Brave Brighton offer Hope for the future – but City slicker

Ini Umotong in action for Brighton against Manchester City in the FAW Cup, Feb 4 2018 (Photo: Kyle Hemsley)

Ini Umotong again showed her ability to trouble the best of opponents, albeit in a losing cause (Photo: Kyle Hemsley)

FA Women’s Cup 4th Round

Brighton 0
Manchester City 2 (Christiansen 45; Emslie 66)

For the second time in three months Brighton’s fast-developing team proved that they can live with the very best in English women’s football. Continue reading


Akehurst double keeps Worthing United in contention after Sparrows scare

Action from Worthing United v Horsham Sparrows, Jan 7 2018 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Worthing United 3 (Akehurst 27, 62; Thaxter 83)
Horsham Sparrows 1 (Sandle 13)

It was back to the football routine at long last after what felt like an endless winter break for Sussex County League title chasers Worthing United and strugglers Horsham Sparrows, but their respective performances were anything but routine as they eased their way gingerly into the new year. Continue reading

Chichester rue dropped points after stunning comeback rocks Cardiff

Cardiff City score against Chichester City, Nov 19 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester bounced back from two goals down before conceding a late equaliser (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 3 (Lewry 17; Wride 40, 57 pen)
Cardiff City 3 (Evan-Watkins 7; Williams 16; Isaac 74)

Two teams going through testing times showed the sort of spirit and resilience that will undoubtedly see them through as the Cities of Chichester and Cardiff fought out an enthralling 3-3 draw at Oaklands Park. Continue reading


Youngsters do Sussex proud as Rice’s reign starts with a draw

Action from Sussex FA v Essex FA, November 15 2016 (Photo: Simon Roe)

An absorbing contest ended with honours even at Culver Road (Photo: Simon Roe)

Sussex FA 3 (Woods 48; Fleischman 76; Pilgrim 79)
Essex FA 3 (Box 44; Fry 60; Clarke 69)

The absence of much of the cream of the county provided an unexpected opportunity for some of the lesser-known, more inexperienced players on the grassroots circuit of Sussex women’s football – and they grabbed it with both hands as they helped the county’s representative side to a 3-3 draw against a strong Essex side. Continue reading


Unconventional Lewes set to build on Agnew’s legacy despite defeat

Lewes celebrate Kelly Newton's goal against Charlton Athletic (Photo: James Boyes)

Charlton had to come from behind after Kelly Newton’s opener for Lewes (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 1 (Newton 28)
Charlton Athletic 2 (Lee 69; Clifford 74)

They celebrated the past and the future at the Dripping Pan today. Both seemed to be in decent nick.  And even the present wasn’t bad. Continue reading


More away-day joy for enterprising Cowfold as Varndeanians are left with a hangover

Action from AFC Varndeanians v Cowfold, November 5 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)AFC Varndeanians 0
Cowfold 2 (Neatherway 47; Hale 68)

Ross Waddington, the Varndeanians manager, warned me beforehand: “It won’t be pretty.” He was not wrong. Continue reading


Chelsea in cruise control but Brighton earn respect

Chelsea's Millie Bright and Brighton's Danni Buet in action, November 1 2017 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Chelsea’s team of superstars were made to work for their victory against second-tier Brighton (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton 0
Chelsea 3 (Kirby 13; Dunn 77; Ji 90+3)

Never has defeat tasted so good. Brighton’s Super League newcomers stood up to the current best team in the land and emerged with dignity and self-respect and the praise of both managers ringing in their ears. Continue reading