The long and the short of six months of Sent Her Forward

It’s six months since I launched Sent Her Forward, and I’m delighted it’s still here.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been overwhelmed by the level of support I’ve received and the compliments and appreciation expressed. Continue reading

Seahaven win thrilling battle for second place

The curtain came down on women’s football’s winter programme today, with the Premier League Southern title decided and the final placings in the South East Counties Women’s League.

See the full Sent Her Forward Honours board here

See the full Sent Her Forward Honours board here

Coventry City snatched the Premier League honours from long-time leaders Gillingham in a thrilling game at Portsmouth, while Seahaven Harriers ended the season runners-up to champions Chichester City Reserves.
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Coventry take title after presenting solid case for the defence

Portsmouth 0-1 Coventry City

Coventry City went top of the FAW Premier League for the first time this season – on the day that really mattered.

Having played catch-up for most of the campaign after bad weather and cup runs caused a fixture pile-up, today was the West Midlands side’s hour-and-a-half in the spotlight.

And in holding on to take the win that they needed to snatch the title from erstwhile leaders Gillingham, they ensured that, come four o’clock, they were basking in it. Continue reading

Seahaven and Worthing Minors battle for second place

SECWL preview: Seahaven Harriers v Worthing Minors, Fort Road, Newhaven, 2pm

Action from Worthing Minors v Bexhill United May 2014

Worthing Minors have been second for much of the season and did well against Premier League Bexhill United in the League Cup

The grassroots football season comes to an end, more than a month into the cricket season, when Seahaven Harriers and Worthing Minors play for the right to finish runners-up in Division One West of the South East Counties Women’s League. Continue reading

Gillingham’s title hopes rest with Pompey

FAW Premier League: Portsmouth v Coventry City, University of Portsmouth, Furze Lane, 2pm

Action from Gillingham v Coventry City May 18 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham crashed 3-0 to Coventry City last Sunday, and need Portsmouth to do them a favour this weekend (Photo: Julian Hart)

When James Marrs and his assistant, Jack Wheeler, set out their targets for Gillingham this season, they certainly would not have included relying on anybody outside the club.

But after last week’s home defeat to a super-charged Coventry City, that’s exactly where Marrs and his team find themselves. Continue reading

Gillingham’s title hopes dented by Coventry

Round-up of a thrilling denoument to the Premier League season and other league news

Action from Gillingham v Coventry City May 18 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham’s brilliant season ended in disappointing style, but they still have a chance of the league title (Photo: Julian Hart)

The race for the Premier League title is going to the final day after Coventry City beat favourites Gillingham on their own turf to put the destiny of the championship in their own hands.

Coventry’s 3-0 win took them within a point of the long-time leaders, who have completed their fixtures.

They now need to win their final match, at Portsmouth, to steal the title from under Gillingham’s noses. Continue reading

Adur can finally celebrate as they clinch title in style

Adur Athletic 3-1 Rottingdean Village

Adur Athletic celebrate winning the SCWGFL Women's Division May 18 2014

Adur came from behind to secure the win that guaranteed them the league title

In the end, most people would agree, justice was done.

Adur Athletic, who had been four minutes away from the women’s league title, their opponents reduced to eight players by injury and red cards, only for the match to be controversially abandoned, triumphed in the replayed game. Continue reading

Agnew steps down as Lewes manager

Jacquie Agnew (Photo: James Boyes)

Jacquie Agnew has been the driving force behind Lewes’s progress and the Premier League (Photo: James Boyes)

Jacquie Agnew, the driving force behind Lewes Ladies’ dramatic journey to the top of the pile in Sussex, is stepping down as manager.

Agnew, who has overseen a rapid rise for the fast-developing club during her 12 years in charge, is to take a senior role in charge of all women’s football at the Dripping Pan. Continue reading

Gillingham duo help Kent retain representative cup

Southern Counties Cup: Kent FA 2-1 Army FA

Action from Gillingham v Herne Bay April 2 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

The Kent side included players from Gillingham and Herne Bay (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham pair Jay Blackie and Jade Keogh secured yet another trophy with the goals that beat the Army’s women’s representative side to clinch the South East Counties Cup for Kent.

The Kent FA side fielded seven Gills players in a week in which the club could clinch the Premier League title. Continue reading

Hampshire to set up under-18 division

Action from Crawley Town v Portsmouth May 11 2014 (Photo: Beckie Kirkham)

Under-16 League Cup finalists Portsmouth are likely to be among the clubs in the new U18 division (Photo: Beckie Kirkham)

Hampshire’s women’s football administrators are set to bridge the gap between youth and adult football in the county with the formation of an under-18 division.

The county FA is offering incentives – including cash – for clubs to enter the new league, subject to guarantees about commitment. Continue reading