Match Preview: London Bees vs Cardiff City Ladies

Image Credit: Graham Glendinning

By Ben Thomas

Cardiff City Ladies travel to the Hive Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they face London Bees in the Women’s National League.

Our Season:

Out of the 11 fixtures played so far this season, Cardiff City Ladies sit on 12 points out of an available 33.

Last Sunday, a first half strike from Gillingham’s Phoebe Leitch was enough to snatch the 3 points for the visitors as they departed the capital of Wales with a 0-1 win.

Forward, Cori Williams stated that there were positives to take from the fixture but wasn’t impressed with the overall performance:

“There’s always positives to take out of games but Sunday wasn’t a very good performance across the board, and we all know that”

“We’ve had a good week in training and we’re more than ready for the game on Sunday afternoon”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s clash against London Bees, our number 12 realises just how tough of 90 minutes the girls are in for:

“Any team you play in this league is tough, especially away from home. We’ve prepared ourselves well and we know what it’s going to take to get a result so we hope we can go and put on a performance on Sunday”

Cardiff Player To Watch:

Kaitlyn Morgan will certainly be a Cardiff City Ladies player for the opposition to target this weekend. Against Gillingham last Sunday, the forwards hold up play and pace almost got our ladies back on level terms.

Morgan will be looking to add to her tally this season and this weekend’s fixture against London Bees, could be her chance.

Opponents’ History:

In the 1970’s, a group of women working at Transport for London’s District Line were looking for a team to play for. They formed a team named in honour of their workplace, District Line Ladies FC and entered the Hounslow and District League before tasting promotion to the Women’s FA National League in the early 1990’s.

Barnet Ladies FC had officially affiliated with the Men’s club which prompted a merge in 1998. Barnet stayed in the top tier ever since London Bees, a brand-new franchise, was welcomed into the Women’s Super League in 2014.

London Bees first ever fixture in WSL2 resulted in a 3-0 victory over Oxford United Ladies, with 16-year-old Lucy Loomes scoring their first ever goal.

Opponent Watch: Season So Far:

London Bees sit in 8th position in the Women’s National League on 16 points out of an available 36.

Thanks to goals from Bell and Wilson, their last outing was a successful away trip down south as they beat Plymouth Argyle Women FC 0-3.

Manager, Sian Osmond was delighted with an impressive defensive performance from her team and proud to see goalkeeper, Faye Hazelton, keep a clean sheet:

“Faye is a fantastic person to have around the group and to see her grow in confidence is great to see. She’s a really talented goalkeeper and we’re pleased to have her in the team”

London Bees Player To Watch:

Jade Bell and Jo Wilson is a partnership that can’t be ignored by our girls on Sunday. Both forwards found themselves back on the scoresheet against Plymouth last weekend. This deadly duo has caused many teams problems and have scored vital goals for the Bees when needed.

Full Match Details:

  • Sunday 12th December

  • 1PM

  • The Hive Stadium

  • FA Women’s National League

London’s calling and the girls are ready to answer.


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