Brentford B lost 4-3 to Hertha Berlin II on Wednesday afternoon, despite goals
The opening 10 minutes were slow and neither side created a chance to speak of. The first such opening created Brentford's first goal.
Zain Westbrooke clipped a ball over the top of the defence for Hardy to chase. The striker ran into the box, zipped past the onrushing goalkeeper and tucked the ball into an empty net.
The away side's second came a few minutes later. This time it started on the left with Lukas Talbro. The Dane slid the ball across the edge of the box to Bradley Clayton, who then chipped it neatly into the path of Hardy. He took aim and fired quickly into the bottom corner to make it two-nil.
Ellery Balcombe was in action after 28 minutes, making a big save to deny Hertha a way back into the match. Mo Kiprit broke clear of the back four to race free one-on-one, taking the ball towards goal from the left. His powerful shot was blocked by The Bees' keeper as he stood up and took the hit on his shoulder.
Moments later it was Kiprit again with a shot that troubled Balcombe. This time he took aim from distance before firing the ball narrowly over the crossbar.
Max Mittelstadt was next up to try his luck. Cutting in from the left, his shot took a deflection on its route to goal. Balcombe adjusted quickly and held onto the ball.
With 37 minutes gone, Hertha got a goal back. A low cross to the near post by Sinan Kurt was poked home by a combination of Rico Morack and Fabio Mirbach, the latter turning to celebrate and claiming the final touch.
They were almost in behind again a minute later, Jarvis Edobor getting a crucial touch on the final ball to keep it away from Mirbach who would have otherwise been clear at goal.
Theo Archibald, as well as picking up a yellow card in the first 45, also went close with two very similar efforts towards the end of the half. The first was all his own, creating space on the edge of the box before firing the ball at goal only for Leon Bruggemeier to tip over at the last second. The next was after latching onto a deep cross from Westbrooke. He caufght the ball on the volley at the far post and it fizzed over the bar.
Berlin made eight changes at the break, sending out a much stronger team in the second period. It showed in the opening quarter of an hour of the second half.
Hertha scored three goals in nine minutes. The first was a well worked move down the left that ended in Tahsin Cakmak knocking the ball into the bottom corner from close range.
Cakmak then scored again, this time taking aim from distance and firing a shot that clipped the underside of the crossbar on its way in. After 59 minutes, the same thing happened. Tgis time it was Kurt with the finish that bounced in off the bar from a long way out.
With 67 minutes gone, Kevin O'Connor made a triple sub. Jan Novak, Marcus Forss and Nikolaj Kirk entered the field in place of Hardy, Alves and Coote.
Shawn Kauter came close to making it five for the home side with 70 minutes gone. His snapshot from just outside the box was caught well by Balcombe and held onto.
Clayton went close to finding Forss after 77 minutes, his deep cross was cut out by sub keeper Leon Schaffran before it reached the Finnish striker at the far post.
Forss did get himself on the scoresheet after 83 minutes. Westbrooke delivered a corner, it bounced around the box and was met by Forss. He turned and tucked the ball into the net to make it 4-3.
Edobor came close to making things level five minutes from time. Rising to meet another corner, the centre-back nodded it just wide of the target.