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

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Lane heads Lewes heroes as they destroy Palace’s unbeaten record

Danni Lane scores the winner for Lewes against Crystal Palace, Sep 20 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Danni Lane scored with a header moments after hitting the bar with a similar effort (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 1 (Lane 77)
Crystal Palace 0

Magnificent Lewes turned themselves into unlikely early Premier League title contenders after inflicting a first defeat of the season on high-flying Crystal Palace. Continue reading

Tenacious ten hold out for a draw after Waine red card

Lewes 2 (Carter 2; Rutherford 25)
Crystal Palace 2 (Shakes 19; Maple 58)

Player of the match Leeta Rutherford scored her first goal for Lewes when she fired home from close range (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes’s tenacious 10 clung on for a gritty draw against Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace, leaving the visitors’ manager frustrated at his own depleted side’s lack of killer instinct. Continue reading

West Ham ‘sex discrimination’ row could kick-start revolution

Stephen Hunt, co-chairman West Ham United Ladies (Photo: Nicky Hayes)

West Ham Ladies chairman has reported West Ham United to the FA (Photo: Nicky Hayes)

The  joint-chairman of West Ham Ladies looks to be on collision course with the men’s club after reporting them to the FA for alleged discrimination.

But other clubs believe the fallout could yet help speed up changes in attitude and commitment to the women’s game.

Stephen Hunt says his extraordinary action, which conceivably could lead to the Premier League club being punished, was one of last resort after failing to persuade them to offer what he considers to be proper support to the women’s team. Continue reading

Pride of the South target more FA Cup glory

The weekend starts here – Sent Her Forward’s football preview

Action from Brighton v Charlton Athletic, March 1 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Charlton are in excellent cup form, having beaten Brighton last week in the League Cup (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Those dreams of FA Cup glory that come around at the start of every campaign may be over for another season for many teams in the region, but for nearly half the clubs in the Premier League’s southern division, those hopes are still alive.

Four teams from the southern half of the Premier League – plus one from the next level down – are still involved in women’s football’s most prestigious knockout tournament as the competition hots up. Continue reading

Barkworth goal keeps Bexhill on course for double

Round-up of today’s matches across the South East

Lorraine Embleton in action for Aylesford Reserves against London Corinthians Reserves (Photo: brian Embleton)

Lorraine Embleton scored the equaliser that set Aylesford Reserves on the way to a vital win (Photo: Brian Embleton)

Bexhill United moved a step closer to a league-and-cup double after beating Meridian 1-0.

The East Sussex side, who play in the League Cup final later this month, clinched a vital three points, courtesy of a goal from Chantelle Barkworth, to stay in control of their destiny in the South East Counties League Premier Division.

It leaves them three points behind leaders Parkwood Rangers, who won their final fixture of the season, 3-0 at Haywards HeathBut they still have three games to play. Continue reading

Gillingham and Pompey keep South East flag flying in FA Cup

Details of todays FA Cup fourth-round ties involving South East teams

Gillingham celebrate their winning goal against Preston March 16 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Jade Keogh scored the goal that secured Gillingham a fifth-round place (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham and Portsmouth kept their terrific seasons going with narrow wins that take them into the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time.

The Gills beat Premier League Northern Preston North End 1-0 at Chatham with a goal by Jade Keogh, while Portsmouth survived a late scare to see off Crystal Palace, from the London & South East Regional League, 3-2.

Pompey had taken a 3-0 lead, with a goal from Gemma Hillier – her ninth cup goal of the season – and two from Gemma Simmonds before plucky Palace staged a fightback, pulling one back before half-time and scoring a second in the second half. Continue reading