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
Lewes 4 (McIntyre 20, 90+6, Khassal 45+1, 56) Chichester City 1 (Fowlie 88)
Lewes Development 2 (Smith 26, Lock 71) Chichester City Development 0
The pain of pre-season takes many forms – the struggle for fitness, juggling with new tactics, and, as so many frustrated managers discover, even just putting out a side in what for many is still very much the holiday season. Continue reading
Lewes Development (Tagg, Tibble) 2-2 Gillingham Reserves (Loosemore, North pen)
An injury-time penalty denied Lewes’s second string a second successive league victory after going most of the season without one at all in a game spoilt by the windy conditions at the Convent Field. Continue reading
Chichester City Development (Bailey, Halford, Grant) 3-2 Lewes Development (Hawes OG, Spice)
Chichester City’s development side finally broke their duck at their new, exalted level with a narrow victory against fellow strugglers Lewes in a hard-fought and entertaining match at Oaklands Park.
They recovered after falling behind to a farcical own goal and then after being pegged back by Lewes’s spirited young team, they summoned up the necessary skill and determination to kill off their opponents at the death with a goal worthy of winning any game. Continue reading
Lewes Development 2 (Tibble 2) Portsmouth Development 7 (Skinner 2, Currie 2, Gratton 2, Dark)
Once again, the kids shine brightest. Several times last season the best matches I saw featured under-16s and under-18s, and so it was again today at Uckfield.
Only this time, it was an adult game. Continue reading
Part four of our look at the fallout from a single Sussex County Cup match
The dilemma at the heart of the discussion triggered by Brighton’s 17-0 win over Worthing Town Reserves is how to achieve competitive, meaningful contests without shattering the losing side’s confidence.
The debate that followed the Sussex Challenge Cup semi-final at the Withdean Stadium centred on whether it was fair that the majority of the county’s grassroots women’s sides should have to enter a competition that they know they have virtually no chance of winning. Continue reading
The third part of an in-depth look at the effects of postponements on clubs and their players
This winter’s prolonged enforced lay-off from football is likely to prove costly for many clubs – both in terms of achievements on the field and their fortunes off it.
Those sentiments have resonated strongly in many of the responses Sent Her Forward has received to its investigation into the impact of this record-breaking rainy spell on football in the South East. Continue reading