Charley Wilson-Blakely scored twice but was later forced off with injury (Photo: John Holden)
Lewes 2 (Rutherford 40; Lane 44)
Chichester City 2 (Wilson-Blakely 27, 31)
Chichester City claimed a minor victory after becoming only the second side to take a point off Lewes at their Dripping Pan fortress this season, but it must have felt like a defeat after losing their key player, talisman and top scorer Charley Wilson-Blakely to an injury that looks bound to sideline her for some weeks. Continue reading
Sent Her Forward takes a look at the background to Brighton’s Premier League title success
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
Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final: Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (Blackie, Taylor) Chichester City 0
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
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Charlton Athletic (Graham, Paye)
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
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Gillingham
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