Chichester Ladies collect another three points as the side look for promotion to the WPL South

Table toppers Chichester City defeated Exeter 5-0 on Sunday afternoon, keeping their title threat going. Exeter currently sit at the bottom of the WPL South West Division, in 12th, and have only collected one point out of twelve games.

The victory proved to be crucial as Plymouth Argyle, who claim second place, thrashed Maidenhead United 6-0. Although the Pilgrims are trailing thirteen points behind Chichester, the side face a fixture backlog of four games.

After the match, BOTN interviewed first team manager, Liam Greenfield:

Q1. What was your tactical approach to the game? What style of football do Exeter play?

A. “Exeter kept almost all of their players behind the ball and made space a premium in their defensive third, so it was important to be patient today and move the ball quickly.” 

Q2. Molly Clark and Luice Challen both scored in the first forty five minutes to give Chichester the lead. Can you talk us through the first half?

A. “The team started well; we knew that we would see a lot of the ball, so it was important to get the breakthrough and not have meaningless possession. Molly’s goal came early after a good ball from the right by Lauren and Molly was able to finish coolly from inside the box. The team kept the pressure on for the entire half and I think that Exeter only managed one foray into our box via a set piece. We created several chances, hitting the woodwork at couple of times. It was just a reward when Lucie scored direct from a corner- her deliveries were superb all day.”

Q3. What was the message during the half time talk?

A. “We spoke about being a bit calmer in the final third and taking a bit more time when it came to our finishing. The patience was there in the build up, but we just needed to stay patient in and around the box.”

Q4. Another three goals were scored after half time. What were the highlights of the second half?

A. “There were several moments where our build play was sublime. However, we were just unable to apply the finishing touch.”

Q5. Overall, what were the best parts of your performance? What improvements can be made?

A. “Our patience was impressive today. We didn’t often rush things and continued to look to find space in a very tight and congested final third. We still could have scored more in the second half and I don’t think that the score line really reflects the dominance we asserted. We hit the woodwork a good number of times and our shot selection was a little off, so that is something we will look to work on.”

In their next match, Chichester Ladies encounter QPR in a friendly, which will take place on Sunday.

In the league, the side face promotion contenders Plymouth Argyle on Sunday 9th April.


Combined Counties League Division One Review: 18th March 2017

Over the weekend, only one match was postponed: Worcester Park vs. Bagshot.

Redhill reclaimed second place in the CCLD1, defeating Ash United 3-2. Ashley Snadden and Kieran Campbell scored two goals to give Redhill the lead, but Ash pulled a goal back before equalising. The Lobsters suffered an injury during the game, Luke Jones replacing left-back Jason Stripp ten minutes into the second half. Despite the injury, Redhill grabbed three points as Campbell completed a brace.

After the match, Gavin Gordon- the Redhill manager- stated:

“I thought we just about did enough in the end. After a good first twenty minutes, where we seemed to have picked up our performance from Tuesday’s game against Cobham, there was good pressing around the park with some good link up play. We deservedly went 2-0 up.”

He continued:

“We seem to relax and switch off at times- they capitalised on those opportunities. We created some good chances and eventually took one, which we couldn’t do last Saturday. I thought that Ash United worked really hard and will be looking to progress to the cup final when we meet next week, so it will be a difficult and interesting game at the Kiln Brow on Saturday. It is a challenge which we are looking forward to.”

Top of the table Banstead Athletic also won 3-2, beating seventeenth placed Cove and creating a ten point gap between the side and Redhill. However, the Lobsters have a game in hand.

Chessington & Hook United sit in third and are one point behind Redhill, taking a 2-1 victory against Balham on Saturday. Statistically, Chessington were the dominant team- the side took a total of twenty two shots, whereas Balham took eight. Neither team received any yellow or red cards and each side were only caught offside twice.

Dorking defeated Farleigh Rovers 3-2 in a thrilling encounter, despite playing with ten men for the final quarter of an hour. In the first half, Ryan Lunn received a ball from Louie Stanton-Cockle, giving Dorking the lead with a clever lob over the keeper. A free kick in the sixth minute ensued an equaliser, but Dorking reclaimed the lead approximately fifteen minutes prior to half time. Will Conroy’s shot connected with the crossbar, Steve Harcombe heading the rebound into the net. A few minutes into the second half, Jimmy Brazil extended Dorking’s lead to 3-1.

