Brentford Women's FC First Team returned to action after a three-week break with defeat at home to league leaders Walton Casuals but there was better for the Development Team who guaranteed their progress in the Sue Sharples Cup with a draw against Wandsworth Borough.
Walton went into the game at Bedfont Sports boasting a perfect record of nine wins from nine in the Greater London Women's Football League Division One. Despite the difference in league positions there was nothing to separate the two sides at the break; Nicole Goolab's second of the season was cancelled out on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors netted twice in quick succession to take control early on in the second-half but again The Bees hit back through Rebekah Wiltshire's seventh of the campaign. However, there was to be grandstand finish as Casuals finally put the game to bed with a fourth in the closing minutes.
Brentford drop to eighth in the table with another tough assignment, this time away at second-placed Crystal Palace Development, coming up on Sunday.
For the Development Team, Shannon Read continued her fine goalscoring form with a brace during their 3-3 draw at in South-West London. On a bog of a pitch, The Bees struggled to find their normal rhythm and were 3-1 down midway through the second-half. Read made it 3-2 with her second of the game before Mia Heljeberg chose the perfect time to net her first of the campaign and rescue a late point.
The point guarantees The Bees a Quarter-Final berth and is a fine way to head into their Christmas break.