Charlotte Tanner reflects on the positives after a derby day cup exit in this latest Brentford WFC Blog
This week at training we worked on fitness. We started training with a game which was different and fun. We then went into fitness which included lovely shuttle runs. The aim of the practice was to be able to manage the last 10/15 minutes of the game and not let the tempo of the game drop.
This week we played QPR reserves, their second team, in the Women’s Capital Cup that we won last year. The line up was; Tia Prior, Sophie Lee, Manuela, Hannah Noonan, Amber Langston Lloyd, Vicky James, Gemma, Goody, Lucy G and Lisa Grant and Holly. Subs were; Sophie T and Dana Johnson.
We welcome Holly and Gemma into our team and hope you enjoyed your first game. We also welcome back Manuela who has recovered from injury and Hannah, who’s Gaelic football season have now ended.
Our Manager Leigh Begam spoke about the game; “A tough test for Brentford WFC was made tougher then night before when goal keeper and top scorer were ruled out of this local derby.
Tia Prior stepped up for the team to play in goal, and she was very assured throughout the whole game by making made saves from point black range on 2 occasions. Brentford sat deep first half and invited pressure but some resolute defending from Manuela and Hannah at centre back and with Amber Langston Lloyd and Sophie Lee covering from full back Brentford were very hard to break down.
QPR found a break through when a scruffy shot found the bottom corner when Brentford failed to clear a corner. QPR create 2 golden chances with the striker failing to work the intimidating Prior. Lisa and Debutant Holly tested the QPR keeper with good counter attacking moves.
Brentford began the second half on the front foot and were playing higher and with the introduction of Dana had pace in behind. Brentford pushed and pushed to find an equalizer and were undone in the final few moments by a counter attack to make it 2-0.
A tough game against some good opponents made harder by injuries and illness but plenty of positives to take forward into the next league game against Hemel Hempstead this Sunday.
Bees you later