About The Enclosed Ground
The Enclosed Ground is one of those grounds that looks stunning in the summer sunshine, with the rolling South Downs on one side, but come a wet night in February, can feel very exposed. It is only half a mile from the sea front, with the sea visible as you head down the Avenue from the racecourse at the top of the hill.
The ground is only three-sided with the Downs-side not being accessible for spectators. The Main Stand is a small covered seated stand, which is set back from the pitch and runs for around a quarter of the length of the pitch straddling the half way line. On the South side of this stand are some small buildings which house the club house and dressing rooms.
To keep pace with the Club's rise up the League Pyramid, the capacity has been boosted by erecting temporary stands at either end of the ground. At the North End there are two banks of open seating, which were once in place at the Withdean Stadium whilst at the opposite end where are temporary stands, in four sections that are at different heights to one another.
How to get to The Enclosed Ground
It will be the shortest away trip for most Rooks fans this season and easy to do by car. Head west on the A27 take the slip road sign posted Falmer/Rottingdean (B2123). At the top of the slip road turn right, crossing back over the A27. Continue straight towards Rottingdean passing the Amex stadium on your right.
On reach a set of traffic lights which is the Woodingdean Junction, turn right by the Downs Hotel, towards the City Centre/Racecourse. At the next traffic lights turn left into Wilson Avenue (signposted East Brighton Park). After passing the entrance to the Stanley Leisure Centre, continue further down the hill and then take a left into a narrow road (signposted East Brighton Park/Camping). Follow the narrow road round, passing an entrance to a caravan park and the ground entrance, is around to the right. There is a car park at the ground that holds 100 cars and the entrance road up to the ground is quite narrow, so it may be an idea to find one street parking on the residential streets off Wilson Avenue and walk over to the ground.
Brighton Central Railway Station is situated around two and half miles away from the ground. Either get a taxi or bus up to the ground. To take a bus; then from the Stance B stop at the railway station, take the Brighton and Hove Bus Company No 7 (towards Brighton Marina) or 27 (towards Saltdean) to Roedean Road (ask the driver to drop you off on this road near the Marina). After being dropped off, walk up Roedean Road to the traffic lights (keeping the gas pylon on your right) and turn left into Wilson Avenue. Then take the next right into a narrow road (signposted East Brighton Park/Camping). Follow the narrow road round, passing an entrance to a caravan park and the ground entrance, is around to the right.
Admission at The Enclosed Ground
Admission this season will be £12 for adults, £7 for concessions (senior citizens, students, GMB members), 12-16 year olds £4, and accompanied under 12s are admitted free of charge.
Fancy a beer?
There is a small club house at the ground whilst around a 15-minute walk away is the New Bush pub on Arundel Road. Also, on the sea front is the Marina where the Master Mariner is known for its ales. You are only a short bus ride from the centre of Brighton where there are pubs a-plenty.
A first-half penalty from Jonte Smith helped Lewes to a hard-fought 1-0 win in the Sussex derby at local rivals Whitehawk, reports Tom Harper.
Darren Freeman made one change to the side that beat Folkestone Invicta 2-0 in their previous game, with Harry Reed replacing Frankie Chappell in the starting line-up. This change allowed Tom Day to return to his preferred position of centre-back, with Reed playing at left-back and Stacey Freeman captaining the side in the absence of Chappell.
Shooting down the hill in the first half, Lewes had the better of the opening stages, with Ronnie Conlon heading a Michael Dome-Bemwin cross from the right just wide inside the first few minutes.
Dome-Bemwin was getting forward well early on, and saw a long-range effort comfortably saved by Melvin Minter in the Whitehawk goal as the Rooks remained in the ascendancy.
Lewes should arguably have taken the lead midway through the half, as Luke Blewden capitalised on an error by Ronayne Marsh-Brown to beat Minter to a long ball forward before cutting the ball back to Omarr Lawson, who saw his attempt blocked by a covering defender.
The game became end-to-end as the half progressed, with former Lewes player and current Whitehawk captain Henry Muggeridge drawing a fine save from Lewis Carey with an effort from the edge of the area that seemed set to find the bottom corner at the end of an incisive counter-attack.
The Rooks were handed an excellent opportunity to take the lead eight minutes before half-time, as Whitehawk defender Aaron Goode inexplicably handled a searching crossfield ball from Blewden in the area.
Jonte Smith converted the resulting spot-kick, waiting for Minter to dive to his right before coolly placing the ball in the opposite corner to put Lewes in front.
Whitehawk nearly equalised immediately, with Lucas Rodrigues getting free down the right and delivering a teasing low cross that rolled across the six-yard box and somehow evaded two onrushing team-mates.
The hosts started the second half brightly and had a great chance to equalise 11 minutes after the break, as Reed was adjudged to have fouled Rodrigues in the penalty area.
Jason Williams took responsibility from the spot, but dragged his effort wide of Carey's right-hand post.
Williams had another very presentable opportunity to level the scores barely a minute later, making the most of hesitant defending from Tom Day to latch onto a long ball forward before shooting wide of the far post with only Carey to beat.
Whitehawk were dominating possession shooting downhill towards their vocal supporters, but were finding it difficult to turn this into clear-cut chances against a back four superbly marshalled by the outstanding Day and Stacey Freeman.
Their best chance to equalise came with four minutes remaining, as Ed Sanders met a Muggeridge free-kick with a thumping close-range header which Carey did superbly to get a hand to and help over the bar.
Lewes survived a succession of corners and long throws during the remainder of the 90 minutes and four minutes of stoppage time to record a third consecutive league win.
This was an impressive result for Lewes, who weathered long periods of pressure during the second half to hold onto the lead they gained before the break, before celebrating with the large contingent of travelling fans at full-time, who appeared to make up at least half of the 612-strong crowd.
Post match Darren Freeman was very pleased with the result when he spoke to Barry Collins.
The Rooks take a break from league action this weekend to travel to Ashford Town (Middlesex) in the FA Trophy first qualifying round, kick-off at 3pm.
Whitehawk: Minter, Goode, R. Marsh-Brown, Emberson, Shooman, Sanders, Rodrigues (Drage 65), Muggeridge, Williams, Ky Marsh-Brown, Sisimayi (Moore 73).
Unused Subs: Hallard, Broughton, Kw Marsh-Brown.
Lewes: Carey, Brinkhurst, Reed, Dome-Bemwin, Day, Freeman, Blewden (Darbyshire 66), Lawson, Smith (Elliott 59), Conlon (Appau 83), Hammond.
Unused Sub: Karl.
Booked: Reed, Darbyshire.