Dalton’s dream teams: Simply the best

Part two of Sent Her Forward’s look back at the players who have most impressed and made me smile in best part of six years of reporting on women’s football

Deanna Cooper and Jo Wilson compete for the ball during the match between Brighton and QPR, Sep 6 2015 (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Deanna Cooper (centre) and Jay Blackie (right), two of the finest footballers I’ve seen, make both my first XIs (Photo: Kevin Richards)

I must have seen at least a dozen of those who took part in this summer’s Women’s World Cup in live club games.

Yet my selections for my Best Ever Team represent a footballing universe far broader than the game’s top global competition – or even just the Women’s Super League. Continue reading

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Dalton’s dream teams: A few of my favourite things

A walk down Memory Lane as Sent Her Forward recalls some of the finest players I’ve had the privilege of watching

Wivelsfield Green's Leigh Farley gets in a tackle during their match against Bexhill United Reserves March 30 2014 Photo: Dave Burt

Leigh Farley scored the first goal I ever saw live in women’s football – but she did far more than that (Photo: Dave Burt)

It’s almost seven years since I began watching women’s football – and nearly six since I started reporting on it on Sent Her Forward.

Time for a list or two, I think. Continue reading

Crawley Wasps’ Arsenal adventure leaves the whole town buzzing

Action from Crawley Wasps v Arsenal, Feb 3 2019 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Wasps never stopped competing and drew praise from Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro (Photo: Dave Burt)

FA Women’s Cup 4th Round

Crawley Wasps (0) 0
Arsenal (2) 4 (Little 17; Grant 43, 76, 85)

Any lingering question marks about whether Crawley Wasps deserve a place alongside Brighton, Lewes and Chichester City as one of Sussex’s √©lite women’s football clubs were answered this afternoon as they demonstrated on and off the pitch their right to be regarded as a major club. Continue reading

In-form Crawley finally downed at the 20th attempt

Sian Heather (Crawley Wasps) and Helen Ogle (Chichester City) in action in the Sussex County Cup semi-final at Oakwood, Jan 20 2019 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Sussex Challenge Cup semi-final

Crawley Wasps (0) 1 (Young 77)
Chichester City (1) 2 (Taylor 9; Lewry (pen) 83)

All-conquering Crawley Wasps lost their 100% record in cruel fashion – to a hotly disputed late penalty, just minutes after they had got themselves back into the match – to crash out of the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup and miss out on the final for the first time in four seasons. Continue reading

All eyes on Crawley as Arsenal and Manchester United come to town

Crawley Wasps after beating Coventry United in the FAW Cup third round, Jan 6 2018 (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Crawley Wasps beat Coventry United, leaders of the division above, to secure their fourth-round spot (Photo: Ben Davidson)

Women’s football in Sussex is set for another bumper FA Cup weekend after Super League Brighton and giant-killers Crawley Wasps landed home fourth-round ties against the mighty Arsenal and Manchester United.

And with Brighton playing their home games at Crawley Town this season, two of the biggest names in English football will be parading their skills within four miles of each other in four weeks’ time. Continue reading

High-flying pair braced for new battle of Sussex

Crawley Wasps v Chichester City, Woodside Road, Worthing, Sunday, December 9, 1pm

Jade Widdows scores her first goal against Crawley Wasps, July 31 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

Jade Widdows scored a stunning flying header when Chichester City visited Crawley Wasps for a friendly in 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

It’s a good time for women’s football in Sussex.

Brighton are plying their trade in the top division of the English game, while Lewes have stepped up to the second level, where they are gradually adjusting to life.

Looking to catch them up, Chichester City and Crawley Wasps are enjoying unprecedented success in the two tiers below. Continue reading

Bogey team Worthing hold Newhaven to historic first draw

Action from Worthing v Newhaven, Nov 18 2018 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)South East Counties League Premier Division

Worthing (1) 2 (Kirby 32; Humphrey 75)
Newhaven (2) 2 (Winchester 9; Cannon 40)

Having been the first team ever to beat Newhaven earlier this season, classy Worthing rubbed salt into their wounds by twice coming from behind to hold them to a first ever draw in an entertaining game at Woodside Road that had a bit of everything. Continue reading