Parkwood return to form to make it a thrilling finale

A look at today’s key games in the South East

Emily Vaughan, Parkwood Rangers Photo: CK Portraits

Emily Vaughan scored twice to help Parkwood to a 5-1 win over Dartford (Photo: CK Portraits)

Parkwood Rangers ensured a nailbiting finale to the South East Counties Premier Division title race after returning to winning ways in style.

After two defeats on the trot, the long-time leaders went back to the top after defeating Dartford 5-1.

Lethal strike pair Emily Vaughan and Millie Main did the damage, lifting Parkwood three points clear of title favourites Bexhill United, who have three games in hand. Continue reading

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Last-chance saloon for chasing pair

Sent her Forward’s comprehensive preview of Sunday’s games outside the Premier League

Parkwood Rangers and Aylesford face crunch games this Sunday that will determine whether they stay in the Premier Division title race in the South East Counties Women’s League.

The Kent pair are just behind leaders Bexhill United, who do not have a fixture this weekend, and neither can really afford to lose. Continue reading

Dartford stage recovery to win basement battle

South Park 2-4 Dartford

View of South Park v Dartford March 16 2014It was meant to be a basement battle, but the two teams at the foot of the SECWL Premier Division put on a display to do the league proud.

Bottom played second-to-bottom, with the hosts’ biggest cause for optimism being the vast number of games they still had in hand of all the other teams in their division after an especially wet winter in Surrey. Continue reading

Brighton and Gillingham make FA Cup progress

A round-up of today’s games around the South East

Brighton celebrate after Kirsty Barton scored against Spurs in a league game on Jan 19 2014 (Photo: Geoff Penn)

Kirsty Barton again scored a cup goal for Brighton (Photo: Geoff Penn/B&HA)

Brighton and Gillingham joined Portsmouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup, winning their delayed away ties against Plymouth Argyle and Nottingham Forest respectively.

The Seagulls, currently fifth in the Premier League South, beat South West Combination side Plymouth Argyle 4-0 in Devon to secure a visit to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena in round four.

Gillingham, second in the Premier League, won 1-0 at Nottingham Forest to land a home tie against either Preston North End or Super League newcomers Yeovil Town. Continue reading

FA Cup glory for South East teams

Round-up of weekend FA Cup and league action

Action from QPR v Gillingham (Girls On The Ball)

Gillingham were made to fight all the way for their FA Cup win at Queens Park Rangers (Photo: Girls On The Ball)

Three South East teams are through to the third round of the FA Cup, with two more still to play – but it was touch and go.

Premier League Gillingham and Lewes were both taken to extra-time by their South East Combination opponents, and in the all-Premier clash, Brighton squeezed past Spurs in a thriller at the Withdean.

Gillingham finally saw off Queens Park Rangers 2-1, thanks to a winner from substitute Emma Tune five minutes from the end of extra-time. Continue reading