Albion women's first-team interim manager looks ahead to tomorrow's game.
Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team interim manager, George Parris, says the players are in fine spirits ahead of the FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play-Off Final and expects his squad to rise to the occasion.
The game, which takes place at Adams Park, Wycombe, this Sunday kick-off 2pm, sees the Seagulls face Sporting Club Albion, with the winners set to claim a place in next year’s Women’s Super League Two (WSL2), subject to meeting licensing criteria.
Albion go into the game having not tasted competitive action since 10th April, but Parris insists the players will be more than ready to do battle.
He said, “We’ve trained very hard, everyone’s raring to go and we’re all really looking forward to it.
“We have still been training two or three times a week, so that’s great. Also, within that, we’ve had some in-house 11 v 11 games, involving players from the development squad, so we’ve kept ourselves quite active.
“Obviously being in the senior set-up for me has been a little bit different to being in the centre of excellence. Luckily I know most of the girls anyway and they know me, because I’ve been around the club for a number of years.
“The players have adapted quite well. We’ve done a lot of hard work, but still managed to have a laugh and a joke too. Hopefully they’ve seen that side of my management style."
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Parris highlighted the potential magnitude of Sunday’s game and admits that a lot can be taken from the team’s previous cup encounter with the Baggies – a game which Albion lost 4-3 at Culver Road.
“The implications for winning are huge. If we can win it, then there’s a good chance we’ll be playing in WSL2, which is a summer game programme and that will hopefully lead to bigger and better things.
“There is a lot on the game. Obviously, I know there is nowhere near as much money riding on it compared to the men’s game, but it’s certainly important to the girls and the football club.
“In our last game against Sporting, there were one or two mistakes and we need to cut those out for sure. We will need to start the game much quicker, because we went 3-0 down quite early on. I think they’re the main lessons to pick up from that game.”
With the match being played at a Football League venue, Albion’s interim coach hopes his players can learn from the experience of playing at the Amex earlier in the season and put in a fine performance.
“Obviously the girls were lucky enough to play at the Amex earlier in the season, so they know what it’s like to play in a big stadium.
“Hopefully they can transmit that again and perform, that’s the main thing.”
The game takes place at Adams Park on Sunday 29th May, kick-off 2pm. Tickets for the FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play-off Final will be available on the day and cost £5 for adults, £2.50 for concessions (OAPs and under-16s), £1 for under-10s and free for under-3s.
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