Brentford FC Women’s First Team followed their success in the cup last weekend with a comfortable 2-0 victory away at Clapham United in their latest league fixture. A goal in each half from The Bees was enough to ease them past Clapham, who due to three late withdrawals from the squad could only field ten players. Ellen Wardlaw found the opener and left back Chloe Webb popped up in an advanced position to ensure all three points in the second half.
Head Coach Karleigh Osborne was pleased with his side’s display and said: “It was a difficult pitch to play on and the conditions were horrible. It was one of those games where we just wanted to get there, get the result and get out. I though the ladies worked hard and done that so that was positive.”
Brentford made the extra player count and were dominating possession from the outset and probing to take the lead. They were rewarded when Wardlaw, who has had an impressive season thus far, struck from the edge of the box and saw her effort fly into the net. The second half was much the same, however Clapham nearly found an unlikely equaliser when a cross-come shot cannoned off the top of the crossbar.
In the end it was an unlikely source who wrapped up all three points for The Bees. Left back Webb chanced her arm from the edge of the box and after finding its way through a lot of bodies the ball nestled into the bottom corner, handing Brentford that all important second.
Another huge positive for Brentford is that their club captain Mollie Holmes returned for the first time since November when she picked up a knee ligament injury. The central midfielder managed 20 minutes on Sunday and is a massive boost for The Bees heading into the remainder of the season.
Karleigh was pleased for Holmes to return and said: “Mollie came on for 20 minutes and it was so great to have her back because she’s a real asset for us and the club captain. She was brilliant when she came on and looked as assured as ever, it’s great to have our leader back.”