The latest news and a look ahead to Sunday's big game.
Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs is relishing the prospect of taking on title rivals Portsmouth on Sunday.
Albion have beaten Pompey twice away at Privett Park already this season in the Premier League Cup and league respectively, but Marrs is expecting a closely-contested encounter on Sunday.
He said, “Portsmouth are still a good side and they can still mathematically win the division themselves.
“The other thing is they never like losing to Brighton. There’s the obvious competitiveness with this match and they might see this as chance for revenge for earlier in the season.
“Portsmouth is our biggest game of the season in the fixture list and it has been for the last two seasons.
“What we need to do is win and then we can look at other results.
“We fully expect Cardiff and Charlton to throw the kitchen sink at their games with the title still up for grabs.”
Albion head into the game following an emphatic 6-1 win at C&K Basildon last week and the manager was delighted with the players’ display.
“The players performed really well on the day. The pleasing thing was we seemed to get back to concentrating on ourselves rather than thinking about what the opposition would do.
“We felt this was an opportunity to impose ourselves on the game and the players were mentally strong.
“We took the game to them. We had to win the game, because we had pressure on us, but they went out there and did their thing.”
The game takes place at the Sussex County FA HQ, Culver Road, Lancing, BN15 9AX and is the last chance to see Albion women at home this season.
Entry to the game is just £3 for adults, £1 for under-16s and FREE for Brighton & Hove Albion season-ticket holders.
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The young lionesses beat Serbia, Iceland and Belgium 3-1, 5-0 and 2-0 respectively to claim their place at the tournament in Belarus, with Olding appearing in all three games.
HANNAH GARDENER has been called up to the England under-15 squad for a behind-closed-doors talent identification friendly against the England under-16s at St George’s Park.
BRONWEN THOMAS has also been called up to the Wales under-17 squad for an international friendly with Northern Ireland on Friday 8th April.
ALBION’S CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE under-11, 13, 15 and 17 teams played Essex at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday.
ALBION’S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD are not in action this weekend after their game away at Queens Park Rangers was postponed.
ALBION’S ACADEMY SIDE, in partnership with Worthing College, are through to the National Finals of a seven-a-side tournament and will travel to Newcastle on 14th April for a four-day competition.
THE OPEN TRIAL dates have been confirmed for Albion’s Regional Talent Club, which will replace the girls’ centre of excellence at the club from next season.
Subject to FA-license approval in April, Albion are hoping to be assessed as a tier one club and the trial dates will be on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June.
For more information about the trials, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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