Lee Burch manager of London Bees Lewes Women v London Bees, WomenÂ’s Championship football match, The Dripping Pan Stadium, Lewes, UK - 19 Jan 2020 Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA

‘We never really got going’ admits Burch after London Bees defeat

London Bees manager Lee Burch has admitted that his side never really got into their stride as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at The Sir Tom Finney Stadium this afternoon.

The Bees were not at their best as the hosts made it back-to-back wins in the FA Women’s Championship thanks to a brace from Elise Hughes and a close range Saffron Jordan strike.

When speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time after the match, Burch admitted that his side had been second best with a hectic agenda possibly taking its toll on his young squad.

“I think Blackburn were better than us today” said Burch. “I don’t know whether the early morning and long travel was a factor, along with the soft pitch that we are not used to, we never really got going.

“Just before the penalty was our best spell, we were starting to put them under pressure, starting to cause a few more problems and starting to get ourselves in the game.

“The penalty looked really soft, it just killed any momentum.”

London Bees came into the match on the back of consecutive victories over Charlton Athletic and Lewes in both the FA Women’s Championship and FA Women’s Continental League Cup. Three wins out of three proved to be a step too far for Burch’s side but nevertheless, The Bees boss wanted to take away the positives.

Burch added “We take away the positives. If you had told me a week ago that we would win two out of three then we would have taken that.

“What we’ve got to do now is put in a performance against Lewes like we have done in the last two games.

“We have to get back to winning our home games, that’s really important, and see what we can pick up on our travels.

“We know that we are in a dogfight and only we can get ourselves out of it.”

Climbing off the bottom of the FA Women’s Championship table before the Christmas break will largely depend on London Bees’ results at home. Two of their three pre-Christmas games are scheduled to take place at The Hive, fixtures which London Bees will see as favourable with Lewes and Coventry United providing the opposition.

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