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Barnet are adjusting to life back in the Premier League and have made an encouraging start to the season in the Southern Division.
On Sunday, they were beaten 3-1 by Bristol City in a highly entertaining match and Bees defender Katie Wicka feels that they might not have left the West Country empty handed. "It was a good game, quite tough as Bristol City are a good side," Katie told Women's Soccer Scene, "but I think we could have got more out of the game, at least a draw. We made a lot of chances, Beth Curtis hit the post and we have another couple of opportunities in front of goal and with a bit of luck, I think we could have got at least a point today."
The crucial part of the match came midway through the second half when Barnet passed up a good chance to equalise and, moments later, City striker Toni Hemmings gave City the points by completing her hat-trick. "We tried not to let that affect us," admits Katie. "We tried to push on and get back into the game but unfortunately didn't have enough time."
Although Barnet have been beaten in each of their last two games, both have only been narrow defeats against two of the teams expected to challenge for promotion this season. "It has been encouraging," says Katie. "Although I am a bit disappointed as a defender that we have let in three goals in two consecutive games, but I think we have got a lot to build on.
"We have played really well against two good sides and that should give us confidence for the rest of the season."
Even though their season is only four matches old, Katie admits that she and the rest of the Barnet team have learnt a lot in a short space of time. "It's a lot tougher than it was in the South East Combination," she says. "The forward are quicker and more skilful but I think we can match them as we are improving. We have planned to be a top four side so, if we can build on our performances in the first few games, I think we can be.
"You have got to be more organised in this league and play as a team if you want to get on in this league, no matter whether you have good individuals in your side."
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