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 (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
A walk down Memory Lane as Sent Her Forward recalls some of the finest players I’ve had the privilege of watching
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
Charley Wilson-Blakely scored twice but was later forced off with injury (Photo: John Holden)
Lewes 2 (Rutherford 40; Lane 44)
Chichester City 2 (Wilson-Blakely 27, 31)
Chichester City claimed a minor victory after becoming only the second side to take a point off Lewes at their Dripping Pan fortress this season, but it must have felt like a defeat after losing their key player, talisman and top scorer Charley Wilson-Blakely to an injury that looks bound to sideline her for some weeks. Continue reading
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
Lewes top scorer Rebecca Carter put her side on the way to an impressive FA Cup win over Cardiff City (Photo: James Boyes)
Lewes 2 (R Carter 17; Rutherford 35)
Cardiff City 0
Lewes proved to be Cardiff City’s bogey team once again as the Premier League club ended the high-flying Welsh side’s 13-match winning run and dumped them out of the FA Cup.
John Donoghue’s team denied Cardiff victory for the second time this season, having drawn with them at the start of the campaign, and once again, this was no fluke as they progressed to the third round. Continue reading
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Wilson scored 16 goals for Portsmouth in her last full Premier League season in 2014/15 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)
Chichester City have made another stunning capture, adding former Portsmouth striker Charley Wilson-Blakely to a team already bulging with Premier League talent.
The ambitious Premier League South West Division One leaders have transformed their squad – which finished second last season – signing a host of players with Premier League top-flight experience. Continue reading
Focus on the weekend’s big FAW Cup fourth-round tie: Portsmouth v Millwall Lionesses
Former team-mates Leeta Rutherford and Naomi Cole will be in direct opposition (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Millwall LFC)
Super League opposition again stand between Portsmouth and the further reaches of the FAW Cup – and Perry Northeast and co have found nothing to suggest they cannot enjoy another enthralling cup adventure. Continue reading
Ini Umotong has been called up by Nigeria at the age of 20 after a prolific five months with Portsmouth (Photo: Julian Hart)
Ini Umotong has plenty of people to thank for her call-up to Nigeria’s national squad, which opens the door to a possible appearance at the World Cup in Canada later this year. Continue reading
The prospect of an FAW Cup tie against her former club is a thrilling one for Leeta Rutherford (Photo: Jordan Hampton)
Portsmouth’s reward for an amazing 5-4 FAW Cup victory over Blackburn Rovers is a home tie – and the prospect of another memorable encounter with a Super League club in the fourth round.
Pompey beat WSL2 side Durham at the same stage of last season’s competition before bowing out to Notts County – then leaders of WSL1 – in the quarter-finals.
And this season’s draw has pitted them against Millwall, providing the London club can overcome Lowestoft Town in their rearranged third-round tie. Continue reading
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