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05 July 2018 Venue Jersey Road Attendance

Kick off 17:15 (UK)

Brentford
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Maidenhead United

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4-3-3
  • 1
    Ellery Balcombe (C)
    GK
  • 2
    Lukas Talbro
    DF
  • 4
    Trialist
    DF
  • 5
    Jarvis Edobor
    DF
  • 3
    Ilias Chatzitheodoridis
    DF
  • 16
    Nikolaj Kirk
    MF
  • 10
    Trialist
    MF
  • 8
    Kolbeinn Finnsson
    MF
  • 11
    Trialist
    FW
  • 6
    Trialist
    FW
  • 9
    Joe Hardy
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Patrik Gunnarsson
    SUB
  • 7
    Ali Coote
    SUB
  • 12
    David Titov
    SUB
  • 14
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 17
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 18
    Jonny Mitchell
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin O'Connor

4-4-2
  • 15
    Carl Pentney
    GK
  • 2
    Remy Clerima
    DF
  • 5
    Ayo Obileye
    DF
  • 6
    Alan Massey (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Rene Steer
    DF
  • 10
    Nana Owusu
    MF
  • 8
    Harrold Odamely
    MF
  • 16
    Christian Smith
    MF
  • 7
    Herson Rodrigues Alves
    MF
  • 11
    Josh Kelly
    FW
  • 9
    Ryan Bird
    FW

Substitutes

  • 28
    Nick Hamann
    SUB
  • 12
    Ryan Upward
    SUB
  • 14
    Sean McCormack
    SUB
  • 18
    James Akintunde
    SUB
  • 19
    Max Kilman
    SUB
  • 20
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 22
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 24
    Adrian Clifton
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Alan Devonshire

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Brentford B vs Maidenhead United

B Team to open pre-season schedule against National League Magpies

5 July 2018

Brentford B start the 2018/19 season with a friendly at home to Maidenhead United today, Thursday 5 July, at 5pm. The Bees are playing the behind-closed-doors match at Jersey Road, Brentford's Training Ground.

Team News

Kevin O'Connor's side added a few new faces during the summer break, including Icelandic duo Patrik Gunnarsson and Kolbeinn Finnsson. Scottish midfielder Jonny Mitchell also awaits his B Team debut after signing from Falkirk.

Last season's loan signing from FC Midtjylland, Nikolaj Kirk, has also returned to Brentford B for a further year's loan and is in contention to start the first game of pre-season. On the other side, we could see Herson Rodrigues Alves return to face his old team, Alves signed for Maidenhead after leaving The Bees in May.

This will also be Maidenhead's first fixture of pre-season, just ahead of their second successive year in the National League. Last season former Brentford youngster Ryan Peters helped his side to retain their position in English football's fifth tier, managing a mid-table finish in 12th, one year on from winning the National League South title. The Brentford First Team's pre-season opener also sees them play opposition from this division, Boreham Wood, who play The Magpies in the league in October. 

Pre-Match: Ali Coote ready to get back to match action

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Match Reports

Match Report: Brentford B 2 Maidenhead United 4

New faces get minutes in first B Team game of 18/19 pre-season

5 July 2018

Brentford B lost 4-2 to Maidenhead United in their first pre-season friendly of the 2018/19 campaign. Kolbeinn Finnsson was on the scoresheet as well as a Trialist for The Bees but it wasn't enough to get something from the game.

Goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe started in goal with the captain's armband, in front of a back four that included Jarvis Edobor and Lukas Talbro - the B Team's leading appearance makers. Nikolaj Kirk started as the holding midfielder and Joe Hardy played through the middle with trialists either side of him.

Herson Rodrigues Alves was a feature of Maidenhead's lineup from the off, having left The Bees for Berkshire in May 2018. He started on the left wing of a team that included the majority of The Magpies' First Team as well as a number of their own trialists. 

Alves himself created the first chance of the game, turning in the box to drill a low shot at Balcombe. The England youth international turned it away for an early corner kick. 

Hardy had a chance to break the deadlock for Brentford a few minutes later, sliding a free-kick under the wall only for goalkeeper Carl Pentney to turn his effort wide.

With 9 minutes on the clock, the away side took the lead. Josh Kelly found space on the left side of the box, then cut in on his right foot and fired home into the top corner.

Finnsson got an instant chance to reply with Brentford's next attack, curling a shot just over the crossbar after being set back to on the edge of the penalty area.

With nearly half an hour gone, The Magpies had a two-goal lead. A ball in from the right saw Balcombe in a race with Nana Owusu to get to the cross first. They met in the middle and, unfortunately for the goalkeeper, the rebound fell kindly for Owusu to sweep home into the net.

A few minutes later we saw Ilias Chatzitheodoridis have a wild effort at goal go sailing over the bar, the left-back cutting in from the right to take aim from long range.

Just before the break, The Bees had a goal back. A drilled cross from the left side of the pitch saw one of Brentford's trialists (Trialist B, below) poke home a goal from close range.

There was still time for Hardy to go close as Talbro's cross found him in space inside the opposition box. He hit the ball first time on the volley but it bounced wide of the target.

At half-time, Kevin O'Connor introduced Jonny Mitchell to the game for his first minutes in a Brentford shirt. David Titov and Ali Coote also joined the fray before the start of the second period. 

Within five minutes of the restart, Brentford had levelled things. A low cross from Hardy on the right wing made its way through a crowd of defenders and Finnsson swept the ball home at the far post.

An hour in, Balcombe needed sharp reactions to stop a low shot that appeared through a crowd of players and he did well to hold on to it.

A few moments later, down the other end, Titov was played through after a one-two on the right wing. He got a shot away but it was blocked by a Maidenhead defender.

United took the lead again after 80 minutes and it was a bizarre goal to concede. Talbro played the ball back to his goalkeeper under pressure, Balcombe went to clear it long but the ball rebouded back off James Akintunde and found the net.

Three minutes from the end, the lead was doubled. This time Adrian Clifton worked the ball down the right side of the box and squared for Sean McCormack to slot home amongst a crowd of defenders. 

The full time whistle followed shortly after, Brentford B defeated in their opening game of pre-season. They now head off to a training camp in Cheshire before returning for a match against Watford U23 on Saturday 14 July.


First Half

Brentford B: Balcombe; Talbro, Trialist A, Edobor, Chatzitheodoridis; Kirk, Finnsson, Trialist B; Trialist C, Trialist D, Hardy

Maidenhead Utd: Pentney; Clerima, Obileye, Massey, Steer; Owusu, Odamely, Smith, Rodrigues Alves; Bird, Kelly


Second Half

Brentford B: Balcombe; Titov, Trialist A, Edobor (sub Kirk 70 mins), Chatzitheodoridis (sub Talbro 70 mins); Mitchell, Coote, Finnsson (sub Trialist C 70 mins); Hardy (sub Trialist B 70 mins), Trialist E, Trialist D

Maidenhead Utd: Hamann; Clerima, Obileye, Kilman, Steer; Owusu (sub Trialist 58 mins), Trialist, Upward, Rodrigues Alves (sub McCormack 58 mins); Akintunde, Clifton

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