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

Gritty Chichester dent revitalised Lewes’s home record

Action from Lewes v Chichester City, Oct 8 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

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

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

Sussex representative side return with new-look squad

Shannon Albuery, Danni Lane, Jade Widdows (Photos: Chichester City LFC/Sent Her Forward)

Shannon Albuery, Danni Lane and Jade Widdows are among the young additions to the Sussex FA squad (Photos: Chichester City LFC/Sent Her Forward)

New Sussex FA Women’s manager Kim Stenning has selected an exciting blend of youth and experience for the county representative team’s first match since re-forming.

Stenning, who was appointed in the summer following a season without a representative team when the county FA could not recruit a manager, has selected seven players from her current club, Brighton, who are top of the Premier League.

She has also chosen five each from Lewes – for whom she has also played – and Chichester City for the match against Middlesex FA at Uxbridge next week. Continue reading

It’s a football family affair for Hannahs and their sisters

Hannah and Danni Lane, of Worthing Minors, and Rachel and Hannah Johnson, of Abbey Rangers

Hannah Lane (left) is the extrovert but happy for sister Danni to be in the limelight. Rachel Johnson continues to bag the goals for Abbey, but Hannah is making a big impression (Photos: Neville Dalton/Sent Her Forward)

They talk about the football family, but you’ll be hard-pushed to beat the kinship on show at Worthing Minors’ crunch clash with Abbey Rangers towards the end of last season.

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Worthing on the brink after Minors gain revenge against title rivals

Worthing Minors (Langridge, Hodgson, Bridge 2, Lane) 5-1 Seahaven Harriers (Smith)

Action from Worthing Minors v Seahaven Harriers, April 12 2015

It took Worthing some time, but they finally made their extra player count against Seahaven

Worthing Minors moved to within potentially a point of the South East Counties Division One West championship with a dismissive victory over their big rivals for the title. Continue reading