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Match Preview: Eastleigh v Brentford B

Young Bees in action this afternoon

20 November 2020

Brentford B are in action this afternoon when they travel to Eastleigh in a 2pm kick-off at the Silverlake Stadium in a behind closed doors fixture.

The young Bees will once again take on a side from the National League, having already come up against the likes of Bromley, Aldershot Town and Maidenhead United as Neil MacFarlane’s side look to test themselves against senior outfits.

They will come up against a Spitfires side who are without a game this weekend, and the match offers the chance for Ben Strevens and his side to gain minutes against the young Bees.

Eastleigh are currently on a positive run in their league campaign as they sit fifth in the table with the Club aiming to push towards the top end of the table to secure themselves a spot in the Football League next season. After a 2-1 win at Bromley, they were knocked out of The Emirates FA Cup by Sky Bet League One side MK Dons on penalties. However, they continued to climb up the league with their latest win- a 2-0 victory over Wealdstone. Cav Miley and Sam Smart got the all-important goals for Eastleigh with two second half strikes.

The side are now five points off Torquay United who are in top spot, with the Devon side having played one game more than The Spitfires, whilst the likes of Sutton United and Maidenhead who sit above Eastleigh have both played two games more than the Hampshire side.

Eastleigh manager Ben Strevens spent his early playing days with the likes of Barnet, Crawley Town and Dagenham & Redbridge. In 2009 he joined The Bees, alongside B Team Assistant Coach, Sam Saunders. Following his time with Brentford he joined Wycombe Wanderers and then Gillingham. He arrived at Eastleigh as a player in 2013 and went on to become assistant manager before taking the top job in 2018.

Brentford B go into the game following a narrow 2-1 defeat to Chelsea U23 last week. The trip to Cobham saw Alex Gilbert put the young Bees ahead after just four minutes before The Blues struck back with two second half goals, and the side will be looking to ensure that the match with Eastleigh will see a positive performance replicated by the score line.

Prior to that the side had drawn 1-1 when they travelled to York Road to take on Maidenhead United which saw the side put in another battling display.

The match will be live streamed by our hosts on their YouTube channel. We will ensure supporters have access to the stream in the build-up to kick-off and we will also be providing live updates and a match report following the fixture.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Highlights: Eastleigh 3 Brentford B 0

Young Bees beaten on the road

23 November 2020

Brentford B fell to a 3-0 defeat away from home at Eastleigh on Friday afternoon.

The young Bees were undone by two first half strikes before Tom Blair added a third midway through the second period in Hampshire.

There were a number of absentees from the usual Brentford B side with the likes of Ben Hockenuhull, Lachlan Brook, Aaron Pressley and Fin Stevens all missing for Neil MacFarlane’s team at The Silverlake Stadium.

Eastleigh started the game on the front foot and rarely let up with the likes of Blair and Dan Smith putting the side under considerable pressure up top for The Spitfires. Blair would have two attempts well kept out by Ellery Balcombe within the first 20 minutes as the young Bees struggled to cope with their opponent’s threat.

Some promising wing play from the likes of Max Haygarth and Joe Adams seemed to be the only real threat for The Bees, but despite some neat passing, clear-cut opportunities were scarce.

Balcombe would be called into action once again when Ryan Hill was prevented from scoring with a smart save, but the goal would come just three minutes later when Dan Bradshaw tapped home from close range following Smith’s low cross as The Bees gave away possession in their own half.

Smith would get himself on the scoresheet just a couple of minutes later when Eastleigh pounced on another loose pass to punish Brentford B who struggled to get to grips with the first 30 minutes.

A couple of half chances would fall for the young Bees before the break when the Trialist up front received the ball in the area before turning well and shooting wide of goal as the rain began to pour in Hampshire. Valgeir Valgeirsson, back from international duty with Iceland’s under-21s, would then try his luck when a cross from Adams found its way to the far post, but his powerful effort was well saved as they went in at the break 2-0 down.

A number of half-time substitutes for The Bees would see them come out after the break looking to get back into the game. Simon Andersson, who replaced Balcombe would be called into action, though, after eight minutes when a low cross came off the boot of Aubrel Koutsimouka before the Swede dived to prevent an own goal.

The Bees would see more of the ball as the half wore on, but once again, those chances didn’t arrive, despite the efforts of the tricky Haygarth in the Eastleigh box, he was crowded out on 54 minutes before he could get a clean strike away.

After the hour mark more subs entered the field with a number of Trialists getting game time against the National League outfit, and Eastleigh managed a third 11 minutes from time when the ball found its way to Blair just inside the box and he swept home past Andersson to make it 3-0.

A late chance would fall to substitute Wraynel Hercules when he looked to counter but he couldn’t keep his effort on target with his low shot dragging just wide of the Eastleigh goal as the side were unable to hit back.

Eastleigh: Flitney, Partington, Baughan, Bradshaw, Bird, Scorey, Blair, Bearwish, Smith, Hill, Trialist
Subs: Philpott, Bragg, Kamdem-Fotso, Gray, Willcox, Feltham, Tornainen

Brentford B: Balcombe (Andersson, 45) Adams, Gordon, Koutsimouka (Trialist, 68) O'Connor, Trialist (Carre, 45), Valgeirsson (Trialist, 63) Hammar (Trialist, 45) Haygarth, Trialist (Hercules, 45) Crama (Trialist, 77)

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