The latest news from inside the women and girls programme.
Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs says his players are relishing the prospect of this Sunday’s SSE Women’s FA Cup tie against Sporting Club Albion, kick-off 2pm.
The Seagulls manager is expecting a tough test from the West Bromwich-based side in a bid to get to the last eight of the competition.
He said, “It’s a game that we can definitely win and we’re hoping to get into the quarter-finals. After that, you never know what could happen.
“With what we’ve seen and the resources we’ve had to research, they will probably provide us with the most physical test we’ve had so far.
“They are organised and it could end up being difficult trying to break them down.
“We could be hit on the counter-attack, which is something that they’re very good at.”
Marrs is now eager to reach the latter stages of the competition and potentially cause even more upsets, after a 10-0 win over WSL 2 side Oxford in round three.
“It’s all about the magic of the cup. It’s definitely possible, it just depends on the draw that you get, as we know there’s another all WSL2 tie [Aston Villa v Everton].
“If we do the business and get the win, then fingers crossed we can cause a massive shock and get to the semi-finals of the cup.”
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 attending Saturday’s first-team game at MK Dons can also gain FREE entry to Sunday’s women’s first-team match at Culver Road the next day. Fans will be able to enter the turnstiles at no charge when showing proof of their ticket stubs.
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BEVERLY SAWYERS from American Express and elite women and girls’ manager, Tracy Doe , will be appearing on Albion Roar this weekend.
The show will be broadcast on Radio Reverb on Saturday at 12pm and the pair will discuss Albion’s big SSE Women’s FA Cup clash with Sporting Club Albion.
HOLLIE OLDING has been named in the England Women’s under-17 squad for the final round of European qualifiers later this month.
John Griffiths’s side will travel to Serbia to face the host nation on Thursday 24th March, Iceland on Saturday 26th March and Belgium on Tuesday 29th March.
The team that finishes top of the group will qualify for the eight-team tournament, which takes place in Belarus in May.
ALBION’S ACADEMY SIDE, in partnership with Worthing College, will play Solihull in the National Cup semi-finals next Tuesday. The team will also compete in the National Championship Play-Off tournament, which is an eight-team knockout format.
ALBION’S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD are in action away at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
Amy Merricks’s side sit two points clear at the top of the Premier League Reserves Southern Division table with two games in hand.
FOUR CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE UNDER-15 players have been called up to National Performance Centre camps. Ellie Hack, Libby Stannard, Sian Chipper and Emily Orman have all been selected.
ALBION’S CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE under-11, 13 and 17 sides host Chelsea at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday.
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