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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

04 August 2021 Venue Roots Hall Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Southend United
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Match Preview: Southend United v Brentford XI

Bees to travel to Essex for pre-season encounter

3 August 2021

A Brentford XI will head to Southend United on Wednesday evening in a 7pm kick-off at Roots Hall.

The match against the National League side will be taken by the B Team coaching staff and is likely to see the majority of the line-up made up of B Team players.

The young Bees will be aiming to bounce back from defeat at Dulwich Hamlet last weekend as many of the players are set to get more game time under their belts during pre-season. They had a great start to the campaign where they beat League One side Cambridge United 3-1 and they’ll be looking to replicate a similar performance when they come up against Phil Brown’s men.

As for Southend, they are preparing for their first season outside of the Football League since 1920 having suffered relegation from League Two back in May. United have been in pre-season action against the likes of Dartford, Harlow Town and a West Ham United XI.

They get their National League campaign under way on Saturday 21 August when they head to Kings Lynn Town before welcoming Stockport County to Roots Hall one week later.

Neil MacFarlane’s thoughts

Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane is looking forward to the test from United as the side aim to bounce back.

Ticket news

Tickets are available on the phone or from the Southend Ticket Office only.

Southend Ticket Office Contact Number: 08444 770077

Tickets will also be on sale on the day of the game up until kick-off from the Main Ticket Office off Victoria Avenue.

Away supporters will be situated in the North Bank at Roots Hall.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £10
Seniors (60+): £5
Emergency Services (with proof): £5
Young Person (17-22): £5
Junior (9-16): £5
Child (8 and under with a full paying adult): £3

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Highlights: Southend United 2 Brentford B 3

Young Bees earn win over National League side

6 August 2021

Brentford B came from behind to beat National League outfit Southend United 3-2 at Roots Hall.

Two goals from Joe Adams and one from Lachlan Brook earned the side the win in a display full of character.

A mild summer’s evening by the coast played host to a Brentford comeback in a performance which required grit and determination from Neil MacFarlane’s young side as they bounced back following last Saturday’s defeat at Dulwich Hamlet.

Their third pre-season game saw the Brentford B Head Coach field a strong XI with the notable names in Matt Cox, who made his debut, and Lewis Gordon returned to the fold following his recent exploits with the First Team.

It was a game which United started the brighter as they threatened early through Rhys Murphy as he tried an acrobatic effort inside one minute which edged wide of goal.

Within five minutes United had the lead and it came in frustrating circumstances for The Bees as a corner quickly followed bodies flooding back as the home side broke away and Jack Bridge went through on goal to finish, despite the best efforts of the sliding Daniel Oyegoke.

Alex Gilbert then threatened when he attempted to catch out Steve Arnold in the United goal, and his floated shot beat the keeper, but it could only find the top of the crossbar from distance.

Sam Dalby added a second for Southend just before the 20-minute mark when a strike from Rhys Murphy was parried by Cox, leaving the United man to fire home from close range to make it 2-0.

Shortly after, Brentford B managed to pull a goal back and it came when Nathan Young-Coombes was fouled in the penalty area as Arnold rushed from his goal to bring down the Brentford forward. That left Adams the opportunity to score his third successive penalty in as many games as he stepped up to confidently convert to the keeper’s left.

An improved period then saw Brentford level before the break. A flurry of chances fell after good work from Gilbert who won possession high, and when his shot was blocked, Young-Coombes fired against the post before the ball eventually scrambled out kindly for Adams to finish as he claimed his second of the game.

It took around 10 minutes after half-time for Brentford B to put themselves in front for the first time in the match, and the goal came in style. The lively Paris Maghoma fed Adams, who drove inside off the left before the ball fell into the path of Brook who stroked home with his left foot.

Credit to the young Bees having got themselves in front, they reduced Southend to fewer chances as the game ticked by. A chance for Louis Walsh fell not long before the end but he could only find the side netting and Ben Winterbottom’s handling kept the pressure off the side as they held onto an excellent win.

Southend United: Arnold, Demetriou, Bridge, White, Hobson, Ralph, Dunne, Ogogo, Dalby, Murphy, Phillips
Subs: Seaden, Sayers, Davis, Walsh, Egbri, Holmes, Clifford

Brentford XI: Cox (Winterbottom, 60), Oyegoke, Russell (Hockenhull, 60), Crama, Gordon, Oksanen (Jefferies, 60), Maghoma, Gilbert (Trialist, 72) Brook (Mogensen, 60), Young-Coombes (Trialist, 60), Adams (Hercules, 70)
Subs: Trevitt

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