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 team – but they were left hanging on after handing Watford an Easter present that very nearly left the Sussex side with egg on their faces. Continue reading

Brighton breeze to cup triumph but Wasps do themselves justice

Brighton celebrate winning the Sussex FA Cup against Crawley Wasps, March 23 2017 (Photo: Simon Roe)

Brighton won the county cup for the third time in a row and 17th time in the competition’s 23-year history (Photo: Simon Roe)

Sussex County FA Women’s Cup final

Brighton 5 (Russo 7, 52; Natkiel 9; Somes 12; Olding 88)
Crawley Wasps 1 (Davies 41)

Same teams, different personnel; same result but a world of difference in the performance. Continue reading

Young guns on target as Brighton ease into Super League mode

Alessia Russo in action for Brighton against Oxford United, Feb 26 2017 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton have begun life in the WSL’s spring series with successive 1-1 draws (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton 1 (Thomas 32)
Oxford United 1 (Gane 67)

Super League football finally came to Brighton best part of a year after the city’s team of many talents booked their place in the big time – and it looks as though they are there for the long haul. Continue reading

Result almost academic as experienced Worthing win colleges battle

Newman Lewes Academy 0
Worthing College 6 (Tubby 12, 45, 57; Rolf 16; Booker 55; Pursey 59)

In the battle of the Sussex academies, experience won the day as Worthing College, the academic arm of Brighton’s development set-up, swept aside Newman’s, the newest kids on the block, established by East Sussex rivals Lewes last summer. Continue reading

No manager but Brighton look to make their mark on the Super League

Captain Vicky Ashton-Jones lifts the Premier League Championship trophy after Brighton's 4-2 play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion (Photo: Jane Roberts)

Brighton were promoted to Women’s Super League 2 after winning a play-off against northern champions Sporting Club Albion (Photo: Jane Roberts)

Brighton are about to embark on the biggest season in their history without a permanent manager – and yet the new head of the women’s set-up at the Super League’s newest club says she’s unfazed by the prospect. Continue reading