Gutsy Brighton show character to down Durham despite being reduced to 10

Brighton 3 (Gibbons 8; Umotong 26; Buet pen 85)
Durham 2 (Hepple 45, 58)

Brighton showed two sides to their character, shrugging off the twin setbacks of surrendering a two-goal lead and having their goalkeeper sent off to clinch a valuable and significant victory over Durham and give new boss Hope Powell a winning start. Continue reading

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Powell relishes return to football after recovering that sparkle

Hope Powell at Brighton's elite training centre on her first day as head coach, Sep 28 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Ambition mission: Hope Powell wants to manage Brighton in WSL 1 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Hope Powell has seen it all before. As England manager for what now seems an unimaginable 15 years, she led the country she once played for to unprecedented heights, twice winning the Cyprus Cup but more significantly, reaching the European Championship final and the World Cup quarter-finals twice, all while helping to knock the neglected England Women’s set-up into shape. Continue reading

Brighton targeting Super League 1 licence – Hope Powell

Hope Powell, Brighton head coach

Hope Powell is aiming for the top tier of English women’s club football after a successful career as England manager (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Brighton are targeting WSL 1 football next season before their maiden Super League campaign has really got going.

And it may not be their on-field performances that get them there. Continue reading

Brighton start Super League adventure without Hope but with plenty of optimism

Sent Her Forward 2017 preview: Part two – Brighton

Ini Umotong, Brighton, July 10 2017 (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

Brighton pulled off a coup with the signing of Nigeria international striker Ini Umotong (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

It’s here at last. Brighton finally make their Super League bow, almost 18 months after clinching their place with a play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion after winning the Premier League Southern title.
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Brighton save their best to last to underline their right to a place in the big time

Kate Natkiel celebrates scoring Brighton's first goal against Sheffield FC, May 21 2017 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton dominated much of the game, scoring three times for the first time since joining the FAWSL (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton 3 (Natkiel 21; Owen OG 31; Russo 86)
Sheffield FC 1 (Ward pen 90+2)

Brighton cruised through their final spring-series match with by far their best performance of the competition, proving to themselves as much as anyone else that they are more than capable of surviving in Super League football, come the start of the season proper in September. Continue reading

Brighton break Super League duck on anniversary of title win

Brighton celebrate against Watford, April 16 2017 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton celebrated their first Super League win with a mixture of joy and relief (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton 2 (Russo 5; Thomas 32)
Watford 1 (Will 50)

A year to the week after Brighton clinched the Premier League championship, they are celebrating their first competitive win as a Super League teamĀ – but they were left hangingĀ on after handing Watford an Easter present that very nearly left the Sussex side with egg on their faces. Continue reading