New Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell is ready to take charge for the first time against Durham Women on Sunday, and says the players are in great spirits after an opening day victory over Aston Villa.
Powell feels the win at Villa has left the squad in a good place, and paid tribute to assistant manager Amy Merricks for leading the side on the day.
She said, “I was really pleased, and I must say well done to Amy who took the lead and got the team prepared.
“It was a hard-fought challenge, but they played in a way that we discussed and they tried to execute that on the pitch. Fortunately enough we got the goal and the three points.
“The girls were in really good spirits after the game. It was tough, but to come away with three points is a real confidence booster.
“Durham is going to be very tough and physically demanding, so we’re going to have to be at our best.
“Hopefully the girls that got niggles on Sunday will be available; we might be one short, but that’s football and hopefully that momentum will continue.”
The vastly experienced coach admits that it will take time to get used to her first-ever club role, but feels Albion is the perfect place to lay down a marker for years to come.
“The club environment is new to me and I have only worked in international football. This is very different, but it is a new challenge.
“I’m sure I’ll learn a lot and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes, but I’m very excited at being able to develop players on a day-to-day basis.
“I hope to be here for many years, build something sustainable and ensure that players want to be part of a club that’s successful.”
Albion host Durham at the Sussex County FA Headquarters at Culver Road on Sunday, kick-off 12 noon.
Tickets for the game on the gate are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for 65+/under-16s. We are also producing a matchday magazine for this game, priced at £2.