In-form Crawley finally downed at the 20th attempt

Sian Heather (Crawley Wasps) and Helen Ogle (Chichester City) in action in the Sussex County Cup semi-final at Oakwood, Jan 20 2019 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Sussex Challenge Cup semi-final

Crawley Wasps (0) 1 (Young 77)
Chichester City (1) 2 (Taylor 9; Lewry (pen) 83)

All-conquering Crawley Wasps lost their 100% record in cruel fashion – to a hotly disputed late penalty, just minutes after they had got themselves back into the match – to crash out of the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup and miss out on the final for the first time in four seasons. Continue reading

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All eyes on Crawley as Arsenal and Manchester United come to town

Crawley Wasps after beating Coventry United in the FAW Cup third round, Jan 6 2018 (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Crawley Wasps beat Coventry United, leaders of the division above, to secure their fourth-round spot (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Women’s football in Sussex is set for another bumper FA Cup weekend after Super League Brighton and giant-killers Crawley Wasps landed home fourth-round ties against the mighty Arsenal and Manchester United.

And with Brighton playing their home games at Crawley Town this season, two of the biggest names in English football will be parading their skills within four miles of each other in four weeks’ time. Continue reading

High-flying pair braced for new battle of Sussex

Crawley Wasps v Chichester City, Woodside Road, Worthing, Sunday, December 9, 1pm

Jade Widdows scores her first goal against Crawley Wasps, July 31 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

Jade Widdows scored a stunning flying header when Chichester City visited Crawley Wasps for a friendly in 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

It’s a good time for women’s football in Sussex.

Brighton are plying their trade in the top division of the English game, while Lewes have stepped up to the second level, where they are gradually adjusting to life.

Looking to catch them up, Chichester City and Crawley Wasps are enjoying unprecedented success in the two tiers below. Continue reading

Bogey team Worthing hold Newhaven to historic first draw

Action from Worthing v Newhaven, Nov 18 2018 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)South East Counties League Premier Division

Worthing (1) 2 (Kirby 32; Humphrey 75)
Newhaven (2) 2 (Winchester 9; Cannon 40)

Having been the first team ever to beat Newhaven earlier this season, classy Worthing rubbed salt into their wounds by twice coming from behind to hold them to a first ever draw in an entertaining game at Woodside Road that had a bit of everything. Continue reading

Extra-time agony for Oakwood as Bexhill United squeeze through

South East Counties Women’s Football League Cup 1st Round

Action from Oakwood v Bexhill United, Nov 4 2018 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Oakwood and Bexhill United are a division apart but it took nearly two hours to separate them

Oakwood (0) 0
Bexhill United (0) 1 (Mitchell 116)

Bexhill United squeezed into the second round of the South East Counties League Cup with a late, late extra-time winner to break plucky Oakwood’s hearts. Continue reading

Clinical Stanway shows wasteful Brighton how to finish

Steph Houghton and Kayleigh Green in action during Brighton's game against Manchester City, October 21 2018 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

City’s biggest win of the season lifted them to second, behind Arsenal, in the FAWSL (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton (0) 0
Manchester City (2) 6 (Stanway 21, 63, 67; Weir 41; Parris 87; Emslie 90)

Super-slick Manchester City put on a commanding display to keep in touch with runaway leaders Arsenal at the top of the FA Women’s Super League and once again demonstrate to newly elevated Brighton how far they still have to go.

Teenage starlet Georgia Stanway gave Hope Powell’s strikers a lesson in how to finish, clinically dispatching three of her handful of chances while Brighton were left ruing their missed opportunities at the other end which might at least have earned them a more respectable scoreline. Continue reading