WSL: London Bees impress Julian Broomes in opening-day draw

By Tom GarryBBC Sport
Julian Broomes
Julian Broomes was appointed as London Bees head coach in August last year

Head coach Julian Broomes was happy with his "massively improved" London Bees side after drawing 0-0 at Millwall Lionesses in their first game of 2015.

"If we can keep going like that, we'll do well," Broomes told BBC Sport. "I'm pleased to come away with something."

The Bees finished bottom of Women's Super League Two last season with just eight points from 18 games.

In Wednesday's other opening game of the season, recently-relegated Everton Ladies won 2-1 at Aston Villa Ladies.

The Toffees took the lead thanks to an own goal from Elisha N'Dow, before Danielle Turner doubled their advantage. Abi Cottam grabbed a late consolation for the hosts but Everton held on to start their campaign with a win.

"I think we matched them overall, and to say they were in WSL1 last year, we have done very well," Aston Villa manager Ronald Mellor said. "Sadly, we were not quite good enough."

At The Den, Millwall had the better chances, with 16-year-old forward Rinsola Babajide curling wide in the first half, before seeing an effort come back of the post after the break.

Bees looking to improve at the back
London Bees kept just two clean sheets in 18 league games last season, conceded seven or more goals on three different occasions and ended with a goal difference of -41.

The first-year scholar's pace posed a threat throughout the game, while the Bees were indebted to their goalkeeper Sophie Harris for keeping out Lily Agg's effort.

"We're disappointed. It is two points dropped," Millwall boss Dan Mlinar told BBC Sport. "We'll play worse than that and win this season."

"They (London Bees) will get more points than last year. They have definitely improved, and so have we."

London Bees fielded seven new signings, included centre-back Jade Dempster, who was strong and composed at the back.

"I thought the new signings did well. All of them put in a performance," Broomes added. "We are going to pride ourselves on being a competitive, resilient team and it has to start with the back four."