A preview to today's game and the latest news in the women's set-up.
Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs is encouraging his players to maintain their focus going into Sunday’s pivotal final game of the season at Tottenham Hotspur.
A win would guarantee Albion the FA Women's Premier League South title, along with a place in the end of season play-off, and Marrs says spirits are high within the camp.
He said, “There has been a really good atmosphere this week and we’ve taken the stresses and the pressure off the players in training.
“They’re focused and know what they need to do to win the game on Sunday. We’re organised enough to go and pick up the win, so it’s now down to them to turn up on the day and do the business.
“It won’t be too dissimilar to the last time we played them, we know what they’re about.
“We’ve played them enough and played at the ground they’ve changed the game to, so we’ve already had 90 minutes on that pitch.”
Anything other than a win on Sunday could open the door for either Charlton or Cardiff to pip Albion to the title and Marrs is eager to avoid that scenario.
“It will be a bad situation for us, because we’ll have to wait four or five weeks and rely on other results.
“We want to try and get the job done ourselves if we can and the girls are fully focused on getting the right result.
“The aim this year has always been to win the league.”
The game kicks off at 2pm and will take place at Brimsdown FC, Goldsdown Road, Enfield, EN3 7RP.
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ALBION’S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD are also two games away from winning their respective league, the Women’s Premier League (Reserves) Southern Division.
Amy Merricks’s side can move a step closer to the title in their next game away at Chichester on 24th April.
ALBION’S ACADEMY SIDE, in partnership with Worthing College, are off to Newcastle on Thursday to compete in the National Sevens Tournament. This is their first time in the finals against a selection of category one college football teams.
AMELIA RITCHIE is currently away with the Wales under-19 squad for a European Championship qualifier in Kazakhstan on Tuesday 12th April.
BRONWEN THOMAS captained the Wales under-17 side in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Friday.
ELLIE HACK captained the English Schools FA under-15s team to victory in the Bob Docherty Trophy Final, with a win over the Republic of Ireland.
VALENTINE PURSEY will be leaving to join up with the English Colleges FA squad for a two-day training camp in Portgual.
ALBION’S CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE under-11, 13 and 17 age groups were in action against MK Dons on Saturday.
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