Brentford Women progressed to the next round of the John Greenacre Trophy with an emphatic win against Tottenham Ladies Thirds. The opposition are a division above and had a team of quality players, but unfortunately could only field nine for the game last Sunday. This made the task a little easier for Brentford with more space on the pitch, which they made the most of throughout the game.
The Bees dominated and were happy to keep hold of the ball with neat passing and patient build up play before launching attacks. The first goal came early in the game and was the result of a fine strike by leading scorer Rebekah Wiltshire running in from a wide position to latch on to a through ball. The same player made it 2-0 going into half time with a close-range header.
The second half continued as the first with the hosts controlling the game, although Spurs’ hard work was rewarded with a goal from distance after picking up a loose ball near the half way line. That made it 2-1 to Brentford and gave a glimmer of hope to the visitors. But they were restricted to a few shots from distance after the deficit-halving strike.
The Bees continued their dominance and ran riot with four more goals in the second half. Rebekah completed her hat-trick with a carbon copy of her first goal, Jess Stickley added two more and Jodie Reid hit the back of the net with a powerful strike. That made the final score 6-1 to Brentford and The Bees move into the next round and a tie against Headstone Manor.
It was an excellent performance from the girls in red and white. But credit must go to the nine Spurs players who worked tirelessly and never stopped trying to play their game and compete.
The Development Team faced tough opposition in the form of table toppers QPR Development away from home. The game started as a battle with both sides playing some good football. QPR hit the post early on, and Brentford missed a good chance as a back post header went just wide, and another from a tame shot in front of goal.
Inevitably, The Bees were made to pay for not taking these opportunities as QPR scored as a pass cut through the visitors defence. A second followed before half time when the hosts were gifted a goal.cThat was the extent of the scoring and the second half continued as the first had left off, very good football, highly competitive and few chances for either side. The final score was 2-0 to QPR but it was a very positive performance from Brentford.
Next up for The Bees tomorrow, Sunday 9 February, are games for both sides. The First Team are away to Crystal Palace Development B. The Development Team are at home to Hillingdon Abbots.