Johnsons take Burgess Hill to the cleaners

Round-up of the rest of the weekend’s women’s and girls’ football action

Tracey Smith and Amber Walker during the Burgess Hill v Abbey Rangers match Sep 7 2014

Amber Walker scored one of Abbey Rangers’ five goals against Burgess Hill 2nds

The big three in the South East Counties Division One West are already moving clear of the rest after extending their 100% records with convincing wins on Sunday.

Worthing Minors, who had already scored 23 goals in their first three games, appeared to ease off the gas with a mere 3-0 victory away to newly promoted Adur Athletic.

Phoebe Thorpe, Millie Crowhurst and top scorer Dani Lane scored the goals that left Adur just two off the bottom, with just a single point to date. Continue reading

Worthing look on the bright side after being stung by Wasps

Sent Her Forward round-up of FAW Cup action

Worthing Town went down to the sort of defeat they had already resigned themselves to when the South East Counties Premier Division newcomers lost 9-0 at Crawley Wasps in the first qualifying round of the FAW Cup.

But there was no despondency – just optimism, from the club’s chairman Tony Lelliott.

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Double joy for pacesetters Pompey

Charley Wilson with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick in the Hampshire County Cup final (Photo: Lee Roberts)

Charley Wilson scored twice as Pompey impressed again (Photo: Lee Roberts)

Portsmouth made it a weekend to remember as the first team went to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season while their development side hit seven for the second Sunday in succession.

Charley Wilson scored twice as Pompey won 3-0 at West Ham to go two points clear of Brighton at the top of the league. The other was an own goal.

Spurs, who had the division’s only 100% record before yesterday’s round of matches, crashed 4-0 at Cardiff City, although they still have a game in hand of the top two. Continue reading

Classy Portsmouth win battle of the next generation

Lewes Development 2 (Tibble 2) Portsmouth Development 7 (Skinner 2, Currie 2, Gratton 2, Dark)

Portsmouth Development take a free-kick in their match against Lewes Development at Uckfield, Sep 28 2014

Portsmouth were given a bit of a shock after leading Lewes 6-0 at half-time

Once again, the kids shine brightest. Several times last season the best matches I saw featured under-16s and under-18s, and so it was again today at Uckfield.

Only this time, it was an adult game. Continue reading

Giants looking over their shoulders on FAW Cup weekend

A look at the rest of the weekend’s women’s football in the South East

Action from Burgess Hill v AbbeyRangers Sep 7 2014

Burgess Hill reached the qualifying round by winning a preliminary-round match against Abbey Rangers

The FAW Cup will prove a welcome distraction this weekend to several clubs struggling to get going in the league.

But it may not be quite so popular for some of those fearing heavy defeats at the hands of some of the region’s top sides.

A number of fifth-tier sides feature in the first qualifying round on Sunday, some looking for the opportunity to make real progress in the prestigious competition and others fearing becoming early giant-killing victims to some of the lower-level sides. Continue reading