Rooks striker Fenwick signs for Crystal Palace

LEWES FC youth product Bayan Fenwick has signed pro forms for Championship outfit Crystal Palace.

The 18-year-old striker has signed until 2013 after impressing in a trial at the South London club.

Palace website Vital Football said: “Eighteen-year-old striker Bayan Fenwick has signed a contract that will keep him at Palace until the end of the 2012-13 season.

“The player has joined after a non-contract deal at Lewes was cancelled, but by this time he was already working with our Academy and had found the net against Norwich during his trial period.

“The youngster is highly rated having found the net 18 times in 11 games for Lewes’ youth team.”

And the official Crystal Palace site added: He scored one of the goals in Gary Issott’s academy win at Norwich on Saturday morning as his trial period came to and end before signing the permanent deal.

Rooks chairman Steve Ibbitson, who was U18s coach when his youth squad colleague Jason Hopkinson brought him to the club after seeing him at St Bede’s School, said: “He (Fenwick) has a good turn of speed on him, he has a good shot, he can play centre midfield, can play wide midfield, and can play up front..

“He scores goals and although he’s right-footed predominanty, he can use both feet.

“We’re delighted that another of our lads has got a pro contract and we wish him all the very best of luck in the future.”

Fenwick joins other Lewes youth products to join Football League outfits, such as fellow St Bede’s School pupil Solly March, who signed for Brighton & Hove Albion after attracting interest from Newcastle United, Arsenal and Millwall, and Jed Wallace, who joined Portsmouth after his brief spell at the Dripping Pan, although he was originally a product of the Eastbourne Borough youth system.

Meanwhile, popular Lewes midfielder Harry Harding was back at outfit Fulham this week after training with the Premier League outfit’s players the week before. Speaking to me on Twitter on Wednesday of this week he said: “I’m really enjoying it, just about to train now! So having a great experience.”

See next week’s paper to read how he got on at the Cottagers.

Meanwhile, there are still a few spaces available on the coach for tomorrow’s (Saturday) trip to Bury Town, of Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk (not the one further north).

Coach will depart at 9am and cost is only £20. If you’d like to go, contact Secretary Kevin Brook on 07758074081 or email

The Under 18s lost 2-1 on Monday evening at Eastbourne Town. Max Howell, who has also been featuring for the first team in recent weeks, scored the Lewes goal but it wasn’t enough to prevent the defeat. League leaders Burgess Hill lost at Worthing so the Rooks remain in second place, three points behind the Hillians. Lewes are next at home on Monday night when they face Hastings United.

Lewes Ladies start defender Naomi Cole is currently on tour with the England Women’s U23 team. See next week’s paper to read how she got on in her first outing with the national side.