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03 November 2020 Venue Behind Closed Doors Attendance

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Brentford
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Leicester City U23

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Match Preview: Brentford B v Leicester City

A look ahead to tomorrow's match for Brentford B

2 November 2020

Brentford B are back in action on Tuesday afternoon when they welcome Leicester City Under-23s to Jersey Road in a midday kick-off.

The young Bees recently beat Aldershot Town on Friday afternoon as they picked up a deserved 1-0 win following a battling performance with a solid defensive display against the National League outfit, and they’ll now come up against a different sort of opposition when The Foxes travel to West London.

Also known as Leicester’s Development Squad, the side got off to a good start in their 2020/21 campaign when they beat Hull City 2-1 away from home in the EFL Trophy back in early September. The following week then saw them get off to a great start in Premier League 2 when they beat Manchester United away from home with a 2-0 win- the goals coming from Ali Reghba and Mitchell Clark in the second half.

Following that positive start, the side would then taste defeat for the first time this season when they were beaten 3-0 at Everton before Blackburn Rovers ran out 4-0 winners over The Foxes one week later.

October would see the side take on Derby County where they would lose narrowly 2-1 before they returned to EFL Trophy action against Harrogate Town. The SkyBet League Two side would come out on top with a 3-1 win with goals from Jon Stead, Dan Jones and Brendan Kiernan doing the damage against City in Northern Group H.

Leicester’s last match saw them travel to a talented Manchester City youth side, and it was the home team who would take the win as they scored four without reply, leaving Leicester in ninth in Premier League 2.

Neil MacFarlane’s Brentford B have been in midst of some tough encounters against men’s sides in recent weeks. They’ve taken on National League side Aldershot Town twice, losing one and winning the other, whilst they’ve also come up against Hendon on a couple of occasions in the London Senior Cup with a fixture against Bromley featuring in between those matches.

Their most recent win over Aldershot on Friday afternoon will give the side confidence going into the match with Leicester, particularly following a strong defensive display as they kept a clean sheet.

Discussing the match with Leicester, the Brentford B Head Coach said: “We’ve got a run of really top games coming up, and against Leicester it will be a different test, but I think we are in a good place at the moment to kick on.”

There will not be a stream available for Tuesday afternoon’s fixture but there will be live match updates as well as a full report following full-time.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Highlights: Brentford B 4 Leicester City U23s 1

Young Bees impress with win over Foxes

5 November 2020

Brentford B came from behind to beat Leicester City’s Under-23s 4-1 in a behind closed doors friendly at Jersey Road.

Goals from the Brentford Trialist, as well as Aaron Pressley and two from substitute Valgeir Valgeirsson gave the young Bees the victory as they turned out an impressive display. Ellery Balcombe was also in excellent form, saving a first half penalty for Neil MacFarlane’s team.

It was Leicester who began the brighter in a half that they perhaps shaded in terms of the chances with Balcombe quickly off his line just after three minutes to deny Admiral Muskwe a chance at goal.

A few minutes later Callum Wright would have another attempt for The Foxes when he tried his luck from distance, but he couldn’t keep his effort on target after some good initial build-up play.

Brentford began to find their way into the match and forced their first real attempt on 24 minutes when the industrious Joe Adams pulled off a moment of real quality when he delivered an inch-perfect cross into Pressley. The forward man controlled well, but under pressure, he couldn’t keep his effort on target as it edged just wide of goal.

Thanawat Suengchitthawon then had his first sight of the Brentford goal when the ball fell to him at speed and he hit a fierce low effort which cannoned back off of Balcombe’s post. Just moments later The Foxes would have the chance to get on the scoresheet from the spot when it was adjudged that there was a foul in the box with the Trialist and Kane O'Connor involved. Muskwe would step up to take the spot kick and forced a smart stop from Balcombe down to his left as he kept the score at 0-0.

As the half edged nearer to the break Brentford had a great chance to level when the impressive Fin Stevens darted down the right before whipping an excellent cross to the far post to find his opposite full back in Lewis Gordon, but he was unable to keep his first time effort on target.

Suengchitthawon would have the final say of the half when he forced the away side ahead. After good work down the right from Vontae Daley-Campbell, who crossed low, the ball would find the City midfielder who finished with precision to give the side a lead at the break.

Brentford B raced out of the blocks in the second half and it took them just a minute to register a really good opportunity at goal when Gordon broke down the left to cross for an unmarked Adams. The Welshman managed to get a clean shot away from close range after controlling, but credit to the Leicester keeper who denied him superbly as Stevens miscued the rebound.

The Bees continued to gather momentum, though, and they would draw level through the Trialist when Stevens whipped in an excellent cross for the Brentford man to volley home from close range to make it 1-1.

It would be all Brentford B for the next 10 minutes with Pressley having another chance as he saw his effort well saved. But they kept on pushing and the lead arrived on 71 minutes when, again, Stevens crossed high into the box for Pressley to rise highest to nod the ball home to make it 2-1 to Neil MacFarlane’s men.

With two goals already to his name since joining at the beginning of October, Valgeirsson entered the field on 75 minutes and it took him just six minutes to register his first of the match. With the hard-working Pressley working the right channel he pulled away to send a low cross into the box which Valgeirsson just had to connect cleanly with, which he did, as he volleyed home to put the game out of sight.

The fourth would come just two minutes from time as Brentford B confirmed three wins from their last three games when the ball broke to Valgeirsson just inside the box who finished with composure to wrap up a brilliant result for the side.

Brentford B: Balcombe, Stevens (Valgeirsson, 75) Gordon, O’Connor, Trialist, Adams, Pressley (Hercules, 87), Gilbert (Haygarth, 70) Hockenhull, Crama
Subs not used: Andersson, J. Thompson, Koutsimouka, Trialist, Carre

Leicester City Under-23s: Bosworth, Daley-Campbell, Flynn, Hulme, Leathers, O’Connor, Shade, Suengchitthawon, Mskwe, Wright
Subs: McAteer, Doherty, Arlott-John, Ndukwu

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