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.