KAYLEIGH GREEN is dreaming of a repeat of her goalscoring feat at the Amex with Brighton taking on West Ham later.
And the versatile Wales forward hailed Rebekah Stott’s return to football following the ex-Albion defender’s brave battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Kayleigh Green (right) hopes to get on the score sheet in Brighton’s WSL season-opener against West Ham[/caption]
Brighton who are entering their fourth term in the top-flight, are hosting their first clash in front of fans at the Amex since November 2019.
And their season-opening fixture comes two months on from New Zealand ace Stott’s return to football in Australia
In July the New Zealand player revealed she was in remission after battling with Stage 3 Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Greem, 33, said: “Seeing Rebecca back on a football pitch is great. She is a phenomenal woman.
“The courage she has shown with what she has been through is amazing.
“The times she played for Brighton when she stepped on that pitch, you just trusted everything she did.
“Hopefully one day we can see her back here again.”
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Albion will be looking to notch up their fourth top-flight win against the Hammers since May 2019.
And Green’s team-mates will be hoping to replicate their last performance at the Seagulls’ Prem home with the team trouncing Birmingham 3-0 in front of 4,130 fans.
Green added: “I got two goals there against Birmingham. I’m hoping that if I get some time on the pitch that I can repeat that effort because it’s a pleasure to play there in front of the fans.
“We’re all looking forward to having fans back as it’s been a tough 18 months for everyone
“ And we have to be consistent in our performances and build on what we did in the past.”
Hope Powell’s players have beaten West Ham in their last three encounters in the league[/caption]
Albion’s 2:00 pm clash with the Irons comes a month after the Seagulls sealed the permanent signings of Danielle Carter and Lee Geum-min.
And the club, who tied Green down to a new one-year deal this year, boosted their attacking options with a loan swoop for Liverpool forward Rinsola Babajide.
Of Brighton’s summer signings Green said: “When I look at Rinsola I see a power player with a phenomenal left foot.
“And Danielle Carter has got goals in her with all her experience at Arsenal and Reading.”
Albion boss Powell added: “I think we have more quality in depth than we had last season and that is no disrespect to anybody.
“Our new signings and players have come back fresh and sharp with a real desire.”
Brighton finished fifth in the WSL last term their highest position since their promotion to the league in 2018[/caption]
Green, who harbours ambitions of becoming a police officer when she eventually retires, is supporting the Cancer Deadline Day campaign in her spare time.
The Wales player’s efforts are inspired by her much-loved late grandmother Christine who passed away from pancreatic cancer nine years ago and four weeks after her diagnosis.
Green added: “When my nan was alive she was a rock for my family and someone who has always supported me within football.
“When I used to play for Cardiff, she used to come to games and was always telling people
“If there’s anything that I can do to give back like helping with Cancer Deadline Day, then that’s something I am willing to do.”
Albion will face a West Ham side much changed from last season with the club adding 11 new players to their ranks after parting company with 11 this year.
Green agreed to a new deal with Brighton this summer extending her contract by one more year[/caption]
New signings include Australia midfielder Tameka Yallop who helped the Matildas finish fourth at the Tokyo Olympics.
And Irons boss Olli Harder warns Brighton will be facing a revitalised Hammers line-up at the Amex: “I think you will see a lot of energy and dynamism from the team.
For us, it was about closing the previous chapter and starting a new one.
“I believe that the players that we have brought in will hopefully write themselves into a bit of West Ham history.”
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