The Bees made it two FA Women’s Championship wins in a row with an excellent display against Coventry United at The Hive.
In a frantic first half, Taylor O’Leary put Lee Burch’s side in front before Hughes equalised for the visitors.
However, five minutes before the break Lauren Pickett scored a superb solo goal to gain the Bees all three points against the newly-promoted side.
The Bees started the game on the front foot and almost took the lead when Bonnie Horwood forced Sian Wood into a good save from a corner kick.
Up the other end, Quantrill made a good stop as Hughes bared down on goal one-on-one after a slick Coventry counter-attack.
On 18 minutes the Bees found the breakthrough as O’Leary powerfully met Megan Alexander’s delightful whipped free-kick, the header flew into the back of the net leaving Wood with no chance.
Despite the confidence-boosting start. the visitors fought back and levelled as Hughes fired a powerful shot into the bottom corner.
Burch’s side responded well to conceding the leveller and retook the lead just five minutes before the break, as Pickett danced through the United defence and cooly rounded Wood, to slot home and restore our advantage.
After a quality first half of football, the second was a slightly more cautious affair, as the visitors looked to get back on terms.
Quantrill was called into action within 30 seconds of the restart as she excellently denied three onrushing Coventry attackers by pouncing on the loose ball from a dangerous low cross from the left-hand side.
With 25 minutes to go, the Bees were handed a golden chance to wrap up the three points, as Pickett was brought down in the penalty area and the referee made no hesitation when pointing to the spot. Whinnett stepped up and saw her penalty saved by Wood who guessed the right way to deny the striker from her second goal in as many matches.
With just seven minutes to play the visitors piled on the pressure, without mustering a further clear cut opportunity on the Bees goal. Axten saw a free-kick turned round the post, whilst up the other end, Pickett had a great chance to net a second but got her shot from 12 yards went wide of the left-hand post.
The Bees secured all three points, meaning they have two wins from their opening three matches and sit fourth in the FA Women’s Championship following this afternoons triumph.
Burch will now look to build on this impressive start as we travel to the East Midlands to take on Leicester City Women next Sunday (15th September).