Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs wants his team to end the year on a high when they host Tottenham Hotspur at Culver Road on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
It is Albion’s last game of 2015 ahead of the festive break, before Marrs’s side host Luton Town in an SSE FA Women’s Cup second round tie on Sunday 10th January.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It’s essential that we pick up another three points on Sunday to continue our recent upturn in form.
“Our results have been very pleasing in the last few weeks and I’m delighted to see us keep clean sheets in each of our last four games.
“But Tottenham are going to provide us with a very difficult test and our last few matches against them have been very closely contested.
“They have had some inconsistent results, but we know how good a team they can be on their day.”
“We will have to be at our very best to get the three points, but I’m confident we’ll be raring to go come kick-off.”
The match takes place at the Sussex County FA Headquarters at Culver Road, BN15 9AX on Sunday 20th December , kick-off 2pm. Admission is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for Albion season-tickets holders and under-16s.
Albion(probable squad): Faye Baker, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Catherine Cooper, Deanna Cooper, Charlotte Young, Jay Blackie, Kirsty Barton, Lucy Somes, Charley Boswell, Sophie Perry, Kate Natkiel, Amy Taylor, Charlotte Gurr, Emily Baker, Amelia Ritchie.
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THE DEVELOPMENT SQUAD went top of the Premier League (Reserves) Southern Division table with a 5-0 win over Chichester City last Sunday.
Four goals from Lucy Somes and a goal from Annie Rolf secured a comfortable victory.
It was the team’s final match of 2015 and Albion’s next game is at home to Crystal Palace at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Sunday 10th January.
Coach Amy Merricks has been delighted with the team’s progress in the first half of the season.
She said, “We’ve improved a lot in the second half of the season and where we are in the league reflects all of the players’ hard work.
“The turnaround since our first game of the season has been really good and I’m pleased to go into the Christmas break at the top of the table.”
HOLLIE OLDING started and played the full 90 minutes for England’s under-17s against Germany on Tuesday and is expected to start in the match with France on Saturday. Natalie Taylor will be named on the bench for the match.
TAYLOR, OLDING, Hannah Gardener and Bronwen Thomas have been called up to England under-17 training camps in January.
ALBION CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE under-17 player Valentine Pursey met up with the England Colleges squad for the first time in a training camp at Manchester City’s Etihad training complex last weekend.
ALBION’S UNDER-17s were beaten 1-0 by Everton in the FA Youth Cup last week.
ALBION WOMEN’S first match of 2016 is against Luton Town in the SSE FA Women’s Cup at Culver Road on Sunday 10th January, kick-off 2pm. The match takes place at the Sussex County FA Headquarters at Culver Road, BN15 9AX. Admission is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for Albion season-tickets holders and under-16s.