Five-star Sands set to make an impact in Sussex League

Action from Saltdean United v Eastbourne, Aug 13 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Saltdean United 5 (Sands 3, 29, 55, 56, 82)
Eastbourne 0

The early signs suggest the standard in the Sussex County League this season is going to be pretty high.

With almost double the number of sides compared with last year – including some exciting new teams – competition is set to be fierce at the upper end of the Women’s Division. Continue reading

Super League test proves Chichester are not out of their depth

Action from Chichester City v Watford, August 6 2017 (Photo:: John Holden)

Both sides can be satisfied with their performances in a combative friendly (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 0
Watford 2 (Nuttall 41; Cudone 67)

Two teams who, a few months ago were two divisions apart, continued their pre-season journeys in a no-holds-barred clash at Oaklands Park that should leave both managers satisfied with how preparations are progressing. Continue reading

Promising Portsmouth performance suggests upheaval all but over

Action from Crawley Wasps v Portsmouth, July 30 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Crawley Wasps managed to bridge the two-division gap with Portsmouth but succumbed to three quickfire second-half goals

Crawley Wasps 1 (Rabson 2)
Portsmouth 5 (R Tonks 32; Albuery 38; Bell 56; Panting 60; Stephens 63)

Portsmouth’s agonisingly long period of transition following the break-up of their championship-winning side might finally be almost at an end. Continue reading

Chichester’s trigger-happy young guns fire warning shots to rivals

 

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

Jade Widdows converted a superb cross with a flying header for her first goal (Photo: John Holden)

Crawley Wasps 1 (Fine 97) Chichester City 7 (Albuery 1, 62, 79; Widdows 5, 7; Foster 56; Cheshire 119)

Two of Sussex’s most ambitious clubs took another step towards the new season in a pre-season friendly¬†with a difference at Ewhurst. Continue reading

Upwardly mobile Dons suggest they can handle the heat at higher level

Lewes players warm up before their friendly against AFC Wimbledon, July 24 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

The match never reached top gear on the hot 3G surface at a very warm Lewes

Lewes 0 AFC Wimbledon 0

Two teams who last season were two divisions apart took their next steps towards readiness for the new campaign in a goalless draw that hopefully produced more insight for the respective managers than it did thrills. 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

New faces pass audition as Lewes ring the changes

Lewes 2 (Spice 8, 59) Southampton Saints 1 (Wilson 44)

Action from the pre-season friendly between Lewes and Southampton Saints, July 19 2015 (Photo: Neville Dalton/Sent Her Forward)Two sides tentatively feeling their way through those first steps towards match readiness each declared themselves satisfied with their first 90 minutes of competitive football in conditions they are unlikely to face too often once the season starts. Continue reading