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Match Report: Brentford Development 3 Headstone Manor LFC 3

Bees end season with draw at Bedfont Sports

14 March 2019

Shannon Read's double wasn't enough to ensure a winning end to the season for Brentford Development after they surrendered a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 with Headstone Manor LFC on Sunday.

The Bees headed into their season finale knowing they would be guaranteed a ninth-placed finish in the Greater London Women's Football League Division Two North regardless of Sunday's outcome at Bedfont Sports.

Perhaps that knowledge allowed them to play with added freedom as they raced into a 3-1 lead thanks to Molly O'Reilly's debut goal for the Development team and Read's brace.

Those two goals took Read, pictured above, up to 11 for the season and means she now has 37 league goals in 30 games for Brentford Development over the past two seasons. 

However, Manor fought back after the break. They made it 3-2 when Jade Doherty grabbed her second of the afternoon from the penalty spot and equalised through Lauren Getty's late long-range effort. 

The First-Team were not in action on Sunday but results elsewhere did have a huge impact on the Division One relegation battle. Luton Town's draw against Leyton Orient means the bottom three sides are covered by just three points heading into the final round of fixtures. 

The Bees face Islington Borough in ten days' time knowing victory will guarantee their place 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 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 overtake Justin Ali and Nathan Mobey's side. 

Ahead of that final game, Brentford's Women and Development Teams will face each other in an exhibition match at Griffin Park this Sunday, 17 March, kick-off 2pm. Entry is free via Braemar Road for all supporters


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