Honours even as injury turns game

Crawley Wasps (Davies 2) 2-2 Carshalton Athletic 2 (E Curtis, L Curtis)

Action from Crawley Wasps v Carshalton Athletic (Photo: Dave Burt)

The game swung both ways before ending with honours even (Photos: Dave Burt)

Carshalton Athletic’s rampage through the middle divisions of women’s football in the South East hit a minor hold-up as Crawley Wasps mustered enough sting at least to slow their feisty opponents’ progress. Continue reading

John Samuel: the man who helped transform sports journalism

I would normally have spent this afternoon preparing and writing a preview for Sunday’s women’s and girl’s football in the region. Instead, I attended the funeral of a man I met for the first time little more than two months ago but whose work helped influence the writing you see on Sent Her Forward

Order of service from the funeral of John Samuel Nov 28 2014The last time I saw John Samuel was exactly a month ago, when he popped his head around the door of the room where I had been giving him a massage just a few minutes earlier.

“Please forgive me – so rude of me. I forgot to ask how you were,” he said.

John Samuel, 86, but in fine fettle, save for a dodgy back which had deprived him of much opportunity for his beloved golf in recent months, had traipsed back, probably from the car park, through reception and up the stairs to my room to enquire after my health, knowing that my mild arthritis had begun to give me pain when performing massage. Continue reading

One year on: highlights of Sent Her Forward’s first 12 months

Sent Her Forward celebrates its first birthday with a look back at some of the highlights of the past 12 months

Action from Haywards Heath 2nds v Wivelsfield Green at Hanbury Stadium, Nov 18 2012

The match that introduced me to women’s football – Haywards Heath 2nds v Wivelsfield Green

We made it! My experiment to see whether a website about women’s football in the South East would generate any interest appears to have been successful – and despite a few ups and downs, continues to be read by fans, players, managers and administrators alike.

Today Sent Her Forward is one year old, having published almost 300 articles, which have been viewed nearly 60,000 times. Continue reading

Eleven-goal Brighton reveal strength in depth

A look at the matches that survived the weekend weather

Action from Brighton Reserves v Chichester city Development, Nov 23 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Brighton were head and shoulders above Chichester City as they stepped up their title challenge (Photo: Dave Burt)

Unforgiving Brighton Reserves made it 49 goals in nine games as they stepped up the defence of their Reserves League title with an 11-0 victory over Chichester City’s Development side.

After clinching the championship last season, Brighton face a much harder task in defending it in a much-changed, expanded division which now also includes a number of the second-tier clubs’ second strings.

And their win at the Withdean Stadium today, which lifts them into second place behind West Ham, suggests they have the resources to deal with the more gruelling challenge this time around. Continue reading

Sussex challengers resume rivalries in a new environment

Weekend women’s football preview

The build-up to Crystal Palace Reserves' first goal against chichester City Development Nov 16 2014

Chichester City Development may not have won yet, but they have improved markedly in recent games

England’s televised international against Germany at Wembley, together with the prospect of another weekend of dreadful weather suggests Sunday’s might be the briefest programme of fixtures of the season so far.

Most leagues agreed to allow clubs to call off their fixtures if they wanted to watch England but of the games scheduled, there is no shortage of fascinating matches in prospect.

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Lewes fined as County Cup debate heads for showdown talks

Action from Lewes Development v Portsmouth Development Sep 28 2014

Lewes pulled out of the County Cup to shield their young development players from possible humiliation against Brighton, says Jacquie Agnew

Lewes’s decision to pull out of the Sussex County Cup before their quarter-final clash with rivals Brighton has cost them a fine – and reopened the debate over the future of the competition. Continue reading

Gillingham hit eight to clinch semi-final berth

Gillingham celebrate a goal against Parkwood Rangers Nov 16 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham scored four goals in each half against Parkwood (Photo: Julian Hart)

Kent Women’s Cup holders Gillingham emerged unscathed from their first match in defence of their title, beating Parkwood Rangers 8-0 at Bexley Park.

After presiding over a run of seven successive league and cup defeats, manager Simon Ratcliffe selected a strong squad for the trip to the South East Counties Premier League side, who were playing in their first county cup quarter-final. Continue reading

Improving Chichester have no answer to Palace’s delayed reaction

Chichester City Development (Stark) 1-6 Crystal Palace Reserves (Olympio, Dyett 2, Bell, Babajide, Mazur)

The build-up to Crystal Palace Reserves' first goal against chichester City Development Nov 16 2014

Crystal Palace took a 17th minute lead, but the floodgates opened in the last 13 minutes

If preparation is key, Crystal Palace might like to build an hour’s delay into all their future game plans.

The little matter of mini-bus troubles, busy roads and a hurried warm-up had little impact on the club’s reserves as they finally shook off their spirited and committed hosts to ease to a 6-1 victory that leaves Chichester City still winless after seven matches in a competitive FAW Premier Reserves League. Continue reading

Davids eye upsets on big county cup weekend

League programmes make way as cups take centre stage – Sent Her Forward looks ahead to the top ties

Gillingham celebrate retaining the Kent County Cup in April 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham are the current holders of the Kent County Cup (Photo: Julian Hart)

It’s another big cup weekend around the South East, with second-round county-cup ties in Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and Surrey. Continue reading

Cup holders begin defence with stunning win

Round-up of Sunday’s women’s football action in the South East

Action from Crawley Wasps v Lancing, Nov 9 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Crawley Wasps development side earned their fifth win of the season to end Lancing’s 100% start (Photo: Dave Burt)

Herne Bay retained a vice-like grip on the South East Counties League Cup, which they won for the first time last season, with an emphatic 7-1 victory over Abbey Rangers.

In their first defence of the trophy, they overpowered their lower-league challengers to book a second-round tie against fellow Premier Division side Parkwood Rangers. Continue reading