Albion’s tough home season in the WSL ended in defeat.

The Seagulls went down 1-0 to Aston Villa, as Alisha Lehmann fired home in the 64th minute.

It was an eighth reverse in their 11 home league matches, including two at the Amex, this term, with the only win coming in the final seconds against bottom team Bristol City.

An eventful summer awaits with the top item on the agenda being the appointment of a head coach.

Interim boss Mikey Harris has got the team playing some attractive football and that was in evidence here in a first half which saw  some nice stuff from both teams.

The closest to a goal was when Kirsty Hanson rattled a shot against the Albion bar from just outside the box.

Albion striker Elisabeth Terland saw a shot saved low down by Anna Leat and fired another narrowly wide after a slick link-up with Vicky Losada, who was playing in an advanced midfield role.

Leat also saved from Lee Guem-min.

For Villa, Lehmann missed a glorious chance early on and fired into the side-netting just before the interval.

Lee’s shot after the break was diverted away from goal amid claims an arm had been used by a Villa defender.

But Lehmann hit the winner with a low finish after Rachel Daly had caused problems.

Albion did not really threaten a response, although there was late excitement when Terland was unable to reach Poppy Pattinson’s low cross after a fine pass by Dejana Stefanovic, making a welcome return from long-term injury.

They will finish their season with a trip to Arsenal before summer activity kicks in.

The club continue to search for a site for a purpose-built home venue for the women’s team.

They will also be acutely aware that a better haul than five home points from a possible 33 would be a good way to help build the fanbase.