ALEX Bailess believes C&K Basildon Ladies’ fine opening day performance was not reflected in the scoreline.

C&K Basildon were condemned to a 6-0 defeat by Portsmouth in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division curtain-raiser.

And Bailess, who has been named club captain following Zoe Rushen’s departure, believes positives came from the game.

Bailess said: “It was a tough start to the season and the scoreline didn’t really reflect our performance.

“There are a lot of positives to take from the game and learning points to act on, too.

“Our new squad has come a long way in a short space of time and, with key players still waiting to return, we have nothing but good things to build on.”

Les Thompson and Luke Pierre have been installed as joint-managers of C&K Basildon following Steve Tilson’s departure.

And Bailess was proud to lead the team out at the Frost Hire Stadium after being named skipper.

She said: “Having won the league with the development team last year, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead our squad into this new challenge.

“It felt great bringing the girls out onto the pitch and hopefully I can help the coaches to bring the best out of the girls.

“Les has worked hard to keep our team together over the summer and add great new additions to our team.

“Luke has made an immediate impact at training and him working with Les is really making things come together on and off the pitch.”

While C&K Basildon enjoyed a record-breaking campaign last year, Bailess is eager to inspire the younger generation coming through the club’s academy.

Bailess confirmed: “I just want the team to work hard and give 100 per cent throughout the season.

“We need to prove that we can compete in this league and continue to develop the club.

“We want to inspire the younger girls coming up through the academy to continue to progress and love the game.”