Brentford WFC picked up a hard-earned point from their trip to second-placed Ashford Town following a 2-2 draw at the Robert Parker Stadium on Sunday. It could have been ever better for The Bees but for a late equaliser which denied them a first win in nine matches in all competitions.
The two sides met a fortnight ago in the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy with Ashford running out 3-1 winners, but The Bees were intent on taking something from their trip to TW19 this time round. However, it was the home side who struck first as Lavana Neufville slammed home from the edge of the box midway through the half.
As the game went on it became more stop-start with the high number of free-kicks awarded not letting the game develop into any real flow. Both sides saw efforts denied by the woodwork, while Bees goalkeeper Naomi Swift made a number of fine saves, none better than from another set-piece awarded by the whistle-happy referee.
It stayed 1-0 until the interval, but The Bees turned the game on its head in ten second-half minutes. The leveller had more than an element of fortune about it as Ashford’s goalkeeper made a hash of a regulation back-pass, allowing the ball to trickle into the back of the net. However, the second owed nothing to luck but rather to a fine cross from Sophie Troth and an equally adept close-range finish from Dana Johnson.
Three points would have gone a long way in easing any relegation worries for The Bees but they were to be denied late on as Charmaine Benham headed home from close range after a corner had come back off the upright. As it was, the point keeps The Bees in sixth, four points above the drop zone, ahead of their trip to league leaders New London Lionesses in a fortnight’s time.
It was a frustrating weekend for the Development Team as, for the second-week running, the weather put paid to their group game in the Sue Sharples Memorial Trophy: the pitch at Lampton School deemed unfit ahead of the visit from Wandsworth Borough to west London. They will hope for better next Sunday as they travel to Bromley to take on the South East Parakeets in their re-arranged cup game from last Sunday.