We take a look at Reading FC Women's opponents Brighton & Hove Albion Women ahead of our Continental Cup clash at The People’s Pension Stadium, on Wednesday.
The Seagulls’ season so far
Sunday’s 1-0 success at West Ham was their second Women’s Super League win of the season and the three points lifted the club into 8th place with 8 points from 7 league outings, whereas The Royals are currently 7th with 9 points. On the road, Hope Powell’s side have returned with creditable draws from Manchester City and Everton but went down 3-0 at Manchester United. Their one home victory this season was 2-0 against Birmingham City on the opening day and home defeats have come against Arsenal 5-0 and Aston Villa 2-0.
In the Continental Cup Brighton have one point from their 2-2 home draw with West Ham, with the visitors claiming the extra point due to their success in the penalty shoot-out. The Seagulls second fixture against Charlton Athletic scheduled for Nov 4th was postponed. The table currently stands as follows:
New additions to the squad
Just two of Sunday’s starting eleven at West Ham were not at the club last season – midfielders Inessa Kaagman and Denise O’Sullivan. Full Netherlands international Kaagman moved south from WSL rivals Everton and netted on her Albion debut against Birmingham. O’Sullivan meanwhile has joined on loan from NWSL side North Carolina Courage and has almost 80 caps for the Republic of Ireland. Other new squad members in the squad last weekend were Lee Geum-min, Nora Heroum, and Rebekah Stott. Lee is a South Korea international striker who was signed on a season long loan from Manchester City. 26-year old Heroum signed from A C Milan and has over 70 Finland caps to her name. Stott signed for the Seagulls on a one-year deal after leaving Melbourne City. The centre back has represented New Zealand over 70 times.
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Reading FC Women | Wednesday 18 November | 7.30pm