It’s the first time the club have tasted league success at this level since winning the Southern Youth League South West Division in 2007.

They were crowned champions without kicking a ball following Lewes’ surprise defeat to Bognor Regis Town last night.

It’s a really proud moment for the club and myself to win the Isthmian Youth League South.Nathan Bowen, Director of Football

The title has been secured in emphatic fashion with four games to spare and the young Rebels are unbeaten having won 12 of their 14 league outings, amassing a goal difference of plus 58 along the way.

Owen Spicer in action in the Sussex Senior Cup semi final

Captain Owen Spicer is one of seven of the squad to represent the first team this season and Director of Football, Nathan Bowen thinks that’s most encouraging aspect.

“We pride ourselves on our player pathway – to win such a tough league is a great achievement but the really encouraging part for me is that we have also given first team debuts to seven under-18’s this season”

“Our goal for the youth team is to support the senior side, so I’m really happy we’ve been able to do that so much this season”.

There’s still plenty to play for with the opportunity of going the whole season unbeaten as well as the final of the Dennis Probee Cup with Eastbourne Borough in April and Bowen is keen for standards not to slip.

“It’s important we keep our high standards now until the end of the season and continue challenging on all fronts.”

The trophy comes as a fitting tribute to Steve Hoare, an individual who dedicated a huge amount of time to the club’s under-18 team over a ten year period and sadly passed away in September last year.