Albion forward looks ahead to today's cup tie.
Brighton & Hove Albion women forward Kate Natkiel is eager for the side to progress in the SSE Women’s FA Cup and test herself against one of the top teams in the country.
The Seagulls host Sporting Club Albion at Culver Road on Sunday and the two clubs are the only Women’s Premier League sides left in the competition.
The forward is now targeting a place in the last eight and the chance to face a Women’s Super League (WSL1) team in the latter stages.
She said, “I’m really looking forward to it, we’ve had a good cup run and I think we’ve done really well to get this far in the FA Cup.
“I’m hoping we can give another good performance, like we did last week against Blackburn [Albion won 5-2].
“If we do that, then we have a chance to test ourselves against the big guns from WSL1.
“I don’t know much about Sporting Club Albion. I’ve never played against them before, so I think they’re going to be tough opposition.
“It’s good that us and Sporting Club Albion have got this far in the competition and it shows that some Premier League teams are as strong as those in WSL2.”
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Natkiel reflected on last week’s victory in the replayed FA Cup tie with Blackburn and says the side are in buoyant spirits going into Sunday’s game.
“It was an all-round positive performance and the main thing is that we scored five goals.
“Sometimes we do all the hard work and struggle to get the ball in the back of the net, but on Sunday, everyone took their chances and scoring five goals was a real plus.
“Personally it was good to get on the scoresheet and it gives me a bit of confidence going into the next game.”
The striker has thoroughly enjoyed her first season back at the club and feels her decision to move from Watford has been vindicated.
“I definitely feel like I’m fitter and stronger than I ever have been before. The facilities are excellent and training is always good.
“I never come to training and don’t work hard. I feel like I’m probably playing the best football of my career and it was the best decision for me to come here.”
The game takes place at the Sussex County FA HQ, Culver Road, Lancing, BN15 9AX. Entry to the game is just £3 for adults, £1 for under-16s and FREE for Brighton & Hove Albion season-ticket holders.
Albion fans who attended Saturday’s first-team game at MK Dons can also gain FREE entry to today's game. Fans will be able to enter the turnstiles at no charge when showing proof of their ticket stubs.
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