Wivi team up with Saltdean as young managers seek to inject fresh life into women’s game

Badges of Saltdean United and Worthing UnitedWivi have called it a day. After withdrawing from the South East Counties league midway through last season through a lack of numbers, Haywards Heath and Wivelsfield have decided not to risk re-forming – but their spirit will live on at the heart of a brand new club, Saltdean United Ladies. Continue reading

Brighton save their best to last to underline their right to a place in the big time

Kate Natkiel celebrates scoring Brighton's first goal against Sheffield FC, May 21 2017 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton dominated much of the game, scoring three times for the first time since joining the FAWSL (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton 3 (Natkiel 21; Owen OG 31; Russo 86)
Sheffield FC 1 (Ward pen 90+2)

Brighton cruised through their final spring-series match with by far their best performance of the competition, proving to themselves as much as anyone else that they are more than capable of surviving in Super League football, come the start of the season proper in September. Continue reading

Club award winners 2016/17

Charley Wilson-Blakely, Emma Alexandre and Chreelle Khassal, Chichester City's players' player, fans' player and manager's player of the year, with manager Liam Greenfield, June 2 2017 (Photos: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Chichester City’s Charley Wilson-Blakely, Emma Alexandre and Cherelle Khassal all won top club awards (Photos: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Sent Her Forward recognises the players and officials honoured by their clubs. These are the award-winners who have come to my attention. Let me know if you want your winners added.

And don’t forget Sent Her Forward‘s own end-of-season awards – including the People’s Choice, selected from nominations by you – coming soon. Continue reading

Chichester celebrating again as youngsters take cup in penalty showdown

Sussex County Women & Girls League Under-16 Cup final

Chichester City under-16s with the League Cup, May 7 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester’s under-16s won the first of two possible trophies just days after the club’s first team won promotion to the Premier League (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 3 (Collighan 1, 64; Robson 73)
Withdean Youth 3 (Collier 14; C Harris 16; Bassett 42)
(After extra-time)
(Chichester City win on pens 3-2)

Chichester City clinched the club’s second trophy in three days when their under-16s won a nerve-jangling penalty shootout against Withdean Youth to take the Sussex County League Cup and give notice of plenty more good times ahead for the ambitious club. Continue reading

Champions Chichester benefit from Greenfield development

Chichester City celebrate winning the FAWPL South West Division 1 title, May 4 2017 (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Chichester City clinched promotion – and the title – in their penultimate game, but they had led the way all season (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

When Matt Wright shocked Chichester City two years ago by revealing he was standing down as manager he said his successor would prove an even better boss and would take his beloved team into the FAW Premier League Southern the following season. Continue reading

Ten-goal Chichester win title in style

Chichester City celebrate winning the FAWPL South West Division 1 title, May 4 2017 (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Chichester City have scored 118 goals in 21 league games on their way to the title (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Chichester City 10-0 St Nicholas

Chichester City sealed their place in the Premier League Southern with another double-figures victory – their 20th win in 21 league matches in this record-breaking season. Continue reading

BHASVIC’s magical journey ends in national final defeat

BASVIC players after their AoC Cup final defeat to Barnsley College, May 4 2017 (Photo: BHASVIC)

BHASVIC enjoyed their best ever run in the national cup competition but were unable to add to their trophy triumphs (Photo: BHASVIC)

BHASVIC 2-6 Barnsley College

In the end it was not to be. The first ever national final proved a step too far in a remarkable season of success. But the students of BHASVIC – Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College – have certainly put some of the county’s best young players on the national radar. Continue reading