Lewes Ladies are crowned league champions.. and the title’s toasted with a nice cup of tea!

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LEWES LADIES were crowned South East Combination League Champions on Sunday... without even playing!

With Enfield losing 2-1 to Crystal Palace, the Rooks can’t be caught at the top of the table.

Manager Jacquie Agnew found out the news while relaxing at home with a cup of tea in her hand rather than in the dugout.

Agnew said: “It’s fantastic. We had a plan at the beginning of the season and we’ve achieved it. We’ve got a great management and a great coaching team who have all worked really hard but I want to say a particular thank you to my head coach, Dave Cole, who has been tremendous this season.

“We’ve built the squad up, brought new players in alongside the existing players and they have all been magnificent, in games as well as in training.

“The club have been superb, with the board 110 per cent behind us and we’ve delivered against our objectives. I’m so pleased.”

Ladies skipper Kelly Newton added: “I’m very happy today, it’s a great achievement. However it’s only one job done. We’ve got the County Cup final and the Ryman League Cup final to come yet.

“We are also determined to remain unbeaten in the league during the season too.”

The players, many of whom were at defender Steph O’Reilly’s wedding on Saturday, were able to enjoy another celebratory drink on Sunday night – before turning their attentions to this Thursday night’s big game at Lancing, when Lewes took on Brighton & Hove Albion in the battle to become Champions of Sussex.

Lewes Ladies were crowned champions with three games still to go. So far the Rookettes have won 16 and drawn one of their 17 league games, and have a goal difference +74, with 86 goals scored and only 12 conceded.

It’s been a remarkable rise for the Lewes Ladies. Just eight years ago, the team were playing regional football and after just five seasons in the Combination and top half finishes, decided to set about putting a plan in place to try and get promotion into the Women’s Premier League for the first time in their history.

See this Friday’s Sussex Express for more on the rise of the Lewes Ladies.