Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs is relishing the prospect of a good FA Cup run and hopes to go one step further than last season.
Albion women kick off the New Year with an SSE FA Cup second round tie against Luton Town, who are one league below Marrs’s team. The Seagulls manager is now eager to continue his side's fine form.
He said, “We have managed to turn the ship around and at this point we are in a really good place; we have won six in a row and will be hoping to surpass what we did at the beginning of the season.
"I hope we can continue our winning momentum on Sunday against Luton.
"The FA Cup tie is a big game for us, we want to progress as far as possible and we’d love to get one of the WSL [Women's Super League] teams.
“We always try and better what we did last year, so we will be hoping to go one step further in the competition this time round. If we had beaten Watford last year we would have got Chelsea in the next round, so it would be nice if that could happen this time.
“The ultimate aim is to get a big club to play against and that is what the FA Cup can bring you. You can play these teams in friendlies but sometimes they’re trying out new things, so it’s not the same. You can’t really judge yourselves from a friendly so it would be nice to play a WSL team competitively.
“Saying that, we have to concentrate on Luton first. They are second in their league, a physical side, and they are also very organised, so it will be quite a difficult contest for us.
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Albion women's primary focus is on the league and Marrs’s side are currently sitting at the top of the table- nine points above second place Charlton, but the Seagulls have played three more games than Charlton and Coventry and four more than Cardiff respectively.
“I’d much rather have the points on the board than the games in hand; the other teams now have to make sure they win those games against sides that are in and around us.
“We’re in a nice position, possibly the best we could possibly be in, however we do need to make sure we win all five of our remaining games.
"We haven’t got to play Cardiff and they have to win nine games out of a possible nine, which is very difficult to do, so we are hoping they can drop some points there."
Today's match takes place at the Sussex County FA Headquarters at Culver Road, BN15 9AX, kick-off 2pm. Admission is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for Albion season-tickets holders and under-16s.
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