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23 September 2017

Michael Doherty
Amy Merricks

Brighton & Hove Albion women's first-team assistant manager Amy Merricks believes the team’s experience from the FA WSL Spring Series will hold them in good stead ahead of Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League 2 opener against Aston Villa.

The Seagulls finished sixth in the Spring Series that ended in May, and after appointing former England manager Hope Powell during the summer, Merricks believes the team are ready to embrace their latest challenge.

She said, “We were very lucky in that we were able to get a good look at our opponents and learn about the standard and the style of play.

“We learned a lot about the players that we’ll come up against, and also looked at what worked for us in the Spring Series, and what didn’t work. It was a really interesting experience.

“I think the difference we found between the leagues was the tactics. The WPL [Women’s Premier League] is just as physical, but the teams in WSL 2 [FA Women’s Super League 2] are very well organised.

“We obviously have great facilities here, a great set-up and the club do a lot on our behalf. It’s felt like the longest pre-season ever, but we feel ready. Hope [Powell] has been very much involved.”

Albion begin their campaign against the Lady Villans at Tamworth’s Lamb Ground on Sunday afternoon, and Merricks commented on the transfer activity that’s taken place over the summer months.

“We’ve looked to bring in experience, players who know what this standard us like. We’ve signed a couple from FA WSL 2 who we targeted from the Spring Series.

“We did our homework, got some character references and they fit the bill for us. We have a good mix of players.

“Ini [Umotong] and Fliss [Gibbons] were brought in up front and we have Aileen [Whelan] as well. We already had talent like Bronwen Thomas and Jenna Legg - they give us a lot going forward.”

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