Dalton’s dream teams: Simply the best

Part two of Sent Her Forward’s look back at the players who have most impressed and made me smile in best part of six years of reporting on women’s football

Deanna Cooper and Jo Wilson compete for the ball during the match between Brighton and QPR, Sep 6 2015 (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Deanna Cooper (centre) and Jay Blackie (right), two of the finest footballers I’ve seen, make both my first XIs (Photo: Kevin Richards)

I must have seen at least a dozen of those who took part in this summer’s Women’s World Cup in live club games.

Yet my selections for my Best Ever Team represent a footballing universe far broader than the game’s top global competition – or even just the Women’s Super League. Continue reading

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Dalton’s dream teams: A few of my favourite things

A walk down Memory Lane as Sent Her Forward recalls some of the finest players I’ve had the privilege of watching

Wivelsfield Green's Leigh Farley gets in a tackle during their match against Bexhill United Reserves March 30 2014 Photo: Dave Burt

Leigh Farley scored the first goal I ever saw live in women’s football – but she did far more than that (Photo: Dave Burt)

It’s almost seven years since I began watching women’s football – and nearly six since I started reporting on it on Sent Her Forward.

Time for a list or two, I think. Continue reading

Goal glut reveals gulf between Super League hopefuls and rest of Premier League

Round-up of today’s Premier League action

Action from Portsmouth v Lewes, November 26 2017 (Photo: James Prickett)

Portsmouth gained revenge for their defeat at Lewes earlier in the season (Photo: James Prickett)

The gulf between the ambitious Premier League sides still craving a Super League future and the rest was illustrated emphatically in today’s crazy scores in the league’s Southern division. Continue reading

Unconventional Lewes set to build on Agnew’s legacy despite defeat

Lewes celebrate Kelly Newton's goal against Charlton Athletic (Photo: James Boyes)

Charlton had to come from behind after Kelly Newton’s opener for Lewes (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 1 (Newton 28)
Charlton Athletic 2 (Lee 69; Clifford 74)

They celebrated the past and the future at the Dripping Pan today. Both seemed to be in decent nick.  And even the present wasn’t bad. Continue reading

Charlton seal clean sweep against Pompey as they tune up for cup finals

Action from Portsmouth v Charlton Athletic, April 2 2017 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Manager Riteesh Mishra wants Charlton to treat every remaining game this season as a cup final (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth 0
Charlton Athletic 3 (Sullivan 20; Dixson 24; Graham 79)

Charlton Athletic limbered up for a month of cup finals with a straightforward victory over an enthusiastic and committed – but inexperienced – Portsmouth side who must be sick of the sight of them by now. Continue reading

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