They did it. Against all the odds, after the club’s spectacular implosion, and without so many of the personnel who had taken them to the brink of greatness, Brighton’s hardy bunch combined talent with tenacity to win the do-or-die play-off against Sporting Club Albion and all-but secure a place in the Super League. Continue reading
Sent Her Forward takes a look at the background to Brighton’s Premier League title success
Two years ago James Marrs took his table-topping Gillingham team to Brighton for a crucial end-of-season game that could have all but sealed the Premier League title. Continue reading
Portsmouth 2 (Quinn, Hillier) Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (Gibbons)
Portsmouth emerged triumphant in the battle of the south-coast giants as they did the Premier League double over much-fancied Brighton with a victory that could prove pivotal to their season and which spoke volumes for their character and belief.
There may only have been one goal between the sides in a hard, close-fought match that could help decide the destiny of the league title, but there was a world of difference in what the result meant to the respective camps. Continue reading
Brighton Reserves (Blackie 4, Somes 3, Perry, Talbut-Smith, Baker-Carroll) 10-0 Gillingham Reserves
Reserve leagues are a minefield for clubs and their managers. Are they really just platforms for younger players to learn their trade and fight their way into first teams, or does the very existence of a league format mean they should be taken seriously as competitions in themselves? Continue reading
Wivelsfield Green 2 (J Gardiner 2) Brighton 9 (Potkins, Blackie 3, Baker-Carroll 3, Perry, Hughes OG)
The players and officials of Wivelsfield Green were divided before kick-off, not only between the optimists and pessimists, but also in their own minds.
When you’re playing one of the best teams in the women’s winter game, do you embrace the occasion and try to enjoy it or do you dread every second of the build-up, fretting about what a double-figures defeat might do to confidence and club spirit?
It took precisely four minutes for everyone connected with the Haywards Heath club to decide. Continue reading
Brighton’s Sophie Perry has been included in the Republic of Ireland’s squad for a winter training camp in Spain.
The 27-year-old full-back is among the 20 players named by Ireland boss Sue Ronan to attend the camp in La Manga next week in preparation for the next phase of the country’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
The five-day stay is understood to include practice matches against England and the Netherlands. Continue reading
RAF FA 1-2 Sussex FA
Sussex manager Emma Millington celebrated a splendid away win against the RAF and paid tribute to the role played by the county’s top clubs.
Three players dropped out at short notice because of illness, but despite the disruption of having to make late call-ups, her county representative side clinched a well earned Southern Counties Cup victory.
It was Sophie Perry who proved the match-winner, with both goals. Continue reading