Brentford Women’s First Team let a three-goal lead slip as they signed off their league season with an 8-5 defeat to Ashford Town Ladies on Sunday. Results elsewhere confirmed The Bees survival in the Greater London Women’s Football League Division One but it was still a frustrating end to the campaign at Lampton School.
A pair of fine long-range Jodie Reid goals, either side of one for Sophie Troth, saw The Bees race into a shock 3-0 lead against the high-fliers inside half-an-hour. However, the visitors, who have seen their promotion hopes evaporate in recent weeks struck back to lead 4-3 at the interval; Lavana Neufville scoring twice with Ashley Cheatley and Laura Huse netting the others.
Two goals in as many minutes from Cheatley and Charmaine Benham after the break looked to have settled the match but again The Bees showed good character to respond. Dana Johnson netted twice to not only re-energise the game as a contest but also to confirm herself as the season’s top scorer with six goals. However, Huse made it 7-5 from the penalty spot before Neufville completed her hat-trick with six minutes to play.
Depending on how Luton Town get on against Ashford Town and New London Lionesses in their final two games, The Bees will either finish sixth or seventh in the league this season, with 14 points from their 16 games.
Brentford Women’s Development Team were handed a big boost in their promotion chase on Sunday as rivals Alexandra Park failed to raise a team for their game at Lampton School. The walkover means The Bees have opened up clear water between themselves in second and the chasing pack. Victory over Luton Town Hatters next Sunday would guarantee Justin Ali and Nathan Mobey’s side at worst a third-place finish and leave Alexandra Park needing to take nine points from a tricky final five game run-in to overhaul The Bees for second.