Sands floors Worthing as county league welcomes Super League star

Action from Worthing United v Saltdean United, October 15 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Worthing United 1 (E Chrimes 37)
Saltdean United 5 (Sands 28, 42, 71; Evans 39; Young 90+2)

Less than five months ago Charlotte Young was helping Brighton to their best result in the spring series of the Women’s Super League. Today she was parading her skills among the young (and not so young) hopefuls of the Sussex County League, light years away from where she has become used to playing her football. Continue reading

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Gritty Chichester dent revitalised Lewes’s home record

Action from Lewes v Chichester City, Oct 8 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Charley Wilson-Blakely scored twice but was later forced off with injury (Photo: John Holden)

Lewes 2 (Rutherford 40; Lane 44)
Chichester City 2 (Wilson-Blakely 27, 31)

Chichester City claimed a minor victory after becoming only the second side to take a point off Lewes at their Dripping Pan fortress this season, but it must have felt like a defeat after losing their key player, talisman and top scorer Charley Wilson-Blakely to an injury that looks bound to sideline her for some weeks. Continue reading

Gutsy Brighton show character to down Durham despite being reduced to 10

Brighton 3 (Gibbons 8; Umotong 26; Buet pen 85)
Durham 2 (Hepple 45, 58)

Brighton showed two sides to their character, shrugging off the twin setbacks of surrendering a two-goal lead and having their goalkeeper sent off to clinch a valuable and significant victory over Durham and give new boss Hope Powell a winning start. Continue reading

Powell relishes return to football after recovering that sparkle

Hope Powell at Brighton's elite training centre on her first day as head coach, Sep 28 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Ambition mission: Hope Powell wants to manage Brighton in WSL 1 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Hope Powell has seen it all before. As England manager for what now seems an unimaginable 15 years, she led the country she once played for to unprecedented heights, twice winning the Cyprus Cup but more significantly, reaching the European Championship final and the World Cup quarter-finals twice, all while helping to knock the neglected England Women’s set-up into shape. Continue reading

Brighton targeting Super League 1 licence – Hope Powell

Hope Powell, Brighton head coach

Hope Powell is aiming for the top tier of English women’s club football after a successful career as England manager (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Brighton are targeting WSL 1 football next season before their maiden Super League campaign has really got going.

And it may not be their on-field performances that get them there. Continue reading

Lewes make it four wins in a row as they take Sussex bragging rights

Katie McIntyre in action for Lewes at Chichester City, Sep 24 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Katie McIntyre was a giant for Lewes in midfield and scored the winning goal (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 1 (Tucker 19)
Lewes 2 (McIntyre 35; Carter 53)

Lewes’s red-hot winning streak continued as Rebecca Carter’s third goal in four games helped them to yet another single-goal Premier League victory that lifts them to the giddy heights of second. Continue reading

Brighton start Super League adventure without Hope but with plenty of optimism

Sent Her Forward 2017 preview: Part two – Brighton

Ini Umotong, Brighton, July 10 2017 (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

Brighton pulled off a coup with the signing of Nigeria international striker Ini Umotong (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

It’s here at last. Brighton finally make their Super League bow, almost 18 months after clinching their place with a play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion after winning the Premier League Southern title.
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