Albion women's captain issued a rallying cry to her teammates.
Brighton & Hove Albion women captain Jay Blackie is urging her team-mates to “rise to the challenge” heading into the final three games of the season.
Albion currently sit top of the Premier League Southern Division table with 45 points from 19 games, heading into this afternoon’s match against C&K Basildon at Canvey Island.
James Marrs’s side know that three wins will guarantee the title and a place in the end-of-season play-off match to contest a place in Women’s Super League Two (WSL2) for 2017.
She told seagulls.co.uk, “We’re looking forward to going back into the league campaign with the first of three really important games for us.
“It’s going to be a really tough game, they will come out battling like they did in the first game.
“We’ve been in this position before and it’s not one we take lightly. We’ve got to win the next three games. The pressure is on and hopefully we can rise to the challenge.”
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The Seagulls beat the Essex club 6-1 in the reverse fixture back in September, in a game where Albion’s defence was breached for the first time.
“They were the first team to score a goal against us at the beginning of the season.
“It gave us an idea of what their strengths and weaknesses are, but we’re also well aware that a number of players have arrived there since we last played them.
“We’re quite knowledgeable about them, but they would probably say the same thing about us.”
Albion head into Sunday’s game following only their fourth defeat of the season in all competitions, a 4-3 loss to Sporting Club Albion in the Women's FA Cup - a result which Blackie and the squad are eager to erase.
“We know where we went wrong last week as players and staff. I have never seen us put in a first-half performance like that and I wouldn’t expect us to do that ever again.
“But we recovered from 3-0 down to get to 3-3 in the second half and that shows the resilience in this team. It can only stand us in good stead going forward.”
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