Burgess Hill shock champions to crown memorable week

Burgess Hill Town 3 (Wheatley 2; Chapman (pen) 45+4; McFadden 74)
Worthing 2 (Carter 25; Whitcomb 66)

With the league won, promotion secured and another trophy in the cabinet to boot – plus an unexpected bonus cup in the home side’s locker – Burgess Hill Town and Worthing could have been forgiven for playing out a lethargic, meaningless final game of the season. Continue reading

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‘You can’t see it in the results but we’ve got better’

Manager Emma Wood and assistant Roy Stannard speak to the Crawley Wasps U15 players during a half-time break (Photo: Sent Her Forward)They said they wanted to take on the boys to improve their individual games – and they weren’t afraid of losing (at least, not as much as some of them feared the physical encounters).

So how do the girls of Crawley Wasps’ Under-15 side feel after a season of pitting their skills, strength – and wits – against their male counterparts in the Mid Sussex Youth and Minor League? Continue reading

Golden girls’ gamble: switch to boys’ football ‘a success’ – but at a price

Action from Crawley Wasps U15 v Preston Panthers, 2016/17 (Photo: Dave Burt)

The steep learning curve has brought benefits and setbacks for Crawley Wasps’ girls (Photo: Dave Burt)

We have to learn to lose.”

When Amy Perry put Crawley Wasps Under-15s ahead in their first competitive match against a boys’ team, few could have imagined that seven months – and 17 games – on, the talented, all-conquering girls team who had previously swept all before them would end their trail-blazing season without a win, having conceded 193 goals and scored just five – two of them on that opening day. Continue reading

Georgia bridges the gap as Lewes win first trophy under Donoghue

Lewes celebrate winning the FAWPL Plate, April 23 2017 (Photo: Clive Jones)

The Premier League Plate is Lewes’s first national silverware (Photo: Clive Jones)

  • Lewes beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 to win FAW Premier League Plate
  • Spurs reserves clinch league/cup double after beating Blackburn Rovers 3-1 in extra time in the Reserves League Cup
  • Burgess Hill Town make it a Sussex double as they defeat Cray Valley 2-1 – also after extra time – in the South East Counties Chairman’s Cup final
  • And Parkwood Rangers achieve their own league-and-cup double with a 6-0 League Cup victory over Worthing

Lewes carved their name into Premier League history by winning the league’s Plate competition with a 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town – their first national trophy. Continue reading

I went down to Brighton and all I got was a bog-standard e-mail – Keith Boanas on the job he never got

Former Charlton Athletic and Estonia boss Keith Boanas talks to Sent Her Forward of his Brighton experience and his early impressions of WSL 2 – and he’s not very happy

Keith Boanas at Culver Road, Lancing, where his Watford side lost to Brighton in the FAWSL spring series, April 16 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Keith Boanas’ first encounter with Brighton since his job interview was a 2-1 defeat for his new club, Watford

One of women’s football’s most highly regarded managers returned this year from his eastern European odyssey to a league that didn’t even exist when he last managed in this country – and yesterday he took his new team to play the club he could well have been managing instead. Continue reading

Brighton break Super League duck on anniversary of title win

Brighton celebrate against Watford, April 16 2017 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton celebrated their first Super League win with a mixture of joy and relief (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton 2 (Russo 5; Thomas 32)
Watford 1 (Will 50)

A year to the week after Brighton clinched the Premier League championship, they are celebrating their first competitive win as a Super League team – but they were left hanging on after handing Watford an Easter present that very nearly left the Sussex side with egg on their faces. Continue reading

Buoyant Chichester win title showdown to close in on Premier League dream

Action from Chichester City v Plymouth Argyle, April 9 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Cherelle Khassal was flying in more senses than one during Chichester City’s victory over Plymouth Argyle (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 3 (Wilson-Blakely 14; Khassal 65; Dowdell 90+4)
Plymouth Argyle 0

Chichester City finally put a mathematical gap between them and their only rivals for a place in the Premier League’s top division with a hard-fought victory at Oaklands Park that leaves Plymouth needing snookers to overhaul the buoyant Sussex side. Continue reading