Dalton’s dream teams: Simply the best

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 and Jo Wilson compete for the ball during the match between Brighton and QPR, Sep 6 2015 (Photo: Kevin Richards)

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

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In-form Crawley finally downed at the 20th attempt

Sian Heather (Crawley Wasps) and Helen Ogle (Chichester City) in action in the Sussex County Cup semi-final at Oakwood, Jan 20 2019 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Sussex Challenge Cup semi-final

Crawley Wasps (0) 1 (Young 77)
Chichester City (1) 2 (Taylor 9; Lewry (pen) 83)

All-conquering Crawley Wasps lost their 100% record in cruel fashion – to a hotly disputed late penalty, just minutes after they had got themselves back into the match – to crash out of the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup and miss out on the final for the first time in four seasons. Continue reading

High-flying pair braced for new battle of Sussex

Crawley Wasps v Chichester City, Woodside Road, Worthing, Sunday, December 9, 1pm

Jade Widdows scores her first goal against Crawley Wasps, July 31 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

Jade Widdows scored a stunning flying header when Chichester City visited Crawley Wasps for a friendly in 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

It’s a good time for women’s football in Sussex.

Brighton are plying their trade in the top division of the English game, while Lewes have stepped up to the second level, where they are gradually adjusting to life.

Looking to catch them up, Chichester City and Crawley Wasps are enjoying unprecedented success in the two tiers below. Continue reading

Classy Chichester hand new girls a lesson in life at the top

Action from Chichester City v Brislington, Sep 18 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City laid siege to the Brislington defence for much of the match (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 7 (Ambler 7; Khassal 19, 27, 74, 80; Lewry 64, 89)
Brislington 1 (Maggs 50)

Chichester City shrugged off their midweek setback to reassert themselves as justified favourites for promotion to the Premier League’s top tier with an overwhelming win over the division’s newest team. Continue reading

Goal-happy Brighton and Pompey head for the top

Round-up of the weekend’s action around the South East

Lucy Quinn scores for Portsmouth v Keynsham Town Sep 14 2014 (Photo: Matt Underwood)

Quinn grabbed her fourth goal of the season in Pompey’s 6-0 win over Keynsham Town (Photo: Matt Underwood)

South Coast Super League hopefuls Brighton and Portsmouth confirmed their credentials with goal-laden victories on Sunday. Continue reading

In-form Notts County pose Pompey toughest FA Cup test

FAW Cup 6th round: Portsmouth v Notts County, Privett Park, April 27 2014, 2pm

Notts County celebrate a goal against Everton in the FAWSL (Photo: Notts County LFC)

Notts County are top of the FAWSL on goal difference after beating Everton 2-0 (Photo: Notts County LFC)

If you’re going to march into history, you might as well take on the very best. And that’s what Portsmouth Ladies will be doing on Sunday when they host the current leaders of the Women’s Super League in the quarter-finals of the FAW Cup. Continue reading

Portsmouth ease to another County Cup triumph

Hampshire Challenge Cup final – Portsmouth 6-0 University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth team celebrate winning the 2013/14 Hampshire County Cup (Photo: Lee Roberts)

Pompey won the Hampshire Cup for the sixth season in a row (Photo: Lee Roberts)

After the drama and intensity of Sunday’s injury-time FAW Cup win over Super League Durham, last night was the perfect opportunity for Portsmouth to experience something a little less frantic – with the virtual guarantee of a trophy at the end of it.

And it went pretty much according to plan. Continue reading