Preview: Brighton v Blues

Blues' talented 'keeper Hannah Hampton previews Sunday's Brighton clash.

There is no need for surprise parties or fanfares – all Blues keeper Hannah Hampton wants for her birthday is three points at Brighton & Hove Albion.

The up-and-coming custodian turns 19 on Saturday but any gatherings will be low-key ahead of Women’s Football Weekend which sees four Women’s Super League (WSL) fixtures take place at the club’s men's stadiums.

It means Hampton will get to play at a Premier League ground with Blues heading to Brighton’s plush Amex Stadium on Sunday (2pm) but she will only be in the mood to celebrate if all goes to plan.

“The first thing I want is three points, then I can celebrate with the team on the way back,” said Hampton.

“I am not keen on celebrating my birthday to be honest, I am not a party goer. I get to play football and doing something you love on the weekend of your birthday is no bad thing, is it?

“Being around the girls means I am already with my family and I will still enjoy it.”

Hampton’s loved ones are also likely to be down in Sussex to see the Regional Talent Club (RTC) graduate feature on the big stage.

“My family tries to get to as many games as they can and it helps that they are massive supporters of the team,” added Hampton.

“They treat everyone in the squad like one of their own – better than they treat me to be honest!

“It is always massive when you play at the big grounds, it is where you want to be playing in the future, to mix in with the club more.

“We have always enjoyed playing at St Andrew’s and the Amex will be a great experience, walking out at a Premier League club in front of people you know and love will be one of those surreal moments.”

Blues endured a tough start to the season but got off the bottom of WSL with a gritty 2-0 win over Liverpool.

That was followed by a strong showing at Manchester City in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup, a performance that prompted faith that Marta Tejedor’s side can push on despite a 2-1 defeat. 

“It was always going to be difficult at the start of the season,” said Hampton.

“We had people away on international duty during pre-season so we didn’t really get that bonding time that we needed with a new team.

“But with the games we have had recently confident has built, I think we can really put up a fight in the league and get the points we need to kick on.”