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09 September 2018 Venue Broadfield Stadium Attendance Referee Jack Packham

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Brighton and Hove Albion Women
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Bristol City Women FC

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4-3-3
  • 25
    Laura Hartley
    GK
  • 2
    Beth Roe
    DF
  • 6
    Laura Rafferty
    DF
  • 20
    Victoria Williams
    DF
  • 3
    Fliss Gibbons
    DF
  • 12
    Chloe Peplow
    MF
  • 4
    Danielle Buet
    MF
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    MF
  • 7
    Aileen Whelan
    FW
  • 15
    Kayleigh Green
    FW
  • 16
    Ellie Brazil
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Lucy Gillett
    SUB
  • 5
    Fern Whelan
    SUB
  • 17
    Sophie Perry
    SUB
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    SUB
  • 18
    Jodie Brett
    SUB
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Hope Powell

4-4-2
  • 1
    Sophie Baggaley
    GK
  • 2
    Loren Dykes (C)
    DF
  • 5
    Frankie Brown
    DF
  • 6
    Danique Kerkdijk
    DF
  • 4
    Ali Johnson
    MF
  • 8
    Carla Humphrey
    MF
  • 9
    Julietter Kempi
    MF
  • 10
    Ella Rutherford
    MF
  • 14
    Lucy Graham
    FW
  • 20
    Julie Biesmans
    FW
  • 27
    Jess Woolley
    FW

Substitutes

  • 22
    Aimee Watson
    SUB
  • 3
    Gemma Evans
    SUB
  • 7
    Poppy Pattinson
    SUB
  • 11
    Katie Rood
    SUB
  • 16
    Heather Payne
    SUB
  • 17
    Rosella Ayane
    SUB
  • 18
    Poppy Wilson
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Tanya Oxtoby

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Match Previews

WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION V BRISTOL CITY

8 September 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion take on Bristol City this Sunday in the opening game of the 2018/19 FA Women’s Super League season at the Broadfield Stadium, kick-off 2pm.

After being awarded a licence to play in the top tier following an application process back in December, Hope Powell’s side will finally get the chance to test themselves in the top-flight.

Albion lined-up against this weekend’s opponents as recently as last season in the FA Continental Tyres Cup, exiting at the group stage following a 3-0 defeat with goals from Danique Kerkdijk, Lauren Hemp and Yana Daniel.

Whilst this is the first league match of the season, both teams have already been in Continental Tyres Cup group stage action.

The Seagulls opened their campaign with a battling performance, but ultimately fell to a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea. The team then followed that up by coming back from 2-0 down against Tottenham Hotspur to rescue a draw in injury time, before losing out 10-9 in an epic penalty shootout.

Bristol City have faced lower-league opposition in the competition, opening with a 2-2 draw against Leicester City, missing out on a bonus point after losing the penalty shootout. The Vixens then went onto defeat Sheffield United 3-1 in their following match.

Albion supporters can follow the action from the game on Twitter, and a report will be uploaded after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

WOMEN REPORT: ALBION 0 BRISTOL CITY 1

9 September 2018

Geoff Penn
Aileen Whelan in action against Bristol City.
  • Albion are beaten 1-0 by Bristol City
  • Lucy Graham on target for the Vixens
  • Ellie Brazil makes her Albion debut
  • The Seagulls are in action next against London Bees a week today
Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten 1-0 by Bristol City in their FA Women’s Super League season opener.
 
Lucy Graham’s second-half strike was enough for the Vixens to claim all three points against an Albion side that will feel aggrieved not to take anything from the contest after a positive second-half display.
 
Hope Powell made six changes to the side that faced Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight ago, which included a start for 17-year-old goalkeeper Laura Hartley and a debut for summer signing Ellie Brazil.
 
Following a cagey opening quarter of an hour, Fliss Gibbons had Albion’s first chance of the game when she saw her in-swinging free-kick narrowly clear the crossbar.
 
Gibbons was involved in the thick of the action again when her searching corner into the area was headed clear at the last moment.
 
The Vixens then had a chance to break the deadlock when Ella Rutherford tried her luck with an acrobatic close-range strike, but Hartley was on hand to claim the ball.
 
Further attempts followed for Rutherford and Juliette Kempi, but it was Kayleigh Green who had the best chance of the half.
 
The Wales international latched onto Danielle Buet’s brilliant through ball but saw an attempt with the outside of her right foot saved by Sophie Baggaley.
 
Powell made one change at the break by bringing on Jodie Brett in place of Chloe Peplow, and the Seagulls began the second half brightly.
 
Aileen Whelan made a driving run down the right before sending an enticing ball into the box that was narrowly missed by the unmarked Brazil.
 
Kate Natkiel picked out Beth Roe in the box just moments later, and her close-range effort was tipped just past the far post by Baggaley.
 
The Seagulls continued to press forward through Natkiel again and she found Laura Rafferty, who blazed her close-range attempt over the bar.
 
Powell’s side were continuing to threaten down both flanks and Whelan was the provider again, this time for Brett, who headed wide at the far post.
 
Despite the positive start, it was City who took the lead through Graham’s looping long-range effort which caught out Hartley with 71 minutes played.
 
Albion rallied in the closing stages, but couldn’t get past a stubborn City defence, as Tanya Oxtoby’s side claimed all three points.
 
The Seagulls will now turn their attention back to the FA Continental Tyres Cup, against London Bees at the Broadfield Stadium next Sunday.
 
ALBION: Hartley; Roe, Rafferty, Williams, Gibbons; Peplow (Brett 46), Buet, Natkiel (Perry 79); A. Whelan, Green (Umotong 65), Brazil.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Gillett (GK), F. Whelan, Barton.

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Ticket News

FREE CRAWLEY BUS TRAVEL

7 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Buses picking up supporters at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton & Hove Albion are providing free bus travel for this Sunday’s opening Women’s Super League fixture against Bristol City at the Broadfield Stadium, kick-off 2pm.
 
The club is subsidising travel, which can be booked via official transport partner, Seagull Travel. It is hoped the initiative will help supporters get to the ground for Albion’s opening FAWSL match in Crawley.
 
Seagull Travel will be running buses to the stadium, with pick-up locations across the south coast and from the Amex. Bus travel can be book via the Seagull Travel website - www.seagull-travel.co.uk.
 
Those looking to travel via car should note that there is a car park at the Broadfield Stadium which is free, although spaces are very limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.
 
There are other free parking options available that are just a few minutes’ walk from the stadium on Brighton Road. These are signposted as you approach the stadium.
 
Tickets can still be purchased for this Sunday's match on the gate.
 
Stadium address: Broadfield Stadium, Winfield Way, Broadfield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9RX.

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