Charlotte Tanner reflects on how training paid off with a fine 3-1 win at Crystal Palace
The cold evenings have settled in. All layered up some of us braved the cold and trained on Thursday.
We started with a possession game, receiving the ball, turning into space and pasting it off. We also looked at combination play with our centre midfielders and strikers.
Using different techniques for our strikers to get the ball then lay it off and keep moving to receive it again. We finished off the session with a 10 minute game to warm ourselves up again.
Sunday the ladies played Crystal Palace and needed to secure the win.
The starting line up was: Claire Richardson, Amber LL, Judith, Sophie Lee, Vicky James (skipper), Goody, Sophie T, Lisa Grant, Lucy Gibson, Ashley Cheatley and Dana Johnson.
As I am injured and did not play here is Leigh’s summary of the game;
Brentford returned to winning ways on Sunday, returning from Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium with all 3 points despite only having 11 fit and available players.
The girls put in great effort and had a strong team ethic working and backing each other up everywhere on the (massive) pitch.
After good work from Claire Richardson and Lisa Grant down the left side with Lucy Gibson neatly finishing the move.
Dana Johnson and Ashley Cheatley used training this week to combine and make complementary runs, the two combined on many occasions and lead Dana to grab two goals. 3-0 half time.
The second half proved to be the challenge for the 11 players against a young team with fresh legs but great performances from Goody and Sophie T in centre midfield still created many chances and made it hard for Palace.
Caroline Brooks made a fantastic save tipping a long range drive onto the bar only for a Palace striker to tap in the rebound. Making it 3-1.
But Brentford stayed strong and should have scored again as Cheatley hit the post after a good solo run. Final score 3-1.
Next up for Brentford a cup tie against QPR Reserves!
Bees you later