Wivi team up with Saltdean as young managers seek to inject fresh life into women’s game

Badges of Saltdean United and Worthing UnitedWivi have called it a day. After withdrawing from the South East Counties league midway through last season through a lack of numbers, Haywards Heath and Wivelsfield have decided not to risk re-forming –¬†but their spirit will live on at the heart of a brand new club, Saltdean United Ladies. Continue reading

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Wivi call it a day – but not for ever

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

The picture that epitomises Wivi – former captain Leigh Farley in action for one of the most spirited clubs I have seen (Photo: Dave Burt)

How devastating the irony that on the day that Sent Her Forward celebrates its third birthday I have to report that the team that triggered my love of women’s football has called it a day. Continue reading

Lancing sail into semis after overcoming depleted Wivi’s fighting spirit

Action from Lancing v Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield, Nov 20 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Haywards Heath attacks were considerably more frequent than might have been expected with eight players

Lancing 4 (Akehurst 20, Cobb 24, Gipson 27, Dack 33)
Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield 0

Just when you think the team have hit rock-bottom, that Wivi spirit shines through yet again and they end up surprising probably even themselves. Continue reading

Jackson unstoppable as five-star Cowfold gear up for title clash

Action from Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield v Cowfold, Oct 23 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield 0
Cowfold 5 (V Smallman 10; Jordan 36; Jackson 39, 59, 64)

Stacey Jackson grabbed her fourth hat-trick in seven games this season as Cowfold limbered up for next week’s top-of-the-table encounter with Worthing with a straightforward victory over a game, but limited Haywards Heath and Wivelsfield. Continue reading

Wasps and Wivi make light of absences to point to a bright future

Crawley Wasps Reserves 2 (O’Hagan 63, 69) Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield 1 (J Gardiner 70)

Helen Bashford saves at the feet of Nicholle Smith, Oct 3 2015 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Brave goalkeeping by Helen Bashford helped keep Crawley at bay (Photo: Dave Burt)

At grassroots level, the loss of a key player can have a massive effect. Squads tend not to be all that large – and even if they are, assembling a competitive XI – let alone a full bench of substitutes – can prove elusive. Continue reading

Minors heading for the big time after major summer surgery

Emma Chrimes and Kim Hughes in action for Wivelsfield Green against Chichester City (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Emma Chrimes and Kim Hughes (yellow shirts) led the exodus from Wivelsfield Green to Worthing Minors (Photo: Darran Stevens)

They forsook promotion after winning a thrilling championship on the final day because of a player exodus, but Worthing Minors have no doubt that come next May, when they look almost certain to be celebrating another title, this time they will take it as they begin a seemingly inevitable march towards the big time. Continue reading