Brighton start Super League adventure without Hope but with plenty of optimism

Sent Her Forward 2017 preview: Part two – Brighton

Ini Umotong, Brighton, July 10 2017 (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

Brighton pulled off a coup with the signing of Nigeria international striker Ini Umotong (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

It’s here at last. Brighton finally make their Super League bow, almost 18 months after clinching their place with a play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion after winning the Premier League Southern title.
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Sussex County League ensures that goals no longer make such a difference

Sent Her Forward Sussex grassroots preview

Jade Gardiner shoots during Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield's game at Crawley Wasps Reserves, Oct 3 2015 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Too many goals are driving out the weaker teams, according to the Sussex County League (Photo: Dave Burt)

The Sussex County League has scrapped goal difference this season, leaving continental-style head-to-head statistics to determine the positions of sides level on points. Continue reading

Stakes higher than ever as Premier League clubs invest in chance of glory

Chichester City celebrate winning promotion/Lewes promotional pic (Photos: caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Cbichester City join the Premier League elite where they will be competing against a Lewes side now paying their women the same as their men (Photos: Caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Love it or fear its consequences, the Super League has ignited a change in women’s domestic football, forcing standards among the genuine challengers in the Premier League to rise inexorably. Continue reading

Shrinking league won’t stifle ambitious clubs

Sent Her Forward Premier League season preview

Gemma Shepherd, Kit Graham and Avilla Bergin, Charlton Athletic, July 2016

With new signing Avilla Bergin joining Gemma Shepherd and Kit Graham at Charlton, goals should not be a problem as they bid to go one better in the new campaign (Photo: Charlton Athletic WFC)

The launch of another season in the Premier League Southern has been overshadowed by the withdrawal of Forest Green Rovers because of their struggle to provide a competitive squad. Continue reading

Underdogs become play-off favourites in the battle of the Albions

Sent Her Forward previews the game that could make or break champions’ seasons

Brighton and Sporting Club Albion celebrate winning their respective Premier Leagues, 2016 (Photos: Geoff Penn/BHA/SCA)

Brighton and Sporting Club Albion each won their leagues with points to spare (Photos: Geoff Penn/BHA)

For a second time, the cream of England’s Women’s Premier League footballers will do battle for a chance to join the game’s élite in the Super League. Continue reading

County teams join the fray as women’s season gathers momentum

Dripping Pan, Lewes, and Ewhurst Playing Fields, Crawley (Photos: Sent Her Forward)

From Premier League to County League, the women’s football season is well and truly under way

As the long, hard quest for a place in the Super League enters its second month, the last of the women’s and girls’ football league programmes gets under way, with the start of the Sussex County Women and Girls Football League’s 2015/16 season. Continue reading

Super League hopefuls scent success as battle for Premier League begins again

Sent Her Forward takes a look at the first round of league fixtures of the new women’s season

Fliss Gibbons is congratulated on one of her goals for Brighton against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton won their opening game of last season, against newly promoted Copsewood. They will be hoping to do the same this season against Forest Green Rovers (Photo: BHA/Geoff Penn)

And so the quest for success begins yet again, as the cream of the women’s winter game plus dozens more from the Premier League’s feeder divisions embark on another season, full of hope and ambition. Continue reading