Premier League proves its value after door to Super League is opened

Part one of Sent Her Forward’s review of the season – starting with the FAW Premier League

Composite of action featuring Portsmouth, Brighton, Lewes and Gillingham

A season to remember: (clockwise) Portsmouth win the league, Brighton come so close, Gillingham celebrations are rare but Lewes consolidate (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Paul Hazlewood/BHA/Julian Hart/James Boyes)

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Stenning to steer Sussex back into representative football

Kim Stenning and Luke Tyler (Photo: Sussex FA)

Former Brighton, Millwall and Lewes striker Kim Stenning will run the Sussex side with assistant Luke Tyler (Photo: Sussex FA)

The job of rebuilding Sussex’s women’s representative side has fallen to someone who is at once a veteran – and a novice.

Kim Stenning’s is a familiar face in top-level football in the county, having figured prominently in Brighton’s recent history and more recently with Lewes, after sampling Super League action with Millwall. Continue reading

Valiant Portsmouth suffer injury-time heartbreak as Sheffield head for Super League

Sheffield FC celebrate as Portsmouth are stunned by Giampalma's late goal (Photo: Clive Jones)

Joy and despair: Sheffield broke Portsmouth’s hearts with a goal in the 93rd minute of a captivating match (Photo: Clive Jones)

Portsmouth’s Super League dream is over for this season after they were beaten by an injury-time goal in a pulsating Premier League champions’ play-off against Sheffield FC. Continue reading

Portsmouth and Sheffield prepare to do battle for Super League dream

Portsmouth and Sheffield FC ream pictures (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Ben Webster)

Best teams in the Premier League… but who will come out on top on Sunday? (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Ben Webster)

Months – no, years – of toil on and off the field by an awful lot of people involved in women’s football will hopefully reap their reward on Sunday when the two best teams in the women’s winter game meet for the right to become the first to gain promotion to the Super League. Continue reading

Portsmouth and Sheffield both hit by play-off eligibility ruling

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Helen Mitchell, manager of Sheffield FC (Photo: Ben Webster)

Sheffield FC manager Helen Mitchell has sympathy with Portsmouth’s plight (Photo: Ben Webster)

Sheffield FC’s manager says she has sympathy with Portsmouth’s goalkeeper plight and says she hopes the teenage stand-in who will be thrust into Sunday’s Premier League play-off has a “fantastic” game.

With questions still surrounding the validity of the FAW Premier League decision to bar any players who have not appeared at least three times for their clubs during the league season, it has emerged that both sides will be denied the opportunity to field their strongest sides for the biggest game in the league’s history. Continue reading

Act now in the name of fair play and true justice

Sent Her Forward’s respectful appeal to the FA and Women’s Premier League

Gemma Hillier celebrates her goal for Portsmouth against West Ham United, May 10 2015 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Look at their faces. That’s what it means to Portsmouth’s players to win the league and have the chance to play for a place in the Super League (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

First, a declaration. I’m a lifelong supporter of Portsmouth Football Club, having been born and brought up in the area, and continue to be to this day. Continue reading

Portsmouth plunged into keeper crisis for game of a lifetime

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Michelle Beazley and Sadie Blakely compjosite (Photos: James Prickett/Kevin Richards)

Both Portsmouth’s senior goalkeepers will miss Sunday’s play-off against Sheffield (Photos: James Prickett/Kevin Richards)

Portsmouth will have to play the biggest game in Premier League history on Sunday without either of their first-team goalkeepers after the league told them they would have to use one of their teenage understudies.

The champions of the southern division face Northern League winners Sheffield in the championship play-off, with the chance of becoming the first club in women’s football to gain promotion to the Super League.

But Perry Northeast’s plans have been thrown into chaos after discovering that rules introduced to cover this season’s first ever play-off prevent the experienced Michelle Beazley replacing the suspended Sadie Blakely because she has not played enough games for the club. Continue reading

Carshalton title doubt after yet another eligibility probe

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Old Actonians celebrate Linda Fox's only goal in the League Cup final against London Corinthians (Photo: Julie Hoare)

Old Actonians could clinch the double if Carshalton’s earlier win over Maidstone does not stand (Photo: Julie Hoare)

Yet another league title is set to be decided in the committee room after Carshalton Athletic’s London & South East league title celebrations were put on hold before they had even begun.

The Surrey club, needing to win their final game to pip Old Actonians to the Premier Division championship, duly romped to a 7-0 win over London Corinthians, who had also been in the title race until the final stages.

But their place as champions has not been confirmed after league officials revealed they were investigating the eligibility of a player involved in a previous game. Continue reading

Young Wimbledon do the double

AFC Wimbledon celebrate after winning the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy (Photo: Simon Roe)

AFC Wimbledon’s development team celebrated a league and cup double (Photo: Simon Roe)

AFC Wimbledon’s development side collected their second trophy of a highly successful season for the club, defeating Camden Town 3-1 after extra-time in the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy.

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