Brentford B are swiftly back in action following their trip to Portugal when they travel to Wingate & Finchley in the Quarter-Final of the Middlesex FA Senior Challenge Cup on Tuesday evening.
The match, which will be played at Wingate’s Maurice Rebak Stadium, kicks off at 7.45pm and the match will prove another difficult test for the young Bees as they continue their development coming up against men’s teams.
This will be Brentford B’s second fixture in this competition having progressed to the next stage following a penalty shootout win over Hanwell Town back in October.
Of course, the young Bees will be looking to defend their crown as Senior Challenge Cup champions having lifted the trophy last season after beating Harrow Borough in the final of the competition at Griffin Park.
Wingate & Finchley play in the Isthman League Premier Division and currently sit bottom of the table having picked up 14 points from their first 26 matches of the season. Their last match saw them play out a 0-0 draw with Brightlingsea Regent at home.
Discussing the challenge that Wingate will pose the young Bees, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane said: “It will be a totally different test in a totally different environment. The club give the boys the platform to give them every sort of match for their development and they’re responding. We can’t ask any more of them.”
Of course, the match coincides with a first team fixture at Griffin Park as Thomas Frank’s side welcome Nottingham Forest, but if fans wish to come along and lend their support to the young Bees then adult tickets are priced at £12, whilst concessions are £6, £3 for under-16s and free for under-12s.
The young Bees could make some changes to the side that began the last match in Portugal on Saturday and are allowed to select 16 players for the match. Having had time to settle into the group in Portugal, central midfielder Paris Maghoma could well make his second start for the club, fresh from netting his first against FC Astana in superb fashion.