Wivi call it a day – but not for ever

Wivelsfield Green's Leigh Farley gets in a tackle during their match against Bexhill United Reserves March 30 2014 Photo: Dave Burt

The picture that epitomises Wivi – former captain Leigh Farley in action for one of the most spirited clubs I have seen (Photo: Dave Burt)

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


Double joy for Lewes as Chichester are left licking their wounds

Goalmouth action in the pre-season friendly between Lewes and Chichester City, August 2 2015 (Photo: Charles Hobley)

Lewes won both games, but there were encouraging signs for both Chichester sides, too (Photo: Charles Hobley)

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

Late penalty blow hands Lewes youngsters a timely lesson

Lewes Development (Tagg, Tibble) 2-2 Gillingham Reserves (Loosemore, North pen)

Action from Lewes Development v Gillingham Reserves, March 29 2015An 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

Wonder goals seal victory as Chichester and Lewes demonstrate their development

Chichester City Development (Bailey, Halford, Grant) 3-2 Lewes Development (Hawes OG, Spice)

Rainbow over Oaklands Park as Chichester City Development play Lewes Development Dec 7 2014Chichester 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

Classy Portsmouth win battle of the next generation

Lewes Development 2 (Tibble 2) Portsmouth Development 7 (Skinner 2, Currie 2, Gratton 2, Dark)

Portsmouth Development take a free-kick in their match against Lewes Development at Uckfield, Sep 28 2014

Portsmouth were given a bit of a shock after leading Lewes 6-0 at half-time

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

Killer instinct or killing interest?

Part four of our look at the fallout from a single Sussex County Cup match

Chichester City score against Gloucester City in the FA Cup

Chichester City have two 6-0 and a 12-0 cup win under their belts this season (Photo: Darran Stevens)

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

Raining champions: will trophies be determined by default?

The third part of an in-depth look at the effects of postponements on clubs and their players

Action from QPR v Gillingham 12/01/14 (Photo: Girls On The Ball)

Gillingham stuttered when they resumed their season against lower-league QPR in the FA Cup (Photo: Girls on the Ball)

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