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WOMEN'S GILLINGHAM PREVIEW AND ROUND-UP

28 August 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion's women's team turn their attentions to cup action when they host Gillingham in the Premier League Cup first round at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.



Marrs will see some familiar faces when the Seagulls take on his former club and he is expecting anything but an easy game against a team plying their trade in the Premier League South East Division One - one tier below Albion.
 
He said, “I’m really looking forward to locking horns with Gillingham and their manager Darren Hare.
 
“Their assistant manager, Jack Wheeler, is a good friend of mine and someone who I worked with closely during my time there, but my main priority will be to ensure we progress to the next round.
 
“It should be a great tactical battle that we are ready to face.
 
“The girls have been working hard this week and hopefully that will pay off on Sunday.”



Albion go into the game after a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Charlton Athletic, but Marrs said the result paled into insignificance following the tragic events of last Saturday.
 
“We are devastated and our minds weren’t really on the game.
 
“The mood in the dressing room was very quiet. The 0-0 draw was okay but it didn’t really matter at all. We could have won 1-0 with a last-minute goal and the mood would not have been any different.
 
“We will dedicate Sunday’s game to Matthew Grimstone and his family and it would be nice to dedicate a win as well. But, at the same time, a tragedy like this puts football and a lot of other things into perspective.”
 
Squad: Faye Baker (GK), Molly Towers (GK), Deanna Cooper, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Catherine Cooper, Danielle Rowe, Sophie Perry, Charlotte Markham, Annie Rolf, Charlotte Young, Kirsty Barton, Jay Blackie (captain), Kate Natkiel, Charlotte Gurr, Lucy Somes, Amy Taylor, Kim Stenning, Paige Baker-Carroll.

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ALBION WOMEN’S PLAYERS paid their respects to those who tragically lost their lives in the Shoreham air crash last week by laying flowers on a bridge close to where the accident took place.
 
The squad will wear black armbands for Sunday’s game and will hold a minute’s silence prior to kick-off.



ALBION'S GIRLS' centre of excellence players Natalie Taylor and Hollie Olding are set to join up with an England under-17s training camp at Loughborough University this weekend. The duo will report for duty on Saturday morning and elite women and girls' football manager, Tracy Doe, spoke about the talent coming through the club’s centre of excellence.
 
She said, “It is a testament to both Hollie and Natalie that they are continuously called up to the squad and it further emphasises the talent we have in the centre.
 
“In the under-17 squad we currently have five international players, Hannah Gardener and Bronwen Thomas are currently with the England under-16s and Amelia Ritchie is also repeatedly earning call-ups for the Wales under-17 squads.  The future looks very bright indeed."

For coverage of Sunday's fixture, follow @officialbhawfc for live match updates, visit seagulls.co.uk for post-match coverage and Seagulls PlayerHD for match highlights.

Albion women's next league match is at the Sussex County FA Headquarters, Culver Road Lancing, against QPR on Sunday 6th September. Kick-off is at 2pm. Entry on the gate is £3 for adults and £1 for under-16s and OAPs. 

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V HULL CITY 

SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, KICK-OFF 3PM


ALBION V ROTHERHAM UNITED 

SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V CARDIFF CITY

SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER, KICK-OFF 3PM



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