This year, Will Blithing’s side were crowned champions of their division and have already shown they aren’t there to make up the numbers despite losing some key players from last term.
Like the First Team, the pandemic meant a four-month hiatus for the Women’s B Team throughout the start of 2021. While also keeping fit and healthy, several players continued their hard work in the community. Rabia Azam worked alongside the Community Sports Trust to deliver several talks via Zoom alongside Christian Nørgaard, while Salma Mahamud joined the Ramadan Tent Project to discuss racism and other issues in football.
When they returned to playing football, they swept away the competition in the second half of the season. Their run to the Greater London WFL Division 2 North title included a stunning 7-0 win over New London Lionesses and a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Regents Park Rangers. A 2-1 win over Hackney Women, thanks to goals from Shannon Read and Kasey Clifford, secured the trophy with a game to spare.
They finished the season unbeaten, thanks to a 4-1 win over Actonians Development on the final day in May. Netting a hat-trick on the final day, Read took her tally to 24 goals for the 20-21 season. Jasmine Williamson also added 17 of her own, the pair combining for 41 goals.
It was no surprise that both girls were in demand over the summer, leading to both players leaving for Cheshunt FC Women. Up top, Blithing has a new star striker in the form of new signing Chloe Logie. The forward has impressed already, scoring eight goals in her debut season with The Bees.
After a solid start to life in Division 1 North, the B Team headed into the winter break in fourth place. They sit eight points off top spot Actonians but are well ahead of the relegation zone after 11 games. That’s after a lightning start to the season saw them beat East London Ladies 9-0 and New London Lionesses 6-0 in the opening two weeks.
Since then, five wins, two draws and three defeats has been a decent return for a team that are new to this level. The return from injury of goalkeeper Sophie Boycott has largely contributed to this form, as well as new signings Lillie Elsbury, Ogechi Anokwuru and Cheyenne Faulkner.
Two players are top of the scoring charts so far this term, Logie alongside Pia Williams both on eight in all competitions. Elsbury is top of the assist table with three, a lot of this term's goals being helped on their way from all areas of the pitch.
Four players have played a part in each of the 11 games played so far this season. Calli Weaver has started the most, coming off the bench just once so far. Kasey Clifford, Faulkner and Karen Abou-Abdallah are the other three, making a mixture of starts and sub apps.