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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

07 April 2021 Venue Bisham Abbey Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

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Sheffield United U23
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Match Preview: Brentford B v Sheffield United Und23s

Young Bees in action this afternoon

7 April 2021

Brentford B are in action this afternoon as they take on Sheffield United Under-23s at Bisham Abbey in a 2pm kick-off.

The young Bees have been in excellent form of late having claimed their fifth consecutive win after their 3-2 victory over Arsenal Under-23s on Easter Sunday.

They will be looking to extend that run when they take on a United youth side who have been in good form themselves of late. Last time out they won the Steel City derby by beating Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 at Middlewood Road.

They've been in fine scoring form of late as the win over Wednesday followed up a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers Under-23s and a 5-0 victory over Birmingham City Under-23s.

United’s Under-23s compete in the Professional Development League, and they currently sit top of the Northern division. The side have won 13, drawn four and lost three matches so far this season having picked up 43 points. They are top by three points ahead of Nottingham Forest and United also have a game in hand.

The young Bees will have top scorer Aaron Pressley available on Wednesday afternoon as he'll be looking to add to his goal tally of 16 so far this season. Ethan Robb could continue in the heart of defence and the young Bees could welcome back Valgeir Valgeirsson who has been kept out recently through a short term injury.

On his side’s recent run, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane said: “The team is growing and evolving all the time. I couldn’t be happier with them; we’ve done relentless work on the training ground and no matter what system or personnel in the team, we can handle it as a group.

“We want to keep improving and I have no doubts that we’ll always have that spirit and work ethic in the group.”

We're unable to stream the fixture from Bisham Abbey but we'll have live updates across social media as well as a report and post-match reaction.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Highlights: Brentford B 2 Sheffield United Under-23s 2

Young Bees held at Bisham Abbey

9 April 2021

Brentford B drew 2-2 with Sheffield United Under-23s at Bisham Abbey on Wednesday afternoon.

Aaron Pressley and Ryan Trevitt had given the side a 2-0 advantage going into the break but the opposition battled back to earn a draw with two second half strikes.

As was the case on Easter Sunday in the 3-2 win over Arsenal, Brentford B put in an electric display in the first 45 minutes with a host of chances created.

It took the side six minutes to create their first real opportunity as one of the Trialists picked up the ball just inside the box before his powerful effort was well stopped. The same Trialist, just a moment later, would then cut into the box from the left before once again being denied by the United shot stopper.

Good interplay between the midfield and the front three was the constant theme as Mads Bidstrup marshalled things whilst the lively Trevitt looked to give and go with the likes of Pressley and Lachlan Brook. Both Pressley and Trevitt would have early sighters, the former dragging an effort wide before the midfielder had his left footed effort well blocked by United.

On 20 minutes Neil MacFarlane’s side took the lead as Pressley earned his 17th goal of the season, with help from a fortunate deflection. After some good play out on the left, Pressley worked himself some space before shooting towards goal, and the ball flicked off the leg of the defender before it looped over the keeper and into the net.

Brook then smashed an effort off the post as he continued his excellent form with lively wing play from the right-hand side.

That preceded the second goal from Trevitt just after the half hour mark as he was found out on the left before tricking his way into the box and hitting a powerful effort inside the near post as the side doubled their advantage.

An exciting first 45 minutes should have seen another goal when Bidstrup sent an excellent low cross towards the near post, and despite Pressley losing his man and connecting well, his effort came back off the woodwork.

The final action of the first period saw the Yorkshire side come close to pulling a goal back when the lively Iliman Ndiaye curled an effort from distance against the crossbar from the edge of the Brentford box.

Credit to the opposition, who came out with an intent to chase and hurry the Brentforf back line after the break. After having a sighter just before half-time, Ndiaye made no mistake on 51 minutes as he curled another effort towards goal, this time beating Jared Thompson and ending in the top corner.

It was almost 3-1 just five minutes later as Brentford had another good chance and Brook cut in from the right before curling an effort towards the top corner, and credit to the United keeper, who pushed the ball onto the bar to keep out the Australian.

Daniel Jebbinson then tried his luck for United but Thompson was equal to the attempt, and The Bees then had another chance just before the hour as a Brentford corner wasn’t cleared initially and Gustav Mogensen headed towards the far post, but for a clearance off the line from Sheffield.

Both sides continued to make changes following the hour mark and that preceded a United equaliser as Zak Brunt found the net. After not dealing with an initial long ball forward, Sheffield got things going quickly from a throw-in before the Sheffield man wasn’t closed down as he bended the ball into the corner from the edge of the box to make it 2-2.

As they tried to replicate the Arsenal result from Sunday, The Bees looked for a winner going into the final 10 minutes. A really good opening came when Pressley, who was always willing to work the channels, created some space on the right before sending in an excellent cross which just evaded the onrushing Mogensen as the game finished level.

Brentford B: Thompson, Gordon, Trialist, Robb (Trialist, 66) Bidstrup (Carre, 60) Trevitt (Trialist, 74) (Hercules, 60) Pressley, Mogensen (Trialist, 81) Brook (Trialist, 76) Trialist (Valgeirsson, 66) Trialist

Subs not used: Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist

Sheffield United Under-23s: Dewhurst, Williams, Harper, Gordon, Graham, Gomis, Brunt, Neai, Gaxha, Ndiaye, Brooks

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