Super League hopefuls scent success as battle for Premier League begins again

Sent Her Forward takes a look at the first round of league fixtures of the new women’s season

Fliss Gibbons is congratulated on one of her goals for Brighton against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton won their opening game of last season, against newly promoted Copsewood. They will be hoping to do the same this season against Forest Green Rovers (Photo: BHA/Geoff Penn)

And so the quest for success begins yet again, as the cream of the women’s winter game plus dozens more from the Premier League’s feeder divisions embark on another season, full of hope and ambition. Continue reading

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Tough start for Premier League champions Portsmouth

Fliss Gibbons is congratulated on one of her goals for Brighton against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Fliss Gibbons was among the scorers when Brighton won their opening fixture last season against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Premier League Southern champions Portsmouth will need to make sure their Super League play-off disappointment is well and truly out of their system when they begin the defence of their title with a daunting start to the new Premier League campaign. Continue reading

Leading clubs in early season showdowns

Sent Her Forward brings you the highlights of the weekend’s women’s football fixtures in the South East

Fliss Gibbons is congratulated on one of her goals for Brighton against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton currently top the Premier League Southern (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Barely a month into the Premier League season and it’s already tight at the top of the Southern Division.

Three teams are currently locked at the summit, with two more only a win away with games in hand.

Four of the top five meet in Sunday’s fifth round of fixtures – but they all know that the fifth team in that group, Tottenham Hotspur – the only club left with a 100% record – are currently the team to beat. Continue reading

FAW Cup draw sparks fixture headache

Herne Bay players lift the SECWL Cup trophy with the league's Greg Petts

Greg Petts said clubs and fixture secretaries were left scrambling to rearrange matches

Managers and league administrators have been left fuming by the FA’s late cup draw which gave them little over a week to rearrange fixtures.

League matches have been called off, pitch bookings cancelled or rebooked and clubs left with even more headaches than usual after being given just eight days’ notice of the FAW Cup Preliminary Round games following the draw last weekend. Continue reading

Marrs to face former club in early crunch match

Brighton host Gillingham in May 2014Brighton’s new manager James Marrs is in line for a quick reunion with the club he left last month after his new team were pitted against Gillingham in their second Premier League fixture of the new season.

Marrs, who led the Gills to second place in last season’s competition, took over the Seagulls just a couple of weeks after the end of the campaign.

His penultimate game in charge of the Kent side was at Brighton on May 11. Now the two South East clubs renew rivalries with a lot of added spice in the fixture. Continue reading

Battle of Sussex for place in League Cup final

The weekend’s key fixtures – including a contest for a cup final place

Action from Worthing Minors v Bexhill United Feb 23 2014

Bexhill United beat Worthing Minors in their quarter-final

Two of Sussex’s best two sides outside the top tiers do battle on Sunday for the right to represent the county in the final of the South East Counties Women’s League Cup.

Premier Division title hopefuls Bexhill United host Chichester City Reserves, who are running away with Division One West for the chance to play Herne Bay, of Division One East, for the trophy. Continue reading