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

Champions Chichester benefit from Greenfield development

Chichester City celebrate winning the FAWPL South West Division 1 title, May 4 2017 (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Chichester City clinched promotion – and the title – in their penultimate game, but they had led the way all season (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

When Matt Wright shocked Chichester City two years ago by revealing he was standing down as manager he said his successor would prove an even better boss and would take his beloved team into the FAW Premier League Southern the following season. 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

BHASVIC’s magical journey ends in national final defeat

BASVIC players after their AoC Cup final defeat to Barnsley College, May 4 2017 (Photo: BHASVIC)

BHASVIC enjoyed their best ever run in the national cup competition but were unable to add to their trophy triumphs (Photo: BHASVIC)

BHASVIC 2-6 Barnsley College

In the end it was not to be. The first ever national final proved a step too far in a remarkable season of success. But the students of BHASVIC – Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College – have certainly put some of the county’s best young players on the national radar. 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

‘You can’t see it in the results but we’ve got better’

Manager Emma Wood and assistant Roy Stannard speak to the Crawley Wasps U15 players during a half-time break (Photo: Sent Her Forward)They said they wanted to take on the boys to improve their individual games – and they weren’t afraid of losing (at least, not as much as some of them feared the physical encounters).

So how do the girls of Crawley Wasps’ Under-15 side feel after a season of pitting their skills, strength – and wits – against their male counterparts in the Mid Sussex Youth and Minor League? 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