Sent Her Forward’s New Year Honours – Part One

Action from Lewes Girls v Crawley Town Girls (Photo: James Boyes)

The honours reward the enthusiasm and commitment of women and girls all over the South East

It’s time to say goodbye to 2013, a year when I’ve watched more women’s football matches than ever before, and welcome to 2014 – when I hope to beat even this past year’s total. Continue reading

Mollie and Rosie a new twin threat for Brighton

Sent Her Forward exclusive interview with Brighton & Hove Albion’s twin wingers

Mollie and Rosie Kmita (Photo: Brighton & Hove Albion)

Mollie and Rosie have a habit of doing things together – which may be bad news for Brighton’s opponents (Photo: Brighton & Hove Albion)

Brighton’s opponents face double trouble for the rest of the season as they line up against the Premier League South club’s first ever footballing twins.

Mollie and Rosie Kmita have signed for Albion from Spurs and made their debuts together in the Premier League South encounter with Portsmouth earlier this month. Continue reading

Gillingham Ladies bring Christmas cheer to children

Gillingham captain Vicky Ashton-Jones presents a hamper to staff at Medway Maritime Hospital

Captain Vicky Ashton-Jones presents a hamper to hospital staff (Photo: Julian Hart)

The run-up to Christmas is invariably hectic – and the final Saturday before the big day especially so.

And when you’ve got a big game 24 hours later, you’d almost have to be a saint to put yourself out to spend a couple of precious hours with people you don’t even know.

But that’s what players and representatives from WPL South leaders Gillingham did yesterday as they gave up their Saturday morning to visit the children’s ward at Medway Maritime Hospital. Continue reading

Keynsham only victors from rain-ruined programme

The bottom-of-the-table clash between Keynsham Town and Chesham was the only WPL South game to survive the weather – and the Buckinghamshire side probably wish they hadn’t bothered making the hectic Christmas weekend journey.

The West Country women climbed off the bottom of the table and sent their opponents there in their place, thanks to a 5-2 win. Continue reading

Lewes chase double over league leaders

A look-ahead to the final round of fixtures before Christmas

Action from Lewes v Gillingham on Dec 8 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes beat Gillingham at home on December 8 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes have the chance to do the double over high-flying Premier League South rivals Gillingham on Sunday.

The Kent side are unbeaten all season and have dropped only seven points in the league – three of them in their only defeat so far, at the Dripping Pan, just two weeks ago.

It will take an almighty effort for Lewes to repeat the feat at the league leaders, though. The Gills are 13 points and five places above their opponents, though Lewes have a couple of games in hand. Continue reading

Football academy opportunity for girls in South East

Priory School football academy in action (Photo: Peter/Paul Allet)

Successful applicants will play in several competitions and receive professional coaching (Photo: Peter/Paul Allet)

Teenage girls with ambitions to further their football and academic careers have an opportunity to bid for a place at a specialist academy.

The Priory School, based in Orpington, south-east London, runs a female football academy in conjunction with Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

Selected girls have the opportunity to study BTEC qualifications in sport as well as A-level and other courses, and to work towards football coaching certificates. Continue reading

Tight at the top in South East Premier

Round-up of the weekend action

Double rainbow over Oaklands Park, ChichesterBexhill United moved top of the SECWL Premier Division with a 5-0 win at Dartford.

Parkwood Rangers are right behind them on goal difference after beating fellow challengers Haywards Heath 4-0, as previous leaders Crockenhill paid the price for having no game.

Bexhill led their Kent visitors 1-0 at half-time, thanks to an own goal, but stepped up a gear in the second, with Nicky Pym (2), Laura Bolton and Kiera Chapman all scoring. Continue reading

Double-tops for classy Chichester

South West Combination League table 15/12/13SCWL Div One West league table 15/12/13The mighty Chichester City juggernaut is ending the year on an unprecedented high, with both its senior women’s teams sitting pretty on top of their respective leagues.

Its first team overtook previous South West Combination leaders Swindon Town after staging a comeback in wet and windy Newquay to triumph 4-2, leaving them two points clear of their Wiltshire title rivals with a game in hand.

And their reserves – already 11 points clear in SCWL Division One West – made it a weekend to remember with a season-best 8-0 league win to extend the gap between them and second place to 14 points. Continue reading

Battle for top place hots up in South East Premier

A look ahead to some of this weekend’s games

Action from Chichester City  v Wivelsfield Green (Darran Stevens)

News of women’s matches all over the South East

Bexhill United and Parkwood Rangers each have a chance to move top of the SECW Premier League on Sunday if they beat Dartford and Haywards Heath respectively.

The pair currently lie third and fourth, level on both points and goal difference, with games in hand over leaders Crockenhill and Haywards Heath.

Parkwood could go top if they win and better Bexhill‘s result, while the East Sussex side would head the table if they win and Parkwood draw or beat the Heath less convincingly. Continue reading

Sussex clubs praised for role in county’s cup win

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Action from RAF FA v Sussex FA Southern Counties Cup women's match 121213

Sussex ran out winners, despite several last-minute call-ups (Photo: Sussex County FA)

Sussex manager Emma Millington celebrated a splendid away win against the RAF and paid tribute to the role played by the county’s top clubs.

Three players dropped out at short notice because of illness, but despite the disruption of  having to make late call-ups, her county representative side clinched a well earned Southern Counties Cup victory.

It was Sophie Perry who proved the match-winner, with both goals. Continue reading