Lethal Lewes corner queen causes Basildon to buckle

Sian Heather scores Lewes's second goal against C&K Basildon, March 26 2017

C&K Basildon suffered a difficult first half, during which Sian Heather put Lewes 2-0 up, before putting up a brighter performance after the break (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 3 (Bridges 3, 84; Heather 42)
C&K Basildon 0

Lewes ground out a thoroughly satisfying, if unspectacular, victory over mid-table rivals C&K Basildon to keep alive their hopes of a top-half finish in the Premier League. Continue reading


Valiant Chichester shine in defeat as Brighton take back Sussex Cup

Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup final: Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (Blackie, Taylor) Chichester City 0

Vicky Ashton-Jones and Jay Blackie celebrate with the Sussex Cup, March 12 2015

Brighton won the cup for the 15th time in 21 years

Brighton avenged their shock defeat in last season’s Sussex County Cup final, overcoming a valiant and spirited Chichester City to win by a comfortable two-goal margin.

Yet it looked anything but comfortable for the Premier League side in the closing stages as their injury-hit opponents posed them all manner of problems and so very nearly scored the goal that would not only have been reward for their endeavours, but which, according to Brighton boss James Marrs, could have changed the complexion of the match. 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

Ten-goal Brighton restrict Gillingham youngsters’ development

Action from Brighton Reserves v Gillingham Reserves, Jan 4 2015

For much of the game Gillingham seemed to be in awe of Brighton’s talented team

Brighton Reserves (Blackie 4, Somes 3, Perry, Talbut-Smith, Baker-Carroll) 10-0 Gillingham Reserves

Reserve leagues are a minefield for clubs and their managers. Are they really just platforms for younger players to learn their trade and fight their way into first teams, or does the very existence of a league format mean they should be taken seriously as competitions in themselves? Continue reading

Big defeat feels like a victory for Wivelsfield

Wivelsfield Green 2 (J Gardiner 2) Brighton 9 (Potkins, Blackie 3, Baker-Carroll 3, Perry, Hughes OG)

Jade Gardiner scores for Wivelsfield Green against Brighton Oct 19 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Jade Gardiner shocked Brighton by putting Wivelsfield into the lead before grabbing a second late on (Photo: Dave Burt)

The players and officials of Wivelsfield Green were divided before kick-off, not only between the optimists and pessimists, but also in their own minds.

When you’re playing one of the best teams in the women’s winter game, do you embrace the occasion and try to enjoy it or do you dread every second of the build-up, fretting about what a double-figures defeat might do to confidence and club spirit?

It took precisely four minutes for everyone connected with the Haywards Heath club to decide. Continue reading

Gillingham win may prove turning point for Brighton

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FAW Premier League special preview – Sent Her Forward match to watch: Charlton Athletic v Brighton

Jay Blackie in action for Brighton at Gillingham, October 2 2014

Jay Blackie is still not totally satisfied with her own form but says her Brighton team are starting to click (Photo: Julian Hart)

Pre-season title favourites Brighton are beginning to click after an up-and-down start to the season. Continue reading