In the 75th minute, Matt Finn was controversially given a red card following a challenge. Subsequently, Farleigh were able to pull a goal back, but the side were unable to find an equaliser.

Elsewhere in the Combined Counties League Division One, Frimley Green drew 0-0 with AC London. Likewise, the outcome of Staines Lammas vs. Eversley & California was a goalless draw.

South Park Reserves are fourteenth in the table, following a 1-1 draw against Cobham.

Upcoming Fixtures

Tuesday 21st March (7.45pm KO)

AC London vs. Banstead Athletic (Division One Cup)

Chessington & Hook United vs. Worcester Park 

Saturday 25th March (3pm KO)

AC London vs. Staines Lammas 

Bagshot vs. Epsom Athletic 

Balham vs. Dorking 

Chessington & Hook United vs. Frimley Green 

Cove vs. Sheerwater

Eversley & California vs. Cobham 

Redhill vs. Ash United (Division One Cup)

Worcester Park vs. Banstead Athletic

For an up to date version of the Combined Counties League Division One table, click here.



Lewes Ladies: A Campaign of Honour for Women’s Football from 1917-21

Lewes LFC – a Women’s Premier League South team – have had an exceptional week defeating Leicester City 1-0 in the WPL Plate Semi-Final on Sunday. A goal from Georgia Bridges in the 63rd minute separated the sides with Lewes progressing to the final on the 17th April, where they will face Huddersfield.

Aside of the cup, Lewes will launch a campaign to promote the history of women’s football in their last four home games of the season- starting on Sunday, as the side encounter QPR in the league.


The Rise and Fall of Women’s Football: 1917-1921

During the First World War, the popularity of women’s football increased dramatically. Whilst the men fought on the front line, women remained on the home front; many people worked in factories, others taking up jobs which used to be inaccessible to women- police officers and firefighters became female-dominated.

The Munitionettes’ Cup started in August 1917, which included a range of clubs. In the first competition, Blythe Spartans thrashed Bolckow Vaughan (a team based in Middlesbrough) 5-0.

A historical football team, Dick, Kerr’s Ladies FC, was named after a company which owned an ammunitions factory in Preston. Originally joining in 1914, the women worked in the factory and played informal football matches to boost the morale. After defeating the men’s side, the women decided to form their own team: Dick, Kerr’s Ladies FC. Alfred Frankland acquired a managerial role, arranging a match against Arundel Coulthard Factory which attracted approximately 10,000 spectators. Winning 4-0, the side proved to be a success. In fact, the team won a total of 758 games out of 828 during their forty eight year existence. Dick, Kerr’s continued to attract large crows, 53,000 people attending a Boxing Day match at Goodison Park in 1920.

Despite the success, participation in women’s football declined after World War One. As men rejoined British society, they claimed back their jobs- and pastimes- which women had previously enjoyed. By 1920, more than one million women were no longer employed. Eight years later, domestic service was the most common type of work for women.

Although women enjoyed some success in the years following the war, such as the 1919 Sex Disqualification Act (which precluded men from denying women work based on their sex), football was still an issue. The problem became progressively worse, the FA eventually banning women’s football on the 5th December 1921.

The ban lasted for fifty years. 

Women’s Football: The Revival 

In England:

The Women’s FA was formed in 1968, a few years before the ban was lifted. However, its existence was short-lived as the governing body was disbanded in 1993. Instead, the FA decided to take control of women’s football.

Once the ban was lifted, the WFA created the Women’s National League as the top tier in football. In 1992, its name was changed to the Women’s Premier League to match the top men’s league. Eventually, in 2011, the Women’s Super League was established, which is the current top tier of women’s football.


In 1984, the first women’s European Championship was held in Sweden. The hosts emerged victorious, whilst England claimed runners-up. Another step forward was taken in 1991, as the USA won the first ever Women’s World Cup, which took place in China.


