Chichester’s reserves clinch championship without playing

Caroline Henry-Evans, manager of Chichester City Reserves (Photo: darran Stevens)

Caz Henry-Evans says the reserves are now ready for the step up to the Premier Division (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Chichester City are celebrating their second trophy of the season after the club’s reserves won promotion¬†– without even kicking a ball.

Their scheduled opponents this Sunday, Milford & Witley,  have pulled out of the fixture, saying they cannot raise a side, forfeiting the match and handing Chichester the three points on a plate.

The points mean the reserves, who have led South East Counties Division One West for much of the season, cannot be caught – although the chances of that happening were extremely remote anyway.

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Eighth win in a row puts Pompey second

Focus on the Premier League title race – plus the rest of the day’s action

Action from Lewes v Spurs March 9 2014 (Photo: Women's Soccer United)

Lewes also staged a recovery to draw 1-1 with Spurs (Photo: Women’s Soccer United)

Portsmouth 3-2 Gillingham

Portsmouth’s incredible run continued as they fought back from two goals down to win a controversial title showdown with Gillingham.

Sarah Kempson’s late first-half penalty, plus goals from Charley Wilson and top-scorer Lucy Quinn earned Pompey all three points and took them above their opponents into second place in the Premier League South. Continue reading

Battle of Sussex for place in League Cup final

The weekend’s key fixtures – including a contest for a cup final place

Action from Worthing Minors v Bexhill United Feb 23 2014

Bexhill United beat Worthing Minors in their quarter-final

Two of Sussex’s best two sides outside the top tiers do battle on Sunday for the right to represent the county in the final of the South East Counties Women’s League Cup.

Premier Division title hopefuls Bexhill United host Chichester City Reserves, who are running away with Division One West for the chance to play Herne Bay, of Division One East, for the trophy. Continue reading

Premier Division sides toppled in cup upsets

Round-up of Sunday’s action around the leagues

cropped-chichester-c-oaklands-0311131.jpgPremier Division teams came a cropper in the South East Counties Women’s League Cup, with both Anchorians and South Park going out to lower-league teams.

Herne Bay‘s win over Anchorians was probably the bigger surprise, with the losers lying third in the league, and still with an outside chance of the title. Continue reading

Resurgent Pompey looking for late title bid

A look ahead to this weekend’s scheduled matches

Faye Rabson in action for Crawley Wasps against London Corinthians Feb 23 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

London Corinthians and Crawley Wasps drew last week (Photo: Dave Burt)

Form team Portsmouth have an opportunity to to put themselves in with a genuine shot at the Premier League title on Sunday when they visit Tottenham.

With leaders Cardiff and second-placed Gillingham both in cup action, Pompey could move within three points of the top if they can beat Spurs.

The Hampshire side are in supreme form, having won their last six games in all competitions, and are unbeaten in the league since the beginning of December, conceding just one goal in their last five matches. Continue reading

Unstoppable Chichester march towards title

Wivelsfield Green 1 Chichester City Reserves 7

Action from Wivelsfield Green v Chichester city Reserves, Feb 16 2014 Photo: Dave Burt

Chichester ruthlessly exploited Wivelsfield’s depleted side (Photo: Dave Burt)

Chichester continued their relentless march to the Premier Division with an emphatic 7-1 victory over a ring-rusty Wivelsfield Green at Chichester College.

The SECWL Division One West front-runners stretched their lead to 19 points – an almost unbridgeable gap, with less than a third of the season still to play.

But the gulf that really showed was the one between their superbly drilled side and the rest of the league.

Wivelsfield, currently third, performed admirably in their first competitive game for two months, and are one of the division’s stand-out sides – after Chichester. Continue reading

Wivelsfield thirsting for revenge – and a game at last

A look at Sunday’s fixtures – and the matches that would be played if it wasn’t for the weather

Action from Wivelsfield Green v Chichester City Reserves (Photo: Dave Burt)

Chichester City beat Wivelsfield Green twice in successive games earlier in the season (Photo: Dave Burt)

Sussex rivals Chichester City Reserves and Wivelsfield Green renew acquaintance this weekend (barring snow or flooding) as they continue their quest for Premier Division football. Continue reading