Gutsy Brighton show character to down Durham despite being reduced to 10

Brighton 3 (Gibbons 8; Umotong 26; Buet pen 85)
Durham 2 (Hepple 45, 58)

Brighton showed two sides to their character, shrugging off the twin setbacks of surrendering a two-goal lead and having their goalkeeper sent off to clinch a valuable and significant victory over Durham and give new boss Hope Powell a winning start. Continue reading

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Brighton targeting Super League 1 licence – Hope Powell

Hope Powell, Brighton head coach

Hope Powell is aiming for the top tier of English women’s club football after a successful career as England manager (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Brighton are targeting WSL 1 football next season before their maiden Super League campaign has really got going.

And it may not be their on-field performances that get them there. Continue reading

Brighton start Super League adventure without Hope but with plenty of optimism

Sent Her Forward 2017 preview: Part two – Brighton

Ini Umotong, Brighton, July 10 2017 (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

Brighton pulled off a coup with the signing of Nigeria international striker Ini Umotong (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

It’s here at last. Brighton finally make their Super League bow, almost 18 months after clinching their place with a play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion after winning the Premier League Southern title.
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Young guns on target as Brighton ease into Super League mode

Alessia Russo in action for Brighton against Oxford United, Feb 26 2017 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton have begun life in the WSL’s spring series with successive 1-1 draws (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton 1 (Thomas 32)
Oxford United 1 (Gane 67)

Super League football finally came to Brighton best part of a year after the city’s team of many talents booked their place in the big time – and it looks as though they are there for the long haul. 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

Marrs back in the Premier League with West Ham

James Marrs as manager of Gillingham and Brighton (Photos: Julian Hart/Sent Her Forward)

From Gillingham to Brighton, Marrs enjoyed success with a style that is bound to go down well with the West Ham faithful (Photos: Julian Hart/Sent Her Forward)

James Marrs has bounced back into management three months after his stunning departure from Premier League champions Brighton.

Marrs is the new boss of West Ham United, who see the talented coach as the man to take them into the Super League – a feat Marrs effectively achieved with his previous club before his sacking just weeks ahead of the play-off final that clinched their promotion. Continue reading

Brighton emerge from turmoil to realise their Super League dream

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’s play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion takes them to the brink of WSL2 (Photo: Jane Roberts)

They did it. Against all the odds, after the club’s spectacular implosion, and without so many of the personnel who had taken them to the brink of greatness, Brighton’s hardy bunch combined talent with tenacity to win the do-or-die play-off against Sporting Club Albion and all-but secure a place in the Super League. Continue reading