Lots to catch up on in this blog; three matches, training gossip and get girls into football week.
Let’s quickly recap over the last two weeks.
On the 27th of September we hosted Northwood at Lampton School.
Line up: Becky Collins, Sophie Lee, Amanda Osborne, Priscilla Camuimba! Amber Langston-Lloyd, Mollie Homles, Alia Haggag, Lisa Grant, Hodo Mohammed, Aisha Lutumba, Naomi Totten Subs: Sophie Troth, Geraldine Burgess, Sasha Treadaway, Dana Johnson, Shayni Marriner.
A great start was made even better when Aisha LUTUMBA popped up in the right place after a shot was parried by their goal keeper to slot home from close range. Making it 1-0 to the home side. The oppositions only attempt on goal in the first half ended with a goal after their corner curled straight in without a touch from any player.
This didn’t deter Brentford who went straight down the other end and scored with a precise lob from Naomi TOTTEN straight over the goalkeepers head. Making it 2-1, seeing Brentford ahead again. The half ended 2-1.
Unfortunately as Brentford pressed sloppy defending allowed the striker in to slot home from close range to make it 2-2.
Again, Brentford weren’t Phased and without hesitation Lisa GRANT took on two players and crossed for Geraldine BURGESS to tap home from close range. Brentford were up again 3-2.
Brentford were adamant they were not going to let this lead slip, the referee signalled there was fifty seconds left to play when Brentford took a throw on deep inside the opposition territory, Brentford could not maintain possession and after almost two minutes added on further to the fifty seconds the opposition equalised with literally the last kick of the game. Making the final score 3-3.
The following weekend we travelled away to tottenham for a very early kick off.
Line up: Sarah COLLINS, Sophie LEE, Amanda OSBORNE, Priscilla CAMUIMBA, amber LANGSTON -LlOYD, Mollie HOLMES, Lisa GRANT, Alia HAGGAH, Hodo MOHAMED, Aisha LUTUMBA, Sara EZZAHIRI.
Subs: Neethu HARIDAS, Shayni MARRINER , Sasha TREADAWAY, Geraldine BURGESS
After her international clearance (30 day wait) Sara EZZAHIRI was able to make her debut for Brentford WFC!
An early kick off showed in Brentfords build up play, sluggish, passive and took far too long to impose themselves on the game. Nevertheless after a barrage of pressure, Brentford found their way and created a number of great chances which should have punished Tottenham. Into the net. Making it 1-0.
Brentford struck straight back with a 35 yard half volley which flew in the net from Aisha LUTUMBA. Making the score line equal 1-1. With more chances squandered, a long ball upfield caught Priscilla CAMUIMBA on her heels and put the Tottenham striker through on goal to make it 2-1. Brentford pushed in search of the equaliser and it seemed destined when Sara EZZAHIRI ran onto a through ball, she rounded the goalkeeper and with the open goal in sight, she tripped over the ball. She immediately jumped up rounded the goalkeeper again and shot which hit the post with the Tottenham defenders trying to dive in the way of the shot, the rebound fell kindly to Geraldine BURGESS who had the ball at her feet 5 yards out with an open goal at her mercy. She hit the ball over the bar, seemed like it wasn’t going to be Brentfords day.
Minutes after Tottenham crossed from the right which saw the striker tap home to make it 3-1. Hodo was brought back on in place of Geraldine BURGESS but again a cross from the right saw the same striker score again to make it 4-1.
Hodo MOHAMED was put through by Alia HAGGAG and as she rounded the keeper, she was quite brutally taken out by the goalkeeper. Hodo MOHAMED was quite badly hurt in the process, Mollie HOLMES stepped up and took the penalty calmly slotting home to make it 4-2.
Ladies of the game was Alia and Sarah Collins. Alia never gave up during the whole game, she had the most desire to try and win the game out of anyone on the pitch. Sarah Collins made some good saves in goal who knew what the score might have been if she wasn’t there!
This week has been Girls’ football week (5-11th October). St Mary’s university women’s football set themselves a header challenge. Heading the ball to one another and finally ending up in the bin. I was really up for this and got the ladies to come down to training a little early to try this out… This was an epic fail and we tried for a good 10 minutes and none of us got it in the bin, without using our hands!! The attempts were filmed but we’ll be sending the videos into Archive straight away!