Women’s football is still growing today, as more clubs are founded and more players join. Through Lewes Ladies’ campaign, we can help promote women’s football and increase participation.



Combined Counties League Division One Review: 11th March 2017

combined-counties-league-headerBy Dara Wilson.

Top of the table Banstead Athletic thrashed South Park Reserves 4-1, Martin Smith scoring a brace. Accumulating sixty six points this season, the side are eleven points ahead of second placed Chessington & Hook United, who, in spite of their position, lost 1-0 to Farleigh Rovers. Bagshot‘s 1-0 victory against Redhill ended the Lobsters’ sixteen game unbeaten run in the league and enabled the side to climb to third, Redhill slipping from second to fourth.

Redhill manager, Gavin Gordon comments:

“We were disappointed to with our approach and application towards, in particular the first half. We were out-worked by a good Bagshot team, who on the day I felt had more hunger than us. We now will regroup and focus on the next game [vs Cobham], where we can look to get back to winning ways as we have a lot to play for”

AC London defeated Cobham 2-0, the former sitting in sixth position. Meanwhile, Cobham are currently in eleventh- two points adrift of the top ten. Cove, who are in the penultimate position of the table, won their third match of season as they defeated Frimley Green 3-0.

Another 3-0 victory included Staines Lammas‘ win over Dorking. Consequently, Staines are tenth in the Combined Counties League Division One and Dorking are fifteenth. John Nunn scored the opener on the half hour mark, Tim Hayden adding a second goal five minutes prior to half time. In the second half, Dorking started to commit more players to the attack- which proved to be costly, as Staines scored their third and final goal on the counter attack.

Elsewhere in the Combined Counties League, Sheerwater suffered a 2-1 defeat to Eversley & California, whilst Worcester Park defeated Ash United 3-0.

Click here for an up to date version of the Combined Counties League Division One table.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Tuesday 14th March 7.45pm KO

AC London vs. Sheerwater

Dorking vs. South Park Reserves

Redhill vs. Cobham

Wednesday 15th March 7.45pm KO

Epsom Athletic vs. Balham

Saturday 18th March 3pm KO

Ash United vs. Redhill

Balham vs. Chessington & Hook United

Banstead Athletic vs. Cove

Dorking vs. Farleigh Rovers

Frimley Green vs. AC London

South Park Reserves vs. Cobham

Staines Lammas vs. Eversley & California 

Worcester Park vs. Bagshot



Combined Counties League Division One Review: 4th March 2017


By Dara Wilson.

A week of appalling weather ensued several postponed fixtures, including Redhill‘s trip to Epsom Athletic on Wednesday night. The Lobsters were also unable to play Cove on Saturday afternoon. Likewise, AC London vs. Sheerwater, Chessington & Hook United vs. Worcester Park, Eversley & California vs. Farleigh Rovers and South Park Reserves vs. Cove were all postponed.

The biggest scoreline of the weekend was Ash United‘s 5-1 thrashing over bottom of the table Epsom Athletic. The former took their first victory in 2017, losing five of their last six games. Whilst Ash United have ended their winless run, Epsom are without a win since the 8th October 2016, when they defeated Cove 2-1. The side have conceded thirty one goals in their last five games, conceding eight goals in two matches and five goals in three.

Another goal festival took place at Dorking on Saturday afternoon, as Bagshot defeated the Chicks 4-2. Charlie Gordon took an early lead for the visitors, but Dorking equalised after three minutes through Paul Gough, firing the ball into the far corner. At half time, the score was 1-1, but Dorking added another goal just ten minutes into the second half. Louie Stanton Cockle capitalised on a loose ball, scoring for the Chicks.

The game took another rapid turn as Jordan Merriman equalised on the hour mark, placing  a superb shot into the far corner. However, the goalscorer lashed out later in the match, receiving a red card as a result. Nevertheless, Bagshot took a 3-2 lead as a free kick was guided into the net by Sam Hanger. In injury time, the visitors sealed victory as Tony Kavanagh found the back of the net.

