With the FA Women’s Championship season having been brought to a close, clubs have been looking back and reflecting on the season that has gone.
In the case of Lewes, although they ultimately didn’t finish quite as high up the table as they would have liked, there were certainly many moments to savour. Narrow defeats in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup to Reading and eventual winners and Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions Chelsea have to be some of the proudest moments of the season.
During the week, the club announced their end of season award winners which were as follows:
Goal of the Season – EMMA JONES v Blackburn Rovers
For the goal of the season winner, we go all the way back to the first game of the season. Not only was it opening day but it was also the first goal. Emma Jones’ low left-footed drive from 30 yards to give her side a 1-0 lead against Blackburn Rovers was recognised as the best goal by a Lewes player all season. The Rooks went on to win 5-1 and started the season in the best possible manner.
Supporters’ Player of the Year – FILIPPA SAVVA
Young Cypriot international Savva joined Lewes in August 2019 after making the move from Merseyside club Liverpool Feds and she has clearly already won the hearts of The Rookettes faithful. Despite being just 21, Savva has already made five appearances for the Cyprus national team and is likely to be a fixture of that side for many years to come, and possibly for Lewes as well.
Coaches’ Player of the Year – ELLIE NOBLE
Midfielder Ellie Noble joined during the summer from Oxford United and subsequently scored a brace in her debut against Blackburn Rovers. A personal highlight will probably be her wonderstrike at the Madejski Stadium in Lewes’ 3-2 defeat at the hands of Reading. A keen cricketer, Noble is an all-round athlete and has represented England in the Under-18 set up. If ever proof were need of Noble’s quality, she had two contenders for Goal of the Season in the final five only to miss out to compatriot Emma Jones.
Most Developed Player of the Year – SOPHIE O’ROURKE
Speaking of Reading, former Royals player Sophie O’Rourke was recognised for her incredible growth as a player across the 2019/2020 season by being presented with the Most Developed Player of the Year award. O’Rourke moved to Lewes at just 19 years of age after having spent a brief spell in Iceland with Grindavik. O’Rourke has made over 20 appearances for Lewes so far and has seen her opportunities in the starting XI gradually increase, a clear reward for her development as a player.
Something that is plain to see from this overview of Lewes’ season is the quality players that the club possess. I’m sure there are many of us who are looking forward to seeing how they grow as individuals and as a team in the years to come.