Brentford Women's FC entertained a crowd of more than 200 at Griffin Park on Sunday as the First-Team and Development Team went head-to-head in an exhibition game.
It was the First-Team who ran out 4-0 winners, all four goals coming before the break. Captain Lisa Grant converted Becca Wiltshire’s low cross at the back post to open the scoring after just five minutes. Sophie Troth made it 2-0 shortly after with a fine curling finish from just inside the box, following a short corner routine.
The third also came from a set-piece; Mollie O’Reilly left all alone at the back post to nod home unchallenged. Chloe Webb then completed the scoring just before the interval with a looping effort from a tight angle.
Even though there were no more goals after the break, there was plenty of action at both ends to warm the crowd as the temperatures plunged. Jodie Reid, Sophie Troth, and Becca Wiltshire all hit the woodwork, either side of a brief hail delay, while the Development Team goalkeeper made a number of fine saves too.
Long-serving defender Charlotte Tanner was given a fitting send off in the final minute after announcing her retirement after nearly a decade playing for the club.
The game brought the season to an end for the Development Team, who will finish ninth in the Greater London Women's Football League Division Two North, but the First Team have one more crucial Division One game to play. The Bees host Islington Borough at Bedfont Sports next Sunday, kick-off 2.30pm, looking to beat the drop.
Justin Ali and Nathan Mobey's side head into the final round of games two points clear of Actonians and three ahead of Luton Town. Victory will guarantee a spot in Division One next year. A draw would leave the door open for Actonians, who face Luton a week later, to overtake The Bees should they win by three clear goals. A Brentford draw coupled with a narrow Actonians win, draw or Luton win would be enough to see The Bees finish seventh.
Should The Bees lose next week, any victory for Actonians would see them leapfrog The Bees while Luton would need to win with a three goal swing to complete a dramatic escape.