Brentford Women’s FC are still waiting for their first victories of the season after both the First-Team and Development Team fell to defeat at Bedfont Sports on Sunday.
Justin Ali’s First-Team welcomed AFC Phoenix Reserves to TW14 and started brightly with the lush 4G surface suiting The Bees’ passing style. The visitors looked happier going more direct and as the half wore on it was a tactic that created the better chances. Emily Boycott had already made a couple of crucial saves before the away side eventually made their weight of chances pay midway through the half.
Jordan Williamson still had a lot to do as she picked the ball up wide on the left but, having cut inside to the corner of the box, she fired a dipping effort over Boycott and into the far corner. The goal stunned The Bees and they nearly conceded straight from the kick-off as Williamson won back the ball and broke clear, however, this time she missed the target with just Boycott to beat.
As half-time approached, Phoenix only tightened their grip on proceedings with Boycott’s goal living a charmed life. When The Bees’ stopper was finally beaten for a second time the crossbar came to Brentford’s rescue with Phoenix’ midfielder seeing a long-range effort cannon off the frame of the goal and bounce to safety.
The Bees would have hoped for a strong start to the second-half but instead found themselves 2-0 down almost instantly. Former Bee Saffron Hand got the wrong side of Brentford’s backline and composed herself to slot past Boycott.
Chasing a goal to get back into the game, Ali’s side pushed forward and began to exert more sustained pressure on the visitors. All that extra territory and possession however, didn’t translate into clear-cut chances as Phoenix looked comfortable protecting their two-goal advantage. Of those chances The Bees did manage to carve out, the best of them fell to Kelly Mackay and Emily Reynolds.
Defeat leaves Brentford eighth in the Greater London Women’s Football League Division One ahead of Sunday’s short trip to Popes Lane to take on Actonians Reserves.
Despite falling to a third straight Division Two North defeat, Will Blithing’s side appear to be slowly adjusting to life in their new division. After a narrow 3-2 defeat last weekend, it was another encouraging performance from the Brentford Development team, this time against Clapham United Reserves.
The two sides traded goals in the first-half, Rhianna Allard’s stunning free-kick ensuring Brentford went in level at the break. However, the South London side struck twice after the interval to confirm the three points which leave The Bees second-from-bottom. Next Sunday could be a big test of the Development Team’s credentials as they host league leaders Walton Casuals Reserves, a side who have found the net 21 times in their opening three matches.