Brighton girls are ready for step-up

LADIES MATCH SEAG­ULLS’ TI­TLE TILT

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

BRIGHTON & Hove Al­bion may be dom­i­nat­ing the head­lines in the Cham­pi­onship but their fe­male coun­ter­parts are also mount­ing a pro­mo­tion push.

They boast an un­beaten start in the Women’s Premier League South, win­ning six of their open­ing seven matches.

Last sea­son was one of dis­ap­point­ment for the Seag­ulls as they missed out on the league ti­tle to south-coast ri­vals Portsmouth in the fi­nal weeks of the cam­paign.

Spe­cial

But they seem to have put that firmly be­hind them as they look to chal­lenge for a Su­per League spot.

Brighton winger Charley Boswell has been at the club for ten years and it has a spe­cial place in her heart.

She said: “For me, per­son­ally, it means a lot to play for Brighton.

“My grandad was a sea­son ticket holder and I al­ways wanted to play for this team. Of course, I am go­ing to say we want to get into the Su­per League, but so will ev­ery club. Oth­er­wise there is no point in play­ing at this level.

“But, at Brighton, we are ex­tremely lucky to have the sup­port of the men’s club and the struc­ture we have here is very pro­fes­sional. So far this sea­son, it has been great as both teams are en­joy­ing suc­cess.

“We are very close to the men’s side. They al­ways know our re­sults and we know theirs. The mood at the club is bril­liant and, when we can, we all go to watch their games and they are do­ing fan­tas­ti­cally.”

The Seag­ulls’ latest win came against the side that pipped them to the ti­tle last year.

With two late ex­tra-time goals in the Women’s Premier Cup, Brighton ran out 3-1 win­ners at Portsmouth to partly avenge last sea­son’s con­clu­sion.

The 24-year-old Boswell says the dev­as­ta­tion is fuelling their fire this time around.

“We were all to­gether when Portsmouth sealed the ti­tle, as our game got post­poned,” she said.“It was so hard and we were all truly gut­ted, but we all went through it to­gether.

Hud­dle

“We all said we never wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence it again and that has shown through­out this sea­son.

“If we aren’t play­ing well, as soon as there is a break in play we all have a hud­dle and a chat about what we can im­prove.

“It re­ally helps and we have con­fi­dence in each other. Last sea­son, the men had a tough time, too, so it was dif­fi­cult for the whole club. But we aren’t in com­pe­ti­tion and now we are both look­ing to progress.”

Brighton to­day travel to bot­tom side QPR look­ing to ce­ment their spot at the top and add to their one-point ad­van­tage over sec­ond-placed Cardiff City.

PIC­TURE: Brighton & Hove Al­bion

RE­GAL SEAG­ULL: Amy Tay­lor is first to the ball against Lewes DOU­BLE TOP: Kazenga LuaLua scores for the men against Ip­swich and Charley Boswell on the ball, right

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