Brentford Women were held to a 2-2 home draw by bottom of the table Luton Town Development on a frustrating Sunday afternoon at Lampton School.
Craig Brown’s side found themselves a goal behind early on as Luton capitalised on a Brentford lapse in concentration and took the lead with a close-range shot. However, The Bees were quick to respond: Rhia Benjamin created space on the edge of the box and neatly placed her shot beyond the reach of the Luton keeper to score her third goal in five league games.
The Bees were enjoying the better of the game and were controversially denied a second midway through the half. Sereana Guardino broke clear and fired home only for a late offside flag from the Luton linesman to deny her. Brown's side did get a second before the interval, Carmela Garcia squeezing home at the near post after fine work down the right by Sophie Lee.
The home side created a number of opportunities to increase the lead but Benjamin blasted over from a well worked move and Jodie Reid’s long-range attempt went just wide. Goalkeeper Naomi Swift was carried off with 20 minutes to play and, with no substitute goalkeeper on the bench, midfielder Desi Oman went in goal late on as Brentford looked to hold on for all three points.
Luton pushed hard in search of an equaliser and were rewarded for their efforts when a superb long-range strike beat Oman in the dying stages. The draw leaves The Bees in fifth place with eight points from their opening seven games.
Brentford Development are up to sixth after a 3-0 win over Actonians Development at Lampton School. Barely two minutes had been played before Naomi Totten opened the scoring. Kelly Noone made it two before the break with a goal of the season contender: beating the visiting keeper from just inside the Actonians' half. The points were wrapped up when Iqra Ismail freed Emily Reynolds to slot home from the edge of the box.