Former Chelsea prospect Lauren Pickett could yet make goalscoring history for the London Bees should the FA Women’s Championship resume when the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic recedes.
The Bees’ number seven has five goals in 10 FA Women’s Championship appearances for the club so far this season. Should she find the back of the net on five more occasions in the remaining eight league fixtures, Pickett will hit a milestone which can be shared with only one other London Bees player since the club’s rebrand in 2014. Given the fact that clean sheets have been a rarity in the league this season, it is far from being an impossible task.
Only one London Bees player has hit double figures in the club’s present form, that record being created by former forward Jo Wilson when she struck 13 goals in the 2016 FA Women’s Super League 2 campaign as The Bees finished in seventh position, their best season to date. Pickett’s challenge will include the opportunity to unlock the defences of four of the bottom five clubs, including the two sides with the leakiest defences in the division in Crystal Palace and Coventry United, the pair have conceded 68 goals between them in just 28 games.
Pickett is quickly emerging into one of the hottest talents in the second tier of the women’s game. After being mainly used as a substitute by former club Tottenham Hotspur, she has found her feet and her best position since moving to London Bees in summer 2018. Primarily a winger, Pickett is thriving in an advanced attacking role for The Bees.
Manager Lee Burch has an exceptional record of getting the very best out of young talent in the game and there is certainly some real potential in youngster Pickett which should see her go on to achieve great things in the game in years to come.