Shrinking league won’t stifle ambitious clubs

Sent Her Forward Premier League season preview

Gemma Shepherd, Kit Graham and Avilla Bergin, Charlton Athletic, July 2016

With new signing Avilla Bergin joining Gemma Shepherd and Kit Graham at Charlton, goals should not be a problem as they bid to go one better in the new campaign (Photo: Charlton Athletic WFC)

The launch of another season in the Premier League Southern has been overshadowed by the withdrawal of Forest Green Rovers because of their struggle to provide a competitive squad. Continue reading

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Old scores to be settled as Premier League clubs switch focus to cup

Sent Her Forward previews the weekend’s games

They’ve only been playing for two weeks, but the FAW Premier League clubs take a break from league action this weekend to contest the first games of this season’s FAW Premier League Cup.

Holders Charlton Athletic, who beat Sheffield FC on penalties in last season’s final, are already through to the next preliminary round after being awarded a walkover against Gloucester City, who are struggling following their promotion to South West Division 1.

But there are plenty more compelling ties to be played on Sunday. Sent Her Forward previews some of them. Continue reading

New-look Gillingham put relegation misery behind them with nine-goal salvo

Sent Her Forward weekend round-up

Lauren Williams, Shannon Redhouse and Kallie Balfour celebrate one of Gillingham's nine goals against Bedford, August 23 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Kallie Balfour and Shannon Redhouse shared six goals on their Gillingham league debuts (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham made the perfect start to life in the lower leagues, hammering Bedford 9-0 at Chatham Town FC. Continue reading

Essex girls send shockwaves through Premier League

Newly-promoted C&K Basildon pulled off their second successive stunning Premier League result, winning at title hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur.

Steve Tilson’s talented side, who won South East Division 1 last season, followed last weekend’s impressive draw at home to Charlton Athletic with their first three points of the new campaign against a Spurs side reduced to nine players by the end.

Their 1-0 win takes them to third in the early Premier League table, but more significantly, they are unbeaten after facing two of the top sides in the division. Continue reading

Swindon in determined mood to make up for lost time

Old Actonians celebrate winning the LSEWF League Cup 2015 (Photo: Julie Hoare)

Old Actonians won a league and cup double last season and kept up the momentum on the opening day of their first Premier League campaign (Photo: Julie Hoare)

Swindon Town shrugged off the disappointment of the points deduction that cost them promotion last season to give notice that they could be the team to beat again this time around, with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Southampton Saints. Continue reading

Gillingham opt for joint managers after Ratcliffe’s departure

Collage of Simon Ratcliffe, Jack Wheeler and Darren Hare, Gillingham LFC (Photos: Julian Hart/Gillingham LFC)

Simon Ratcliffe leaves after failing to keep Gillingham in the Premier League and is replaced by Jack Wheeler and Darren Hare (Photos: Julian Hart/Gillingham FC)

Simon Ratcliffe’s challenging time in charge of Gillingham has come to an end with what the club describe as a mutual agreement. Continue reading