Jonny Mitchell's first-half header proved to be in vain as a strong Wycombe Wanderers XI ran out 2-1 winners at Jersey Road this afternoon. See the best bits below and the full report underneath.
Given the gulf in experience between the two sides, Wycombe’s starting XI boasted 900 professional appearances between them, Brentford B more than held their own for large parts of the game and would have earned a draw were it not for two superb late Cameron Yates’ saves.
The opening 15 minutes saw chances at both ends with Rolando Aarons, who joined The Chairboys on loan yesterday from Newcastle, keen to impress the on-looking Gareth Ainsworth. Aarons brought a fine low save out of Nathan Shepperd while Brentford’s trialist striker shot wide on two occasions in the opening 12 minutes when well placed.
Aarons next contribution was more telling as he beat Shepperd to a loose ball in the box, the referee pointed straight to the spot as the two collided; Josh Parker casually dispatching the ball into the bottom corner from 12 yards. Neil MacFarlane’s side responded strongly and were level less than 90 seconds later; Jonny Mitchell glancing home Christian Tue Jensen’s in-swinging corner.
Chances were more at a premium after that as Brentford began to take control of possession without being able to open up a resolute Wycombe backline. Matej Majka had an effort deflected narrowly wide after nice work on the edge of the box while Arthur Read created space for himself on the edge of the box before shooting over.
Wycombe started the second-half brighter and Alex Samuel will still be wondering how he didn’t get on scoresheet early on. The striker had a goal disallowed, struck the base of the post, and was denied by Shepperd at close quarters all in the space of nine minutes after the restart.
At the other end, Japhet Sery Larsen didn’t get enough of a connection on his header to trouble Yates while Brentford’s trialist striker had all the sting taken out of his close-range effort by a flying block.
The second-half was punctuated by a string of niggly fouls from the visitors which stopped The Bees getting into their rhythm before the deciding goal arrived 17 minutes from time. When it came it was so simply effective as Parker held off a couple of challenges and delivered a perfect pass into the path of Scott Kashket to roll home.
Late on Brentford created two openings to equalise but found Yates in no mood to be beaten. First the Wycombe stopper flew full stretch to turn Jensen’s long-range effort over the bar, before making an even better stop in injury-time as Read danced past a couple of challenges on the right-side of the box and went for the far corner.
Brentford B: Shepperd; Trialist, Mitchell, Sery Larsen (O'Connor 60), Field; Carre, Read, Tue Jensen; Majka, Trialist, Trialist (Trialist 75)
Wycombe Wanderers: Yates; Jombati, Phillips, Trialist, Mascoll; Aarons (Ofoborh HT), Pattison (Freeman 60), Gardiner-Smith, Thompson (Trialist HT); Samuel (Kashket 60), Parker