Brighton finally in control of their own destiny as Marrs makes it third time lucky

Sent Her Forward takes a look at the background to Brighton’s Premier League title success

Brighton celebrate winning the FAW Premier League Southern (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton are deserved Premier League champions – but they haven’t finished yet (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Two years ago James Marrs took his table-topping Gillingham team to Brighton for a crucial end-of-season game that could have all but sealed the Premier League title. Continue reading

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Valiant Chichester shine in defeat as Brighton take back Sussex Cup

Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final: Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (Blackie, Taylor) Chichester City 0

Vicky Ashton-Jones and Jay Blackie celebrate with the Sussex Cup, March 12 2015

Brighton won the cup for the 15th time in 21 years

Brighton avenged their shock defeat in last season’s Sussex County Cup final, overcoming a valiant and spirited Chichester City to win by a comfortable two-goal margin.

Yet it looked anything but comfortable for the Premier League side in the closing stages as their injury-hit opponents posed them all manner of problems and so very nearly scored the goal that would not only have been reward for their endeavours, but which, according to Brighton boss James Marrs, could have changed the complexion of the match. Continue reading

Charlton hit the ground running after loss of manager to reach semi-final

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Charlton Athletic (Graham, Paye)

Kim Dixson and Catherine Cooper challenge for the ball, Brighton v Charlton Athletic, March 1 2015 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Charlton have now been responsible for two of Brighton’s four defeats this season (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Charlton Athletic beat Brighton for the second time this season, not only sending a reminder that the early-season Premier League pacesetters are far from invincible, but also reinforcing the belief within the London club that their own quest for the Super League is not yet dead.

Today’s victory, in the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup, does not directly affect the title race, but it could well have an impact on how the final third of the season evolves, with Charlton taking immense satisfaction, and no little encouragement, from today’s result – only Brighton’s second home defeat all season. Continue reading

Gills triumph in the margins to maintain quest for treble

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Gillingham

Brighton and Gillingham players shake hands before kick-off May 11 2014

Gillingham’s third win over Brighton this season was also their narrowest

Football’s successful players and teams are often separated from the also-rans by the finest of lines.

Talent and attitude take players a long way. Ability to carry out the required tactics in the cauldron of competition, and to think clearly when mayhem surrounds you, may prove the ultimate difference. Continue reading