Albion's women's interim manager looks ahead to today's game against Doncaster Rovers Belles
Brighton & Hove Albion's women's interim manager George Parris highlighted the learning opportunity that the FAWSL Spring Series is offering his players, and believes they will only benefit from more time playing together.
The Seagulls take on Doncaster Rovers Belles at Culver Road this afternoon, and following last weekend’s disappointing 5-0 defeat at Everton, Parris was open minded about the team’s progress.
He said, “This Spring Series, as I keep saying, is a great learning time and next season the players will have more chance to prepare with a proper pre-season.
“The main thing about Everton is they are full-time, so they had the organisation that comes from enjoying more contact time with their players.
“The more hours you work with a team, the more you can instil in terms of how you want to play. That was the big difference – and it is something we aspire to have as a club.”
Albion return to the south coast after back-to-back away games, also losing 1-0 at Spring Series leaders Durham, and Parris hopes his players can rise to the occasion against well-established opposition.
“The first couple of Everton goals put us on the back foot. Once they go in, you are chasing the game.
“It has been quite hard for the girls, with two long away trips. But again, that is something they are learning all about.
“Now we play Doncaster, who are obviously steeped in tradition and have been in the WSL for many years. It will be another test and hopefully the girls will be up for it.”
Match tickets on the gate at Culver Road cost £10 for adults, and £5 for over-65s and under-16s.
Following today's match sees Albion host Sheffield FC at the Amex on Sunday 21st May, kick-off 1pm. Advance match tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for over-65s and under-16s.