Brentford Women’s FC were their own worst enemies on Sunday as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Clapham United at Lampton School in the Greater London Women’s Football League Division One. An avoidable opening goal and two second-half penalties condemned The Bees to a defeat which leaves them just two points off the bottom of the table.
The game was barely four minutes old when Clapham took the lead; a lofted cross deceived Naomi Swift in the Brentford goal and went in off the far post. Dana Johnson passed up a golden chance to level shortly after but, with just the goalkeeper to beat, she pulled her shot wide of the post from 12 yards. The rest of the first-half was high on industry but low in goalmouth action. The lively Laura Palfrey was Brentford’s best outlet and she came close to levelling with a pair of long-range efforts.
As with the opening period, the second-half got off to the worst possible start with Isabelle Harvey giving away a clear penalty inside five minutes of the restart; the Clapham striker sending the spot kick straight down the middle past Swift. Brentford weren’t two behind for long as Jenn Amols Brett set Nadia Peters free down the right channel and her low cross was turned home by Palfrey.
However, once again The Bees gave the visitors a helping hand as Amols Brett took down the Clapham winger inside the area. It was a different penalty taker but same result as the visitors restored their two-goal advantage. With half an hour to find a leveller, Brentford pushed forward and did create chances. Palfrey and Carmela Garcia had the best of those openings but were denied by the Clapham goalkeeper. Amols Brett had one last opportunity to grab one back but her free-kick was brilliantly headed off the line in injury time.
The defeat leaves Brentford sixth in the table a point ahead of Kingstonian, with both teams having two games to play. However, the bottom two, Luton Town Development and Bromley LFC, are only a further point back but with a number of games in hand on The Bees. With title-chasing Ashford Town to play in their final game, next Sunday’s trip to Hampton and Richmond Borough could prove crucial in Brentford’s fight for survival this campaign.
The Development Team are also in action next Sunday as they host Wandsworth Borough in the Sue Sharples Memorial Trophy.