Double joy for Lewes as Chichester are left licking their wounds

Goalmouth action in the pre-season friendly between Lewes and Chichester City, August 2 2015 (Photo: Charles Hobley)

Lewes won both games, but there were encouraging signs for both Chichester sides, too (Photo: Charles Hobley)

Lewes 4 (McIntyre 20, 90+6, Khassal 45+1, 56) Chichester City 1 (Fowlie 88)
Lewes Development 2 (Smith 26, Lock 71) Chichester City Development 0

The pain of pre-season takes many forms – the struggle for fitness, juggling with new tactics, and, as so many frustrated managers discover, even just putting out a side in what for many is still very much the holiday season. Continue reading

Coventry in shock as manager Nicholls quits

Coventry City players and officials celebrate the league title

Coventry City clinched the Premier League title in Nicholls’ first season in charge with victory at Portsmouth

Coventry City have been rocked by the departure of Craig Nicholls, the manager who led them to three trophies in two years.

Nicholls and his assistant, Joe Robinson, have quit after steering the club to the brink of another title this season, narrowly missing out on the Premier League Northern championship – and a place in the play-off for the Super League – to Sheffield FC. Continue reading

Chichester look to the future after paying tribute to those who paved the way

Caroline Henry-Evans and Matt Wright at Chichester City's end-of-season awards night, May 9 2015

Caz Henry-Evans and Matt Wright have been the embodiment of Chichester City for nearly a decade

Chichester City’s past, present and future gathered at the club’s headquarters last night to mark the end of an era and the dawn of a new one.

The present first team and development players joined the club’s ever-growing number of youth players for Chichester’s first-ever awards evening specifically for the ladies’ teams. Continue reading

In pictures: some of the weekend highlights around the South

Sent Her Forward photo special

Long Lane Reserves celebrate aftr winning the Kent Divisional Cup, April 27 2015 (Photo: Julie Hoare)

Long Lane Reserves are a win away from a perfect season (Photo: Julie Hoare)

This website is fortunate to be supported by like-minded people keen to help the development of women’s and girls’ football – and that includes photographers, professional and amateur, who are kind enough to allow me to use some of their work to illuminate my reports, features and analyses with their pictures.

Here to help tell the latest news of clubs in the area, is a selection of some of the photos. Continue reading

Wright and Henry-Evans quit Chichester posts

Sent Her Forward exclusive

Matt Wright and Caroline Henry-Evans (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Matt Wright and Caroline (Caz) Henry-Evans have beeen managers at Chichester City for best part of the last decade (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Chichester City have been hit by a double bombshell after both their first- and second-team managers revealed they are quitting. Continue reading

Bobbly pitch but Chichester and Gillingham delighted to have level playing field at last

Chichester City Development 0-0 Gillingham Reserves

Action between Chichester City  Development and Gillingham Reserves Feb 8 2015

Both sides played some excellent football on a difficult pitch

At the lower end of what are effectively two divisions within the same league the chances to pick up wins are at a premium.

So the first clash of the season between Chichester City’s young development side and Gillingham’s even younger reserves in the FAW Premier Reserves League represented a rare opportunity for a much-needed confidence-boosting victory for both teams. Continue reading

Wonder goals seal victory as Chichester and Lewes demonstrate their development

Chichester City Development (Bailey, Halford, Grant) 3-2 Lewes Development (Hawes OG, Spice)

Rainbow over Oaklands Park as Chichester City Development play Lewes Development Dec 7 2014Chichester City’s development side finally broke their duck at their new, exalted level with a narrow victory against fellow strugglers Lewes in a hard-fought and entertaining match at Oaklands Park.

They recovered after falling behind to a farcical own goal and then after being pegged back by Lewes’s spirited young team, they summoned up the necessary skill and determination to kill off their opponents at the death with a goal worthy of winning any game. Continue reading

Eleven-goal Brighton reveal strength in depth

A look at the matches that survived the weekend weather

Action from Brighton Reserves v Chichester city Development, Nov 23 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Brighton were head and shoulders above Chichester City as they stepped up their title challenge (Photo: Dave Burt)

Unforgiving Brighton Reserves made it 49 goals in nine games as they stepped up the defence of their Reserves League title with an 11-0 victory over Chichester City’s Development side.

After clinching the championship last season, Brighton face a much harder task in defending it in a much-changed, expanded division which now also includes a number of the second-tier clubs’ second strings.

And their win at the Withdean Stadium today, which lifts them into second place behind West Ham, suggests they have the resources to deal with the more gruelling challenge this time around. Continue reading

Improving Chichester have no answer to Palace’s delayed reaction

Chichester City Development (Stark) 1-6 Crystal Palace Reserves (Olympio, Dyett 2, Bell, Babajide, Mazur)

The build-up to Crystal Palace Reserves' first goal against chichester City Development Nov 16 2014

Crystal Palace took a 17th minute lead, but the floodgates opened in the last 13 minutes

If preparation is key, Crystal Palace might like to build an hour’s delay into all their future game plans.

The little matter of mini-bus troubles, busy roads and a hurried warm-up had little impact on the club’s reserves as they finally shook off their spirited and committed hosts to ease to a 6-1 victory that leaves Chichester City still winless after seven matches in a competitive FAW Premier Reserves League. Continue reading

Chichester arrange fascinating pre-season schedule

Double rainbow over Oaklands Park, ChichesterChichester City have lined up a string of intriguing friendlies ahead of the the new season.

The first team, who finished third in the South West Combination League, visit the renamed Fulham FC Foundation – formerly Westfield – who play in the league immediately below, on July 20.

Then they travel to Premier League Lewes for an early test of their promotion credentials. Continue reading