A weekly news update from the women's set-up and a look ahead to Sunday's game.
Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs feels his side are gearing up for their most pivotal game of the campaign to date when they face promotion rivals Coventry United this afternoon.
The Seagulls go into the game on a run of ten consecutive victories, including 10-0 and 7-1 wins over Women’s Super League Two (WSL 2) side Oxford and Chichester City respectively.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It’s probably our biggest of the game of the season so far with what’s at stake.
“We’re hoping that we can put everything that we’ve worked towards in our preparations into the game on Sunday.
“The girls are very excited and they’ve been on a good run of form lately.
“I wouldn’t have expected us to score 17 goals in two fixtures against our local rivals Chichester and a WSL 2 side in Oxford.
“The players have stayed very grounded. They’re such a professional and hardworking group.”
Albion (probable squad): Faye Baker, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Catherine Cooper, Emily Baker, Deanna Cooper, Amelia Ritchie, Jay Blackie, Kirsty Barton, Charlotte Young, Lucy Somes, Charley Boswell, Sophie Perry, Kate Natkiel, Amy Taylor, Charlotte Gurr.
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ALBION’S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD saw their eight-match winning streak come to an end after a 2-1 defeat at home to Portsmouth last Sunday.
Amy Merricks’s side will travel to ninth-placed West Ham United this today, kick-off 2pm.
ELLIE HACK has recently returned from a three-day training camp in Spain with the England Schools Football Association squad.
The 13-year-old was out in Valencia for the camp and will be part of the squad that faces the Republic of Ireland at Gigg Lane on 6th March.
ALBION’S CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE under-11, under-13 and under-15 sides played Hampshire on Saturday morning. The under-17s are not in action this weekend.
HOLLIE OLDING has returned from international duty with the England under-17 squad after the young Lionesses faced the USA, Japan and South Korea in an NTC Invitation Tournament in Carson, California.
Olding played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to the USA and a 1-1 draw with Japan, before playing 55 minutes in a 2-0 loss to South Korea.
BRONWEN THOMAS has returned from a training camp with the Wales under-17 squad and captained the side in the second half of their friendly with Reading’s development squad.
ALBION WOMEN’S next home game is against Blackburn Rovers in an SSE Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie. The match takes place at the Sussex County FA Headquarters at Culver Road, BN15 9AX on Sunday 28th February, kick-off 1pm. Admission is priced at £3 for adults and FREE Albion season-tickets holders and under-16s.
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