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 (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
A walk down Memory Lane as Sent Her Forward recalls some of the finest players I’ve had the privilege of watching
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
Crawley Wasps v Chichester City, Woodside Road, Worthing, Sunday, December 9, 1pm
Jade Widdows scored a stunning flying header when Chichester City visited Crawley Wasps for a friendly in 2016 (Photo: John Holden)
It’s a good time for women’s football in Sussex.
Brighton are plying their trade in the top division of the English game, while Lewes have stepped up to the second level, where they are gradually adjusting to life.
Looking to catch them up, Chichester City and Crawley Wasps are enjoying unprecedented success in the two tiers below. Continue reading
Chichester City 2 (0) (Ogle 49; Lewry 68)
Tottenham Hotspur 4 (3) (Baptiste 14; Wynne 30; Dean 38, 84)
Chichester City and Spurs largely got what they were looking for from an entertaining, no-holds-barred pre-season friendly that offered both teams plenty of promise for the new campaigns in their respective newly designated divisions. Continue reading
Round-up of today’s Premier League action
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
Chichester bounced back from two goals down before conceding a late equaliser (Photo: John Holden)
Chichester City 3 (Lewry 17; Wride 40, 57 pen)
Cardiff City 3 (Evan-Watkins 7; Williams 16; Isaac 74)
Two teams going through testing times showed the sort of spirit and resilience that will undoubtedly see them through as the Cities of Chichester and Cardiff fought out an enthralling 3-3 draw at Oaklands Park. Continue reading
Charley Wilson-Blakely scored twice but was later forced off with injury (Photo: John Holden)
Lewes 2 (Rutherford 40; Lane 44)
Chichester City 2 (Wilson-Blakely 27, 31)
Chichester City claimed a minor victory after becoming only the second side to take a point off Lewes at their Dripping Pan fortress this season, but it must have felt like a defeat after losing their key player, talisman and top scorer Charley Wilson-Blakely to an injury that looks bound to sideline her for some weeks. Continue reading