Ladies edge out Brentford in ding-dong battle
K's come back from a half time deficit to do the double over Brentford.
We were still without Vicky Cockle today, and also Elesha Edman and Coral Robinson, but welcomed back Mairead Halliday, Abi Elliott and Hannah Jacobsen.
We've tended to make slow starts this season, but today the early show belonged to us. With only 27 seconds on the clock, Renae Huggan-Broughton found herself on the end of a through ball on the edge of the Brentford penalty area, and she curled a right foot shot past the Brentford keeper. 1-0.
After 20 minutes, we had a blow when our skipper, Nele Quast, was forced off with a muscle strain. Birthday girl, Lucy Potter, took the armband and the on pitch organisational duties.
In the remainder of the first half, Brentford were pressing us back with some neat passing, and were dominating possession. Just when it looked as though we had made it through to half time, double disaster. In the 44th minute, the lively Brentford striker got free down the right of our area, and smashed an angled shot home. 1-1. In first half injury time, even worse. A Brentford corner was swung in and, in amongst a ruck of players, the ball was forced home. HT 1-2.
For the first 20 minutes of the second half it remained one way traffic with Brentford in the ascendancy. But then a moment of magic. Abi Elliott received the ball in the right hand channel, reached the edge of the penalty area, looked up and crashed a blistering angled shot high into the far corner of the Brentford goal. What a goal! 2-2.
Five minutes later and our strikers, who had found renewed energy, mounted a fast attack, and Sophia Demetriou rounded the Brentford keeper to slide the ball home. 3-2.
It was a nervous last 20 minutes, but the ladies dug deep and held on for a memorable victory. It really was a ding-dong battle today and Brentford more than played their part in a tremendous game. There were some gutsy performances today, but none more so than that of Annie Jenkins who was a rock in our defence throughout.
Team: Chloe Bailey, Annie Jenkins, Nele Quast (c), Laura Joseph, Lucy Potter, Hannah Jacobsen, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Mairead Halliday, Sarah Sinkins, Olivia Watson, Renae Huggan-Broughton
Subs: Georgina Wickham, Saskia Veldhuizen, Abi Elliott, Bethan John, Sophia Demetriou
Goalscorers: Renae Huggan-Broughton, Abi Elliott, Sophia Demetriou
Player of the match: Annie Jenkins (pictured)