Albion's shot-stopper lined up against a team of legends.
Brighton & Hove Albion women’s goalkeeper Faye Baker looked back on the fantastic experience of facing an ex-England All Stars team last Sunday, helping to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.
Albion were invited to play in the match after winning the FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play-Off Final and secured a 5-2 victory over a team of former England internationals, including Rachel Brown-Finnis and Marieanne Spacey.
Baker told seagulls.co.uk, “It was an honour to play against legends and players that have pioneered the women’s game over the years.
“It was a nice reward at the end of a very successful season for us.
“The game itself was very relaxed, everyone was just looking forward to the occasion. The aim was not to go out there and win, but it was just about having fun, enjoying the game and supporting a very good cause.
“Across the whole team, there are people who have been directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer, so it’s nice to show our support for a really worthy charity that’s close to our hearts.”
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The Seagulls shot-stopper met one of her childhood heroes in Brown-Finnis and gained some very useful advice from the former England international.
“For me personally it was brilliant to speak to her, because she was the keeper that I grew up watching as a youngster.
“We warmed up together and we went through a few things. After only having a child eight months ago, she asked if one of us could go in goal for them in the second half.
“It was lovely to be around her, get some wise words and take everything on board from someone who has done really well in the women’s game.”
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Albion got their goals thanks to Amy Taylor’s brace and a strike each from Kate Natkiel, Lily Agg and Sophie Perry, but Baker admits the result was not of the utmost importance.
“It was a very friendly game that was taken too seriously. In the first half, we dominated, played the ball around and played at quite a fast pace.
“Once we got our goals, it was more relaxed in the second half and we wanted to have a bit of fun. It was very much like a testimonial game; all the girls had a laugh together and were calling for silly things like penalties that clearly weren’t.
“It was all very jovial and we were really happy. It was a really good day all round."
Baker is now relishing the prospect of playing in the Women’s Super League Two (WSL2) with Brighton, following their 4-2 victory over Sporting Club Albion in the FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play Off Final.
“Our focus is now on looking ahead to the new FAWSL season and on behalf of the players, I would like the FA for accepting the club’s application to join.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to play in the Women’s Premier League and we are looking forward to the next chapter ahead of us.”
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