About King George’s Field
Corinthian Casuals ground is a basic affair but certainly homely. There is a small main stand with a few rows of seating and a covered terrace along one side and a covered terrace behind one goal. Apart from that it is hard standing around the pitch. The club house and food van can be found behind the main stand. Their three-cheese chips earnt them plaudits last season from away fans. Trains regularly pass over the top of the main stand which can be a bit off-putting for away players and fans alike. The new ground-share with Kingstonian will deliver a number of benefits for Casuals in the coming few years with a new stand and a 3G planned, funded by their tenants.
How to get to King George’s Field
The ground is situated just off the A3 not far from the Tolworth roundabout. If you are travelling from the M25 you can join the A3 London-bound at junction 10. Stay on the A3 until you reach the 50mph speed limit, continue under the Hook roundabout and move into the left-hand lane for about 174 yards. Bear left onto Hook Rise North for 0.2 mile (Tolworth Junction). At roundabout, take the FOURTH exit (as if you were going to re-join the A3 going back towards the way you came signposted M25, Portsmouth) then almost immediately take slip road on left onto Hook Rise South for 0.5 mile.
If you are travelling from London on the A3 take the Tolworth Junction exit. At roundabout, take the second exit (as if you were going to re-join the A3 going towards M25, Portsmouth) then almost immediately take slip road on left onto Hook Rise South for 0.5 mile.
Turn left into Queen Mary Close. Ground and car park under railway bridge on right hand side. The 55-mile journey should take just over an hour from Lewes.
The ground is situated around a ten-minute walk from Tolworth station which is in Zone 5. Turn left out of the station and walk up to the roundabout where you should turn left again, past where the Toby Jug pub used to be. Walk alongside the slip road into Hook Rise South. Continue down the road until you reach Queen Mary's Close, where you will see a small sign for the club. Walk under the bridge and the ground is on the right. Journey time from Lewes, with a change at Clapham Junction is 1 hour 50 minutes and an Off-Peak Day Return is currently £24.90.
Admission at King George’s Field
Admission this season will be £10 for adults, £6 for concessions (senior citizens), students £4 and accompanied under 18s are admitted free.
Fancy a beer?
This is a tough one – there are literally no pubs within a 10/15-minute walk of the ground so unusually I am going to recommend having a beer or two at Clapham Junction at pubs such as The Falcon (which has England’s longest bar) or The Slug and Lettuce, both within a 2-minute walk of the station.
Lewes Womens U18 3:0 Meridian Ladies
The young Rooks produced a workmanlike performance to progress to the next round of the league cup, beating Meridian 3-0.
On a freezing, blowy afternoon on the exposed BACA 3G pitch it was more of a case of survival over flair. Meridian were only able to field ten players which stunted their desire to take the game to the Rooks. They set up very deep with two set banks of four making them hard to break down.
The young Rooks started with a back for but soon reverted to a back three with no real threat coming from the opposition. This gave wing backs Jess Richardson and Niamh Halloren licence to roam and create options down the wings.
Early on Richardson fed winger Minnie Sheppard into the left channel and she cut inside and stung the keepers hands with a good shot.
Kate Cooper was next to try her luck form distance as her curling shot from the angle just failed to find the target. This proved to be Cooper last involvement as an injury curtailed her afternoons work.
Her midfield partner in crime Megan Cranford then took a ball to the jaw and not helped by the freezing weather took an extended breather to recover. This derailed the side somewhat with enforced changes required. Jamie Quinn made her first appearance of the season coming into midfield and looked lively from the off.
It took 20mins to break the deadlock, as Chloe Nye broke free and her left footed strike was too hot for the keeper who’s fine save was followed in well by Niamh Halloren to fire home.
A unnecessary foul allowed Meridian a chance to test Keeper Jas Moulding from the angle of the area but the fierce strike was always heading just wide. A combination of loose passing and lack of movement made the rest of the half tough viewing but Lewes were in control.
Half time was met with a few huffs and puffs and coaches Newton and Carter did their best to enthuse the girls to up their games.
The back three of Critchfield, Ferguson and Lawrence were seeing plenty of the ball at the back but along with Meg Critchfield in the deep role, found options were limited which too often resulted in passes being misplaced only to see the ball returned by the tiring opponents to start again.
The second goal was well worth the wait, as the lively Jess Richardson decided to have run from the right wingback position. She skipped past two players and then as the gap opened up in front of her she drove forward towards the area and unleashed a low drive straight into the bottom corner leaving the sprawling keeper no chance.
With the game technically won and the brave ten of Meridian tiring, the tempo dropped to match the temperature and it became a scrappy half with the odd bright point thrown in.
One such moment saw the powerful Becky Simmons - who had returned to her favoured attacking role - brilliantly skip past a lunging tackle at pace to drive down the left flank before cutting back inside to unleash a great shot which smashed against the bar.
This was proving a good option for the Rooks and ultimately it was from here they wrapped up the win. Simmons again powered through and when she reached the area she took the right option of sliding the ball across to the recovered Megan Cranford who as deadly as ever, looked up and fired home from the edge of the area.
Credit to the hard working Meridian who never gave up, but found the Rooks to hot to handle on a cold day.
Newton was happy with the win, but knows the girls have more quality and desire than was on show today.
Lewes U18s: Moulding, Richardson, A Critchfield, Ferguson, M Critchfield, Halloren, Sheppard, Cooper, Cranford, Nye, Simmons
Subs: Bliss, Frith, Lawrence, Quinn
Goals: Halloren (20), Richardson (49), Cranford (80).
MVP: Becky Simmons - After a difficult and frustrating season so far Becky finally got the chance to play in her strongest position. She worked hard always looking to create something, and was looking like her old self. A shot that hit the bar was a reminder of what she is capable of.