Licence to thrill – but at a cost: the Super League winners and losers

Brighton celebrate winning the Preemier League play-off, May 2016 (Photo: Clive Jones)

Brighton won the Premier League Southern in 2016 and will be in WSL 1 next season (Photo: Clive Jones)

The race is on to see who can buy the best team in women’s football. 

If the creation of the Super League was a turning point in the game in England, the current upheaval represents a crucial, perhaps defining, watershed. Continue reading

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Pompey star Hillier bows out with ultimate club accolade

Gemma Hillier leads Portsmouth out at Fratton Park (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Hillier led Portsmouth Ladies in their first ever game at Fratton Park in December 2013 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

For a footballer who means so much to a club, Gemma Hillier’s retirement from Portsmouth, the team she has represented for more than 17 years, was a rather ill-fitting anti-climax. Continue reading

Goal glut reveals gulf between Super League hopefuls and rest of Premier League

Round-up of today’s Premier League action

Action from Portsmouth v Lewes, November 26 2017 (Photo: James Prickett)

Portsmouth gained revenge for their defeat at Lewes earlier in the season (Photo: James Prickett)

The gulf between the ambitious Premier League sides still craving a Super League future and the rest was illustrated emphatically in today’s crazy scores in the league’s Southern division. Continue reading

Chichester rue dropped points after stunning comeback rocks Cardiff

Cardiff City score against Chichester City, Nov 19 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester bounced back from two goals down before conceding a late equaliser (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 3 (Lewry 17; Wride 40, 57 pen)
Cardiff City 3 (Evan-Watkins 7; Williams 16; Isaac 74)

Two teams going through testing times showed the sort of spirit and resilience that will undoubtedly see them through as the Cities of Chichester and Cardiff fought out an enthralling 3-3 draw at Oaklands Park. Continue reading

Youngsters do Sussex proud as Rice’s reign starts with a draw

Action from Sussex FA v Essex FA, November 15 2016 (Photo: Simon Roe)

An absorbing contest ended with honours even at Culver Road (Photo: Simon Roe)

Sussex FA 3 (Woods 48; Fleischman 76; Pilgrim 79)
Essex FA 3 (Box 44; Fry 60; Clarke 69)

The absence of much of the cream of the county provided an unexpected opportunity for some of the lesser-known, more inexperienced players on the grassroots circuit of Sussex women’s football – and they grabbed it with both hands as they helped the county’s representative side to a 3-3 draw against a strong Essex side. Continue reading

Brighton to invest millions to realise Super League top-tier dream

The American Express Elite Football Performance Centre

Brighton’s women train alongside the men at the club’s Elite Football Performance Centre

Brighton & Hove Albion are prepared to plough more money into their women’s team to help them secure a place in the new-look top tier of the FA Women’s Super League.

In a not entirely unexpected move, the club have vowed to invest a sum “well into seven figures” to persuade the FA to grant Brighton Women one of the new licences to enable them to compete next season in FAWSL 1. Continue reading

Unconventional Lewes set to build on Agnew’s legacy despite defeat

Lewes celebrate Kelly Newton's goal against Charlton Athletic (Photo: James Boyes)

Charlton had to come from behind after Kelly Newton’s opener for Lewes (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 1 (Newton 28)
Charlton Athletic 2 (Lee 69; Clifford 74)

They celebrated the past and the future at the Dripping Pan today. Both seemed to be in decent nick.  And even the present wasn’t bad. Continue reading