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Albion three unbeaten on the road after draw

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Seagulls draw a blank but had their chances in an open encounter which ended 0-0 against West Ham United.

By Luke Nicoli • 31 March 2024

By Kyle Hemsley
Elisabeth Terland went close with this early effort against West Ham.

Albion extended their unbeaten away run to three WSL games following a goalless draw at West Ham United on Sunday.

Mikey Harris’s side could not find the goals plundered recently at Bristol City and Leicester City, but they were worthy of at least a point at the Chigwell Community Stadium.

The Seagulls certainly came into the game on the front foot, following last week’s 3-2 win against the Foxes, and could have broken the deadlock as early as the first minute when Elisabeth Terland found herself in on goal.

West Ham keeper Mackenzie Arnold was equal to the effort, however, just as she was moments later when Terland connected with a firm header from Jorelyn Carabali’s dangerous cross.

By Kyle Hemsley
Vea Sarri challenges for the ball during the first half.

A Vea Sarri corner also caused the home side problems early on, which Julia Zigiotti failed to connect cleanly with, and as the ball eventually found its way back into the box from Poppy Pattinson on the opposite flank, Terland’s effort was hacked away by the home rearguard.

Vicky Losada and Zigiotti received yellow cards in quick succession soon after the half-hour mark for similar fouls inside their own half, but the Hammers failed to take advantage with their deep free-kicks into the Albion box.

The hosts, who eventually got more of a foothold in the game, did come close to scoring before the break when a deep Anouk Denton cross from the right was met at the far post by the head of Rio Ueki, but the ball, thankfully, fell the wrong side of the post.

Albion were also caught in possession soon after by Emma Snearle, but her low effort was comfortably saved by Albion keeper Sophie Baggaley.

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Madison Haley goes in for a 50-50 ball against the Hammers.

In all honesty, there was little to choose between the sides in the opening half and that remained the case after the break.

While Pattinson and Sarri were enjoying plenty of the ball down Albion’s left, it was the Hammers who came closest to scoring on the hour mark when Honoka Hayashi’s 20-yard half-volley was destined for the top corner, only for Baggaley to show good agility to keep the ball out.

Albion created their best chance soon after when Sarri’s left-wing cross was met by Katie Robinson inside the box. The England international showed good feet to cushion the ball back to Madison Hayley, whose goalbound effort was deflected wide for a corner.

As the game opened up, Viviane Asseyi also headed wide for the hosts from a Kirsty Smith centre, while Princess Ademiluyi drilled a low effort goalwards after the Seagulls had lost possession.

By Kyle Hemsley
Elisabeth Terland challenges West Ham keeper Mackenzie Arnold.

With the seconds ticking down, Albion looked more likely to break the deadlock with Robinson showing superb skill down the right to tee up substitute Tatiana Pinto, while fellow sub Maisie Symonds – making her 50th appearance along with Sarri – stung the hands of Arnold with a rasping effort.

Terland also broke free in stoppage time, only to see her left-foot effort take a deflection and loop back off the post, but there were plenty of positive to be taken as the final whistle blew – particularly from an attacking perspective – as Albion move up to eighth in the table.

Albion: Baggaley, Mengwen, Bergsvand, Carbali ,Pattinson (Kullberg 78), Losada (Symonds 64), Zigiotti, Haley (Pinto 78), Sarri (Lee 64), Terland, Robinson.

Subs not used: Loeck, Johnson, Startup, McEwen, Dent

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