A busy run for the young Bees has seen them endure lots of fixtures over the last month or so as the team are tested against a range of different opponents.
November was rounded off nicely with an impressive 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon’s first team away from home in a behind closed doors match before they travelled to Harrow Borough in the London Senior Cup.
An emphatic 7-1 win at Earlsmead saw free-flowing football as Neil MacFarlane’s side deservedly picked up the win to progress to the next round of the competition. Shortly after they were back in action, but this time they were up against Swiss side Grasshopper Club Zürich at Jersey Road.
A tight affair saw The Bees initially fall behind before Jaden Brissett kept up his good scoring form as he converted a penalty in a match which finished 1-1. A tough trip to Scotland would follow on Tuesday 10 December when they took on a strong Rangers XI side at the Hummel Training Centre, and despite threatening throughout the match, they were on the wrong side of a 4-0 defeat with the home side clinical in front of goal.
They now turn their attentions to a Hibernian Reserves side who are fresh from a 6-0 over St Mirren Reserves in the SPFL Reserve Cup on 3 December so the young Bees can expect nothing more than a tough opponent who will travel to London with confidence.
Brentford B winger Jaden Brissett could feature for The Bees with Head Coach Neil MacFarlane hopeful that an injury sustained against Rangers will not keep him out of action.
Following the match in Scotland, Neil explained: “Jaden was trying to tap the ball in at the back post and was caught on the ankle but hopefully he’ll recover in time for Hibs.
“We don’t want to be picking up injuries, but the boys put so much into the game and it was such an intense and physical game that you’ll get knocks.”
The side last met back in early October at Easter Road in what was an entertaining match with five goals between the two teams. In what would turn out to be a narrow defeat for the young Bees there is sure to be an added motivation for the side as they will look to pick up a win in what is their penultimate match before their Christmas break.
The home side were clinical and raced into a three-goal lead on the day before Brissett pulled a goal back with a penalty and Gustav Mogensen found the net in the second period. Despite putting the home side under pressure in the later stages they were unable to snatch an equaliser.
If you’re free on Tuesday afternoon, be sure to head down to back Neil MacFarlane’s side as they continue their development.