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.
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.
They crowned a sensational finish to the season, beating their rivals for second place in Division One West, Worthing Minors, 3-2 in a topsy-turvy game at Newhaven FC.
It was their fifth league win on the bounce and their seventh in eight since their last defeat – at Worthing, in December – a run that also included winning the Chairman’s Cup.
Katie Burling gave Worthing – who needed only a draw to seal second place – the lead, but Seahaven replied three times before Phoebe Thorpe ensured a nail-biting finale, both to the match and the season.
However, Sent Her Forward understands that neither club will be eligible for promotion, either directly, following Chichester City Reserves’ decision to enter the FAW Premier Reserve League, or via a play-off, as they both failed to apply before the deadline.
In the only other game today, Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic confirmed third- and fifth-place Premier League finishes respectively after drawing 2-2.
The home side, who until a couple of weeks ago had harboured hopes of the title themselves, took an early lead through Nicola Cousins, but Kit Graham equalised for Charlton shortly after half-time.
Cardiff went ahead again, through Michelle Green, but Sam Pittuck ensured the points were shared with a penalty 13 minutes from time.
Details of all the South East’s league and cup winners here.