Buoyant Charlton seek to overhaul top two

Action from Portsmouth v Charlton Sep 21 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth are one of only two teams to beat resurgent Charlton Athletic this season (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

The congestion at the top of the southern division of the FAW Premier League could become even tighter after Sunday’s matches as the race for the Super League play-off place becomes ever more intense.

Four points separate the top five as the clubs approach the halfway point of the season – and even the teams in sixth and seventh place harbour realistic hopes of a tilt at the title – which this season carries the promise of a two-leg play-off against the winners of the northern division for a place in WSL2 in 2016. Continue reading

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Charlton keep pressure on top two as Premier League title race heats up

Highlights of Sunday’s women’s football action in the South East

Action from Lewes v Cardiff City

Cardiff stay top on goal difference after winning at Lewes (Photo: James Boyes)

The Premier League title race continues to thrill, with only four points separating the top five.

Five of this morning’s top six won, reinforcing the gap between the stronger and weaker teams in the Southern division, although Queens Park Rangers’ 8-1 win over Keynsham Town threatens to bridge that growing divide. Continue reading

Hill hold their heads high as they bow out to cup holders

Burgess Hill Town 0 Chichester City 6 (Ellis, Ambler, Cheshire 2, Payne, Barron)

The last time Chichester City played a game in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup they were the underdogs. But winning that final, at Sussex FA headquarters, to steal Brighton’s county cup crown has changed things.

Chichester are no longer underdogs to anyone. As county cup holders, they are the team to beat – and that means they can expect more thorough examinations, even from clubs way below their level, as they encountered in the first half at Leylands Park. Continue reading

Leaders look to survive the Dripping Pan cauldron

Sent Her Forward preview of some of the weekend’s crucial games

Action from Portsmouth v Charlton Sep 21 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Charlton and Portsmouth will both have their eye on the top of the Premier League when they play Gillingham and Plymouth respectively (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

FAW Premier League Southern

Lewes v Cardiff City
For the second home league game in a row Lewes host one of this season’s front-runners – and this time it’s the team currently on top. Continue reading

The future of Sent Her Forward

Oakland Park, ChichesterDiscovering that Sent Her Forward came within 10 votes of making the final of the Football Blogging Awards has left me with mixed feelings.

The thought of being so near to what will surely be a celebration of the best in UK blogging on the country’s favourite sport gives me great pride and appreciation of every single one of you who went to the bother of casting a vote for this website.

Yet at the same time I feel frustrated that  a few more votes would have given me a genuine chance of formal and tangible recognition of the work I have put into what has become an appreciation of women’s and girls’ football and of everybody who contributes to the sport. Continue reading

Big defeat feels like a victory for Wivelsfield

Wivelsfield Green 2 (J Gardiner 2) Brighton 9 (Potkins, Blackie 3, Baker-Carroll 3, Perry, Hughes OG)

Jade Gardiner scores for Wivelsfield Green against Brighton Oct 19 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Jade Gardiner shocked Brighton by putting Wivelsfield into the lead before grabbing a second late on (Photo: Dave Burt)

The players and officials of Wivelsfield Green were divided before kick-off, not only between the optimists and pessimists, but also in their own minds.

When you’re playing one of the best teams in the women’s winter game, do you embrace the occasion and try to enjoy it or do you dread every second of the build-up, fretting about what a double-figures defeat might do to confidence and club spirit?

It took precisely four minutes for everyone connected with the Haywards Heath club to decide. Continue reading