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 were made to pay for being wasteful in front of goal as they lost at relegation-threatened Corinthian Casuals, reports Stuart Fuller.
Managers Ross Standen and Tony Coade changed the formation to 3-5-2 with a number of changes from the defeats against East Thurrock United and Peacehaven & Telscombe in the last week.
The Rooks almost took the lead in the first minute when a marauding run and cross from Harry Reed was inches over Tony Mendy's head and then James Hammond couldn't quite get a shot away. After that excitement, both sides struggled to break the back lines until Billy Medlock had the first of many chances when he was set up by Harry Reed who had got being the full-back and squared the ball to the Rooks number 10 but Bracken got down well to save.
At the other end the home side had their best chance of the game when Odunaike headed just wide from a corner. Lewes finished the half the stronger of the two sides when Bracken again getting down well to stop a Leon Redwood free-kick.
The Rooks were forced into making a change at half-time with Michael Dome-Bemwin suffering a flare up of his groin injury and was replaced by Ronnie Conlon. However, it was the home side that had the ball for long spells in the half, creating a number of chances that Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke was alert to. At the other end Billy Medlock twice blazed over the bar from the edge of the box when there were other options available.
With three-quarters of the game gone, Tony Halsey replaced Tony Mendy for his debut after signing from Horley Town in midweek. The chance gave the Rooks some new momentum and a smart move featuring Halsey and James Hammond before the ball was squared to Billy Medlock 8 yards out. He managed to control the ball but his shot, whilst forcing James Bracken into a save, lacked power and direction. Five minutes later Halsey flicked on a long ball and Billy was through on goal but his shot went over the bar.
Within thirty seconds the home side took the lead when Casuals were given time to move the ball down the Lewes right hand side to Checklit who cut inside unchecked and sent a shot from 18 yards across the goal and into the net, giving Nathan no chance.
A well-worked free-kick between Leon Redwood and James Hammond gave Lewis Taylor a sniff at goal but he miscued his shot when one-on-one with Bracken.
The home side played down the clock, keeping possession and defending well to hold out for the three points.
After the game, Co-Manager Tony Coade gave an honest assessment of the game when he spoke to Barry Collins.
The Rooks now face a massive game next Saturday against Cheshunt at The Dripping Pan, kick-off 3pm.
Corinthian-Casuals: Bracken, Spencer, Adelakun, Jamieson, Strange, Paratore, Bakare (Sadare-Morgan 85mins), Serbonij, Sitch (Pinney 68mins), Odunaike, Wilson (Checklit 68 mins)
Subs not used: Cotton, Byatt
Lewes: Stroomberg-Clarke, Day, Redwood, Dome-Bemwin (Conlon 46mins), Chappell, Freeman, Taylor, Hammond, Mendy (Halsey 67mins), Medlock, Reed (Golding 76mins)
Subs not used: Ilic, Diedrick-Roberts
Attendance: 278 (Approx 45 Rooks fans)