Akehurst double keeps Worthing United in contention after Sparrows scare

Action from Worthing United v Horsham Sparrows, Jan 7 2018 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Worthing United 3 (Akehurst 27, 62; Thaxter 83)
Horsham Sparrows 1 (Sandle 13)

It was back to the football routine at long last after what felt like an endless winter break for Sussex County League title chasers Worthing United and strugglers Horsham Sparrows, but their respective performances were anything but routine as they eased their way gingerly into the new year. Continue reading

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Sussex County League backs down over results

Screenshot showing results of SCWGFL Under-16 Division

Youth team results are back little more than a week after they were banned from Full-Time

The Sussex County League has reversed its decision to ban the publication of youth-team results on the official FA website after a wave of protests from club officials and players. Continue reading

Sussex County League ensures that goals no longer make such a difference

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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

Oakwood eye league and cup double as golden generation delivers on promise

Oakwood celebrate clinching the Sussex County League title after beating Horsham Sparrows 5-0, Feb 12 2017 (Photo: Oakwood Ladies FC)

Oakwood won the Sussex county league to earn promotion to the South East regional league (Photo: Oakwood LFC)

They’re in only their second season as an adult team – their first under the Oakwood name – and most of their squad are still eligible to play youth football. Continue reading

Party-poopers Lancing stall Oakwood’s victory march

Action from Lancing v Oakwood, Jan 29 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Lancing are the only team to take points off league leaders Oakwood

Lancing 1 (Cobb 21)
Oakwood 0

Talented-but-unpredictable Lancing¬†turned party pooper, raining on Oakwood’s victory parade and delaying their title celebrations as they inflicted a first league defeat on the Crawley side. Continue reading

Goal-crazy Oakwood on verge of county league title

Action from Oakwood v Lancing, Dec 11 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Oakwood 8 (Page 13, 20, 78, 85; Green 15, 18, 48, 90)
Lancing 0

Rampant Oakwood hit eight for the second week in a row as they all but clinched the Sussex county league before Christmas with an emphatic demolition of their only realistic rivals for the title. Continue reading

Experience wins the day as Rottingdean get to grips with young Lewes upstarts

Rottingdean Village (Clark, Sanders) 2-1 Lewes (Miller)

Action from Rottingdean Village v Lewes Feb 1 2015

The styles might have been different, but Rottingdean Village and Lewes enjoyed a close-fought match

Rottingdean must get fed up with the comparisons and contrasts of their style¬†with the young whipper-snappers who have turned the Sussex County Women’s League upside down this season.

The veterans of so many county league campaigns have been there, seen it and largely done it at this, the entry level for adult footballers in Sussex, while so many of their opponents this season are rookie teenagers still adapting to life in the senior game. Continue reading