The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

THOUGH, on the face of it, lit­tle looks to be on the line when Lon­don Bees welcome Wat­ford to the Hive this af­ter­noon, man­ager Ju­lian Broomes be­lieves win­ning a Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Cup tie for the first time would rub­ber stamp the steady progress his team have been mak­ing.

The pair were set to go head-to-head in their penul­ti­mate Group One clash last month, but tor­ren­tial rain re­sulted in the match be­ing post­poned and a packed fix­ture list has robbed them of a date to re­ar­range.

With nei­ther able to ad­vance, the com­pe­ti­tion has al­ready moved on with­out them as the quar­ter-fi­nal stages were con­tested last week­end.

The group stage can fi­nally be con­signed to history to­day, but Bees boss Broomes be­lieves it rep­re­sents more than just a dead rub­ber for the two WSL 2 strug­glers, both win­less in the com­pe­ti­tion so far this year.

“We don’t want to fin­ish bot­tom of the group,” Broomes said.“We re­ally want the three points to fin­ish above Wat­ford. We have im­proved im­mensely this sea­son. We’ve trained against the Academy boys some­times, to get the girls used to a high tempo.

“We’re show­ing that we’re a good team and I want the girls to con­tinue that progress on Sun­day.”

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