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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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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

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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

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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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