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┬áturned 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

Holders Worthing taken all the way by Oakwood’s teenagers

Action from Oakwood v Worthing, Nov 27 2016 (Photos: Sent her Forward)Oakwood 1 (Higham)
Worthing 2 (Worsfold, Chrimes)

High-flying Oakwood finally lost their first competitive match of their second season in adult football when they were denied a Sussex Trophy semi-final spot by a vastly more experienced – but only slightly more deserving – Worthing. Continue reading

Oakwood show their class as Page double downs Lancing

Lancing's Rhiannon Dack shoots against Oakwood at Storrington FC, Nov 6 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Lancing failed to breach Oakwood’s defence as they were knocked out of the Sussex League Cup

Lancing 0
Oakwood 2 (Page 42, 90)

Goal-machine Jade Page helped herself to another two opportunist efforts to earn Oakwood a Sussex League Cup victory over their league title rivals Lancing, a week after being held to a draw by the same opponents. Continue reading

Page three helps Oakwood youngsters cut Burgess Hill down to size

Jade Page scores for Oakwood against Burgess Hill Town, Oct 16 2016 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Jade Page’s hat-trick took her tally for the season to 17 in six games (Photo: Dave Burt)

Burgess Hill Town 2 (Nash 26; Pollendine 45+2)
Oakwood 3 (Page 12, 38, 87)

The teenagers of Oakwood sent a loud and clear message to women’s football in the South East with a hard-fought Sussex FA Trophy victory over an experienced Burgess Hill Town side that suggests they might become a force in the county. Continue reading

Crawley crown comeback with cup victory over Portsmouth

Sussex County Girls Under-16 Cup final: Crawley Town 3-1 Portsmouth

Hayley Grinham holds the Sussex Under-16 Challenge Cup

Crawley Town recovered after being under the cosh to win the cup for a second time

Once again Sussex Women’s and Girls League has come up trumps.

On the league’s showpiece day at The Holbrook Club, Horsham, with eight clubs represented in seven youth cup finals – as well as an under-18 league play-off – two sets of talented teenagers provided a fascinating opener, full of skill, spirit and enterprise – and an unlikely comeback.

Portsmouth, who pass the ball around like they never want to lose it, threatened to annihilate their West Sussex opponents during an opening half an hour in which their single goal – though brilliant – was scant reward for their domination.

And considering the turnaround that followed, they needed to do more to turn their possession and pressure into goals. Continue reading