Sussex representative side return with new-look squad

Shannon Albuery, Danni Lane, Jade Widdows (Photos: Chichester City LFC/Sent Her Forward)

Shannon Albuery, Danni Lane and Jade Widdows are among the young additions to the Sussex FA squad (Photos: Chichester City LFC/Sent Her Forward)

New Sussex FA Women’s manager Kim Stenning has selected an exciting blend of youth and experience for the county representative team’s first match since re-forming.

Stenning, who was appointed in the summer following a season without a representative team when the county FA could not recruit a manager, has selected seven players from her current club, Brighton, who are top of the Premier League.

She has also chosen five each from Lewes – for whom she has also played – and Chichester City for the match against Middlesex FA at Uxbridge next week. Continue reading

Multiple casualties in West Ham’s traumatic ‘car crash’

Stacey Little in action for West Ham United v Spurs (Photo: Bill Robinson)

Stacey Little has put her body on the line for West Ham and now she’s facing the consequences of taking on the manager (Photo by kind permission of Bill Robinson)

Last week, less than 48 hours after making a 150-mile round-trip to play for West Ham in a cup tie against lower-league opposition in the depths of Sussex, arriving home again just before midnight before getting up for work at 5.30am, Stacey Little was involved in a car accident. Continue reading

Little heads West Ham exodus in week of turmoil in Premier League

Action from Portsmouth v West Ham United, 2014/15 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Captains Charley Wilson and Stacey Little have left Portsmouth and West Ham respectively in the past week (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

West Ham United became the second Premier League club in a week to lose their captain when Stacey Little and almost half the team walked out after a clash with manager Marc Nurse. Continue reading

Rottingdean run continues as they beat depleted Abbey

A round-up of the weekend’s women’s football action

  • Rottingdean Village beat Abbey Rangers in nine-goal thriller
  • First win for Lancing
  • Five-star Parkwood continue soaraway start
  • Double delight for Anchorians’ sides
  • Cardiff beat Charlton again
  • Buoyant Brighton hit seven
  • Lewes and Gillingham advance in Plate
  • AFC Wimbledon drop first points
  • Sussex County League down to six after Henfield pull out

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Wasps and Wivi make light of absences to point to a bright future

Crawley Wasps Reserves 2 (O’Hagan 63, 69) Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield 1 (J Gardiner 70)

Helen Bashford saves at the feet of Nicholle Smith, Oct 3 2015 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Brave goalkeeping by Helen Bashford helped keep Crawley at bay (Photo: Dave Burt)

At grassroots level, the loss of a key player can have a massive effect. Squads tend not to be all that large – and even if they are, assembling a competitive XI – let alone a full bench of substitutes – can prove elusive. Continue reading

Sent Her Forward snippets

News in brief after an eventful week and ahead of another hectic schedule of fixtures

West Ham serve up goal feast for big Burgess Hill crowd

Action from Portsmouth v West Ham United, 2014/15 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

In the news: Charley Wilson axed by Pompey, Stacey Little’s West Ham attract crowd to Burgess Hill (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Burgess Hill bowed out of the Ryman Cup after being given a glimpse of what life is like at a higher level in the women’s football pyramid – but they were far from disgraced.

In front of a crowd of 277, the South East Counties Premier Division side lost 8-0 to a strong West Ham United side featuring a number of players who figure regularly in their Premier League team, including India international goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan and captain Stacey Little. Continue reading