Dalton’s dream teams: Simply the best

Part two of Sent Her Forward’s look back at the players who have most impressed and made me smile in best part of six years of reporting on women’s football

Deanna Cooper and Jo Wilson compete for the ball during the match between Brighton and QPR, Sep 6 2015 (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Deanna Cooper (centre) and Jay Blackie (right), two of the finest footballers I’ve seen, make both my first XIs (Photo: Kevin Richards)

I must have seen at least a dozen of those who took part in this summer’s Women’s World Cup in live club games.

Yet my selections for my Best Ever Team represent a footballing universe far broader than the game’s top global competition – or even just the Women’s Super League. Continue reading

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Dalton’s dream teams: A few of my favourite things

A walk down Memory Lane as Sent Her Forward recalls some of the finest players I’ve had the privilege of watching

Wivelsfield Green's Leigh Farley gets in a tackle during their match against Bexhill United Reserves March 30 2014 Photo: Dave Burt

Leigh Farley scored the first goal I ever saw live in women’s football – but she did far more than that (Photo: Dave Burt)

It’s almost seven years since I began watching women’s football – and nearly six since I started reporting on it on Sent Her Forward.

Time for a list or two, I think. Continue reading

Bittersweet day for Wasps as Billericay prolong title race

Billericay Town celebrate beating Crawley Wasps, March 31 2019 (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Billericay became the first team to beat Wasps in the league for two years (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Crawley Wasps (0) 0
Billericay Town (1) 1 (Dougal pen 39)

Unused to losing, Crawley Wasps’ players and officials were unsure how to feel after title rivals Billericay became the first team to defeat them in the league for two years – and in doing so, delayed their title celebrations.

The champagne was in the fridge, the FA Women’s National League Division One South East trophy on hand and an expectant crowd in the unfamiliar surroundings of Crawley Town’s Broadfield Stadium in anticipation of the victory that would have earned them back-to-back league trophies with five games still to play.

But it was not to be, as for only the second time this season – and both within a three-week period – Wasps failed to come away with all three points in a hard-fought tussle with very strong opponents. Continue reading

Crawley Wasps’ Arsenal adventure leaves the whole town buzzing

Action from Crawley Wasps v Arsenal, Feb 3 2019 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Wasps never stopped competing and drew praise from Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro (Photo: Dave Burt)

FA Women’s Cup 4th Round

Crawley Wasps (0) 0
Arsenal (2) 4 (Little 17; Grant 43, 76, 85)

Any lingering question marks about whether Crawley Wasps deserve a place alongside Brighton, Lewes and Chichester City as one of Sussex’s √©lite women’s football clubs were answered this afternoon as they demonstrated on and off the pitch their right to be regarded as a major club. Continue reading

Wasps’ FA Cup showdown with Arsenal highlights gulf in women’s game

Part two of Sent Her Forward’s preview of women’s football’s big day out in Crawley

Faye Rabson and Sian Heather celebrate a goal against Ipswich Town on the opening day of the 2018/19 season (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Faye Rabson (left) has been a regular scorer for Wasps over the years but now shares the goals with the likes of Sian Heather (Photo: Ben Davidson)

When Crawley Wasps entered this season’s Women’s FA Cup competition, thoughts were on a little run that would perhaps get their name more widely known as they continued their remarkable journey towards the big time. Continue reading

Wasps prefer home comforts to cash bonanza for Arsenal tie

Part one of an in-depth look at preparations for a massive day for women’s football in Sussex

Oakwood FC's ground in Crawley (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Parking at Oakwood FC is limited

Crawley Wasps have rejected the chance to cash in on the biggest day in their history by making their Women’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal a potential money-spinner at Crawley Town after players and officials insisted they wanted to take on the Super League giants on their own turf. Continue reading

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