Brighton emerge from turmoil to realise their Super League dream

Captain Vicky Ashton-Jones lifts the Premier League Championship trophy after Brighton's 4-2 play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion (Photo: Jane Roberts)

Brighton’s play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion takes them to the brink of WSL2 (Photo: Jane Roberts)

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

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Brighton finally in control of their own destiny as Marrs makes it third time lucky

Sent Her Forward takes a look at the background to Brighton’s Premier League title success

Brighton celebrate winning the FAW Premier League Southern (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton are deserved Premier League champions – but they haven’t finished yet (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

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

Pompey in the driving seat after doing the double over Brighton

Portsmouth 2 (Quinn, Hillier) Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (Gibbons)

Portsmouth celebrate against Brighton, March 15 2015 (Photos: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth’s victory takes them to within a point of the top of the Premier League (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

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

Ten-goal Brighton restrict Gillingham youngsters’ development

Action from Brighton Reserves v Gillingham Reserves, Jan 4 2015

For much of the game Gillingham seemed to be in awe of Brighton’s talented team

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

Big defeat feels like a victory for Wivelsfield

Wivelsfield Green 2 (J Gardiner 2) Brighton 9 (Potkins, Blackie 3, Baker-Carroll 3, Perry, Hughes OG)

Jade Gardiner scores for Wivelsfield Green against Brighton Oct 19 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Jade Gardiner shocked Brighton by putting Wivelsfield into the lead before grabbing a second late on (Photo: Dave Burt)

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

Perry picked for Irish training camp

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

Sussex clubs praised for role in county’s cup win

RAF FA 1-2 Sussex FA

Action from RAF FA v Sussex FA Southern Counties Cup women's match 121213

Sussex ran out winners, despite several last-minute call-ups (Photo: Sussex County 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