Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs stressed the significance of Sunday’s game away at league leaders Cardiff City in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division title race.
Albion head into the match sitting third and four points behind the Bluebirds, and Marrs insists his side cannot afford to be even further adrift of the leaders after Sunday.
He said, “This is a must-win game. We have put ourselves under pressure in the last three weeks and eventually it had to come to a head.
“If we get beaten on Sunday, then we are seven points behind and we can’t afford for that to happen.”
The Albion manager is urging his players to re-discover their form in front of goal and to cut out their recent defensive slip-ups.
“We are not playing particularly badly. Individual mistakes are costing us and there have been too many of them.
“We have conceded penalties in each of the last three games and there has also been a dip in form in front of goal.
“It’s all about fine margins at the moment. We need to make sure we eradicate these errors because we are playing some good stuff.”
Albion (probable squad): Faye Baker, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Catherine Cooper, Deanna Cooper, Phoebe Leitch, Charlotte Young, Jay Blackie, Kirsty Barton, Lucy Somes, Charley Boswell, Sophie Perry, Kate Natkiel, Amy Taylor, Charlotte Gurr, Megan Fox, Emily Baker.
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A NUMBER OF GROUP TICKETS are available for Albion women’s historic first-ever game at the Amex on Sunday 6th December, 3pm kick-off.
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For non season-ticket holders, the prices are £4 for adults, £2 for under-18s and £10 for a family of four (two adults and two under-18s).
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ALBION’S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD are in action away to Tottenham Hotspur in a league fixture at Willougby Lane, Tottenham on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
It is the first match in two weeks for Amy Merricks’s side, after their match with Bedford was postponed last week.
She said, “I’m feeling very positive going into the game and the girls have worked very hard in training.
“The girls want to rectify what happened in the last match against them [lost 2-0 v Spurs in the cup] and prove that we can play positive attacking football.”
ALBION’S ACADEMY SIDE, in partnership with Worthing College, won an AOC seven-a-side regional tournament on Friday, beating Farnborough 1-0 in the final, thanks to Annie Rolf’s goal.
The academy side also beat Gillingham 7-0 in a friendly at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Wednesday. Sara Tubby and Valentine Pursey scored two each, while Hayley Bridge, Annie Rolf and Niamh Anderson were also on the score-sheet.
ALBION’S CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE under-11 and under-13 sides are in action away at Hampshire on Saturday.
Members of the under-15 and under-17 sides will feature for the Sussex Schools FA teams this weekend.
FOUR UNDER-15 players have been called up to an FA National Performance Camp, with Elllie Hack, Sian Chipper, Emily Ormon and Libby Stannard all selected to take part.
ALBION WOMEN first-team’s next home match is against West Ham United at the Sussex County FA Headquarters at Culver Road, BN15 9AX on Sunday 22nd November, kick-off 2pm. Admission is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for Albion season-tickets holders and under-16s.