We also had the lovely Darius Charles come down to training along side Ryan, Karleigh and Craig. Now at Burton Albion, training at St George’s Park, he has seen the Lionesses train and wanted to take this knowledge and use it for us. After taking the whole team he did a session with the defenders. It was great to hear what advice he had and taking a shouting technique onboard to try out in games too!
I also went down to Nottinghill and Ealing High School to volunteer/ help out with the coach and observe the female football development sessions. I had a great time! With the years 3 & 4’s it was all about game time and I gave them a little guidance too. I answered some funny questions at the end; ‘How many of your matches have been on TV?’ ‘Did you go to the World Cup…not the men’s one the girl one?’ This just goes to show how much Womens Football is evolving and younger girls are getting involved with the game. My favourite question was ‘Do you go camping and take a football and play there?’
With the older ones it was great to play with them and see some good talent. It was also great to promote the female development programme at Brentford and the up and coming trials. I can’t wait to see some girls there. It was fantastic to see and hear how many girls/young ladies participating in these sessions and over time I only wish for the session to get bigger. It’s great to be an inspiration to others and to influence the next generation. I really look forward to visiting more of these sessions over the course of the year and get more of the ladies team involved too. Alia Haggag and Sasha Treadaway from the ladies team will be going down to more sessions this week so I look forward to hearing all about those.
I also came up with the idea that we could get girls down to our home game on Sunday to be mascots. We had five girls come down and they loved it. They got to come into the changing rooms to meet the girls and ask any questions. They had a kick about while the team warmed up. We also did the respect hand shake for the mascots to shake hands with the opposition with us, choosing who they wanted to stand next to.
At half time they had a penalty shoot out, Mr Holmes stepped up in goal. The girls had great fun. Massive thank you to Shayni MARRINER and Sasha TREADAWAY for helping and looking after the girls.
We played AFC Phoenix yesterday. Let’s quickly recap on the game itself
Line up: Rebecca COLLINS, Sophie LEE, Amanda OSBORNE, Lisa BOARD, Amber LANGSTON-LlOYD, Mollie HOLMES, Alia HAGGAG, Lisa GRANT, Naomi TOTTEN, Sara EZZAHIRI. Subs: Lucy GIBSON, Emily REYNOLDS, Aisha LUTUMBA, Charlotte TANNER.
The game kicked off shortly after 1 and with Darius looking on seemed to give the team a lift. Brentford were fast out the blocks, first to every ball putting the opposition under pressure from the off. Sara EZZAHIRI was a constant menace to the oppositions back four, harrying, tossing and turning, not giving them a minutes piece. The pressure finally paid off when Sara EZZAHIRI yet again picked up the ball wide of the 18 yard box, after dribbling in and out of 2 players she was upended in the penalty area. A penalty was awarded which was calmly put away by Mollie HOLMES, her third of the season. Making it 1-0. With half term looming it seemed as if Brentford would end the half with a goal to the good. It wasn’t to be, a cross from the left side found its way to the back post where the Phoenix striker was able to slot home from close range. Half time came and went with both teams able to get points across. The second half was underway with Brentford still creating half chances, but as legs started to tire Phoenix began to dominate. With the back four under immense pressure Phoenix took the lead with a through ball that put their striker in on goal to slot home, 2-1. Again with Brentford not taking their chances, Phoenix scored from a corner making it 1-3. Heads started to drop for Brentford now with not long to play, Phoenix still had time for one more goal with the striker again being put through 1 on 1 with the keeper and after Becky COLLINS saving the first attempt, she scored from the rebound. Final score 1-4. Another result that does not reflect our match, especially how we played in the first half. Amber Langston-Lloyd received Lady of the Game (LOG) for her persistence, passing and her very good header!
I’m going to finish with a quote from Ryan (our manager) for today’s blog;
“Stick together and we will soon see the light. I believe in each and every one of you” (11/10/2015)
Next week we host AFC Wimbledon Development in the Greater London Women’s Football league Premier Division. Please come down and support us Venue: Lampton School, Lampton Avenue, Hounslow TW3 4EP. 1pm Kick Off.
See you there!
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