Blackie helps down old club as Brighton return to top

Premier League midweek round-up

Gillingham 1 (Lorton) Brighton 5 (Somes, Owen 2, Blackie, Taylor)
QPR 1 (Sowden) Charlton Athletic 4 (Harrison, Simmons, Graham 2)
Tottenham Hotspur 0 West Ham United 2 (Lipley-Hinton, Bowers)

Jay Blackie, of Brighton (Photo: Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC)

Jay Blackie scored for the second time in less than a week as Brighton did the double over her former club (Photo: BHA/Paul Hazlewood)

Gillingham’s brief hopes of sweet revenge against a team packed with their former players were ruthlessly killed off as Brighton returned to the top of the Premier League in style.

The Gills, whose depleted side lost 3-1 to Brighton a month ago, must have harboured hopes of faring better in this reverse fixture at their new Priestfield Stadium home, buoyed by players returning from injury and – in Rachel Ahern’s case – from self-imposed temporary retirement. Continue reading

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Title on the line as Gillingham take on Coventry

Sent Her Forward previews the crunch game that could determine the destination of the Premier League title

Gillingham team after winning the Ryman Cup v Haverhill Rovers May 8 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham have already won two trophies this season (Photo: Julian Hart)

For a club whose manager’s coaching philosophy is results don’t matter, Gillingham are remarkably successful.

Already Kent Women’s Cup holders for the third year in a row and Ryman Cup winners for a second successive season, the Gills sit pretty at the top of the Premier League Southern, needing a win in their final game on Sunday to clinch the title – and an unprecedented trophy treble.

All that stands in their way is the little matter of Coventry City – the team with the best current form – statistically – in the league. Continue reading

Trio hold their nerve to stay in Premier League title hunt

Round-up of Sunday’s crucial action in the South East

The magnificent battle for the Premier League South is heading for an exciting denouement, with three teams still in with a chance of the title.

Gillingham remain favourites after coming from behind to defeat Brighton, but Coventry City’s 4-0 victory over Portsmouth has set up a spectacular showdown next weekend between the leading pair.

And with Cardiff City winning at West Ham United, any of the leading trio could still win the league. Continue reading

Gills triumph in the margins to maintain quest for treble

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Gillingham

Brighton and Gillingham players shake hands before kick-off May 11 2014

Gillingham’s third win over Brighton this season was also their narrowest

Football’s successful players and teams are often separated from the also-rans by the finest of lines.

Talent and attitude take players a long way. Ability to carry out the required tactics in the cauldron of competition, and to think clearly when mayhem surrounds you, may prove the ultimate difference. Continue reading

Gillingham go for third leg of trophy treble

Gillingham team after winning the Ryman Cup v Haverhill Rovers May 8 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham won their second trophy of the season on Thursday night (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham head for Brighton on Sunday in pursuit of an impressive treble after retaining the Ryman Cup last night to add to the Kent Women’s Cup they won last month.

They are four points clear at the top of the FAW Premier League, with just one match to come after Sunday’s visit to the Withdean Stadium.

Victory would put them within two points of the title – and depending on other results, could even seal it for them right there. Continue reading

Derby joy perfect start for Gillingham’s big week

News from today’s Premier League Southern games

Gillingham celebrate a goal against Preston North End in the FA Cup

Gillingham are four points clear at the top of the Premier League (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham kicked off the biggest week in their history in the best possible way, with a derby win over Charlton Athletic which puts them four points clear at the top of the Premier League South.

Charlotte Gurr, Fliss Gibbons and Jade Keogh all scored before half-time to put an end to Charlton’s tremendous unbeaten run that has taken them to the fringes of the title race.

Kit Graham grabbed a second-half consolation for the Londoners, but the defeat – their first in 13 matches – effectively kills off their title chances. Continue reading

Premier League pressure mounts

A look-ahead to the weekend’s Women’s Premier League football action

Nikita Whinnett in action for Gillingham against Lewes on March 23 2014

Gillingham need a win to be sure of remaining top (Photo: Julian Hart)

Four of the Premier League’s five title contenders have the chance to take points off their rivals as one of the most wide-open championship races moves up a gear.

First play fourth and second play fifth, as the constantly changing top of the table prepares for another twist or two this Sunday.

Gillingham, who returned to the top last weekend, begin one of the most crucial weeks in their history with a local derby against Charlton Athletic. Continue reading