Brighton & Hove Albion finished in ninth position in their first season of top flight football in 2018/2019, a respectable end to their maiden Barclays FA Women’s Super League campaign by all accounts.
This season has followed a similar picture with Albion occupying the same league position, although there is an additional club competing in the 2019/2020 Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
How are Hope Powell’s side developing as a top flight outfit and have there been signs of improvement in their second season in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League? FA Women’s Super League Full-Time look at some of the statistics as we determine whether The Seagulls have been more successful in their latest campaign in the top tier.
Last season saw Powell’s side collect an average of 0.8 points per game. As mentioned above, there has been little change in their league ranking in 2019/2020 and this is reflected in the club’s latest points per game average of 0.81, an ever so slight improvement on the previous campaign.
Albion’s win frequency has reduced slightly on last season. The Seagulls have averaged a win every 5.33 games this season compared to their record of a win every five games last term. The average number of goals scored have also reduced from 0.8 per game to just 0.69 per game. Powell’s side have six games remaining to exceed last season’s goal tally of 16, their current total in 2019/2020 is just 11.
At the other end of the pitch, the Sussex club have conceded 1.88 goals per game this season which is just a mark lower than their 2018/2019 average of 1.9 goals per game. Their current goal difference is three better than last season, although it could yet end worse with those six games left to play.
All-in-all, the statistics suggest that it has been a very similar second season in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League for Brighton & Hove Albion compared to their first. This is a club who are targeting steady growth though and with significant investment being made off the pitch, there is a real possibility that on field results will improve in the coming years.