Elsewhere in the Combined Counties League Division One, Frimley Green earned a 1-1 draw against Balham to extend their unbeaten run to four games. The result ended Balham’s four game winning streak in the league, but the side are still fifth in the table and are contending for a place in the top three.

Top of the table Banstead Athletic defeated Staines Lammas 2-1, accumulating a total of sixty three points this season- eight points ahead of second placed Chessington & Hook United. However, Redhill are likely to claim second spot as the Lobsters have only played twenty four games, whereas Chessington & Hook have played twenty nine games and Banstead defeated Staines in their twenty sixth game of the season.

Click here for an up to date version of the Combined Counties League Division One table.

Upcoming Fixtures

Tuesday 7th March

Ash United vs. Eversley & California (7.30pm KO)

Banstead Athletic vs. Worcester Park (7.45pm KO)

Saturday 11th March (3pm KO)

Bagshot vs. Redhill

Banstead Athletic vs. South Park Reserves

Cobham vs. AC London

Cove vs. Frimley Green

Dorking vs. Staines Lammas

Epsom Athletic vs. Balham

Farleigh Rovers vs. Chessington & Hook United

Sheerwater vs. Eversley & California

Worcester Park vs. Ash United

Q&A with Dean Davenport: Crystal Palace Ladies 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies

img_3465By Dara Wilson.

On Sunday, Crystal Palace encountered Tottenham in the FA Capital Cup semi-final. Despite Palace taking the lead after sixteen minutes, a penalty shootout ensured Spurs’ progression to the final, where they will face Charlton Athletic.

After the match, we interviewed the Palace Ladies manager, Dean Davenport:

Q. What message did you convey to your players prior to the match? How did you prepare your team?

A.  “The preperation for the game against Tottenham started a week or so prior to the game, as we hadn’t played for a few weeks. We had worked on a game plan during the sessions and the players were very comfortable with what we were asking them to do. The actual game day prep never changed, it was just about going over the structure of the team, its shape and asking them to carry out all of the hard work that they had done leading up to the start of the game.”

Q. What did you make of the first half? Can you highlight any particular strengths or weaknesses?

A.  “When we had possession, all we asked was to penetrate the defence of Spurs quickly, and   against the very strong winds we carried it out fantastically, with a number forays into Tottenham’s penalty area. The goal from Ellie Balies came from a quick combination pass and a delightful left footed strick into the top corner of Tottenham’s net.

One of our strengths was definitely the way the players stuck to the game plan. Also, their focus and discipline was really good, along with our quick counter attacks.

What we needed to do better included limiting the amount of balls into our box, along with the eagerness to make a challenge, which lead to sloppy free kicks in dangerous areas.”

Q. What did the half time talk entail and did your players respond?

A. “The half time team talk was just about calming the players down, as going in at the break 1-0 up was important to us. I knew that we had to stay concentrated and, with the wind, asked them to be more in charge of the ball.

I thought the players where really positive in the 2nd half; they defended well and, with the wind, our attacking strengths showed. Even when Tottenham got the equaliser, the character shown was equally as positive. With the chances, we should have won the tie.”

Q. Can you pick out any key players that made a difference during the match?

A. “I honestly cannot pick out any key players, because, as a team, every player did what I asked of them- and more! They were a credit to the club. When a tie is decided by penalties, it’s always cruel if you’re on the losing side, but I told the players that we will learn from the experience and it will only make us stronger as a unit. From me and the management team, we couldn’t have been prouder, but now we are focusing on Portsmouth FC next Sunday.”

Combined Counties League Division One Review: 25th February 2017

combined-counties-league-headerBy Dara Wilson.

Redhill ended their twelve match winning streak in the league against Frimley Green on Saturday, but the side still remain unbeaten as they drew 2-2. Ashley Snadden’s fourth goal of the season gave the Lobsters a 1-0 lead at half time, Frimley equalising on the hour mark. A wonder goal from Kery Kedze reclaimed the lead, his cross finding the top corner. Redhill, however, were forced to settle for a point as the opposition scored in the 81st minute.

