Super League hopefuls scent success as battle for Premier League begins again

Sent Her Forward takes a look at the first round of league fixtures of the new women’s season

Fliss Gibbons is congratulated on one of her goals for Brighton against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton won their opening game of last season, against newly promoted Copsewood. They will be hoping to do the same this season against Forest Green Rovers (Photo: BHA/Geoff Penn)

And so the quest for success begins yet again, as the cream of the women’s winter game plus dozens more from the Premier League’s feeder divisions embark on another season, full of hope and ambition. Continue reading

Tough start for Premier League champions Portsmouth

Fliss Gibbons is congratulated on one of her goals for Brighton against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Fliss Gibbons was among the scorers when Brighton won their opening fixture last season against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Premier League Southern champions Portsmouth will need to make sure their Super League play-off disappointment is well and truly out of their system when they begin the defence of their title with a daunting start to the new Premier League campaign. Continue reading

Premier League quartet eye top spot

Sent Her Forward looks ahead to the games in prospect – if the weather allows

Cardiff City 9 7 1 1 34 9 22
Brighton 10 7 1 2 31 14 22
Portsmouth 9 7 1 1 25 9 22
Charlton Athletic 10 7 0 3 38 16 21
West Ham U 9 6 0 3 18 10 18

Four Premier League teams head into the weekend hoping to end it on top of the table.

Any of Cardiff City, Brighton, Portsmouth or Charlton Athletic could head the league by Sunday night, with only one point separating the top four – and just another three between them and fifth-placed West Ham United. Continue reading

Buoyant Charlton seek to overhaul top two

Action from Portsmouth v Charlton Sep 21 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth are one of only two teams to beat resurgent Charlton Athletic this season (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

The congestion at the top of the southern division of the FAW Premier League could become even tighter after Sunday’s matches as the race for the Super League play-off place becomes ever more intense.

Four points separate the top five as the clubs approach the halfway point of the season – and even the teams in sixth and seventh place harbour realistic hopes of a tilt at the title – which this season carries the promise of a two-leg play-off against the winners of the northern division for a place in WSL2 in 2016. Continue reading

Leaders look to survive the Dripping Pan cauldron

Sent Her Forward preview of some of the weekend’s crucial games

Action from Portsmouth v Charlton Sep 21 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Charlton and Portsmouth will both have their eye on the top of the Premier League when they play Gillingham and Plymouth respectively (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

FAW Premier League Southern

Lewes v Cardiff City
For the second home league game in a row Lewes host one of this season’s front-runners – and this time it’s the team currently on top. Continue reading

Giants looking over their shoulders on FAW Cup weekend

A look at the rest of the weekend’s women’s football in the South East

Action from Burgess Hill v AbbeyRangers Sep 7 2014

Burgess Hill reached the qualifying round by winning a preliminary-round match against Abbey Rangers

The FAW Cup will prove a welcome distraction this weekend to several clubs struggling to get going in the league.

But it may not be quite so popular for some of those fearing heavy defeats at the hands of some of the region’s top sides.

A number of fifth-tier sides feature in the first qualifying round on Sunday, some looking for the opportunity to make real progress in the prestigious competition and others fearing becoming early giant-killing victims to some of the lower-level sides. Continue reading

Lancing make perfect pitch for place among the grown-ups

Culver Road, Lancing

Lancing’s new young team will play their home games at Culver Road, the home of Sussex FA

Last season the bulk of the team were playing senior girls’ football on recreation grounds around Sussex.

On Sunday they will walk on to one of the best – and biggest – pitches in the county for their first home game as an adult side, under their new identity as Lancing Ladies. Continue reading