Back to Conti Cup as the Bees arrive
The 1st of the Bees double header games in Cup on Saturday
The Royals welcome London Bees for the first of two visits in 7 days as they compete in Continental Tyres Cup this weekend.
Aoife Hurley concedes that London Bees’ hopes of making the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup knockout stages are all but over.
But the defender still has revenge on her mind when they travel to Farnborough on Saturday to take on a Reading side that beat them 7-0 in the league earlier this season.
Since that hammering the Bees have showed signs of real improvement in the league with wins over Millwall and Aston Villa before a draw with Yeovil Town last time out.
Two defeats from two in the Cup however mean that Hurley and co will head to Farnborough with little more than pride to play for.
“We might be out of a chance of qualifying in the Continental Tyres Cup but it is a great chance to show how far we have improved since the start of the season,” she said.
“We have come on leaps and bounds since Reading beat us 7-0, that was a big scoreline but we are confident now that it will be a different story.
“We know we are improving as a team and we were very confident going into the game with Arsenal last time out in this competition.
“That was a great match to prove how far we have come, we know how much we are improving but it was great to show it to everyone else.
“To be 1-0 up in the first half against a good Arsenal side was great for us, we showed we can match them.
“We are still struggling with our focus, we need to work on that, but we proved we can compete at that level.”
Reading meanwhile are flying high in FA WSL 2, a 4-0 win over Oxford last time out cementing their spot in the top two.
But Bonnie Horwood insists that the Cup is another priority for the Royals as they look to make it out of a group that contains top-tier opponents Arsenal and Chelsea.
“We’ve got a big squad so we can definitely compete on both fronts – the league and the Continental Tyres Cup,” she said.
“We’ve made a couple of signings over the break to strengthen our squad even more as well, so we’re in good shape.
“The aim is still to qualify for the knockout stages although obviously we didn’t have the best start against Chelsea – that’s why it was so important to get the win against Millwall.
“We beat London Bees 7-0 earlier in the season but they are a lot stronger now, as proved by their recent results.”
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By Road: Traffic is often heavy around Adams Park on matchdays so drivers are advised to allow plenty of time. Adams Park is signposted from the M40 with brown football / stadium signs.
Leave the M40 at Junction 4 and take the A4010 (John Hall Way, signposted Aylesbury). Cross over three small roundabouts into New Road continuing down the hill to two mini roundabouts at the bottom. Turn sharp left at the first into Lane End Road and continue to the next mini roundabout at which turn right into Hillbottom Road. Adams Park is situated at the very end of the road. By Bus: Arriva operate bus services to & from Adams Park area, please visit Arriva website for more information. https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/?gclid=CjwKEAiAkb-zBRC... By Rail: The nearest railway station is High Wycombe, which is approximately 2.5 miles from the stadium. Chiltern Railways operate services to High Wycombe from Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone, Aylesbury and Banbury. Visit the Chiltern Railways website for timetables and further information.
General Parking: There are parking facilities at the ground and access before and after the game is often busy. Upper tier parking in official club car park at £2*. Street parking is also available in the vicinity of the ground, however, supporters are warned that traffic wardens patrol the area regularly and we would ask you to park sensibly, respecting our neighbours in the Sands area.
*please note that the capacity of the upper car park may be reduced in adverse weather conditions.