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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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