Bees midfielder Merrick Will is confident that her side will bounce back from yesterday’s late FAWC defeat to Crystal Palace at The Hive London.

The visitors went into a 2-0 lead shortly after half time thanks to goals either side of the break thanks to goals from Ella Rutherford and Bianca Baptiste. But the Bees hit back thanks to an own goal and a strike from Will, it then looked like Burch’s side would go on to take all three points, but there was a late twist as Rutherford struck in added time to snatch the points.

Will felt that despite a disappointing first-half showing, the Bees can feel very hard done by not to have taken at least a point from a tough afternoon in a chilly North London.

“We did start the first half slow and it was nothing compared to the performance last weekend, but the second half we dominated the game. We did really well to come back into the game and score the two goals.”

“It was a really unlucky goal to concede but we will look to improve next time out, particularly on the first-half performance”

“Lee (Burch) had every faith in the team to get back into the game at half time, we just had to play the football we know we could in the second half, it was a much better performance and we were really unlucky in the end”

Will got the Bees back onto level terms in the game with a powerful strike from the edge of the area. The game looked like it was swinging in Will’s sides favour as they made countless opening and this is a factor our number 23 feels makes the late goal a tough one to take.

“They scored from what felt like their only two attacks of the second half, so it is a hard one to take for us. We have to make sure we don’t put ourselves in the position to have to comeback from two goals down again in the future.”

“I was really pleased with my goal, it was a great ball by Meg (Alexander) and it fell for me, I’m glad it went in, it swung the game in our favour and in the end, we just have to count ourselves unlucky in the end!”

The Bees face Charlton Athletic this Sunday at The Hive London in the Continental Tyres Cup and will look to bounce straight back from the frustrations of the Palace clash.

Will most certainly thinks her teams is capable of getting back to winning ways this coming weekend.

“These sort of games don’t define us, we have a great squad, with lot’s of competition, we will look back at our mistakes from today and move forward as a squad into next week”


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