Post match, manager Gavin Gordon stated:

“Overall, we created enough chances to win and on another day it could have been very different; a lack of competitive games over the last three weeks could have been a factor. They worked hard and caught us on two counter attacks, which the players and I are disappointed with.”

To conclude, he commented:

“It’s the beauty of football: any team can get a result on the right day. If you look across the leagues, no team have the perfect record. We have a game on Wednesday (against Epsom Athletic) to try and get back to winning ways. The hunger and determination in the group has led us to sixteen games undefeated- we have self belief in one another to achieve our aim.”

As a result, the Reds have dropped to third place. Chessington & Hook United stole Redhill’s runners-up position with a 3-1 win over fourteenth placed South Park Reserves, but the side have played five more games than Redhill; only two points separate the teams.

Meanwhile, Banstead Athletic remain at the top of the table. The side thrashed Dorking, who are fifteenth in the table, 4-0. Billy Frost claimed a brace, Martin Smith and Taylor Maddox also making their way onto the scoresheet.

Another thrashing of the weekend included AC London‘s 4-0 away victory to Farleigh Rovers. Three points have enabled AC London to climb to seventh place, Farleigh struggling in 16th. One place below the side, Cove also suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to fourth placed Bagshot.

Each team in the top eight emerged victorious on Saturday; Balham defeating ninth placed Worcester Park 4-2; Eversley & California comfortably beating Cobham, who sit in tenth, 2-0; AC London beating Farleigh, as aforementioned; and Sheerwater thrashing bottom of the table Epsom Athletic 5-1.

Twelfth placed Staines Lammas defeated Ash United 2-1. Although two places separate the teams, Ash United are in an eight point deficit to Staines.

Upcoming Fixtures: 

Wednesday 1st March, 7.45pm

Epsom Athletic vs. Redhill

Saturday 4th March, 3pm

AC London vs. Sheerwater

Ash United vs. Epsom Athletic 

Chessington & Hook United vs. Worcester Park

Dorking vs. Bagshot 

Eversley & California vs. Farleigh Rovers

Frimley Green vs. Balham

Redhill vs. Cobham

South Park Reserves vs. Cove

Staines Lammas vs. Banstead Athletic 

Combined Counties League Division One Review: 18th February 2017

combined-counties-league-headerLeague leaders Banstead Athletic were pegged to a 1-1 draw against 3rd placed Chessington & Hook United on Saturday, both teams scoring in injury time. A penalty for Banstead in the 93rd minute almost snatched a last gasp winner, but Ryan Howard equalised for the opposition just one minute later.

A ten goal thriller between Cove and AC London was settled as a 5-5 draw. The former have accumulated ten points this season, sitting in the penultimate position of the table. Conversely, AC London are comfortably seventh in the league, three points adrift of fifth placed Balham.

Nine goals were scored altogether between Ash United and Worcester Park at the weekend, but the Green Army received an 8-1 thrashing by the Park. As a result, the latter have climbed above Cobham and Sheerwater into eight position, level on points with AC London. Meanwhile, Ash United are stuck in an unlucky thirteenth place.

Another thrashing of the weekend include Frimley Green‘s 6-1 victory over Farleigh Rovers. Drew Matthews and James Robertson gave Frimley a 2-1 lead at half time. Both players completed a brace in the second half, Ben Dearlove and Matt Baxter also appearing on the scoresheet. To see our full match report, click here.

Balham defeated Sheerwater 3-2 on Saturday. Eddie Luchford and James Adebayo sealed the victory, both appearing on the scoresheet.

Dorking took a 2-0 victory against Cobham, scoring in the first twenty minutes. James Herouvin took advantage of a mistake by the keeper, smashing the ball into the net from outside the box. Will Hearn added another goal in the 81st minute, connecting with Ryan Lunn’s cross at the far post. This victory puts Dorking in 15th place, five places behind Cobham.

Staines Lammas lost 2-1 to Eversley & California, despite taking a 1-0 lead. The side are currently eleventh in the table, whilst Eversley are sixth.

