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MATCH PREVIEW | Millwall Lionesses vs London Bees

February 19, 2019

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After a great cup run that saw a brave and battling performance from Chris Phillips' young side, it's a return to Princes Park for this midweek Championship fixture as Millwall Lionesses face fellow London team, London Bees.

 

Although defeated at Prenton Park by Women's Super League team Liverpool last weekend, the Lionesses once again put in an inspiring defensive display and showed the rest of the country that this is a team that is constantly improving.  With a side that continues to receive plaudits and have players that are nominated for the Women's Championship Player of the Month award, the Lionesses are a different outfit from the one that was narrowly defeated by London Bees in the earlier fixture when Lauren Pickett's 87th minute goal saw the North London side run out 2-1 victors.

 

London Bees are another team who have shown improvement and are already only two points off of the total amount of points they had for the entire 2017-18 WSL 2 season.  With football legend, Rachel Yankey now at the helm and with the likes of Ruesha Littlejohn, Emma Beckett, Lauren Pickett and Katie Wilkinson combining to find the back of the net in all competitions, the future looks bright for the side from The Hive.

 

 

 

FEATURED PLAYER

 

 

 

 

A tough tackling midfielder who takes no prisoners, Lumsden has built on the experience she has learned from the Arsenal and Chelsea development squads and has cemented herself as a key member of the Lionesses' squad.

 

Along with her no-nonsense challenges and putting her body on the line for her team mates, Lumsden has an eye for goal and has already found the back of the net in impressive fashion this season against the likes of Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the Women's Championship.

 

Lumsden has featured in fourteen games in all competitions and continues to grow and develop under the tutelage and direction of Chris Phillips and the Lionesses' coaching staff.  A player who excites and energises the players around her and the supporters with her crunching tackles, Lumsden has rightfully earned the role as a fan's favourite and the London Bees midfield will need to be at their very best to contain her.

 

 

 

 

THE OPPOSITION

 

 

 

The club began life in 1975 as District Line Ladies FC and joined with Wembley FC in 1993 to become Wembley Ladies FC. In 1997 the club then moved to play at Hanwell Town FC.  In 1998 the club became affiliated to Barnet FC, amalgamating with the existing Barnet Ladies FC from the Greater London League to form Barnet FC Ladies.  In March 2010, Barnet F.C. Ladies were announced as an unsuccessful bidder for the FA Women's Super League, but in 2013, they were successful in their bid to join the WSL under their new name of London Bees for the 2014 season.  In the 2016 FA WSL summer season, London Bees became the first WSL 2 club to reach the semi-finals of the FA WSL Cup, after notable wins against Chelsea Ladies on penalties and Sheffield Ladies in their quarter-final fixture. They were later defeated in the semi-final by Birmingham City Ladies.

 

Sitting just outside the Championship promotion places and the chasing pack, London Bees find themselves in a respectable fifth place position on 21 points.  The Bees recent form has been mixed and although they have won three of their last five games in the league, they also have two defeats and were eliminated from the Women's FA Cup last weekend in the fifth round by Manchester United.

 

 

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Team: London Bees FC

Competition: Women's Championship

Venue: Princes Park

Time: 7:30PM

Date: Wednesday 20th February

 

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