Welcome to our 2015/16 season. We have had a good summer, competing in two tournaments and four pre season friendlies.
We have a new manager Ryan Peters, Karleigh and Craig also supporting Ryan along the way. I have been announced as Club Captain (me) Charlotte Tanner, I like to think this is the captain off the field bringing everyone together and being there for them if any problems arise. But most importantly organising the socials, the fun bit of the title.
Team Captain Lisa Grant and Vice Captain Sophie Troth.
We have also been very busy rebuilding the team up and are happy to announce that we have a strong squad of 20+, in the next blog I will briefly introduce you to all of them.
Our first friendly was against Denham United, we stepped in and saved the day, as Southampton pulled out. We rocked up, having only been in training a couple of weeks with 2 subs, looking to get back in the swing of things. They rocked up with their first team and the reserves, all 24 of them. It was a good game, ending in a 2-1 loss, then we had a lovely food platter put out for us, Aisha and Priscilla were straight into it. Denham played against themselves after us for more training. Our goal came from Aisha. I received the ball at the back and passed it down the line to Sonyia who flicked it on to Aisha who banged the ball into the back of the net from outside the box. Was a very good goal!
On the second of August we played Hampton and Richmond, who were promoted last season and had a very good cup run. We unfortunately lost 5-2 but there were a lot of positivies to come out from the game. Seeing as it was our only second game together Ryan mentioned that we had not played badly at all and there was a lot of good potential seen throughout the game. Our first goal was scored by Sarah Collins and the second goal was a penalty from Hodo.
Luton, we won 2-1 with special mentions to Sophie lee and Mollie Holmes for their hard work in this game. Both teams struggles in the blazing heat, the one day that we got over the summer! but we kept the lead and won the game.
My summer has been busy, I played in the Denham game but haven’t been able to play in any other friendlies. I have been doing my Level one football coaching. Over the three Sunday’s and two Thursday evenings, I have learnt lots and enjoyed it a lot even though some said it would be boring. I made some great people. I am not coaching any team at the minute but I may look to help out the female development project like last year, depending on my university time table.
For our group assessment we had Move in twos which went well with lots of participants. In my final assessment I had Alamo the shooting drill/ game, the one everyone wants to take part in. I really enjoyed the course and I am now a qualified level one FA football coach.
On my final assessment day, the ladies played Abbey Rangers. This was where I was doing my course. It was really nice for me to be with the team. Because I have been unable to play in friendlies. I was able to set the changing room up and speak to them before the game. I also went over to watch the last half an hour. We had plenty of players come down so had a big change of players at half time. We won 1-0 with a great goal from Aisha. Lady of the game was Sophie Lee. And Sophie Troth who was captain for the game got prat of the day for her beautiful singing and hitting her head on the dugout roof.
It has been a busy week for us, we kicked off the season with a midweek away fixture.
Our first league game is against QPR away at Harlington on a 3G pitch. Because we are playing it on a Wednesday night, our normal training night, all the girls who were not selected turned out to support the ladies. We went 2-0 down but managed to grab a goal back making it 2-1 at half time.
We stepped things up in the second half however a good QPR side got two more goals making the final score 4-1. Funny moment of the game was that Sarah did well to combine with Sophie Lee on the right hand side of the pitch and get the ball towards a the by line to cross it in but fell flat on her tummy letting the ball go out for a goal kick. This was definitely prat of the evening!
A couple of nights after the QPR game we had our first social of the year, bowling! 12 of us rocked up in our red black and white bowling shoes. The boss, Ryan, won the show with a score of 117 and Amanda coming second with a score of 97 not sure how she pulled that one back! I was in the running to win but fell at the last hurdle with a final score of 89.
We then changed up our £10 notes and went into the arcade where we played air hockey extreme and a game where you have to hit the blue lights out. Amanda had gone on about how she was really good at this game until I took her on! I beat her hands down and I won’t let her forget it! Hahaa!
We finished the night with a few games of pool, we took over two tables and on one table there was 3 games of doubles played, winner stays on but on the other table there was one game going on throughout the whole time with balls flying off the table and lots off giggles. Some of us went out after but that’s another story….
We drew Woodley United in the first round of the FA Cup. Kick off was delayed by fifteen minutes due to traffic getting into Henley on Thames. The starting line up was; Sarah, Boardy, Amanda, Sasha, Amber, Sophie T (C), Maria, Shayni and Eda. With Charlotte, Emily, Lucy and Priscilla on the bench. Both sides were pretty evenly matched despite the two league difference. We made plenty of opportunities but just could not get the ball in the back of the net. Woodley United managed to score from a corner making it 1-0.
Into the second half we were unable to keep up the high tempo from the first half and Woodley United scored again making the final score 2-0. Lady of the game (LOG) was Amanda Osbourne who did very well controlling the back four.
This weeks training showed twenty nine, YES 29, ladies turn up for a good training session and some people were absent. This opens up many options and routes for the future and development of the game with Brentford Women and Girls Football Club. The future is bright!
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