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It may just be a way of deflecting pressure, but do not ask anyone at Luton Town whether their Women’s FA Cup tie against Brighton & Hove Albion is the biggest game in their history and expect a simple answer.

“You can say it’s the biggest, but it depends what angle you’re seeing it from,” says striker Samaira Khan, a former professional in the United States.

“We’re in a development process right now and I’m sure that as we go on, there’ll be games to rival this,” manager Rob Burton tells BBC Look East.

It is, though, a match which will pit them against a fully professional Brighton side from the Women’s Super League, with 43 places separating them in the football pyramid.

Luton play in the Premier Division of the Eastern Region League, the fifth tier of the women’s game, and have fought their way through five games, including two preliminary rounds, to reach the last 32 of the competition.

There is a chasm between the two teams but Luton are not daunted by the challenge they will face on Sunday.

“Of course, it’s going to be a different standard on Sunday that we haven’t seen this season or in previous seasons, but until that full-time whistle goes, anything can happen,” adds Khan.

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