Dalton’s dream teams: Simply the best

Part two of Sent Her Forward’s look back at the players who have most impressed and made me smile in best part of six years of reporting on women’s football

Deanna Cooper and Jo Wilson compete for the ball during the match between Brighton and QPR, Sep 6 2015 (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Deanna Cooper (centre) and Jay Blackie (right), two of the finest footballers I’ve seen, make both my first XIs (Photo: Kevin Richards)

I must have seen at least a dozen of those who took part in this summer’s Women’s World Cup in live club games.

Yet my selections for my Best Ever Team represent a footballing universe far broader than the game’s top global competition – or even just the Women’s Super League. Continue reading

Dalton’s dream teams: A few of my favourite things

A walk down Memory Lane as Sent Her Forward recalls some of the finest players I’ve had the privilege of watching

Wivelsfield Green's Leigh Farley gets in a tackle during their match against Bexhill United Reserves March 30 2014 Photo: Dave Burt

Leigh Farley scored the first goal I ever saw live in women’s football – but she did far more than that (Photo: Dave Burt)

It’s almost seven years since I began watching women’s football – and nearly six since I started reporting on it on Sent Her Forward.

Time for a list or two, I think. Continue reading

Pompey star Hillier bows out with ultimate club accolade

Gemma Hillier leads Portsmouth out at Fratton Park (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Hillier led Portsmouth Ladies in their first ever game at Fratton Park in December 2013 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

For a footballer who means so much to a club, Gemma Hillier’s retirement from Portsmouth, the team she has represented for more than 17 years, was a rather ill-fitting anti-climax. 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

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

Pompey learn lessons in defeat as Millwall raise the bar

FA Cup 4th Round: Portsmouth 1 (Hillier) Millwall Lionesses 4 (Billson 3, Blakely OG)

Action from Portsmouth v Millwall, March 8 2015 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth presented Millwall with their toughest test so far, according to their management team (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth suffered cup agony for the second week running, falling to their second defeat in a row. Yet, if the players respond in the right way, the two setbacks could prove the making of their season. Continue reading

Lewes generous to a fault as Pompey return to the top

Lewes 0 Portsmouth 3 (Hillier 2, Umotong)

Michelle Beazley saves at point-blank from Gemma Hillier, of Portsmouth, Oct 8 2014 (Photo: James Prickett)

Michelle Beazley stood between Portsmouth and a bigger victory (Photo: James Prickett)

Lewes have a reputation as a friendly club, but they slightly overdid the welcoming bit when they rolled out a carpet of a pitch at the Dripping Pan, and then proceeded to let Portsmouth play all over it.

Pompey’s eager, highly motivated players accepted their hosts’ generosity to cruise to a comfortable 3-0 win that puts them back on top of the Premier League. 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

Community shares Portsmouth’s celebrations

Charley Wilson receives her fans' player of the year award from Millie Underwood (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Fans’ player of the year Charley Wilson received her award from superfan Millie Underwood (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

It’s always nice to hold your club presentation evening in somewhere called the Victory Lounge.

And while the Victory in mind might have more to do with one of the finest competitors ever to come out of Portsmouth, the flagship that featured in Lord Nelson’s most celebrated triumph is a fine metaphor for the teamwork and spirit that now pervades that city’s football club. Continue reading

Coventry take title after presenting solid case for the defence

Portsmouth 0-1 Coventry City

Coventry City went top of the FAW Premier League for the first time this season – on the day that really mattered.

Having played catch-up for most of the campaign after bad weather and cup runs caused a fixture pile-up, today was the West Midlands side’s hour-and-a-half in the spotlight.

And in holding on to take the win that they needed to snatch the title from erstwhile leaders Gillingham, they ensured that, come four o’clock, they were basking in it. Continue reading