Crawley still making a game of it in a boys’ world

Action from Crawley Wasps U15 v Cuckfield Cosmos United, Oct 30 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

There were some positive signs in Crawley Wasps’ second defeat of the season to Cuckfield Cosmos United

Crawley Wasps U15 0
Cuckfield Cosmos Utd U15 9 (Montford 9, 22, 49; Lehkyj 15, 69; Field 23, 76; Smibert 43; Crow 56)

It’s nearly two months since Crawley Wasps’ under-15 girls took the plunge and joined a boys’ league in the hope of presenting their talented players with the sort of challenge other girls’ teams were unable to provide. Continue reading

Fine margins cost Wasps as record-breaking Orient march on

Roseanne Fine scores for Crawley Wasps against Leyton Orient, Oct 30 2016 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Roseanne Fine’s classy finish was the first goal Orient had conceded in 11 games this season (Photo: Dave Burt)

Crawley Wasps 1 (Fine 18)
Leyton Orient 4 (Campbell 2; Trezzi 58; Le Marchand 78, 85)

Crawley Wasps missed a golden opportunity to make up ground on Leyton Orient’s record-breakers after becoming the first team to score against the league leaders in an all-action first half before wilting under a second-half onslaught. Continue reading

Jackson unstoppable as five-star Cowfold gear up for title clash

Action from Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield v Cowfold, Oct 23 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield 0
Cowfold 5 (V Smallman 10; Jordan 36; Jackson 39, 59, 64)

Stacey Jackson grabbed her fourth hat-trick in seven games this season as Cowfold limbered up for next week’s top-of-the-table encounter with Worthing with a straightforward victory over a game, but limited Haywards Heath and Wivelsfield. Continue reading

Marrs leaves West Ham as “new era” dawns

James Marrs as manager of Gillingham and Brighton (Photos: Julian Hart/Sent Her Forward)

Marrs joined West Ham Ladies in July but left days after the club was taken over by West Ham United

West Ham United Ladies might have been taken “in-house”, but there’s no sign of a let-up in the upheaval at the controversy-hit club as they announce the appointment of their fourth manager in 15 months following the departure of James Marrs, who lasted less than three months.  Continue reading

Lewes director wants level playing field for men and women

The Dripping |Pan, Lewees (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Under a Lewes director’s plans, the women’s team would have the same budget as the men’s

Stephen Hunt’s public exposé of West Ham United’s lack of support for the women’s team that plays in the club’s name may – or may not – have done the Hammers Ladies a big favour.

The directors’ swift decision to take the autonomous – but related – club formally into the ample bosom of the West Ham family after being reported to the FA by West Ham Ladies’ chairman for alleged equality rules breaches, needs now to be followed by tangible, measurable commitment, as well as nice words, if the team are to reap the benefits. Continue reading

Page three helps Oakwood youngsters cut Burgess Hill down to size

Jade Page scores for Oakwood against Burgess Hill Town, Oct 16 2016 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Jade Page’s hat-trick took her tally for the season to 17 in six games (Photo: Dave Burt)

Burgess Hill Town 2 (Nash 26; Pollendine 45+2)
Oakwood 3 (Page 12, 38, 87)

The teenagers of Oakwood sent a loud and clear message to women’s football in the South East with a hard-fought Sussex FA Trophy victory over an experienced Burgess Hill Town side that suggests they might become a force in the county. Continue reading

Aylesford dig deep to maintain FA Cup momentum and swell club coffers

Action from Cowfold v Aylesford, Oct 9 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Aylesford survived a spirited Cowfold recovery to make it through to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup

Cowfold 1 (Dix 58)
Aylesford 2 (Brown 40; Chapman 66)

At the end of a week when the focus has been very much on women’s football finances, today’s round of FA Cup matches brought the pros and cons of running a women’s team into sharp focus. Continue reading