Resurgent Pompey looking for late title bid

A look ahead to this weekend’s scheduled matches

Faye Rabson in action for Crawley Wasps against London Corinthians Feb 23 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

London Corinthians and Crawley Wasps drew last week (Photo: Dave Burt)

Form team Portsmouth have an opportunity to to put themselves in with a genuine shot at the Premier League title on Sunday when they visit Tottenham.

With leaders Cardiff and second-placed Gillingham both in cup action, Pompey could move within three points of the top if they can beat Spurs.

The Hampshire side are in supreme form, having won their last six games in all competitions, and are unbeaten in the league since the beginning of December, conceding just one goal in their last five matches. Continue reading

Prestige or humiliation: The pros and cons of County Cup

A personal view on the latest big talking point in women’s football in the South East

It is ironic that it was Brighton’s comprehensive victory over lowly Worthing Town Reserves in the semi-final of the Sussex County Cup that should have been the result that provoked such strident criticism, not only of the rules of the competition but also, by implication, of the Premier League club’s approach. Continue reading

Stacey sticks her oar in to take on Olympic challenge

An Aylesford United player is bidding for a place in Great Britain’s next Olympics squad – in a canoe.

Stacey Draper, a mainstay in the reserves’ defence, is on her way to becoming part of Britain’s sporting élite after getting through the first two stages of UK Sport’s arduous Girls4Gold programme, designed to identify potential medal winners for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Continue reading

Millington pleased with Sussex effort in county win

Sussex FA 3-0 Middlesex FA

Kim Howells celebrates her goal for Sussex FA against Middlesex FA (Photo: Sussex FA)

Kim Howells put Sussex ahead before half-time (Photo: Sussex FA)

The cream of Sussex’s women footballers drew praise from their manager after another convincing victory for the county FA’s representative team.

It was their second win in their four games in the competition, putting them top – for now – ahead of Kent, the RAF, Army and last night’s opponents, Middlesex. Continue reading

Your chance to change the County Cup

Chichester celebrate one of their 12 goals against Wivelsfield Green in the Sussex County Cup (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Chichester City beat Wivelsfield Green 12-0 in this season’s Sussex Cup (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Brighton’s 17-0 win over Worthing Town in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup may trigger wholesale changes to the County Cup structure.

The heavy defeat inflicted by the near-full-strength Premier League side on a team several stages below them in the league pyramid sparked a big debate on Twitter about the ethics and impact of such a scoreline and the rules of a competition that make it possible at the semi-final stage.

But it has also raised hopes that the tournament’s format might be changed to address some of its shortcomings. Continue reading

Trio reach county cup finals

All the cup action plus details of other games played today

Jay Blackie, Gillingham (Photo: Julian Hart)

Captain Jay Blackie scored one of Gillingham’s five goals in their Kent Cup success (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham, Brighton and University of Portsmouth are through to the finals of their respective County Cup competitions after victories on Sunday.

Brighton‘s 17-0 win over Worthing Town means they will meet Chichester City in the Sussex Cup. Continue reading

Massive Brighton win sparks County Cup debate

Brighton booked their place in the final of the Sussex County Cup with an emphatic 17-0 win over Worthing Town.

The Premier League club fielded an almost full-strength side against opponents several rungs below them in the women’s football pyramid.

And they showed them no mercy, piling in, on average, a goal nearly every five minutes. Continue reading