Charlotte Tanner introduces two new faces and reflects on last weeks cup defeat at a windy Petts Wood in this latest Blog
Good week in camp for Brentford Women’s fc. Good turn out to training working on shooting and creating space through their defence for opportunities on goal.
We have signed two new players; Emily Reynolds and Georgia McCowan.
Emily is 22 and a PE technician at a school, Emily’s career ambition is to become a PE teacher. She supports Arsenal and her favourite football player is Freddie Ljungberg. Emily’s preferred position is on the wing.
Georgia is 16 nearly 17 and Georgia’s ambitions are to become a well known goal keeper. Georgia would also love to coach children and develop their football skills. Georgia’s favourite football player is Joe Hart and she enjoys watching Tottenham Hotspur.
We welcome them to the club and hope they enjoy their time playing with us.
On Sunday 29th March we travelled to Kent to play Petts Wood in the John Greenacre cup.
Weather conditions were not the best on this spring afternoon. Rain and strong winds greeted us as we arrived at a muddy field.
The team line up was; Georgia, making her first start for the club in goal while Caroline is on holiday, Sophie Lee, Manuela, Charlotte, Amber, Sophie T, Lisa, Goody, Lavana, Tia and Ashley. On the bench was Emily and Lucy.
Ashley Cheatley made it 1-0. Manuela brought down their striker in the box which the ref blew up for a penalty. Their captain stepped up to take the penalty and hit the ball straight down the middle, Georgia dived right therefore the ball went into the back of the net. Making it 1-1.
An offside goal from Lucy could have made it 2-1. Ashley Cheatley received the ball of Lavana in the middle and dragged the defenders out wide to cross the ball into the box to find Lucy back lost hitting the ball home.
The ref pointed to the spot saying it was a goal, two pleads from the side line made the referee change is mind after speaking to the Lino. Making the score still 1-1. This was until Lisa Grant closed down their goal kick to the centre back flicking the ball over her head and smashing it into the back of the net with her left foot! 2-1 to the bees.
During the first half Tia came off for Lucy and Emily, making her first appearance for the team, came on for Lavana. 2-1 at half time.
Before the restart of the second half I came off for Tia. Petts Wood had the wind this half and this was the most important ore to take out of the half time talk. Watch the wind, close everything down, pass it around along the floor. Petts Wood were making this hard for us to do. They settled into the second half better than the first. Every goal kick would just curl back towards the goal, they pressed us quite high so we couldn’t play out from the back.
The only good chance we had on goal was when Ashley cut the ball back for Lucy to shoot, but the ball curled just too wide of the post. Petts Wood got a free kick on the edge of the box and it got deflected into the goal making it 2-2. Shortly after Lucy came off for Lavana.
We did not close down a midfield player and she hoofed the ball in the direction of the goal, the wind carried it up over Georgia’s head. Making it 3-2 to Petts Wood.
Manuela went on a run up-field feeding the ball forward to Ashley. Petts Wood goal keeper (their captain stepping in for the second half) came out quick and bashing into Ashley sending the ball out for a throw. All up and ready to go again, I came on for Tia. Lavana got injured not to long after the sub change and Tia came back on for her. Once again the hosts were on the attack again, and their winger picked up the ball in box and booted the ball into the back of the net.
We didn’t get anymore chances, the final score finished 4-2 to Petts wood. Good luck to them in the next round of the cup and in the league as they are fighting for second place and promotion.
That’s it now for a couple of weeks. We only have one league game left against crystal palace. We are not sure when or where it is going to be played but we have a couple of weeks off for Easter.
Have a good Easter
Bees you later