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WOMEN PREVIEW: FAWSL SEASON ENDS TODAY

11 May 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion end their FAWSL season on Sunday.

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Rush Green to take on West Ham United in their final match of the FA Women’s Super League season this afternoon, kick-off 12.30pm.

The match signals the end of the first season in the top tier for both clubs after being awarded a licence to compete in the FA WSL at the end of last season.

Both teams have also had mixed league campaigns since gaining top division status – sitting seventh and ninth in the table respectively – but have managed to retain their places in the league next season.

Albion head into the match having played in front of a league-record crowd of 5,265 at the Amex two weeks ago against Arsenal. The Gunners sealed the league title in Sussex, winning the match 4-0.

West Ham were in action as recently as last weekend as they took to the field at Wembley in the SSE Women’s FA Cup final.

Matt Beard’s side fought well against opponents Manchester City, keeping this season’s Continental Tyres League Cup champions out until the 52nd minute. City then scored two more goals in the final ten minutes to secure their second FA Cup title in three years.

Most recently in the league, the Hammers beat Bristol City 2-1 at the Stoke Gifford Stadium thanks to an 89th minute winner from Scotland international Jane Ross. The result takes the Irons to within two points of the Vixens heading into the final day.

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The focus for Hope Powell’s side will be on securing a positive result to retain ninth place in the league ahead of Everton, who take on their Merseyside rivals Liverpool this afternoon.

The Seagulls currently sit one point above the Toffees, so matching Everton’s result would guarantee ninth spot in their inaugural FA WSL campaign.

When the teams met earlier in the season at the People’s Pension Stadium in Crawley, Ross was on target again to seal a narrow 1-0 victory for West Ham.

With positions still to play for on the final day, it is set to be an exciting finish to the season.

Albion supporters can follow the match this lunchtime via updates on the club's Twitter feed - @OfficialBHAFC a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a match report and reaction to follow this afternoon.


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