Brentford Women First Team welcomed Regents Park Rangers to Griffin Park on Sunday 13 October for a league match, their first competitive fixture there for a number of years. It was always going to be a special occasion for both sides, and it proved to be a very watchable evenly matched contest. The perfect surface and wide open spaces allowed plenty of free flowing football with both sides creating chances throughout the game.
The Bees opened the scoring on five minutes with a fine low drive from 20 yards by Sophie Troth, but were perhaps fortunate to go into the break still leading after a powerful shot from a Rangers player crashed onto the bar and bounced back onto the goal line. Both sides had chances and only some wasteful finishing and last ditch defending kept the score down.
The second half played out very much like the first and Regents Park equalised after a misplaced pass by a Brentford defender. The ladies in red and white soon regained the lead after Daisy Baranowski met perfectly a low cross, making it 2-1. Unfortunately The Bees couldn't quite hold out against pressure from the visitors, and allowed their forward to find a way around our defenders and hit a high shot which Emily Boycott in goal was unlucky not to keep out.
The pattern of play continued with some fine attacking football mixed in with some sloppy passing by both sides, perhaps the large Griffin Park pitch was taking its toll. Brentford had a chance to take all three points when a perfectly weighted through pass from midfield, saw Rebekah Wiltshire split the Rangers defence apart and round the goalie only for a heavy touch and the slick surface to take the ball away from her and out of play.
The final whistle blew at 2-2 and the 200+ crowd showed their appreciation for an entertaining match with plenty of quality on show. The Bees will feel they did enough to win the game but in the end it was another positive performance, and a fantastic occasion.