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

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

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

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

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

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