It's back to league action as the Lionesses make the trip to North London to take on the London Bees. After a 4-0 defeat to Women's Super League side West Ham on Sunday in the Continental Cup, Chris and his side remain upbeat that their fortune will turn as they go in search of their first win of the competitive season. Just like Millwall, The Bees are in search of their first win in the league after opening day defeat to Spurs.
Last season Millwall grabbed 4 points off of the Bees and another win in the cup, They will look to repeat that this season. Evie Clarke is set to face her former side on Wednesday night and admits she is raring to go and get one over her old team. The goalkeeping situation switched around during the summer as Sarah Quantrill left Millwall to join Wednesday's opposition and in return Millwall were delighted to welcome back Grace Taylor who had been at The Bees since January.
The Bees come into this game after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Brighton on Sunday in the cup, while Millwall look to push the West Ham defeat to the back of their mind. It's Millwall's first game under the lights and they will hope that they can get there away league run off to a good start with a win. Goals have been hard to come by, drawing blanks in the last two games but the side believe they will come sooner rather than later.
Chris should have most of his side to choose from on Wednesday night and will still have the likes of Lia and Leanne who were unused subs on Sunday, both who should be ready to play come Wednesday. Georgie made her return from suspension on Sunday as she came off of the bench and put in a shift in midfield, The vice captain will be hoping to start the game on Wednesday and add some leadership to the side and help get the Lionesses off the board.
Millwall will be in search of 3 big points on the night as they look to start climbing the league table, It's a massive game for both sides and the Lionesses who then host Crystal Palace on the Sunday want to be going into Sunday's game having 3 points.
Evie needs no introduction to Wednesday's opposition or the Women's Championship. Having spent two years at the London Bees in the Championship, she will know what it takes to beat them on Wednesday. Evie has captained the side in the last two games and should she lead the side out Wednesday, she will hope she can gain all 3 points from the visit.
Evie got off the mark in Millwall's first competitive game of the season, when they lost 4-2 to Charlton and the striker will be looking to add more, as herself and Gabby look to form unbreakable partnership up top. Evie knows where the onion bag is, but chances have been limited so far for the 20 year old and has had to work off scraps.
Evie will be looking for her second goal of the season and what better place to get it against your former side, it will be a cold night on Wednesday but hopefully a goal fest for Clarke.
London Bees have played 4 games this season, having lost 3 and winning the other on penalties against Yeovil. They will be hoping their fortunes can turn on Wednesday night on their home turf as they look to get 3 points in the London derby. After last season, The Bees will certainly be looking to improve and finish much higher in the league table and will see Wednesday night as a must win for them.
The Bees play at the Hive, the same ground as Barnet FC, The side have added and lost players to the squad from last season and having played 3 Women's Super League sides and also Spurs in the league, It's hard to make a judgement on just how good this side actually is. But expectation will be to improve on last season.
One of London Bees key players is ex Millwall keeper Sarah Quantrill, the experienced shot stopper was one of Millwall's key players last season as they just missed out on top spot and was a commanding goalie at that. Now playing her trade at the Bees, she will be hoping to have the same success there.
Match day 2 in the FA Womens Championship and both sides will look to get off the mark after both tasting opening day defeats. For Millwall this as a huge chance to get 3 points and push onto Sunday's game against Crystal Palace.
Team: London Bees
Venue: The Hive Stadium
Date: Wednesday 19th September