Striker Nikita Whinnett rues missed opportunities as the Bees fall to a 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United on Sunday.


Lee Burch’s side had a number of chances in the opening minutes of the game, but it was the Blades who opened the scoring through Jade Pennock shortly followed by a goal from Olivia Fergusson. Whinnett pegged back a goal for the Bees but it was short-lived after a third goal came through Katie Wilkinson.

Whinnett believed that earlier opportunities should have been taken.

“It was literally a game of chances,” she started. “I missed a sitter personally and they went down the other end and scored, we missed another one and they go and score, we score, they score. It was just about taking chances today as there wasn’t much between the sides.

“They got the ball down and played a little bit better than us whereas we were a little bit scruffy. It was good to get on the scoresheet but its only good when you win!” Joked the forward.

Missed opportunities has been a theme for the recent London Bee’s games but Whinnett remains confident that these problems can be easily resolved.

“Our results are coming down to missed chances and not finishing in the final third.

“It’s not because the teams are better than us, it’s just down to chances and now we have to go into the training ground this week and work on shooting and work on what to do better in the final third and go again.”

The next league fixture will see the Bees face Blackburn Rovers next Sunday at The Hive, a game that could turn this recent poor run back around again.

“We’ve had a bit of a poor spell recently and like I said, not through being the worst side, just not taking our chances. We just need to be able to win against Blackburn to take that into the New Year.

“It’s been difficult with changes and injuries but if we can take the three points at Blackburn, we’ll be alright.”

A positive for Burch’s side is that they have been able to compete on the pitch with the teams near the top of the table and Whinnett feels that her side has been unlucky.

“When you’re conceding goals through fantastic freekicks you can’t really blame the squad for that it just comes down to sheer quality.

“We’re not getting outplayed or overrun, we’re getting beaten by set-plays and freekicks and the simple stuff that we can go back and work on.”