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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

17 December 2019 Venue Bedfont Sports Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

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Hibernian Reserves
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Match Preview: Brentford B v Hibernian Reserves

A look ahead to Brentford B's fixture on Tuesday

16 December 2019

On Tuesday afternoon Brentford B will take on Hibernian Reserves in a 2pm kick-off at Bedfont Sports Club.

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.

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Match Reports

Match Report and highlights: Brentford B 0 Hibernian Reserves 2

Brentford B beaten by Scottish opponents

18 December 2019

Brentford B fell to 2-0 defeat to Hibernian Reserves at Bedfont Sports Club as two Oliver Shaw goals were the difference between the two sides.

A goal in either half from the Hibs man took the game away from the young Bees who had a number of chances to find the net throughout the match.

Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane named a strong side at Bedfont Sports Club with five members of Thomas Frank’s first team included in the starting XI as they look to ensure players are given game time ahead of a busy Christmas schedule.

Brentford dominated the opening exchanges with Jan Žambůrek looking lively as he looked to bring others into play with Dom Thompson and Mads Roerslev looking to charge down both wings.

The first real attempt came just after the quarter of an hour mark when Jaakko Oksanen saw his left footed effort pushed away by Patrick Martin. Fredrik Hammar then popped up to fire the rebound just over the bar before the offside flag was raised.

Shortly after that Gustav Mogensen almost prospered when he pounced on a loose ball to go one-v-one with the Hibs keeper, but credit to the shot stopper, who blocked the ball well.

10 minutes later the Scottish side would be in front as a low bouncing ball from the right saw Shaw find space in between the defenders before he guided a clever header into the back of the net.

A late effort in the first half from Oksanen then saw Martin save well to prevent the Bees from levelling just before the break.

It would get worse for Neil MacFarlane’s side just after the break when Hibs doubled their lead. A ball over the top saw Luka Racic and Patrik Gunnarsson miscommunicate as they failed to clear which left Shaw to bravely nip in and help the ball goalwards for 2-0.

Content with their lead, Hibs were happy for Brentford to have possession as they looked to counterattack and protect their lead.

The lively Joe Adams looked dangerous throughout as he looked to create for The Bees, but after his low cross was turned away well, the away side almost went 3-0 up when the ball found its way to Ryan Shanley at the far post and his powerful effort was saved terrifically by Gunnarsson.

A chance would then fall for Hammar again after the ball was crossed in from the left, but despite his powerful effort, he was unable to convert the chance.

Despite the Bees pushing for an equaliser with dangerous crosses they were unable to create enough clear-cut attempts at Martin’s goal as they were made to settle for a 2-0 defeat.

Brentford B: Gunnarsson, Thompson, Roerslev, Racic, Oksanen, Adams, Žambůrek, Mogensen, Hammar (Majka, 70), Read, Bech Sørensen

Subs not used: O’Connor, Carré, Andersson, Titov, Mitchell, Koutsimouka

Hibernian Reserves: Martin, Block, Yeats, Sadiki, Stirling, I. Murray, F. Murray, Campbell, Shanley, Shaw, Gullan

Subs: Woods, Dabrowski, Galantes, Leddie, Fairley

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