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 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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Pompey in the driving seat after doing the double over Brighton

Portsmouth 2 (Quinn, Hillier) Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (Gibbons)

Portsmouth celebrate against Brighton, March 15 2015 (Photos: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth’s victory takes them to within a point of the top of the Premier League (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth emerged triumphant in the battle of the south-coast giants as they did the Premier League double over much-fancied Brighton with a victory that could prove pivotal to their season and which spoke volumes for their character and belief.

There may only have been one goal between the sides in a hard, close-fought match that could help decide the destiny of the league title, but there was a world of difference in what the result meant to the respective camps. 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

Astonishing cup comeback reveals Brighton’s new strength of character

Brighton celebrate one of their six goals against West Ham United (Jan 11 2015) Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA

Brighton staged a sensational comeback, with four goals in 12 minutes (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton (Blackie, Barton 2, Somes 2, Boswell) 6-2 West Ham United (Sherwood, McCrea)

Brighton have torn many teams apart this season on their way to the top of the FAW Premier League, but their victory today in the second round of the FAW Cup represents a new dimension to their continuing evolution into a genuinely top-class side. Continue reading

Brighton back on top as injured pair make long-awaited comebacks

Round-up of the weekend’s women’s football highlights

Portsmouith celebrate a goal against Spurs, Dec 14 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth kept up the pressure on the leaders with a 4-1 win over Spurs that extended their unbeaten run to 14 games (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Brighton took advantage of Charlton’s draw at West Ham to go clear at the top of the FAW Premier League, beating Copsewood Coventry 3-0.

But it was not just the result that delighted the Brighton contingent – two of their summer signings made their first starts for the club after long-term injuries, boosting James Marrs’ strong squad still further.

Vicky Ashton-Jones and Danielle Carlton both featured in Coventry, with the latter marking her return with a goal and an assist from trademark free-kicks. Continue reading