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1 May 2015

Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs is wary of the threat that Keynsham Town will pose in the team’s final away match of the season on Sunday.
Albion play the first of two back-to-back league games against the Somerset side who have already been relegated with just one win all season, but Marrs is refusing to underestimate the division’s bottom club.
He told, “We need to make sure we’re not their second win of the season. I don’t think it makes any difference that they’re bottom of the league, as any team can beat anyone in this league.
“They are already relegated, which sometimes makes it even harder because they’re not going to be nervous and will play with freedom. They will have nothing to lose, so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready and prepared for that.
“Our main priority is put in a professional performance and make sure that we pick up the three points.”


The Albion team will be travelling down to the West Country a day before the game, which will be played on a 4G surface. Marrs feels that these factors can only have a beneficial effect on the team’s chances of success.
“It’s a nice pitch down at Keynsham so there will be no complaints when it comes to the surface. We’re looking forward to playing on that after training on an artificial surface in the build-up to the game.
“Travelling a day before will also help us to prepare a little bit more and the players can get a good night’s sleep and plenty of rest in ahead of the game. The girls don’t have to worry about getting up early, travelling all that way and having to rush.”
The Seagulls are also going into game hoping to put pressure on league leaders Portsmouth, who sit three points above Albion in the table. Marrs insists that whatever happens in the remaining two league games, he can feel proud of his side’s achievements this season.
“I would have bitten your hand off if you had said we would have this number of points at this stage of the season. It would be disappointing if we finished second now, but this was always going to be a two-year project. To be in the position that we’re in already is absolutely fantastic.”
Finally Marrs paid tribute to the club’s increasing fanbase, including three hardy souls who have supported the side home and away this season.
“They’ve been absolutely amazing and followed us all over the place. They’ve been fantastic and it’s nice to have that support from those guys and we’re hoping they can attract even more fans.
“Our crowds at home have also been brilliant this season and that kind of backing can only help the players.” 

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