More home comforts lead Lancing to the brink

Lancing (Cobb, Watson, Thaxter) 3-1 Lewes (French)

Action from Lancing v lewes, March 25 2015

Both sides put on a fine footballing display

Lancing moved to the brink of the Sussex county league title in their first season with a hard-fought victory over Lewes in another fine advert for women’s football in the county. Continue reading

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Bedford bombshell: when results don’t always tell the whole story

Action from Brighton Reserves v Gillingham Reserves, Jan 4 2015

Brighton fielded a strong reserves side when beating Gillingham Reserves 10-0

Results aren’t always all they seem. The respective strengths of the two sides can transform a match (and its outcome) – especially in the women’s game, and particularly below the élite levels.

The league where this is most starkly illustrated is in the FAW Premier Reserves League, where the mix of development and first-team players in both sides is often crucial to the result. Continue reading

Boot on the other foot as Bedford thrash Brighton

Action from Wivelsfield Green v Worthing Town , March 22 2015 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Wivelsfield Green’s win over Worthing Town was one of the few games that did not contain a shock (Photo: Dave Burt)

While Brighton’s first team were shocking Premier League leaders Cardiff City, their reserves were in for an even bigger surprise when they were thumped 8-3 at home by Premier Reserves League strugglers Bedford.

The result was sensational for a number of reasons – not just the teams’ respective positions in the league.

Brighton, the reigning champions, harbour hopes of retaining the title, and were in second place before yesterday’s fixtures. Continue reading

Historic day for Pompey as Umotong makes international debut

Ini Umotong in Nigeria kit before her international debut (Photo: Nigeria Football Federation)

Ini Umotong made her international debut for Nigeria on Saturday (Photo: Nigeria Football Federation)

Ini Umotong has become the first Portsmouth player to feature in a full international after making her debut for Nigeria in their All-Africa Games qualifier in Mali.

The 20-year-old striker was a second-half substitute for the Super Falcons in their 1-1 draw with their west African neighbours in the first leg of the qualifying tie.

Nigeria had been leading through a goal by Ngozi Okobi, but Mali equalised near the end after a defensive mix-up, leaving the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg in Abuja on April 5. Continue reading

Brighton bounce back to blow title race wide open

Charley Wilson, of Portsmouth, against Copsewood Coventry, March 22 (Photo: Matt Underwood)

Portsmouth were shocked by Copsewood, costing them the chance to move top of the league (Photo: Matt Underwood)

Brighton blew the race for the Super League wide open with a sensational 5-0 win over Premier League leaders Cardiff City.

James Marrs’ players responded in the best way possible to their home defeat against fellow challengers Portsmouth last week with a comprehensive victory over the other side above them.

There is now just one point between the top three, with Cardiff and Pompey locked together on 35 points and Brighton just one behind them. Continue reading

Long Lane make light of keeper crisis to move second

Burgess Hill Town 0-3 Long Lane (Johnson 2, Jenkins)

Action from Burgess Hill Town v Long Lane, March 22 2015

Burgess Hill had lost just once in four games before today’s defeat to Long Lane

After the weather and dodgy pitches, injuries and absentees are probably the biggest scourge of grassroots clubs.

They can undermine seasons before they’ve got going and they can disrupt a side’s run of form just as they’re looking good for a tilt at the title. Continue reading

Bays’ stunning hat-trick hands trophy to Bromley on a Plate

Kent FA Women’s Plate: Bromley 3 (Bays 3) Prince of Wales 1 (Wharfe)

The victorious Bromley team after winning the Kent FA Plate against Prince of Wales, Marxh 19 2015 (Photo: Kent FA)

Bromley overcame the disappointment of last year’s Plate final defeat to take the trophy against Prince of Wales (Photo: Kent FA)

Bromley avenged last season’s defeat in the Kent FA Women’s Plate with victory over Canterbury side Prince of Wales in a compelling match at the home of Chatham Town.

A fine hat-trick by captain Rebecca Bays put paid to Prince of Wales’ hopes of a possible league and cup double, but they emerged from last night’s defeat with great credit. Continue reading