Brave Brighton offer Hope for the future – but City slicker

Ini Umotong in action for Brighton against Manchester City in the FAW Cup, Feb 4 2018 (Photo: Kyle Hemsley)

Ini Umotong again showed her ability to trouble the best of opponents, albeit in a losing cause (Photo: Kyle Hemsley)

FA Women’s Cup 4th Round

Brighton 0
Manchester City 2 (Christiansen 45; Emslie 66)

For the second time in three months Brighton’s fast-developing team proved that they can live with the very best in English women’s football. Continue reading


Akehurst double keeps Worthing United in contention after Sparrows scare

Action from Worthing United v Horsham Sparrows, Jan 7 2018 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Worthing United 3 (Akehurst 27, 62; Thaxter 83)
Horsham Sparrows 1 (Sandle 13)

It was back to the football routine at long last after what felt like an endless winter break for Sussex County League title chasers Worthing United and strugglers Horsham Sparrows, but their respective performances were anything but routine as they eased their way gingerly into the new year. Continue reading

Licence to thrill – but at a cost: the Super League winners and losers

Brighton celebrate winning the Preemier League play-off, May 2016 (Photo: Clive Jones)

Brighton won the Premier League Southern in 2016 and will be in WSL 1 next season (Photo: Clive Jones)

The race is on to see who can buy the best team in women’s football. 

If the creation of the Super League was a turning point in the game in England, the current upheaval represents a crucial, perhaps defining, watershed. Continue reading

Pompey star Hillier bows out with ultimate club accolade

Gemma Hillier leads Portsmouth out at Fratton Park (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Hillier led Portsmouth Ladies in their first ever game at Fratton Park in December 2013 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

For a footballer who means so much to a club, Gemma Hillier’s retirement from Portsmouth, the team she has represented for more than 17 years, was a rather ill-fitting anti-climax. Continue reading

Goal glut reveals gulf between Super League hopefuls and rest of Premier League

Round-up of today’s Premier League action

Action from Portsmouth v Lewes, November 26 2017 (Photo: James Prickett)

Portsmouth gained revenge for their defeat at Lewes earlier in the season (Photo: James Prickett)

The gulf between the ambitious Premier League sides still craving a Super League future and the rest was illustrated emphatically in today’s crazy scores in the league’s Southern division. Continue reading

Chichester rue dropped points after stunning comeback rocks Cardiff

Cardiff City score against Chichester City, Nov 19 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester bounced back from two goals down before conceding a late equaliser (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 3 (Lewry 17; Wride 40, 57 pen)
Cardiff City 3 (Evan-Watkins 7; Williams 16; Isaac 74)

Two teams going through testing times showed the sort of spirit and resilience that will undoubtedly see them through as the Cities of Chichester and Cardiff fought out an enthralling 3-3 draw at Oaklands Park. Continue reading

Youngsters do Sussex proud as Rice’s reign starts with a draw

Action from Sussex FA v Essex FA, November 15 2016 (Photo: Simon Roe)

An absorbing contest ended with honours even at Culver Road (Photo: Simon Roe)

Sussex FA 3 (Woods 48; Fleischman 76; Pilgrim 79)
Essex FA 3 (Box 44; Fry 60; Clarke 69)

The absence of much of the cream of the county provided an unexpected opportunity for some of the lesser-known, more inexperienced players on the grassroots circuit of Sussex women’s football – and they grabbed it with both hands as they helped the county’s representative side to a 3-3 draw against a strong Essex side. Continue reading