Brentford Women’s FC First-Team picked up their first points of the season on Sunday after coming from behind to beat Actonians’ Reserves 5-2 at Rectory Park.
The Bees went into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats in all competitions and quickly found themselves behind on the 4G in Northolt, Jolene Foster with a superb 30 yard free-kick that found the top corner inside six minutes.
However, Nathan Mobey and Justin Ali’s side were level nine minutes later with a wonderfully worked team goal. The ball was patiently moved down the left-hand side before Rebekah Wiltshire played a one-two with Emily Reynolds and then curled a shot past former Bee Naomi Swift.
Both sides continued to trade chances before The Bees took control in a five-minute spell before the interval. Laura Palfrey showed great strikers’ instinct to react quickest to a loose ball inside the six-yard box to poke The Bees ahead before a lightning break from a defensive corner saw Lisa Grant play through Gel Burgess to make it three with a composed finish.
Actonians’ hit back instantly as a defensive lapse direct from the kick-off allowed Tayla MacPherson to pick up the ball inside the D and roll home under Emily Boycott. Sophie Lee could have restored the two-goal advantage before the interval, but she shot over from eight yards.
After enjoying the better of the first-half, The Bees came out strongly after the break. Swift made a superb diving save to deny Palfrey a second of the afternoon within 60 seconds of the restart but she could do little three minutes later to prevent the striker getting back on the scoresheet from 12 yards. A clumsy challenge on Grant in the area gave the referee little option but to point to the spot; Palfrey stepped up and fired the penalty low into the corner.
Having lost out twice in their personal battle, the Actonians’ keeper did get a measure of revenge on the hour mark as she denied Palfrey a hat-trick with a brilliant close-range reflex save. The Bees next attempt on goal was from considerably further out and was considerably more successful; Amols Brett crashing a free-kick into the top corner from all of 40 yards.
Amazing free kick from our Centre back......Yes!?......Centre back! Jen Amols! 💪🏼🐝🐝 https://t.co/MJoQ6XMizI— Brentford Womens FC (@BrentfordWFC) September 23, 2018
It was a fitting way to wrap up the points as Brentford moved up to sixth in the Greater London Women’s Football League Division One table ahead of a game against Sutton United Ladies at Bedfont Sports next Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
The Development Team suffered another sobering afternoon in Division Two North as top-of-the-table Walton Casuals Ladies struck double figures for the second week running. A 1-0 half-time score at Bedfont Sports gave little indication of what was to come as Casuals ran riot after the break; Allana Francis-Ashmeil struck a hat-trick with Jessica Downes-Evans also scoring twice in the rout. There’s a bottom-of-the-table clash next Sunday with Camden Town Ladies the visitors to TW14.