Albion earned a point in their FAWSL Spring Series opener.
LONDON BEES 1
- Albion open the FAWSL Spring Series with a 1-1 draw
- Alessia Russo gives the Seagulls an early lead
- Ash Goddard’s second-half header levels the game
- Kate Natkiel almost secures victory deep into stoppage time
Brighton & Hove Albion recorded a hard-fought 1-1 draw in their opening game of the FAWSL Spring Series against London Bees at the Hive this afternoon.
Alessia Russo gave the Seagulls the lead before half-time, but Ash Goddard drew the game level after the break to ensure a share of the spoils for both sides.
Albion had the game’s first chance when Russo was sent through on goal, but she sent her first-time shot wide of the target.
London Bees nearly took the lead when Lucy Loomes took the ball around Albion goalkeeper Emma Byrne, but she was denied by Jenna Legg’s brilliant goal-line clearance.
The Seagulls took an early lead when Russo took it past her marker and placed the ball beyond the keeper into the top corner to break the deadlock on 14 minutes.
Kate Natkiel came close to doubling Albion’s lead when she made a great run into the box, but Bees goalkeeper Shayla Burgess made a fine save to prevent the midfielder from adding a second.
Byrne produced an important save to keep Albion ahead, as she did well to push a powerful effort from Loomes behind for a corner.
The Bees came close to getting an early second-half equaliser when Paula Howells bent her shot just over the bar from 20 yards out.
The hosts continued to improve and nearly took the lead when Jo Wilson took it around Byrne, but her second touch was too heavy and the ball rolled behind for a goal kick.
Wilson was in the thick of the action again when her long-range effort nearly looped over Byrne, and then moments later, substitute Evie Clarke shot wide of the target at the front post.
Albion claimed for a penalty in stoppage time when Russo went down inside the box, but the referee waved on play to Albion's disappointment.
Natkiel came close to winning the game for Albion in the dying seconds, but she was denied by Burgess, which meant the Seagulls had to settle for a point.
ALBION: Byrne; Legg, Ashton-Jones, Young, Perry; Barton, Rafferty, Natkiel; Dorey (Thomas 45), A. Taylor (Somes 73), Russo.
SUBS NOT USED: Wilson, N. Taylor, Olding.