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WOMEN'S ROUND-UP AND FOREST GREEN PREVIEW

22 January 2016


Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first team manager James Marrs is eager to continue the side's winning momentum, as Albion return to league action against Forest Green Rovers on Sunday.
 

It will be the side's first league match since a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on 20th December, following a 7-0 victory over Luton Town in an SSE FA Cup second round tie last week.
 
He said, “It’s important that we continue where we left off. We’ve had two friendlies and an FA Cup game since the break, so we’re looking in good shape at the minute.
 
“We want to win the game and we know we can if we perform to our maximum, then we can get three points from Forest Green.
 
“The last time we went on an unbeaten run, we lost to QPR so it’s massively important to take these games seriously and not just turn up expecting three points. That won’t be the case, they will be a difficult outfit to beat."
 
The Seagulls beat Forest Green 4-0 at home on the opening day of the season, but Marrs says the result is irrelevant going into this weekend's game.
 
“Last time we played them they battled for 90 minutes, but that was the first game of the season and things have changed since then."

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ALBION'S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
will contest a Sussex derby against Chichester at Clymping FC on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
 
The Seagulls currently sit top of the Reserves Southern Division table with nine wins from ten league games to date.              
 
Coach Amy Merricks said,"We've done well in the league recently and we want to keep that run going. We had a friendly against stronger opposition last week to keep our sharpness up.
 
"We're feeling fresh and want to keep improving week-in, week-out and tidy up a few points.
 
"We want to maintain our position at the top of the league."


THE ACADEMY, in partnership with Worthing College, lost 3-1 to the John Madejski Academy (who are linked with the WSL1 side Reading), after beating them last week in the National Cup 4-2.

Albion’s only goal fron the defeat came from Annie Rolf. The Academy are also through to the quarter-finals of the national cup and will face Barking Abbey in March.



SOPHIE PERRY has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for two friendlies against the USA.
 
The defender is set to face the world champions in San Diego on Saturday, before a behind-closed-doors match against a USA under-23 team in Carson on Monday.


AMELIA RITCHIE is currently away with the Wales senior team for a five-day training camp in preparation for their Euro 2017 qualifiers later in the year.
 
The 16-year-old has already earned three caps for the senior side in the qualifiers against Israel, Denmark and Hungary.


HOLLIE OLDING has been called up to the England under-17s' squad for a friendly tournament in Los Angeles to play against USA, Japan, and South Korea.


ALBION CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE player, Ellie Hack, has been called up to the England Under-15 Schoolgirls squad for the upcoming 2016 season.
 
The youngster will meet up with the squad on Sunday 31st January, ahead of a training camp in Spain next month and a friendly against the Republic of Ireland in March.

ALBION WOMEN are next in action at home in their SSE FA Women's Cup third round tie against Oxford United. The match will be played at Culver Road on Sunday 7th February, kick-off 2pm. Admission is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for Albion season-tickets holders and under-16s.

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY, KICK-OFF 3PM


ALBION V BRENTFORD

FRIDAY 5TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V BOLTON WANDERERS

SATURDAY 13TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 3PM


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