Brighton & Hove Albion defender Sophie Perry is eager to test herself against top-flight opposition tonight in the club’s first FA WSL Continental Cup fixture against Yeovil Town, kick-off 7.45pm.
Albion play the first of four group stages matches, and Perry feels it is a valuable opportunity to quickly recover from Sunday’s frustrating 4-3 league defeat at Millwall.
She said, “It’s about us bouncing back and showing a reaction. The mindset here is always to improve. We’ll take this on board, push on and hopefully get a result in the Continental Cup.
“When you lose a game, you want to put it behind you straight away. The girls are upset and disappointed, but it’s good that we’ve got another game so soon. Hopefully this game will be a distant memory come Wednesday night.
“In the Continental Cup, you get to play against WSL 1 teams and that’s where we want to be. We want to be amongst the top tier teams and it will be good to see where we fit in, and it’s a challenge we will relish.”
The Republic of Ireland international reflected on Sunday’s defeat, and feels there are still reasons to be optimistic heading into tonight’s game.
“Whenever you lose a game it’s always difficult to pick out positives, but we showed character to push on.
“We scored three goals, so it’s good that we’re creating chances, and to have three different goalscorers is another positive, so that’s something we can look at going into Wednesday.
“We moved the ball around well and were attacking. The main disappointment is that we lost the game through our own mistakes and that’s what we need to eliminate.”
Tonight's game takes place at the Sussex County FA Headquarters at Culver Road.
Tickets can be purchased on the gate for this fixture. Prices are £6 for adults and £3 for 65+/Under-16s.