II
J.Cunningham x 2
B.Fugl x 1
S.Partridge x 1
D.Turner x 1

August 23rd, 2019Fronts Lose Friday Battle at the Caburn
Friday 23rd August

MSFL PREM
AFC Ringmer 3-2 Lindfield

Our fronts took the lead in both halves, but ultimately paid the price for sloppy defending as Ringmer made it two wins from two and soared up to top spot in the MSFL Prem.

Another end to end contest with the Swans enjoying the better chances in the first-half. Jon Cunningham Junior hit the post early on and could only watch on as the ball rolled across the line and into the keeper's hands and the returning Dean Berry had a flicked header bounce off the top of the crossbar. Andy Brown did eventually open the scoring for the Swans when he poked past the Ringmer keeper from close range when the ball fell kindly following a deep Jamie Wilkes free-kick. The lead lasted a matter of minutes, the Swans failed to clear their lines from a corner and when the ball was swung back in the home side's big number 10 rose highest to make it 1-1. HT 1-1.

Lindfield started the the second period postively and regained the lead through Phil Elkins, who headed Brown's cross over the Ringmer keeper to make it 2-1. This time the home side's leveller was almost immediate, a hopeful ball was missed by three Lindfield players, and having made the gamble the Ringmer wide man beat Paolo Ciambriello one-on-one. The game turned on it's head shortly after, a mix-up between Ciambriello and Dan Oliver saw the ball land at the feet of a Ringmer player who had the simple task of passing the ball into an empty net. Ringmer managed the rest of the game very well, and limited us to only a handful of half chances and despairing long-range pot shots. A real positive sign was seeing the late debut sub appearances of Development Squad players Matt Jasper and Matt Perry, both played a big part in our pre-season campaign and are ones to watch this season! FT 3-2 Ringmer.

Next up we're on the road again on Saturday 31st August. 2pm KO at Victoria Pleasure Ground.

August 22nd, 2019Friday Night Lights at Ringmer!
Friday 23rd August

MSFL PREM
AFC Ringmer v Lindfield
7:30pm KO
Caburn Ground

The 1s will be making the short journey to East Sussex on Friday and will be looking to get off the mark after our opening day defeat at Forest Row. Having picked up just one point from our two league encounters with Ringmer last season it promises to be yet another difficult game.

Last time out against AFC Ringmer - 02/04/2019
AFC Ringmer 3-2 Lindfield
J.Cunningham x 1
A.Walsh x 1

August 17th, 2019Opening Day Defeat for the Swans
Saturday 17th August

MSFL PREM
Forest Row 3-2 Lindfield

Despite holding a 2-1 lead at half-time, the Swans were made to pay for a wasteful second period as late goals from Forest Row saw the points slip from our clutches.

The home side drew first blood with a looping header on 15 minutes, but Lindfield grew into the game as the half wore on and scored two quickfire goals. The first a great finish from Luke Paskins and the second a typically powerful header from Dan Oliver. It looked as though the points had been secured midway through the second-half when Paskins thumped a free-kick into the bottom corner, however the goal was ruled out for wall infringement. Two fine goals from the Forest Row striker were the difference in the end, the first a great solo run and finish and the winner a thunderous free-kick (with no wall infringement).

Next up AFC Ringmer under the lights on Friday 23rd August. 7:30pm KO at the Caburn.

August 16th, 2019First Team MSFL Prem Campaign Begins
Saturday 17th August

MSFL PREM
Forest Row v Lindfield
2pm KO
Oakwood FC

Our 1st Team's season begins tomorrow as they travel to Crawley to take on our old foes Forest Row. It's a tough start against a side who we've beaten only once in the previous six league meetings. Can Big JC lead the boys to 3 points on the opening day?

July 2nd, 2019Pre-season Training
Pre-season training commences on the Common every Tuesday & Thursday from 6:30pm

May 1st, 2019Lindfield's 2018/19 AGM
This year our AGM will be held in the Bent Arms on Thursday 20th June 2019 from 7:30pm.

All welcome to close off the current season and validate next years programme.

April 13th, 2019Lindfield 2nds win the MSFL Div 2 South League Title
After accumulating 40 points from 18 games, Lindfield's Reserves under the management of Paul Towse & Liam Mulvee, win the league 6 points clear of nearest rivals Bolney Rovers.

April 3rd, 2019Heartbreak for Lindfield Reserves in Somerville Cup Final
A tight game where our boys couldn't capitalize on the few opportunities that came their way, found themselves 1-0 down just before half time. Despite a valiant effort to get back into the game during the second-half, Holland Sports eventually ran out as 2-0 winners.

August 22nd, 2018Allan Washer Trophy 2018
Cuckfield Rangers lifted the Allan Washer Trophy 2018 after edging a 2-1 win over our fronts at Hanbury Park. Rangers dominated the first period and deservedly went in at the break 1-0 up thanks to a stunning volley. The Swans rallied in the 2nd half, with Sam Partridge levelling proceedings but Cuckfield sealed the win late on as an overhit cross from the left evaded multiple bodies and crept into the bottom corner. Well done Rangers! Again.
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