Super League teams stock up for another voyage into the unknown

Sent Her Forward 2017-18 preview: Part one – The pick of FAWSL 2

Watford players at their ;pre-season friendly against Coventry United, 2017 (Photo: Neale Blackburn)

Like so many WSL 2 clubs, Watford have brought in a host of new faces (Photo: Neale Blackburn)

Two Super League debutants join the second tier of England’s élite set-up for what promises to be a historic – and fascinating – season. Continue reading

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Georgia bridges the gap as Lewes win first trophy under Donoghue

Lewes celebrate winning the FAWPL Plate, April 23 2017 (Photo: Clive Jones)

The Premier League Plate is Lewes’s first national silverware (Photo: Clive Jones)

  • Lewes beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 to win FAW Premier League Plate
  • Spurs reserves clinch league/cup double after beating Blackburn Rovers 3-1 in extra time in the Reserves League Cup
  • Burgess Hill Town make it a Sussex double as they defeat Cray Valley 2-1 – also after extra time – in the South East Counties Chairman’s Cup final
  • And Parkwood Rangers achieve their own league-and-cup double with a 6-0 League Cup victory over Worthing

Lewes carved their name into Premier League history by winning the league’s Plate competition with a 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town – their first national trophy. Continue reading

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

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

Graham at the double as Charlton take Ryman Cup in extra-time

Charlton Athletic celebrate winning the Ryman Cup, April 16 2015 (Photo: Charlton Athletic WFC)

Charlton bounced back after losing to Everton on penalties to win the Ryman Cup against Spurs (Photo: Charlton Athletic WFC)

After more than four hours of football in four days, Charlton Athletic have clinched their first trophy of the season, winning the Ryman Cup with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Tottenham. Continue reading

Pride of the South target more FA Cup glory

The weekend starts here – Sent Her Forward’s football preview

Action from Brighton v Charlton Athletic, March 1 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Charlton are in excellent cup form, having beaten Brighton last week in the League Cup (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Those dreams of FA Cup glory that come around at the start of every campaign may be over for another season for many teams in the region, but for nearly half the clubs in the Premier League’s southern division, those hopes are still alive.

Four teams from the southern half of the Premier League – plus one from the next level down – are still involved in women’s football’s most prestigious knockout tournament as the competition hots up. Continue reading

Extra-time agony after gallant Eastbourne take Derby County all the way

Jacey Samson celebrates scoring against QPR (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Jacey Samson, whose goal had knocked out QPR, scored again against Derby County (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Eastbourne Town’s magical FA Cup run finally came to an end yesterday – but not before they had given Premier League Derby County a real fright.

The East Sussex side took a club two tiers above them to extra-time before succumbing to their opponents’ superior fitness, eventually losing 4-2.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for player-manager Emma Parslow and her gallant team, who had led their illustrious visitors 2-1 at one stage before being hit by a sucker-punch and then losing key players to injury. Continue reading