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23 October 2019 Venue Griffin Park Attendance

Kick off 19:30 (UK)

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Reading Under-23
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Match Previews

Match Preview: Brentford B v Reading under-23s

A look ahead to Wednesday evening's match at Griffin Park.

23 October 2019

Brentford B will be in Griffin Park action this evening when they welcome Reading Under-23s in a 7:30pm kick off.

The match gives Neil MacFarlane’s side the opportunity to turn out in a stadium environment, continue their development, as well as allow Bees’ fans to take a look at how the team are developing.

The match is free of charge for supporters to come and watch with Braemar Road access available for spectators.

Having found the net eight times in their previous match with FFDTV Academy, Brentford B will go into the game confident, especially after some positive performances prior to the international break against Aberdeen and Hibernian’s Reserve sides.

Ahead of the match, Brentford B coach Sam Saunders said: “It’s a good game, a stadium game is always good under the lights at Griffin Park and there’s not too many of them left unfortunately.

“It will be good to get back there and hopefully we can get a few through the doors. They’re good games, it’s not like an academy game where we’ll let teams have the ball and then we have the ball, we like to get at teams and play entertaining football on the front foot. If they (the supporters) come down on Wednesday night, then I’m sure they will have something to smile about.”

Brentford B’s last match at Griffin Park saw them fall to a narrow defeat against Luton Town with Callum McManaman’s penalty the only difference between the two sides.

August 2019 also saw the young Bees hold West Ham United’s Under-23s to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining affair with Jaden Brissett and Jan Žambůrek netting for the home side.

The last time Brentford B took on Reading Under-23s was back in November 2018 at Jersey Road in which The Bees ran out 6-0 winners, and a couple of months before that it was Reading who came out on top in a 3-2 win.

Late September saw the young Bees secure a 6-0 win over Beckenham Town before they played out two matches in Scotland as they beat Aberdeen Reserves 3-1, and they then came out on the wrong side of an entertaining match with Hibernian Reserves in what was a 3-2 defeat. That was followed up by the stunning win over FFDTV Academy which has helped put them in good shape going into the match with the Royals.

Led by Scott Marshall, Reading Under-23s play in English Premier League 2 Division Two where they come up against sides of a similar age right across the country on a weekly basis.

They’ve had a somewhat mixed start to their 2019/20 season which began when they ran out 6-0 winners over Newcastle United on home turf. That was followed up by a couple of defeats to Manchester United and West Ham United before they secured a 5-0 win over Swansea City in September. Recent results have seen them lose out narrowly against Fulham as they were beaten 5-4 before they fell to a 4-0 defeat at home to Stoke City. Their last match saw them make the long trip to Middlesbrough, but they fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Action: Brentford B 3 Reading Under-23s 1

Brentford B claim win at Griffin Park

26 October 2019

Brentford B ran out 3-1 winners over Reading Under-23s in a friendly at Griffin Park.

Two Jaden Brissett goals and an own goal ensured that Neil MacFarlane's side would claim the win with Adam Liddle netting for the away side.

A competitive opening 20 minutes saw little by the way of clear-cut chances at Griffin Park with neither side able to gain a real foothold in the match.

The Bees’ first attempt of the evening came in the 13th minute when Jan Zamburek was found centrally before he turned well to drive at goal but was unable to keep his powerful effort on target as it went over Coniah Boyce-Clarke’s goal.

As for the away side, their first chance came when they almost capitalised on a weak Mads Bech Sorensen back pass as Conor Lawless managed to latch onto it, but for Patrik Gunnarsson, who rushed out of his goal to claim the ball at the forward’s feet.

Another good chance then fell for Neil MacFarlane’s side when Zamburek threaded an excellent ball in behind to meet the path of the onrushing Roerslev, and his cross took a deflection which took the ball just wide of goal as the away side cleared.

Another good chance then fell for The Bees when Zamburek was found in behind before he drove forward and played in Dru Yearwood, but his effort was well saved and put behind for a corner.

That spell of Brentford pressure then saw them gain the advantage as Brissett was found out on the right before good strength saw him hold off the defender before cutting inside and shooting powerfully into the net as the Bees took a lead into the break.

It would be Reading who looked the more likely after the break as they threatened on the counterattack, and they got their reward when the ball was played over the top into the path of Liddle, who lifted the ball over Gunnarsson.  The keeper did manage to push the ball away, but it was adjudged by the officials to have crossed the line therefore the goal stood.

Both sides continued to trade blows with Zamburek and Yearwood both having attempts go just wide of goal as The Bees looked for a winner whilst Reading continued to threaten on the break.

But that all-important goal for the home side came on 83 minutes when some good pressing from the front line saw them win the ball high and Matej Majka laid the ball across goal for Brissett to claim his second.

It turned out to be a quickfire double as the game was taken away from the visitors when Gustav Mogensen did well down the right before crossing low and Osho could only turn into his own goal as the score became 3-1 and Brentford B claimed the win.

Brentford B: Gunnarsson, Roerslev, Thompson, Yearwood, Larsen (O’Connor, 70), Oksanen (Carre, 88), Zamburek, Brissett (Adams,88), Tue Jensen (Majka, 66), Mogensen, Bech Sorensen

Subs not used: Shepperd, Koutsimouka, Mitchell, Titov

Reading Under-23: Boyce-Clarke, Howe, Osho, Pendlebury, Medford-Smith, Beeden, Gunter, Caetano, Nevers, Lawless, Barrett

Subs: Roberts, Dorsett, Bristow, Nolan, Tetek, Osario, Azeez, Liddle

Attendance: 227

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