Lewes win tactical battle as Cardiff’s winning run comes to an end in the FA Cup

Rebecca Carter in action for Lewes v Cardiff City, Jan 8 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes top scorer Rebecca Carter put her side on the way to an impressive FA Cup win over Cardiff City (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 2 (R Carter 17; Rutherford 35)
Cardiff City 0

Lewes proved to be Cardiff City’s bogey team once again as the Premier League club ended the high-flying Welsh side’s 13-match winning run and dumped them out of the FA Cup.

John Donoghue’s team denied Cardiff victory for the second time this season, having drawn with them at the start of the campaign, and once again, this was no fluke as they progressed to the third round. Continue reading

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Half the division in with a chance of a tilt at the Super League

Sheffield FC celebrate beating Portsmouth in the FAWPL champions play-off (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Ultimate target: Sheffield FC broke the hearts of Premier League Southern champions Portsmouth with an injury-time win in the Super League play-off (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

After a truly compelling Premier League season, in which once again the title was determined on the final day, the top clubs from the southern winter pyramid are about to go into battle in a campaign that will surely be at least as intensive. Continue reading

Premier League proves its value after door to Super League is opened

Part one of Sent Her Forward’s review of the season – starting with the FAW Premier League

Composite of action featuring Portsmouth, Brighton, Lewes and Gillingham

A season to remember: (clockwise) Portsmouth win the league, Brighton come so close, Gillingham celebrations are rare but Lewes consolidate (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Paul Hazlewood/BHA/Julian Hart/James Boyes)

There’s nothing like a bit of incentive to bring out the best in sportsmen and women. Continue reading

Cardiff go top – but with no prospect of promotion

Action from Portsmouth v Cardiff City, Sep 13 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Cardiff have been having talks to try to lift the bar on promotion (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Cardiff City’s frustration at being denied the opportunity of a crack at promotion to the Super League was thrown into even sharper relief yesterday when their 6-1 victory over Copsewood Coventry took them to the top of the Premier League.

The Welsh club have a great chance of winning the Southern division, but even if they do – and overcome the Northern division champions in a championship play-off – they still will not be allowed to join WSL2. Continue reading

Cardiff Super League hopes dashed

Sent Her Forward exclusive

Action from Portsmouth v Cardiff City Sep 13 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Cardiff will not be considered for promotion, even if they win the league and play-off (Photo: Jorda Hampton)

Premier League title contenders Cardiff City will be denied a place in the FAW Super League, even if they win the division and subsequent Super League play-off.

Rules requiring FAWSL members to be affiliated to English football associations mean the side, who are currently second in the FAWPL Southern division, cannot join, even if they meet all other eligibility criteria. Continue reading

More than pride at stake in East Sussex derby reunion

Sent Her Forward takes a look at the first fixtures of 2015

Action from Lewes v Brighton (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes had a superb end to last season, beating Brighton to finish above them for the first time (Photo: James Boyes)

The new year kicks off with a local derby that might once have featured as much needle as your average Christmas tree. 

Or at least it would if it wasn’t for the weather.
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Cup pride for Brighton, Lewes and Pompey

News of Premier League Cup and FAW Cup matches affecting teams in the South East

Ini Umotong is congratulated after scoring one of her three goals against Larkhall Athletic on October 12 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Ini Umotong scored a second-half hat-trick to help Portsmouth defeat Larkhall Athletic (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

The joy and despair of the cup can be felt all over the South of England tonight after a day of mixed fortunes in the FAW Premier League Cup.

Six clubs from the Premier League Southern made it through to the second round, but only one managed to beat a team from the equivalent northern league – Brighton triumphing against Derby County. Continue reading