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

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Clinical Stanway shows wasteful Brighton how to finish

Steph Houghton and Kayleigh Green in action during Brighton's game against Manchester City, October 21 2018 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

City’s biggest win of the season lifted them to second, behind Arsenal, in the FAWSL (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Brighton (0) 0
Manchester City (2) 6 (Stanway 21, 63, 67; Weir 41; Parris 87; Emslie 90)

Super-slick Manchester City put on a commanding display to keep in touch with runaway leaders Arsenal at the top of the FA Women’s Super League and once again demonstrate to newly elevated Brighton how far they still have to go.

Teenage starlet Georgia Stanway gave Hope Powell’s strikers a lesson in how to finish, clinically dispatching three of her handful of chances while Brighton were left ruing their missed opportunities at the other end which might at least have earned them a more respectable scoreline. Continue reading

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

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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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

Final analysis: how the Hampshire County Cup was won

Portsmouth 4-1 Southampton Saints – the story behind the glory

Portsmouth celebrate after winning the Hampshire County Cup for the 11th time at Privett Park, Gosport, April 8 2015 (Photo: Lee Roberts)

Portsmouth equalled Southampton’s record of seven consecutive hampshire Cup wins, stretching their record total to 11 wins (Photo: Lee Roberts)

Few people, even among the most diehard Southampton supporters, would have expected anything other than a Portsmouth win.

Defeat for the Premier League Southern title-chasers against opposition from the tier below was unthinkable.

But after Sunday’s painful 6-3 defeat to title rivals Charlton Athletic, last night was not so much whether they won – or even by what score – but how they won it; how they responded to the hammer blow of twice surrendering leads to emerge pointless from their visit to south-east London on Sunday. Continue reading

The 33 minutes that hold the key to Umotong’s World Cup dream

Ini Umotong, of Portsmouth, Photo: Matt Underwood

Ini Umotong has nine games left with Pompey to help her case for a place at the summer World Cup (Photo: Matt Underwood)

Ini Umotong’s World Cup prospects rest largely on what she has already achieved in her brief spell with the Nigeria national squad after being forced to miss her country’s next three crucial qualifying matches because of commitments in England. Continue reading