Bianca Baptiste’s involvement in all five goals at Hayes Lane on Sunday was down to her hard work in training says her teammate Coral-Jade Haines.
The attacker, who has recently recovered from COVID-19, played the full 90 minutes of the 5-0 victory over London Bees and is no doubt haunting Sarah Quantrill after scoring her fourth and fifth goals past The Bees’ keeper this season.
Baptiste terrorised the opposition defence, looking dangerous every time that she picked up possession, linking up well with teammate Haines, securing assists on both of her goals in the game.
Speaking to FAWSL Full-Time after the match, Haines was full of praise for Baptiste, claiming her dedication in the build up to the derby was key to her success.
She said “She’s been working hard in training in every session. This week I’ve noticed a real difference in her and it’s paid off today.
“She has proven with all her hard work in training there’s a reason behind it.”
Baptiste’s creativity was a key element in the Palace victory, successfully picking up an involvement in all five goals through some outstanding decision making.
The attacker’s goals took her total for the season to 14, helping The Eagles build towards climbing the table.
Dean Davenport’s side closed the gap on Lewes and Blackburn Rovers with victory over The Bees but the Palace boss remains focused on survival rather than edging further towards the top half of the table.
He said “We’re looking to aim to come fifth or sixth in the league, for a club like us, where we are and where we’ve come from, that would be a massive achievement.
“There’s no changes there, and if we can get any further then so be it, but ultimately it’s about us staying in the league.”
Davenport will no doubt be delighted with how his team performed, after bringing in a change of system from their previous two meetings with The Bees.
Palace pressed Sian Osmond’s side high up the pitch and made use of the wide areas to consistently put threatening balls into the box.
Defending well, The Eagles successfully prevented The Bees from scoring, which will be a big bonus for them, with a good performance from their backline and several strong saves from goalkeeper Chloe Morgan when called upon.
Looking forward, Davenport’s side have a tough challenge following the international break as they travel to league leaders Leicester City, who go into the game on the back of six straight league victories.
Article author: Will Tyrer