Unfortunately, Redhill‘s match against Epsom Athletic was postponed.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Tuesday 21st February  7.45pm

Corinthian-Casuals Reserves vs. Chessington & Hook United (SURP)

Frimley Green vs. Ash United

Saturday 25th February 3pm

Bagshot vs. Cove

Banstead Athletic vs. Dorking

Chessington & Hook United vs. South Park Reserves

Cobham vs. Eversley & California

Farleigh Rovers vs. AC London

Redhill vs. Frimley Green

Sheerwater vs. Epsom Athletic

Staines Lammas vs. Ash United

Worcester Park vs. Balham



Combined Counties League Division One Review: 11th February 2017

Another match day  included several postponed fixtures, including AC London vs. Frimley Green, Cove vs. Cobham, Epsom Athletic vs. Balham and South Park Reserves vs. Ash United. Top of the table Banstead and title chasers Redhill did not have a game scheduled on Saturday.

Bagshot thrashed Farleigh Rovers 7-2 in a goal rampage, Jordan Merrriman scoring a hat trick. Ethan Dixon netted a brace, Wes Kendrick and Josh Wood also appearing on the scoresheet. As a result, Bagshot remain fourth in the table, six points behind third placed Chessington & Hook United. At the other end of the league, Farleigh are in sixteenth position. The Foxes have accumulated seventeen points this season, alongside Dorking FC. Goal difference puts the latter in fifteenth, ahead of Farleigh, Cove and Epsom.

Eversley & California hosted  Chessington & Hook United, taking a 2-2 draw. A win for the visitors would have put the side in second place, one position ahead of Gavin Gordon’s Redhill. However, the Lobsters still have four games in hand and are on a winning streak of thirteen games.

Sheerwater defeated Dorking FC 3-1 on Saturday, taking the lead after just two minutes of play. Dorking equalised on the stroke of half time as James Herouvin placed the ball into the far corner. In the second half, Sheerwater reclaimed the lead with fifteen minutes left, adding another goal to polish the victory in the final moments. Subsequently, the side are in eighth place.

Staines Lammas lost 2-1 to Worcester Park, sitting in eleventh position. Their opponents are currently tenth in the table, three points behind fifth placed Balham.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Tuesday 14th February 7.45pm

Worcester Park vs. Bagshot (Surrey Premier Cup)

Saturday 18th February 3pm

Ash United vs. Worcester Park

Balham vs. Sheerwater

Banstead Athletic vs. Chessington & Hook United 

Cove vs. AC London

Dorking vs. Cobham

Epsom Athletic vs. Redhill

Eversley & California vs. Staines Lammas

Frimley Green vs. Farleigh Rovers



Eleven goals for Banstead keep the side at the top of the Combined Counties League Division One

Despite more games cancelled than played in the CCD1, there was not a shortage of goals; hat-Tricks for Martin Smith, Danny Penfold, Leyton Regan and James Wilson.


Banstead Athletic remain top of the table in the Combined Counties League Division One, thrashing Farleigh Rovers 11-2 on Saturday. Martin Smith, Danny Penfold and Leyton Regan all scored hat tricks, Rob Hill and Taylor Maddock scoring the other two goals. The A’s have collected fifty six points this season, four points ahead of second placed Redhill. Gavin Gordon’s side were unable to play over the weekend, their match against AC London being postponed.

Ash United vs. Eversley & California, Chessington & Hook United vs. South Park Reserves and Dorking vs. Bagshot were also cancelled.

At the other end of the table, Epsom Athletic lost 5-2 to Staines Lammas, James Wilson scoring a hat trick.

12th placed Frimley Green lost 2-0 to Worcester Park, who sit two places above the Green. Likewise, Cobham suffered a defeat to Balham.

For all the clubs in the CCLD1, the following fixtures are:

Tuesday 7th February (7.45pm) 

Bagshot vs. Cobham

Saturday 11th February (2pm)

Sheerwater vs. Dorking

Worcester Park vs. Staines Lammas

Saturday 11th February (3pm)

AC London vs. Frimley Green

Bagshot vs. Farleigh Rovers

Cove vs. Cobham

Epsom Athletic vs. Balham

Eversley & California vs. Chessington & Hook United

South Park Reserves vs. Ash United