Two injury-time goals over the weekend sent Albion up into third place in the Women’s Super League.

The first was by Arsenal to hold Tottenham to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The second brought the house down at the Amex as Maisie Symonds curled home a free-kick.

Her goal secured a 1-0 win over Leicester City and sent the Seagulls above Spurs into a Champions League place.

Champions League? Not exactly having a laugh as far as Albion are concerned.

More a case of not getting ahead of themselves.

They are only seven matches into a 22-game programme and might easily have been the first team to drop points to Leicester.

There was a stage on Sunday when the pointless Foxes were sensing not just a first point but all three.

But to have found a way to win, to have star performers at both ends at key moments, has to be a good thing for Albion.

They have generally not been a team who have blown opponents away during their WSL tenure.

Wins have usually been chiselled out the hard way.

Nor have they been a team who have been blown away themselves too often.

That is why a landslide victory was not on the cards as they walked out at the Amex.

But few people will have expected them to have been taken the distance and given quite such a scare.

That they found it so hard to get their timing right in attack against a Leicester side playing a high line will give plenty to work on.

Hope Powell also highlighted a concern that Albion are vulnerable immediately after scoring.

Leicester carved through straight from the restart after Symonds scored and Megan Walsh had to bail them out.

But the way they made a tight contest go their way, as at Everton seven days previously, has to be hugely encouraging.

Powell said: “I’m really pleased with the result, perhaps not so pleased, by our own admission, with the performance.

“But you have to give a lot of credit to Leicester. They made it really difficult, which we knew it would be, and we struggled to break them down.

“Too many offsides. We tried to move the ball quickly but at times not quick enough.

“But I guess if you can play not to your best and get three points, we have got be happy.”

Albion have one more league fixture to play before Christmas.

Questions about European qualification are asked tentatively in pre-match and post-game media sessions.


(I’ll admit I haven’t even bothered asking Powell that myself just yet).

They are batted away by the boss and her players and rightly so.

Albion have won five of seven, the only major disappointment coming in home defeat to well-prepared Aston Villa.

They have not played leaders Arsenal yet. Nor, frustratingly, have they have been pitched against Manchester City.

City have been badly hit by injuries and fell three further points behind the Seagulls on Sunday, the gap now standing at eight.

But they will surely improve and Albion would have loved to have met them during their early-season problems.

There is actually an argument Tottenham had a better result than Albion this weekend, even as league placings were swapped.

Spurs gained a point by drawing against the leaders (it might well have been three) whereas, for the Seagulls, winning at home to the bottom side was arguably par.

Albion’s start to 2022 could be revealing.

The first six games include tests by Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham as well as the return game versus Leicester.

We will know a lot more about where they stand after that lot.

It still feels like they could do with a bit more explosive penetration in attack.

But the fact their 14 league and cup goals have been shared between ten players could be seen as encouraging.

And there was another plus from the tense nature of their win over Leicester.

A comfortable 2-0 or 3-0 would have been nice.

But the stoppage time strike by Symonds gave the women’s team probably their most iconic moment.

It was an inspiration to young fans and superb box office to appeal to those of all ages.

Powell said: “That is what it is all about.

“It’s great they are able to come and watch the girls. We appreciate it.

“I think you heard the noise level, the volume at times.

“Good tackles, good saves.

“I think that really inspires the girls.

“It is really nice we could get a goal and win and give them something to celebrate.”

Albion are at home again tomorrow.

They play London City Lionesses in the Continental Cup at Crawley (7pm) having opened their campaign with a 1-0 win at Birmingham.