Brighton save their best to last to underline their right to a place in the big time

Kate Natkiel celebrates scoring Brighton's first goal against Sheffield FC, May 21 2017 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton dominated much of the game, scoring three times for the first time since joining the FAWSL (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton 3 (Natkiel 21; Owen OG 31; Russo 86)
Sheffield FC 1 (Ward pen 90+2)

Brighton cruised through their final spring-series match with by far their best performance of the competition, proving to themselves as much as anyone else that they are more than capable of surviving in Super League football, come the start of the season proper in September. Continue reading

Brighton break Super League duck on anniversary of title win

Brighton celebrate against Watford, April 16 2017 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton celebrated their first Super League win with a mixture of joy and relief (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton 2 (Russo 5; Thomas 32)
Watford 1 (Will 50)

A year to the week after Brighton clinched the Premier League championship, they are celebrating their first competitive win as a Super League team – but they were left hanging on after handing Watford an Easter present that very nearly left the Sussex side with egg on their faces. Continue reading

No manager but Brighton look to make their mark on the Super League

Captain Vicky Ashton-Jones lifts the Premier League Championship trophy after Brighton's 4-2 play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion (Photo: Jane Roberts)

Brighton were promoted to Women’s Super League 2 after winning a play-off against northern champions Sporting Club Albion (Photo: Jane Roberts)

Brighton are about to embark on the biggest season in their history without a permanent manager – and yet the new head of the women’s set-up at the Super League’s newest club says she’s unfazed by the prospect. Continue reading

Brighton’s quick learners take Super League in their stride

Brighton Development 2 (Rowe 17, Leitch 79)
Chelsea Development 1 (Cross 5)

Danielle Rowe celebrates her goal during Brighton Dev v Chelsea Dev, Oct 2 2016 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Danielle Rowe (left) helped Brighton turn the game around with a first-half equaliser and a superb performance (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Several months ahead of Brighton’s debut in the Women’s Super League, their reserve side have begun their own Super League campaign – and they’ve taken it by storm.

After romping to a 7-0 victory at Millwall on the opening day, Amy Merricks’ young side took on the second string of Chelsea – last season’s WSL champions – and aided by their vaunted opponents’ shortage of players, collected another win. Continue reading

Underdogs become play-off favourites in the battle of the Albions

Sent Her Forward previews the game that could make or break champions’ seasons

Brighton and Sporting Club Albion celebrate winning their respective Premier Leagues, 2016 (Photos: Geoff Penn/BHA/SCA)

Brighton and Sporting Club Albion each won their leagues with points to spare (Photos: Geoff Penn/BHA)

For a second time, the cream of England’s Women’s Premier League footballers will do battle for a chance to join the game’s élite in the Super League. Continue reading

Valiant Portsmouth suffer injury-time heartbreak as Sheffield head for Super League

Sheffield FC celebrate as Portsmouth are stunned by Giampalma's late goal (Photo: Clive Jones)

Joy and despair: Sheffield broke Portsmouth’s hearts with a goal in the 93rd minute of a captivating match (Photo: Clive Jones)

Portsmouth’s Super League dream is over for this season after they were beaten by an injury-time goal in a pulsating Premier League champions’ play-off against Sheffield FC. Continue reading

Portsmouth and Sheffield prepare to do battle for Super League dream

Portsmouth and Sheffield FC ream pictures (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Ben Webster)

Best teams in the Premier League… but who will come out on top on Sunday? (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Ben Webster)

Months – no, years – of toil on and off the field by an awful lot of people involved in women’s football will hopefully reap their reward on Sunday when the two best teams in the women’s winter game meet for the right to become the first to gain promotion to the Super League. Continue reading