Half the division in with a chance of a tilt at the Super League

Sheffield FC celebrate beating Portsmouth in the FAWPL champions play-off (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Ultimate target: Sheffield FC broke the hearts of Premier League Southern champions Portsmouth with an injury-time win in the Super League play-off (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

After a truly compelling Premier League season, in which once again the title was determined on the final day, the top clubs from the southern winter pyramid are about to go into battle in a campaign that will surely be at least as intensive. Continue reading

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Premier League proves its value after door to Super League is opened

Part one of Sent Her Forward’s review of the season – starting with the FAW Premier League

Composite of action featuring Portsmouth, Brighton, Lewes and Gillingham

A season to remember: (clockwise) Portsmouth win the league, Brighton come so close, Gillingham celebrations are rare but Lewes consolidate (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Paul Hazlewood/BHA/Julian Hart/James Boyes)

There’s nothing like a bit of incentive to bring out the best in sportsmen and women. Continue reading

Northeast praises Pompey’s ’12th man’ as Blakely sees red

Portsmouth (Umotong, Wilson, Clark) 3-1 Queens Park Rangers (Rudman, pen)

Sadie Blakely fouls Natalie Adams and is sent off by referee Harry Redman before Gemma Rudman converts the penalty kick (Photos: Kevin Richards)

Seeing red: Photographer Kevin Richards magnificently captures the sequence of events leading to QPR’s goal from Gemma Rudman’s penalty after Natalie Adams was brought down by Sadie Blakely

And so it goes down to the final Sunday. Portsmouth shrugged off the handicap of playing nearly an hour of their crucial penultimate Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers with only 10 players to seal a hard-earned win that takes them to within a point of the championship. Continue reading

Red tape and fixture clashes at the root of West Ham’s downfall

Screenshot of Sent Her Forward story on West Ham's ejection from the Essex County CupWest Ham United’s ejection from the Essex Women’s Cup appears to be the price they have paid for entering their first team in two different county-cup competitions.

The FAW Premier League club find themselves the victims of fixture clashes caused by a build-up of games in four different competitions – and the apparent inflexibility of football administrators.

The Essex FA, which has thrown its county cup holders out for failing to honour their quarter-final tie against Billericay Town this Sunday, has now clarified the reasons behind its decision. Continue reading

Eastbourne land another plum tie after shock win over Rangers

Sent Her Forward FAW Cup special

Action from Eastbourne Town v QPR, Jan 11 2015 (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Eastbourne Town’s victory over a team two levels above them earned them a third-round tie (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Eastbourne Town pulled off the shock of the second round, disposing of Premier League Queens Park Rangers to set up another dream home tie.

But Portsmouth, Lewes and Brighton, who all came through their ties unscathed, are all away in the next round. Continue reading

More than pride at stake in East Sussex derby reunion

Sent Her Forward takes a look at the first fixtures of 2015

Action from Lewes v Brighton (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes had a superb end to last season, beating Brighton to finish above them for the first time (Photo: James Boyes)

The new year kicks off with a local derby that might once have featured as much needle as your average Christmas tree. 

Or at least it would if it wasn’t for the weather.
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QPR pay heavy price for Gillingham fixture postponement

QPR celebrate promotion May 4 2014 (Photo: Kevin Richards)

QPR won the South East Combination last season to win promotion to the Premier League (Photo: Kevin Richards)

An administrative oversight by Queens Park Rangers that caused their Premier League game against Gillingham to be postponed in October has proved costly. They have been docked three points by the FAW Premier League for failing to fulfil the fixture.

It’s a high price to pay for what the club said was an oversight in relation to a county FA matter: the only reason the FAWPL became involved was that Rangers’ temporary suspension by the Middlesex FA prevented them playing the game at Gillingham on October 5. Continue reading