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WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION V WEST HAM UNITED

2 December 2018

Geoff Penn
Aileen Whelan celebrates with Kate Natkiel.

Brighton & Hove Albion host West Ham United in the FA Women’s Super League this afternoon, in the battle of the league’s newcomers.

Like Albion, the Hammers are enjoying their first season in the top tier after being selected as part of the application process following the restructure of the women’s game.

Albion head into the match following a 4-1 defeat against league leaders Arsenal. Ini Umotong gave the Seagulls the advantage after just nine minutes, holding off defender Leah Williamson before clinically dispatching into the roof of the net.

Albion then went on to hit the crossbar, but just seconds after, Netherlands international Vivianne Miedema restored parity. The Gunners then went on to seal the victory with goals from Dominique Bloodworth, Danielle van de Donk and Beth Mead to maintain their 100% record.

Despite the defeat, manager Hope Powell took positives from the match, including the belief that her side can compete against the best sides.

Meanwhile, West Ham United have enjoyed a stable start to their first top tier season having already reached double figures in their league points total.

They made a statement by signing several established FA WSL players such as Claire Rafferty, Gilly Flaherty and Jane Ross along with internationals like Ria Percival and Tessel Middag.

The Irons have recorded one draw and three wins, including their last match against Bristol City, with Alisha Lehmann and Jane Ross securing the three points in a 2-0 victory.

Today’s visitors have also picked up the full three points against Everton and Yeovil as well as finishing all square in a 0-0 draw against Reading.

This means that the Seagulls are still in ninth place, six points and two places behind the Hammers ahead of today’s match.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a match report to go online shortly after the full-time whistle.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles at a price of £10 for adults and £4 for under-10s.


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