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Kick off 19:45 (UK)

10 March 2020 Venue Imber Court Stadium Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

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Rangers XI
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Match Preview: Brentford B v Rangers XI

A look ahead to Brentford B's match with Rangers on Tuesday evening

9 March 2020

Brentford B return to action on Tuesday evening when they take on a Rangers XI at The Imber Court Stadium, the home of Metropolitan Police FC, in a 7.45pm kick-off.

The young Bees had been scheduled to play the fixture at Griffin Park, but the decision was made to move the fixture to ensure that the pitch is kept to its best possible standard going into the final five home matches of the 2019/20 season.

The young Bees go into the game off the back of a six-day stay in Cyprus where they played two fixtures against Pafos FC and FC Rodina Moscow where Neil MacFarlane’s side picked up two impressive wins.

A 6-0 win over Pafos saw The Bees put in a clinical display before they built on that performance with a 3-0 win over FC Rodina Moscow with goals from Christian Tue Jensen, Julien Carré and Jaden Brissett doing the damage against the Russian outfit.

They will take on a Rangers side which is expected to be a mix of some reserve and Development Squad players, and the young Bees will be looking for an improved result after being beaten 4-0 away from home when the teams last met back in December last year.

Rangers’ Development Squad come into the game looking to get back to winning ways after a home defeat to Atletico Madrid followed up by a loss to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup where they were beaten 2-1 away from home. A narrow defeat to Partick Thistle followed on Tuesday 25 February before the side were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Aberdeen on Monday 2 March.

Discussing the match, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane says his team will be confident going into it off the back of some positive displays of late.

He explained: “Everybody is in a good place; we’ve got Rangers on Tuesday night and we’ll look to win that match and keep progressing towards the end of the season.

“We want to keep up the performance levels that we’ve had in Cyprus and if we can keep that level then results come, and although it’s not results based, winning football matches is a good habit.

“Hopefully we’ll get a big turnout that night and it will be a really good match. All the matches have been great (v Scottish sides) and we encountered a difficult match when we went to Rangers. If we can produce what we’ve been producing lately then we should be fine.”

With full back Mads Roerslev having recently been promoted the first team squad the match offers supporters the chance to watch more of the exciting young talent working under Neil MacFarlane and his staff this season.

Entry to the match is priced at £5 per person with under-5s gaining entry to the Imber Court Stadium for free. Refreshments will be available to supporters on the night.

Getting to the Imber Court Stadium

The full address for The Imber Court Stadium can be found below.

Imber Court Stadium (Met Police FC)
Ember Lane, Molesey, Esher, KT8 0BT

There is limited car parking but please be advised that this is on a first come, first served basis.

After following the A308 along Hampton Court Road take a right at the roundabout to join the A309. After a short time, you need to head over the bridge before turning right onto the B3379 which then leads you onto Ember Lane with a right-hand turning leading towards the stadium.

The nearest train station to The Imber Court Stadium is Thames Ditton which is around a 0.5-mile walk from ground. From Brentford the 18:09 train would get you to Thames Ditton for 19:10 with one change en-route at Clapham Junction. There are regular trains back to Brentford following the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Action: Brentford B 2 Rangers XI 0

Young Bees collect win over Scottish side

12 March 2020

Brentford B kept up their impressive run as they beat a Rangers XI 2-0 at The Imber Court Stadium in a friendly.

Goals from first teamers Halil Dervişoğlu and Tariqe Fosu earned them the win in a performance where they created a number of chances and also had Nathan Shepperd on hand to make some smart saves.

The young Bees named a strong side with three first teamers involved in Dervişoğlu as well as Fosu and Mads Roerslev, who recently signed his first contract for Thomas Frank's men, as they were given valuable minutes as the club prepare the final nine matches of the season.

Fredrik Hammar had the first attempt of the match after 15 minutes when the young Bees managed to sustain a period of attacking play before the ball was shifted to the Swede on the edge of the box before he thumped an effort goalwards, and in difficult conditions, Andy Firth parried well.

Brentford B made their dominance count on 23 minutes as they went ahead after a well worked move stemming from left back. Nick Tsaroulla chipped the ball into Gustav Mogensen before the defender darted down the left and received the ball back and the 20-year-old delivered an inch-perfect cross onto the head of Dervişoğlu whose effort beat Firth into the top left-hand corner.

Brandon Baker would have Rangers’ first real attempt when the away side managed to get in behind the Brentford B back line before he sent a stinging shot from the edge of the box towards goal which Shepperd pushed away.

But Dervişoğlu was in the mood and was causing more havoc in the Rangers box when Mads Roerslev kept a corner alive with his header back into the danger area before the striker muscled himself some space and sent a shot low towards goal which Firth managed to collect.

The away side would then spring into a counter-attack as a Brentford move broke down. With a three-v-two the ball was played left to Jordon Jones, and with just Shepperd to beat, the Welsh keeper pulled off a terrific save to push the ball round the post.

The keeper would then be called into action seconds later when the resulting corner was swung into the danger area with real venom before Filip Halander’s header from close range forced an excellent reaction save from Shepperd as he helped to ensure they would take a lead into the break.

Brentford B continued their good work in the second period and began to dominate more of the ball, and that possession paid off just before the hour mark. After good pressing the ball was only cleared to Fosu who played an excellent one-two with Read before he curled a thunderous effort into the top corner to make it 2-0.

James Maxwell would have a chance for the away side as they had a spell of possession themselves. After good play down the right the ball was slipped to the edge of the box for the defender to poke an effort just over.

On 76 minutes the young Bees had an excellent chance down the left when Tsaroulla was once again making a nuisance of himself as he worked himself some space before slotting the ball across goal for Christian Tue Jensen, but he couldn’t sort his feet in time as his slightly rushed effort edged just over.

Shepperd was at his best once again 10 minutes from time as he was determined to keep a clean sheet. When Dapo Mebude cut inside before curling a goal bound effort towards the top corner, a wonderful save from the 19-year-old saw him push the ball round the post as The Bees collected the win.

Brentford B: Shepperd; Roerslev, Sery Larsen, O’Connor, Tsaroulla; Oksanen, Read (Maghoma, 58) Hammar (Tue Jensen, 69); Fosu (Titov, 86) Mogensen (Brissett, 58), Dervisoglu (Adams, 80)
Subs: Andersson, Mitchell, Koutsimouka
Booked: Sery Larsen

Rangers XI: Firth, Flanagan, Maxwell (Devine, 76), Breen (Young-Coombes, 59) Helander (McClelland, 45), Thomson (Miller, 9), Hastie (McPake,59) Kennedy, Mebude, Barker, Jones (King, 59)
Subs: Devine, Hogarth
Booked: Kennedy

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