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02 December 2018 Venue Broadfield Stadium Attendance Referee Kirsty Dowle

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Brighton and Hove Albion Women
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West Ham United Women FC

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4-3-3
  • 1
    Marie Hourihan
    GK
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    DF
  • 6
    Laura Rafferty (C)
    DF
  • 20
    Victoria Williams
    DF
  • 17
    Sophie Perry
    DF
  • 15
    Kayleigh Green
    MF
  • 18
    Jodie Brett
    MF
  • 12
    Chloe Peplow
    MF
  • 16
    Ellie Brazil
    FW
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    FW
  • 7
    Aileen Whelan
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Lucy Gillett
    SUB
  • 19
    Sophie Harris
    SUB
  • 3
    Fliss Gibbons
    SUB
  • 4
    Danielle Buet
    SUB
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    SUB
  • 19
    Sophie Harris
    SUB
  • 21
    Emily Simpkins
    SUB

Manager

  • -

4-4-2
  • 13
    Anna Moorhouse
    GK
  • 12
    Kate Longhurst
    DF
  • 5
    Gilly Flaherty (C)
    DF
  • 4
    Brooke Hendrix
    DF
  • 11
    Claire Rafferty
    DF
  • 18
    Lucienne Reichardt
    MF
  • 10
    Julia Simic
    MF
  • 15
    Briamna Visalli
    MF
  • 7
    Alisha Lehmann
    FW
  • 9
    Jane Ross
    FW
  • 17
    Esme De Graff
    FW

Substitutes

  • 1
    Rebecca Spencer
    SUB
  • 14
    Vyan Sampson
    SUB
  • 16
    Rosie Kmita
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Matt Baard

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Match Previews

WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION V WEST HAM UNITED

2 December 2018

Geoff Penn
Aileen Whelan celebrates with Kate Natkiel.

Brighton & Hove Albion host West Ham United in the FA Women’s Super League this afternoon, in the battle of the league’s newcomers.

Like Albion, the Hammers are enjoying their first season in the top tier after being selected as part of the application process following the restructure of the women’s game.

Albion head into the match following a 4-1 defeat against league leaders Arsenal. Ini Umotong gave the Seagulls the advantage after just nine minutes, holding off defender Leah Williamson before clinically dispatching into the roof of the net.

Albion then went on to hit the crossbar, but just seconds after, Netherlands international Vivianne Miedema restored parity. The Gunners then went on to seal the victory with goals from Dominique Bloodworth, Danielle van de Donk and Beth Mead to maintain their 100% record.

Despite the defeat, manager Hope Powell took positives from the match, including the belief that her side can compete against the best sides.

Meanwhile, West Ham United have enjoyed a stable start to their first top tier season having already reached double figures in their league points total.

They made a statement by signing several established FA WSL players such as Claire Rafferty, Gilly Flaherty and Jane Ross along with internationals like Ria Percival and Tessel Middag.

The Irons have recorded one draw and three wins, including their last match against Bristol City, with Alisha Lehmann and Jane Ross securing the three points in a 2-0 victory.

Today’s visitors have also picked up the full three points against Everton and Yeovil as well as finishing all square in a 0-0 draw against Reading.

This means that the Seagulls are still in ninth place, six points and two places behind the Hammers ahead of today’s match.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a match report to go online shortly after the full-time whistle.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles at a price of £10 for adults and £4 for under-10s.

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Match Reports

WOMEN REPORT: ALBION 0 WEST HAM UNITED 1

2 December 2018

Geoff Penn
Chloe Peplow in action against West Ham United.
  • Albion are beaten 1-0 by West Ham United
  • Jane Ross scores the winner in the second half
  • The Seagulls move down to 10th in the table
  • Hope Powell’s side face Crystal Palace in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup next Wednesday

Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten 1-0 by West Ham United in a cagey FA Women’s Super League encounter at the Broadfield Stadium.

Jane Ross’s second-half strike was enough to settle a closely-fought contest and consign Albion to an eighth defeat of the season.
 
Hope Powell made two changes to the side that lost 4-1 away at Arsenal last week, with Jodie Brett and Ellie Brazil replacing Jenna Legg and Kate Natkiel.
 
The visitors created the first chance of the game when Gilly Flaherty headed straight at Marie Hourihan from Claire Rafferty’s corner.
 
Ross then took aim from the edge of the box for the Hammers, but her effort also went off target in a tight opening 20 minutes of the game.
 
Albion had their first opportunity when Aileen Whelan made a driving run forward and teed up Kayleigh Green, but Anna Moorhouse comfortably kept out the shot.
 
Powell’s side applied some pressure in the closing stages of the half, as Peplow and Kirsty Barton saw their deflected efforts go over at the end of an evenly-contested first 45 minutes.
 
The second half began with Albion on the front foot and they were awarded a set-piece in a promising position, but Sophie Perry’s free-kick didn’t find a Seagulls shirt in the box.
 
Danielle Buet was introduced at the break in place of Brett, and looked to make an immediate impact after taking aim with a shot from distance that went wide of the left post.
 
Barton was called into action down the other end as she made a fine block to keep out Esme De Graff’s strike from deep inside the area.
 
But the Hammers did strike first courtesy of Ross, whose glancing header from Julia Simic’s cross gave the visitors the lead in the 64th minute.
 
It was almost 2-0 moments later after Alisha Lehmann picked out De Graff in space, and the latter’s attempt cannoned off the post.
 
Ross had another chance to double hers and West Ham’s tally, but was denied by Hourihan in the Albion goal on this occasion.
 
Ross went through on goal yet again in almost a carbon copy of her previous opportunity and was once again denied by Hourihan.
 
Albion pushed forward in a bid to get a deserved share of the spoils, as Perry ghosted into the box to meet an in-swinging cross, but she headed wide and West Ham claimed all three points.
 
The Seagulls now turn their attentions to the FA WSL Continental Tyres League Cup match against Crystal Palace next Wednesday night.
 
ALBION: Hourihan; Barton, Rafferty, Williams, Perry; Green, Brett (Buet 46), Peplow; A. Whelan, Umotong, Brazil.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Gillett (GK), Harris (GK), Gibbons, Legg, Natkiel, Simpkins.

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