Saltdean ‘rain’ supreme in battle of the FA Cup virgins

Henna Butcher and Emma Derham in action for Saltdean United and Cowfold, August 26 2018 (Photo: Simon Roe)

Henna Butcher put Saltdean ahead (Photo: Simon Roe)

Saltdean United 4 (2) (Butcher 10; Sands 30, 85; Evans 81)
Steyning Town 1 (0) (Donno 63)

Two FA Cup debutants exemplified the ethos of the competition with an entertaining match, played in the best of spirits, in dreadful conditions at rain-lashed Saltdean. Continue reading

Brighton determined to avoid another Gander Green banana skin

AFC Wimbledon celebrate winning the L&SEWF League title

AFC Wimbledon clinched promotion to the Premier League a year ago this month in an unbeaten campaign

Brighton play their first competitive match as a Super League team when they visit the home of FA Cup giant-killers Sutton United to take on AFC Wimbledon in the women’s version of the tournament on Sunday. Continue reading

Lewes win tactical battle as Cardiff’s winning run comes to an end in the FA Cup

Rebecca Carter in action for Lewes v Cardiff City, Jan 8 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes top scorer Rebecca Carter put her side on the way to an impressive FA Cup win over Cardiff City (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 2 (R Carter 17; Rutherford 35)
Cardiff City 0

Lewes proved to be Cardiff City’s bogey team once again as the Premier League club ended the high-flying Welsh side’s 13-match winning run and dumped them out of the FA Cup.

John Donoghue’s team denied Cardiff victory for the second time this season, having drawn with them at the start of the campaign, and once again, this was no fluke as they progressed to the third round. Continue reading

Southern foes eye Super League FA Cup challenge

Portsmouth celebrate one of their goals against Lewes (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth beat Lewes the last time the two sides met but have lost to them twice (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth and Lewes meet for the fourth time this season, each struggling to disguise their keenness to look beyond their FA Cup third-round clash to a potential meeting with one of women’s football élite.

The two Premier League Southern clubs have mixed feelings about yet another encounter with familiar opposition, having played twice in the league as well as in the Premier League Cup this season. Continue reading

Gillingham out for FA Cup revenge

Action from QPR v Gillingham 12/01/14 (Photo: Girls On The Ball)

Gillingham were taken to extra-time by QPR before earning the right to visit Nottingham Forest (Photo: Girls On The Ball)

Gillingham are looking for FA Cup revenge after being drawn against last year’s nemesis, Nottingham Forest, in the third round.

High-flying Gills must travel to the Midlands on February 9 as a reward for seeing off Queens Park Rangers yesterday in a tough battle that went to extra time.

The Premier League South leaders will meet a team currently in third place in their league’s northern equivalent, having lost to them 3-2 in the fourth round of last season’s competition – the club’s best achievement to date. 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

Brighton twins face old club in FA Cup

A look ahead to the FA Cup 2nd Round matches – and another Sent Her Forward exclusive

Mollie and Rosie Kmita (Photo: Brighton & Hove Albion)

Mollie and Rosie Kmita face their old club in the FA Cup on Sunday (Photo: Brighton & Hove Albion)

Brighton’s twin wingers Mollie and Rosie Kmita are set for an early reunion with their former team-mates when the club host Spurs in the FA Women’s Cup.

The 19-year-old sisters, who joined Brighton from the London club last month, have played only one game for their new side since the double transfer, and now have the chance to dump their Premier League Southern rivals out of the cup. Continue reading