Mollie Holmes’ was the hero on Sunday as her hat-trick, which included two from the penalty spot, saw Brentford Women’s FC beat top of the table Godalming Town at Lampton School.
The Bees went into the game with just one point from their opening three games and were forced to defend for long periods as the visitors, who had scored 13 goals in their opening two outings, dominated possession and territory early on. In a half of few clear-cut chances at either end, Godalming got the goal that their pressure deserved on the half hour as Toni West pounced on a loose ball in the box and slotted home from close range.
The second period began in a similar pattern to the first with the visitors at Lampton School dominating without creating much in front of goal. However, the match sprung to life on the hour as Holmes reacted fastest to a half-cleared corner and guided home from 15 yards to level. Barely five minutes later, The Bees went ahead as captain Lisa Grant was taken down in the box and Holmes stepped up to convert from 12 yards.
Godalming were stung into action by falling behind and raced straight up the other end to equalise: Becky Munro steering a low cross past Emily Boycott from close range. It was a real end to end game by now and The Bees won a second penalty 20 minutes from time. Grant was again the player fouled and Holmes completed her hat-trick with a confident strike into the bottom corner.
Nadia Peters and Carmela Garcia both had excellent chances to wrap up the win late on but couldn’t beat the visiting goalkeeper. However, The Bees held on to register their first win and move up to fifth in the Greater London Women’s Football League Division One ahead of a visit to The Beveree next Sunday to play Hampton and Richmond Borough.
It was a less enjoyable 90 minutes for Brentford Development FC as they suffered a heavy 8-2 defeat at the hands of Hackney Womens Reserves. Shannon Read and Chloe Webb got The Bees goals as their two-game winning run came to a shuddering halt. They have another tough assignment next weekend as they head to second-placed Alexandra Park.