You know the halfway mark of the season is approaching when mugs of tea start appearing on the side lines and players seem to be disappearing under an ever-growing mass of base layers and hoodies. A chilly, rainy afternoon match against Mid Sussex beckoned, a well-drilled team with a top spot in the table. Brighton were up to the task, even if we had a few issues actually getting ready: just seconds before first push-back, Karen was still lying on the pitch trying to wiggle her way out of a tricky pair of tracksuit bottoms. Brighton began as they had finished the previous week’s game, with plenty of determination and solid play from the defence all the way through midfield. Some darting runs from Ali were soon rewarded when she picked up a through ball from Kelly and slipped it to Jo, who wasted no time firing it past the keeper. Brighton’s prolific goalscorer left her mark on the game just a few moments later, when she pounced on a mishit from a Mid Sussex defender and coolly slotted it home. Now two to the good, it was Brighton’s turn to absorb some intense pressure from our opponents. Mid Sussex had our heads in a spin with their seemingly endless roll-outs and speedy runs through the middle, but our defence – Amanda, Hannah P, Hannah E and Charlotte B – held a tight line. Izzy, Janey and Karen battled hard to intercept Mid’s passes and thread the ball forward to Kat and Charlotte W, who were darting from left to right, trying to win a free hit inside the 25. In the end, Brighton managed to keep a clean sheet, not least thanks to Steph’s Spiderman arms in goal, pawing away a shot in the final minutes that was destined for the net (or potentially on a collision course with Hannah P’s face). Not an afternoon to savour weatherwise, but a great result for Brighton: a win that sees us move up to fourth in the table.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.