Brighton signal their intent with convincing victory over the new girls

Brigh ton celebrate Jay Blackie's opening goal for Brighton against Forest Green Rovers, August 16 2015 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Captain Jay Blackie put her side ahead midway through the first half (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton 4 (Blackie 16, D Cooper 28, Somes 63, Barton 83) Forest Green Rovers 0

Premier League runners-up Brighton sent an immediate signal to the rest of the division that they are ready, willing and undoubtedly able to go one better this season with a comfortable first-day win over newcomers Forest Green Rovers. Continue reading

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Half the division in with a chance of a tilt at the Super League

Sheffield FC celebrate beating Portsmouth in the FAWPL champions play-off (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Ultimate target: Sheffield FC broke the hearts of Premier League Southern champions Portsmouth with an injury-time win in the Super League play-off (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

After a truly compelling Premier League season, in which once again the title was determined on the final day, the top clubs from the southern winter pyramid are about to go into battle in a campaign that will surely be at least as intensive. Continue reading

In pictures: some of the weekend highlights around the South

Sent Her Forward photo special

Long Lane Reserves celebrate aftr winning the Kent Divisional Cup, April 27 2015 (Photo: Julie Hoare)

Long Lane Reserves are a win away from a perfect season (Photo: Julie Hoare)

This website is fortunate to be supported by like-minded people keen to help the development of women’s and girls’ football – and that includes photographers, professional and amateur, who are kind enough to allow me to use some of their work to illuminate my reports, features and analyses with their pictures.

Here to help tell the latest news of clubs in the area, is a selection of some of the photos. Continue reading

Mine’s a double! Forest Green clinch two trophies in 48 hours

Montage of Forest Green Rovers celebrating winning the league and Gloucestershire County Cup within the space of 48 hours, April 12 and 14 2015 (Photos: Forest Green Rovers LFC)

Forest Green celebrated their league title after watching their reserves play; then they beat Bristol Union to win the Gloucestershire County Cup two days later (Photos: Forest Green Rovers LFC/Shane Healey)

Forest Green Rovers are enjoying the week of their lives, celebrating a league and cup double after winning both trophies within the space of 48 hours. Continue reading

Eleven-goal Brighton reveal strength in depth

A look at the matches that survived the weekend weather

Action from Brighton Reserves v Chichester city Development, Nov 23 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Brighton were head and shoulders above Chichester City as they stepped up their title challenge (Photo: Dave Burt)

Unforgiving Brighton Reserves made it 49 goals in nine games as they stepped up the defence of their Reserves League title with an 11-0 victory over Chichester City’s Development side.

After clinching the championship last season, Brighton face a much harder task in defending it in a much-changed, expanded division which now also includes a number of the second-tier clubs’ second strings.

And their win at the Withdean Stadium today, which lifts them into second place behind West Ham, suggests they have the resources to deal with the more gruelling challenge this time around. Continue reading

Goal-happy Brighton and Pompey head for the top

Round-up of the weekend’s action around the South East

Lucy Quinn scores for Portsmouth v Keynsham Town Sep 14 2014 (Photo: Matt Underwood)

Quinn grabbed her fourth goal of the season in Pompey’s 6-0 win over Keynsham Town (Photo: Matt Underwood)

South Coast Super League hopefuls Brighton and Portsmouth confirmed their credentials with goal-laden victories on Sunday. Continue reading

Trio hold their nerve to stay in Premier League title hunt

Round-up of Sunday’s crucial action in the South East

The magnificent battle for the Premier League South is heading for an exciting denouement, with three teams still in with a chance of the title.

Gillingham remain favourites after coming from behind to defeat Brighton, but Coventry City’s 4-0 victory over Portsmouth has set up a spectacular showdown next weekend between the leading pair.

And with Cardiff City winning at West Ham United, any of the leading trio could still win the league. Continue reading