Dripping Yarns with David Arnold

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AS I write this, Lewes FC occupy fourth place in the Ryman Premier and have lost just one game in the last eight. Excellent form.

I can’t predict what will happen at the Met Police tomorrow (Saturday) as, having beaten them on both occasions when we’ve met so far this season, they will most definitely be thinking that it’s their turn to put us under the cosh for this third match.

Which means all eyes turn to this coming Monday, January 2, when we welcome Horsham FC to the Dripping Pan for our only yuletide home game, when we can expect to welcome and entertain the biggest Lewes crowd of the season so far (NB: it’s a Noon kick-off).

Christmas and New Year games always attract plenty of neutral spectators and it is games like this that can win clubs new fans who like what they see and decide to come along for more.

Horsham are not enjoying a good season. Indeed, they are rock bottom of the Ryman Premier.

But they were once a feared force in Non-League football in Sussex and are old rivals of Lewes.

They will be playing for Ryman Premier survival but also for that intangible and priceless entity best summed up as ‘pride’.

I don’t expect an easy victory but I do expect an exciting game and plenty of goals.

I also expect a big crowd. We have brought the kick-off time forward to 12pm so as to avoid a clash with the Brighton v Southampton game at the Amex Stadium later in the day.

This means that Brighton fans in the mood for a feast of New Year football can take in the Lewes v Horsham game at noon and still arrive at Falmer in good time for the Championship game that starts at 3pm.

I hope it is a unique ‘double header’ that appeals to many fans of the Seagulls.

I know for certain that our nephew, Zak Simpson, and his son, Owen, are taking in both games and the buzz is that many more Brighton & Hover Albion season ticket-holders will be doing the same.

If you have friends and relations who only make one or two Lewes games a season then this is the one to be at, so please make sure they are aware of the early kick-off.

PS. Wishing all readers a very Happy New Year. A normal size Dripping Yarns will – hopefully – return next week.