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NATKIEL PLEASED WITH ALBION'S PROGRESS

2 April 2017

The Albion forward feels the side has adapted well to life in the FAWSL Spring Series.


Brighton & Hove Albion forward Kate Natkiel has been delighted with the team’s introduction to the FAWSL Spring Series, and believes her team-mates will only improve as they play more games together, starting with their trip to Aston Villa today, kick-off 2pm.

The Seagulls are yet to taste defeat in their FAWSL Spring Series campaign, and the former Watford striker is enjoying her football and confident of capturing a first victory.

She said, “I’ve loved it so far. It’s meant long gaps between games at the moment but hopefully that will change. We are still quite a new team, with new players, so we could really do with playing regularly to help us gel.

“The rest of the Spring Series has to be about keeping the levels we've been at so far, because we haven’t lost a game yet.

“We haven’t conceded many goals either and I think that shows how hard we work as a unit. I wouldn’t say there’s much difference from the Women’s Premier League.

“The physical side and the standard of the teams in the WPL is so high because there’s the competition of trying to get promotion into the Super League.

“But the big difference is that you get more publicity and recognition in the WSL, which is really good.”

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Albion travel to The Lamb Ground on the back of a 5-1 victory over Crawley Wasps in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup, and Natkiel was pleased to get her name on the scoresheet going into today’s game against the Villans.

“It was good as a team to win a cup final and get a few goals. I felt like I needed to score a goal, as I hadn’t got one for quite a long time.

“It’s always in the back of your mind when you’re an attacking player, but it’s not the main priority. I was just pleased to play.

“We didn’t have a league game for a couple of weeks, and that’s why George [Parris] put a lot of the first-team players out there. We always work hard in training, but match fitness is different.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V BIRMINGHAM CITY

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V WIGAN ATHLETIC

MONDAY 17TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 3PM



ALBION V BRISTOL CITY

SATURDAY 29TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 5.30PM


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