Gel Burgess’ late goal secured a valuable point for Brentford Women’s FC First-Team as they drew 2-2 against second-placed Clapham United on Sunday.
In the wind and the rain on Clapham Common, The Bees had to weather an early storm of their own before growing into the game. After the hosts had passed up a number of good openings, Justin Ali and Nathan Mobey’s side used the conditions to their advantage to take the lead midway through the half; top-scorer Becca Wiltshire racing onto a long-ball, which carried on the wind, before keeping her composure to slot home her tenth of the campaign.
The hosts certainly weren’t holding back in some of their challenges and The Bees were dealt a blow late on in the half with Wiltshire forced off following a crunching tackle. Despite that, Brentford went into the break still holding onto their one-goal advantage.
Clapham started strongly following the restart and turned the game on its head with two goals in five minutes through former Bee Carmela Garcia and Erika Forsberg. Much like the first 45 minutes, The Bees gradually got higher up the pitch and started to ask some questions of the Clapham backline.
Eventually, with less than ten minutes to play, the pressure told as Sophie Lee’s blocked shot landed perfectly at the feet of Burgess to sweep home from 15 yards, sparking wild celebrations.
The picture at the bottom of the Greater London Women’s Football League remains complicated heading into the final couple of games. The Bees currently sit third from bottom, two points clear of Actonians’ Development and four points clear of Luton Town Development. Luton play their game in hand against third-placed Leyton Orient Development in ten days’ time before The Bees finish with a home game against Islington Borough the week after.
Victory at Bedfont Sports will guarantee safety for The Bees, but anything less would leave a nervy wait with Actonians’ hosting Luton on the final day of the season.
Brentford Development were also in action on Sunday, falling to a 4-2 defeat at home to Enfield Town Ladies. Molly Norman netted twice with Sasha Kelly and Laura Elias also on target for the home side at Donkey Lane, Shannon Read and an own-goal replying for Will Blithings’ side.
Guaranteed to finish second-from-bottom, Brentford finish their season this Sunday with a home game against Headstone Manor, kick-off 2.15pm at Bedfont Sports.