Last-minute penalty denies Charlton famous draw

A round-up of Sunday’s women’s football in the South East

Charlton Athletic’s youngsters came so close to pulling off a shock against South East Counties Division One East leaders Long Lane and blowing the title race wide open.

The club’s development side, which is currently seventh in the nine-club league, began the game wtih only nine players and held Long Lane for almost 90 minutes before conceding the penalty from which the leaders clinched a vital three points. Continue reading

Gillingham back on top on fine day for South East

Premier League highlights

Nikita Whinnett in action for Gillingham against Lewes on March 23 2014

Nikita Whinnett scored two more for Gillingham to help them back to the top (Photo: Julian Hart)

On a day when the South East’s Premier League teams were all unbeaten, Gillingham will be celebrating the most after returning to the top of the table with a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

They took advantage of the fact that leaders Cardiff City and third-placed Coventry City were in League Cup action to overtake the Welsh side, courtesy of some clinical finishing.

Second-half goals by Nikita Whinnett (2), Emma Tune and a late penalty by Charlotte Gurr took the Gills two points clear – and boosted their goal difference to 29 – the best in the division. Continue reading

Tenacious Lewes stop the rot

Premier League Southern: Lewes 2-0 Keynsham Town

Rafaela Silva is carried off injured during Lewes v Keynsham March 30 2014

Injuries to Oliveira Markovic and Rafaela Silva (pictured) were key moments in the game

Lewes finally halted the downward spiral that has sent them tumbling down the Premier League to secure their first league win in nearly four months.

Two second-half goals in three minutes, from the indefatigable Catherine O’Hagan and Kelly McCullock, earned the Sussex side a rare – and ultimately well-deserved – three points. Continue reading

Gills look to return to the summit as title battle hots up

A look ahead to Sunday’s Premier League fixtures

Jay Blackie in action for Gillingham against Lewes March 23 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham bounced back with a league win over Lewes last week (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham have the chance to return to the top of the Premier League on Sunday as they bid to continue their recovery after a mid-season blip. Continue reading

Kent girls lead cup celebrations

The latest teams from the South East to join Sent Her Forward’s cup roll of honour

More trophies were won – and still more teams reached finals this weekend as the rain-hit season gets back into its stride.

Sent Her Forward salutes the winners and finalists (with thanks to the Kent FA).

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The Chichester Way: Greens’ blueprint for success

Chichester City Reserves score against Worthing Minors (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Chichester City Reserves have already scored more than 70 league and cup goals this season (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Chichester City Reserves might have clinched their league championship by default this week, but there was nothing accidental about their achievement in winning promotion at a canter.

Their success, coming less than a fortnight after the club’s first team shocked Premier League Brighton to win the Sussex County Cup, is but a step in the management team’s ambitious plan to establish them as one of the region’s top clubs.

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Chichester’s reserves clinch championship without playing

Caroline Henry-Evans, manager of Chichester City Reserves (Photo: darran Stevens)

Caz Henry-Evans says the reserves are now ready for the step up to the Premier Division (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Chichester City are celebrating their second trophy of the season after the club’s reserves won promotion – without even kicking a ball.

Their scheduled opponents this Sunday, Milford & Witley,  have pulled out of the fixture, saying they cannot raise a side, forfeiting the match and handing Chichester the three points on a plate.

The points mean the reserves, who have led South East Counties Division One West for much of the season, cannot be caught – although the chances of that happening were extremely remote anyway.

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Gillingham right back in Premier League title fight

Nikita Whinnett in action for Gillingham against Lewes on March 23 2014

Nikita Whinnett scored the only goal in a tense game (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham forced their way back into the Premier League title battle by taking revenge on the first team to beat them this season.

The Gills beat Lewes 1-0 in a close-fought game to bounce back into second place in the incredibly tight top half of the table.

Nikita Whinnett‘s second-half strike was enough to clinch all three points and avenge Lewes’s victory earlier in the season. Continue reading

Parkwood return to form to make it a thrilling finale

A look at today’s key games in the South East

Emily Vaughan, Parkwood Rangers Photo: CK Portraits

Emily Vaughan scored twice to help Parkwood to a 5-1 win over Dartford (Photo: CK Portraits)

Parkwood Rangers ensured a nailbiting finale to the South East Counties Premier Division title race after returning to winning ways in style.

After two defeats on the trot, the long-time leaders went back to the top after defeating Dartford 5-1.

Lethal strike pair Emily Vaughan and Millie Main did the damage, lifting Parkwood three points clear of title favourites Bexhill United, who have three games in hand. Continue reading