Rooks take on team of Lewes old boys at Pan tomorrow

11/8/2012 (SPORT) POMPEY V SALISBURY CITY''Portsmouth Football Club v Salisbury City Football Club match at Salisbury City home ground The Raymond McEnhill Stadium on Saturday.''Pictured is: (left) Portsmouth's Jed Wallace during the match.''Picture: Sarah Standing (122654-1938)
11/8/2012 (SPORT) POMPEY V SALISBURY CITY''Portsmouth Football Club v Salisbury City Football Club match at Salisbury City home ground The Raymond McEnhill Stadium on Saturday.''Pictured is: (left) Portsmouth's Jed Wallace during the match.''Picture: Sarah Standing (122654-1938)

Lewes take on a team of Rooks old boys tomorrow when high-flying Whitehawk pay a visit to the Dripping Pan.

The Brighton-based outfit look to be merely passing through the Ryman Premier this season on their way to the Blue Square South, having won Ryman 1 South last season.

The Hawks have assembled an impressive-looking squad that is tearing up the division, despite the Enclosed Ground outfit’s relatively modest gates.

And in that squad will feature something approaching double figures of players who used to turn out for the Rooks.

These include keeper Chris Winterton, defenders Andy Pearson and Sami El-Abd, midfielders James Fraser, Joe Keehan and Jed Wallace, and strikers Lee Newman, Sam Gargan and Jefferson Louis.

Ben Godfrey would have been yet another former Rook arriving for the game with the Hawks squad had he not returned to the Pan from Whitehawk earlier this season.

Another player seemingly on the way out of the club, following the release of Anthony Thomas, Max Howell and Lee Cooper last Friday, is full back Charlie Leach, who has signed dual forms with County League Division 1 side Horsham YMCA. A club statement released on Tuesday said Leach, 19: “had become frustrated at the lack of opportunities this season due to injury and the emergence of Steve Brinkhurst at right back, and is anxious to play games.

“The club wants to thank Charlie for his performances and hopes that the opportunity at YMCA will be of mutual benefit to both him and his new club. Lewes have retained his registration which means there is scope for Leach to return to the Pan at a later date.”

On a brighter note, Lewes U18 player Ryan Fergany had been named in the England Schools squad for later this season after impressing in trials.

“Ryan learnt of his inclusion on Tuesday afternoon. We’re very proud,” said the Rooks, who added that his brother, James, who has impressed after breaking into the first team this season also took part in the trials “but suffered an injury which sadly meant he was overlooked in the final selection.”