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09 December 2020 Venue Behind closed doors Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Charlton U23
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Brentford
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Match Preview: Charlton Athletic U23 v Brentford B

Young Bees set for test in south east London

8 December 2020

Brentford B travel to Charlton Athletic Under-23s in a 1pm kick-off on Wednesday afternoon in a behind closed doors fixture.

The young Bees, who will be looking to make it three consecutive wins following victories over Watford and Arsenal’s youth sides in recent weeks, will travel to south east London looking to continue their good run.

Charlton U23s play in the Professional Development League and are fourth in the table. The side are on the back of two consecutive wins themselves with a 3-0 win away from home at Swansea City. They followed that up by netting three times once again at home to Bristol City as they claimed a 3-1 win.

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The match with Bristol saw Charlton go ahead through Brendan Wiredu before Aaron Henry and Hady Ghandour followed up with finishes of their own. In charge of the Under-23 side is former Charlton player, Jason Euell, who had two spells at The Valley as a player. He began his career with Wimbledon before going on to also play for the likes of Middlesbrough, Southampton, Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers. Capped at international level for Jamaica, the coach has also been involved within the England youth setup over the past year.

With another tough encounter coming up for the young Bees, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane believes his side are in a good place. He explained: “We’ve got really good momentum at the moment. Performance levels have been really high, and results have been good as well which is really pleasing.

“In this particular period with the number of games both at B Team and First Team level, it’s important that all of the players are primed and ready to help us."

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Highlights: Charlton Athletic U23 0 Brentford B 3

Young Bees claim another win

13 December 2020

Brentford B picked up a 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic Under-23s with goals from Max Haygarth, Alex Gilbert and Joe Adams. The result makes it three wins from three for Neil MacFarlane’s side.

The side went ahead in the fourth minute through the on-loan Manchester United winger before they doubled their lead through Gilbert’s low finish. The industrious Adams then added a third of the afternoon late on.

Brentford B started sharply, and the first goal came in the fourth minute when the ball was switched to the right and Haygarth tricked into the box before curling a left-footed effort in off the far post to make it 1-0.

More good play would follow for the young Bees as just a few minutes later Valgeir Valgeirsson played a clever ball across goal but Gilbert was unable to stretch to get a clean contact as the opportunity went.

A couple of half chances fell for the home side with one attempt going just wide of Ellery Balcombe’s goal, and moments later one of the Trialists made a vital block following a powerful low effort from close range.

Another two opportunities would follow before the break as Haygarth’s powerful drive was well blocked before Valgeirsson saw his low effort edge just wide of goal.

The side kept up the standard after the break and created another opportunity when Adams was played through centrally, but credit to the keeper who was out quickly do deny the Brentford man. More chances came and went with headers for Adams and Crama at the far post, the Frenchman’s effort going closest as he forced a smart stop from the Charlton keeper.

Brentford B continued to grind down their opponent as well as offering little in terms of chances for Charlton with the likes of Ben Hockenhull marshalling the defence well.

The second goal would come when Gilbert received the ball on the edge of the box before he unleashed a low effort past the keeper to make it 2-0 and put the side in a commanding position.

Brentford B then had a shout for a penalty as Adams drew a challenge from the Athletic keeper, but despite the calls for the spot kick, the referee waved away the claims. The third would come when more good play in and around the box would see an effort fired at goal before Adams was on hand to turn it into the net and cap off another impressive win for the young Bees.

Brentford B: Balcombe, Valgeirsson, Gordon, O’Connor (Hockenhull, 45) Trialist, Adams (Hercules, 82) Hammar, Gilbert, Trialist (Brook, 65) Haygarth, Crama (Koutsimouka, 82)
Subs: Andersson

Charlton Under-23: Osaghae, Barker, Ness, Taylor, Aidoo, Henry, Mingi, Junior, Sarpong-Wideu, Ghandour, Trialist

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