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

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Lewes cup win proof that youngsters can flourish in adult football

Lewes celebrate winning the Sussex County Women and Girls Football League Cup, April 26 2015 (Photos: Jane Roberts/Jacquie Agnew)

Most of the Lewes development side have been together through the youth age groups (Photos: Jane Roberts/Jacquie Agnew)

Lewes’s development side became surely the youngest ever winners of the Sussex County League Cup on Sunday when they resoundingly beat the vastly more experienced Hurstpierpoint 4-1 in the final.

With seven 16-year-olds and nine 17-year-olds, Martin Perkins’ squad, playing in their first season in adult football, had an average age of just over 16.5. Continue reading

Experience wins the day as Rottingdean get to grips with young Lewes upstarts

Rottingdean Village (Clark, Sanders) 2-1 Lewes (Miller)

Action from Rottingdean Village v Lewes Feb 1 2015

The styles might have been different, but Rottingdean Village and Lewes enjoyed a close-fought match

Rottingdean must get fed up with the comparisons and contrasts of their style¬†with the young whipper-snappers who have turned the Sussex County Women’s League upside down this season.

The veterans of so many county league campaigns have been there, seen it and largely done it at this, the entry level for adult footballers in Sussex, while so many of their opponents this season are rookie teenagers still adapting to life in the senior game. Continue reading

Sussex League hit again as Predators pull out

Sent Her Forward exclusive

Predators and Lancing's teams line up before their match on Sep 21 2014

Predators had only nine players for their first match of the season at Lancing

The Sussex County Women’s League faces yet more upheaval after bottom club Predators pulled out, leaving just eight teams in the county’s only adult league for women. Continue reading

How Nina’s nightmare news turned into a dream come true

Nina Wilson

Nina Wilson: Football is one of the main things in my life

Nina Wilson’s promising goalkeeping career appeared to be over almost before it had begun.

When I spoke to her in the summer, the 15-year-old had just been given the news that the Sussex Under-18 League that her team, Lewes, were about to move into had been scrapped because of a lack of interest (only four sides were prepared to take part). Continue reading

Level-headed Molly strikes the perfect balance

Molly Miller (Photo: Frances Earnshaw)

Molly Miller: A lot of people are quite shocked at how seriously I take it (Photo: Frances Earnshaw)

Molly Miller is so crazy about football that when the boys in her first ever (mixed) team wouldn’t pass to her, she left and set up her own.

Then, when her school side struggled to attract players, she became the driving force behind recruiting girls to that, too.

Now settled at a club where football for females is a given, the 17-year-old can focus her energies on honing her game and striving for that dream of becoming a professional footballer. Continue reading

Crawley help themselves to early Christmas bonus with record 21-goal salute

Round-up of the last competitive games of the season in the Sussex County League

Crawley Wasps equalled the Sussex County Women’s League goalscoring record, thrashing Henfield 21-0, just a week after title rivals Lancing cruised to a 20-0 victory.

P W D L F A PTS
Lancing 10 9 0 1 82 10 27
Crawley Wasps 10 8 1 1 48 16 25
Hurstpierpoint 8 6 0 2 35 2 18
Lewes 8 5 1 2 35 7 16
Rottingdean Village 7 3 2 2 30 15 11
Jarvis Brook 8 3 0 5 17 22 9
Henfield 9 2 0 7 3 66 6
Worthing Town 9 0 1 8 5 47 1
Predators 9 0 1 8 1 71 1

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