Sussex County League bans youth results from official website

A screenshot of the results and league tables on the SCWGFL pages of Full Time, September 10 2017

The sight that greeted fans of girls’ football in Sussex on Sunday

The Sussex County Women and Girls League has stunned players and officials by banning publication of youth team results on Full Time, its official internet outlet. Continue reading


Pride of the South: how Portsmouth won the league

Sent Her Forward analysis: anatomy of a league title

Portsmouth's Charley Wilson and Gemma Hillier (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Charley Wilson (left) and Gemma Hillier have been with Portsmouth through thick and thin (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

When Perry Northeast and his then joint-manager, Katie Poore, led Portsmouth to the brink of a Premier League title success in their debut season at the helm before falling just short, they analysed the reasons for their eventual shortcoming. Continue reading

Final analysis: how the Hampshire County Cup was won

Portsmouth 4-1 Southampton Saints – the story behind the glory

Portsmouth celebrate after winning the Hampshire County Cup for the 11th time at Privett Park, Gosport, April 8 2015 (Photo: Lee Roberts)

Portsmouth equalled Southampton’s record of seven consecutive hampshire Cup wins, stretching their record total to 11 wins (Photo: Lee Roberts)

Few people, even among the most diehard Southampton supporters, would have expected anything other than a Portsmouth win.

Defeat for the Premier League Southern title-chasers against opposition from the tier below was unthinkable.

But after Sunday’s painful 6-3 defeat to title rivals Charlton Athletic, last night was not so much whether they won – or even by what score – but how they won it; how they responded to the hammer blow of twice surrendering leads to emerge pointless from their visit to south-east London on Sunday. Continue reading

A bright future for Sussex Cup-winners – and green shoots of recovery for runners-up

Analysis: a look in more detail at the story behind last night’s┬áSussex Cup final

Action from Brighton v Chichester City, March 12 2015 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Brighton and Chichester City both ended up winners from their Sussex County Cup final (Photo: Dave Burt)

Everyone who plays Brighton, whether Watford from the Super League or Wivelsfield Green from the core of the grassroots pyramid, wants to be at full strength to give themselves the maximum opportunity against a slick passing side who never give anything but total commitment.

Chichester City (like many other teams this season) did not have that opportunity last night as they defended their Sussex County Cup title against the club they beat in last year’s final. Continue reading