Carter on target as Albion hold United

Hope Powell's thoughts as Albion prepare for WSL kick-off next Sunday.

By Bruce Talbot • 29 August 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Danielle Carter fired in for Albion in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Head coach Hope Powell says Albion are in good shape ahead of the new Women's Super League season after drawing 1-1 against Manchester United in their final pre-season friendly on Saturday.

A goal from summer signing Danielle Carter earned Albion a share of the spoils in a hard-fought game played at Loughborough University.

Albion kick off their WSL campaign at the Amex next Sunday against West Ham United and Powell is pleased with their preparations so far.

“It’s been a tough pre-season for the players. The demands of the WSL are going up all the time. Squads are getting bigger and with more quality and the physical demands on everyone are increasing.

By Paul Hazlewood
Hope Powell's team kick off their Women's Super League campaign at the Amex next Sunday.

“But I think we’re in good shape. I know a lot of the players didn’t want last season to stop because we finished it so well but we’ve reset, integrated the new players and have worked on every aspect of our game, both as individuals and collectively.

“I’ve asked a lot of the players and the staff, but they have risen to the challenge. We’ve got a week to go before the West Ham game and hopefully we will hit the ground running next Sunday.”

Albion kick off the new WSL season at the Amex on 5 September against West Ham United and a family of four can watch the game for just £10. Click here to buy your tickets.