Jodie Reid played the role of match-winner as she came off the bench to score twice for Brentford Women’s FC as they beat Luton Town Development 3-0 on Sunday.
Under grey skies, which brought torrential rain for much of the 90 minutes, Justin Ali and Nathan Mobey’s side were full value for their second victory of the season. The Bees could, and perhaps should, have won the game in the first-half but had to wait until the final 20 minutes to get the goals their dominance deserved.
The best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Shannon Read but she was denied thanks to a superb recovery challenge by a Hatters defender as the goal appeared at her mercy. Rhianna Allard, whose delivery from set-plays caused panic in the home defence all afternoon, also went close with a pair of long-range efforts.
It was a similar story after the break as the Luton defence creaked but held firm in the face of incessant Brentford pressure. The key moment came on the hour as Reid replaced her namesake up front for the final stages.
It took just five minutes for that change to bear fruit; a lofted ball through wasn’t dealt with by the Luton goalkeeper and Reid was able to roll into an empty net from 25 yards. The second goal arrived shortly afterwards as Rebekah Wiltshire’s deep cross was knocked back into the six-yard box by a Luton head and Reid lashed home.
Wiltshire was inches away from making it 3-0 with a fierce drive which flew past the far post, but The Bees didn’t have to wait long to make the game safe. The pre-match switch to three at the back had allowed Sophie Lee more attacking license down the right side and she used it to great effect by crashing home the third, via the underside of the crossbar, in the dying stages.
The victory sees The Bees jump up to sixth in the Greater London Women’s Football League Division One table ahead of their home game against Clapham United WFC in a fortnight’s time.
For the Brentford Development Team, it was another difficult afternoon as they struggle to adjust to life in Division Two North. While the 5-1 score-line in favour of the hosts, AFC Stoke Newington, was harsh on The Bees it means it’s now eight straight league defeats for Will Blithing’s side. The bright spot at Hackney Marshes came with Eilidh Short grabbing her first goal of the season.
The Development Team take a break from league action next Sunday as they travel to Wandsworth to take on Division Three South side Westside LFC in a Cup match.