Brentford FC Women’s First Team ran out comfortable winners over Victoire Women on Sunday with a convincing 6-1 score line. Despite going behind early, The Bees dictated the entirety of the match and were firing on all cylinders in front of goal. The win leaves them unbeaten in the league so far, winning two and drawing two, placing them fourth in the table, an excellent beginning to life in the sixth tier.
Head Coach Karleigh Osborne was most pleased with the ruthlessness his side showed, having previously suggested the team needed to be more clinical and said: “I said about us needing to take our chances previously and we did that despite going 1-0 down. We put our chances away and in fairness possibly could have scored a few more. Overall, there was some real quality play on show and I was very pleased.”
With just three minutes played the game began with a calamity at the back for Brentford goalkeeper Emily Boycott. An attempted clearance from Boycott was closed down by their onrushing striker and ricocheted into the back of the net, handing Victoire a 1-0 lead.
An instant response from Brentford helped settle their nerves. Ellen Wardlaw, on debut, displayed excellent pace to burst down the right wing before delivering a pin-point cross for Rebekah Edwards to slot home, levelling the score at 1-1. Having started the game terribly, The Bees had a wonderful end to the first half scoring two quickfire goals.
On 40 minutes midfielder Sophie Troth was on hand to finish another well-placed low cross from Wardlaw. Just two minutes later forward Axelle Courlander had her name on the scoresheet. This time Nadia Peters whipped the ball in from out wide and Troth managed to flick it on, Courlander then unleashed a fierce left-footed strike that flew past the opposing keeper.
The visitors began the second half in the same vein they had finished the first. Wardlaw got the goal her performance deserved when her powerful effort was spilled by the keeper and found its way into the back of the net.
Edwards then grabbed her second and Brentford’s fifth of the contest. This time captain Mollie Holmes turned provider as the midfielders looping cross was met by Edwards at the back post who finished expertly.
With five minutes to play, two substitutes combined to wrap up a perfect performance from Brentford. Jess Stickley crossed into Shannon Read who did the rest, leaving the final score at 6-1.