Premier League’s élite clash in cup showdowns

Action from Copsewood Coventry v Portsmouth on Feb 22 2015 (Photo: Clive Jones)

Portsmouth return to cup action after beating Copsewood in the league last Sunday (Photo: Clive Jones)

Another big cup weekend pits some of the country’s top clubs in the winter game into direct opposition.

The top two in the FAW Premier League’s Northern Division and the leading four in the Southern Division meet in the closing stages of the Premier League Cup as players, managers and supporters look for clues about the likely winners of the play-off for the Super League at the end of the season. Continue reading

All quiet on the Weston front as managerless Charlton head for Brighton cup clash

Jeremy Parsons and Stuart Weston in charge for Charlton Athletic against Gillingham, October 2014

Jeremy Parsons (left) has assumed temporary charge, with captain Kim Dixson, following the departure of Stuart Weston (right) (Photo: Keith Gillard)

Charlton Athletic head for the south coast on Sunday with a third cup final in sight – but without the manager who has helped steer them there.

Stuart Weston, who took over the first team almost two years ago, unexpectedly resigned last week for reasons the club have declined to disclose. Continue reading

Family fan helps earn Portsmouth’s Umotong international recognition

Ini Umotong celebrates a goal against Gillingham (Photo: Julian hart)

Ini Umotong has been called up by Nigeria at the age of 20 after a prolific five months with Portsmouth (Photo: Julian Hart)

Ini Umotong has plenty of people to thank for her call-up to Nigeria’s national squad, which opens the door to a possible appearance at the World Cup in Canada later this year. Continue reading

Kempson hat-trick keeps Pompey promotion push on course

Round-up of the weekend football that survived the worst the weather could throw at it

Action from Copsewood v Portsmouth, Feb 22 2015 (Photo: Clive Jones)

Copsewood and Portsmouth played in dreadful conditions (Photo: Clive Jones)

Portsmouth are back in the driving seat as their promotion bandwagon continues to gather pace.

Their 5-0 win at injury-hit Copsewood Coventry lifted them above Premier League pacesetters Brighton into second place, level on points, but from a game fewer. Continue reading

London rivals vie for capital gains

Sent Her Forward weekend preview – subject, as usual, to the weather

Emma Chrimes scores for Wivelsfield Green against Burgess Hill Town on Jan 25 (Photo: Colin Bowman)

Wivelsfield Green beat Burgess Hill Town to book their League Cup semi-final tie with Herne Bay (Photo: Colin Bowman)

The quest for Premier League football again throws up some of the most promising games of the weekend, with three of the four main contenders for the London & South East league title due to be in action.

Third meet first in south-west London, as AFC Wimbledon take on Fulham Foundation, looking for a double over the league leaders. Continue reading

Old Actonians go joint-top as race for Premier League hots up

Weekend women’s football round-up

Old Actonians moved joint-top of the London & South East League on Sunday as the race for a Premier League place took another twist.

1 Fulham Foundation 15 11 1 3 54 21 34
2 Old Actonians 15 10 4 1 49 16 34
3 AFC Wimbledon 14 9 2 3 42 24 29
4 Carshalton Athletic 11 7 3 1 36 9 24

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As you were for Sussex County Cup final

Sent Her Forward’s weekend round-up focuses on the battle to reach the County Cup finals

Lauren Cheshire scored twice against a spirited Seahaven Harriers (Photo: James Prickett)

It’s a repeat of last year’s Sussex Challenge Cup final after holders Chichester City and the team they defeated, Brighton, both enjoyed straightforward semi-final victories. Continue reading

Battling Abbey end Worthing Minors’ winning run

Worthing Minors (H Lane) 1-4 Abbey Rangers (Walker R Johnson 2, Sale)

Abbey Rangers defend a corner against Worthing Minors, Feb 15 2015

Worthing Minors and Abbey Rangers gave no quarter in a full-blooded top-of-the-table encounter

Worthing Minors finally lost their 100% record in their 14th league game – and 17th in all – of the season against a talented – and feisty – Abbey Rangers.

The defeat was probably not enough to cost them the South East Counties Division One West title, but it will have sown seeds of hope among their (rather distant) rivals for the championship. Continue reading

Brighton and Portsmouth lead region’s County Cup hopes

Cup action again disrupts the league programme as counties’ knockout competitions approach their final stages.

Six members of the Premier League are involved in their county cups – including the all-Premier clash between Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United in the semi-finals of the Capital Cup.

Charlton Athletic feature in the other semi – against Enfield Town, from Division One East. Continue reading

Kempo and Ini the hair-oes as Pompey reach another cup semi

Round-up of the pick of the weekend’s women’s football in the South East

  • Portsmouth in another knife-edge cup victory
  • Rare league wins for Gillingham and Copsewood
  • Scare for Worthing Minors as they cling to 100% record
  • Top two in Premier Reserves League can’t be separated
  • Lewes youngsters go on a goal spree

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