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.

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Minors heading for the big time after major summer surgery

Emma Chrimes and Kim Hughes in action for Wivelsfield Green against Chichester City (Photo: Darran Stevens)

Emma Chrimes and Kim Hughes (yellow shirts) led the exodus from Wivelsfield Green to Worthing Minors (Photo: Darran Stevens)

They forsook promotion after winning a thrilling championship on the final day because of a player exodus, but Worthing Minors have no doubt that come next May, when they look almost certain to be celebrating another title, this time they will take it as they begin a seemingly inevitable march towards the big time. Continue reading

It’s a football family affair for Hannahs and their sisters

Hannah and Danni Lane, of Worthing Minors, and Rachel and Hannah Johnson, of Abbey Rangers

Hannah Lane (left) is the extrovert but happy for sister Danni to be in the limelight. Rachel Johnson continues to bag the goals for Abbey, but Hannah is making a big impression (Photos: Neville Dalton/Sent Her Forward)

They talk about the football family, but you’ll be hard-pushed to beat the kinship on show at Worthing Minors’ crunch clash with Abbey Rangers towards the end of last season.

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Regional sides face university challenge

Action from Worthing Minors v Abbey Rangers, 2015

Champions Worthing Minors and Abbey Rangers, who finished third, have both turned down promotion from SECWFL Div 1 West

Two of the best three teams in last season’s exciting South East Counties League have given up the chance of promotion as the curse of university strikes.

Worthing Minors, the Division 1 West champions, and Abbey Rangers, who finished third, have both declined promotion to the league’s Premier Division after losing so many players since the end of last season. Continue reading

Minor scare before Worthing finally clinch title

Sent Her Forward focus on another league campaign that went right to the wire

Worthing Minors celebrate winning the SECWFL after drawing 1-1 with Bexhill United Reserves, May 3 2015 (Photo: Jane Roberts)

Worthing Minors scraped a draw in their last game to pip Seahaven to the title on goal difference (Photos: Jane Roberts)

Worthing Minors finally clinched the title they had been threatening to win all season – but not without a scare.

Andy Burling’s team, who won their first 13 games of the season in the South East Counties Division One West, needed just a draw from Sunday’s match at relegation-threatened Bexhill United Reserves – and that’s all they got, meaning they pipped Seahaven Harriers to the championship only on goal difference. Continue reading

Minors a point away from title after Seahaven denied scoring opportunity

Action from Worthing Minors v Seahaven Harriers, April 12 2015

Worthing Minors beat Seahaven Harriers 5-1 last month to cement their place as title favourites

The magnificent battle for the South East Counties Division One West title has gone right to the final day, with Worthing Minors needing just a draw to clinch the championship.

Minors, who had led the league all season, were finally overtaken last weekend when they were without a game and rivals Seahaven Harriers were awarded a walkover after a no-show by Adur Athletic. Continue reading

Worthing on the brink after Minors gain revenge against title rivals

Worthing Minors (Langridge, Hodgson, Bridge 2, Lane) 5-1 Seahaven Harriers (Smith)

Action from Worthing Minors v Seahaven Harriers, April 12 2015

It took Worthing some time, but they finally made their extra player count against Seahaven

Worthing Minors moved to within potentially a point of the South East Counties Division One West championship with a dismissive victory over their big rivals for the title. Continue reading