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23 July 2021 Venue Premier Plus Stadium Attendance

Kick off 18:30 (UK)

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Cambridge United v Brentford XI

Brentford XI head to St Neots on Friday

22 July 2021

A Brentford XI will take on Cambridge United on Friday in a 6:30pm kick-off at The Premier Plus Stadium.

The match, which will consist mainly of Brentford B Team players, will see some of the young Bees get their first minutes in pre-season. They will take on a Cambridge side who are in preparation for their Sky Bet League One campaign having sealed promotion from English football’s fourth tier last season.

From a Brentford perspective, the match will be taken by the B Team coaching staff as Neil MacFarlane could hand first Brentford appearances to the likes of Daniel Oyegoke, Nathan Young-Coombes and Dom Jefferies.

Cambridge were last in action on Saturday as they faced Cardiff City in two 60-minute friendlies as the sides looked to give their squads valuable minutes. United won the first contest 2-0 whilst the second match ended 1-1 in South Wales.

You can still purchase tickets for Friday's match at St Neots by clicking here.

Tickets are priced at:
Adults: £8.00
Concessions: £6.00
Child (5-17): £2.00
Under-5s: Free

For those unable to travel to the game, we intend to provide a live stream of this fixture on the Brentford FC YouTube channel. The stream will go live shortly before kick-off.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Highlights: Cambridge United 1 Brentford B 3

Young Bees gain excellent pre-season win

25 July 2021

Brentford B pulled off an impressive 3-1 victory over League One side Cambridge United.

The young Bees, who were in action for the first time in pre-season, travelled to St Neots looking to build fitness and implement their work on the training pitch. In their way stood an experienced Cambridge side with the likes of Wes Hoolahan featuring in what was a strong United outfit.

The Brentford goals came from Ryan Trevitt, Joe Adams and Nathan Young-Coombes in what was an impressive and clinical display.

The Bees started bright but their opponents put them under considerable aerial pressure which lasted for much of the 90 minutes. After being forced back for a short spell they managed to get further up the pitch and begin to dictate things in the final third. The impressive Paris Maghoma, fully fit after a long term injury, was instrumental in the midfield for much of his hour of game time. The opening goal came just after the 20-minute mark when good play in midfield saw the ball find its way through to the lively Trevitt who tucked home with calmness. Despite the Cambridge protestations for offside, the goal stood.

Hoolahan looked to pull the strings as United tried to get back into the game. The experienced midfielder turned provider just a few minutes after they had fallen behind and his cross found Harvey Knibbs who headed home with past Ben Winterbottom.

The Bees didn’t let that goal set them back though as they pushed to go back in front and they were given a golden chance when Daniel Oyegoke’s shot was blocked by the hand of Joe Ironside. Adams then stepped up to coolly convert from the spot to make it 2-1.

The third goal came eight minutes before the break for Brentford, and it came in fantastic fashion. Neat interplay between the front line saw the ball squared into the path of Young-Coombes who slotted away with expert precision. The youngster, who joined the Club in the summer, got his first taste of game time since December 2020 and the smile on his face as he punched the air in celebration showed his delight.

Changes followed at the break for both sides with the likes of Dom Jefferies, Alex Gilbert and Nathan Shepperd all introduced. The game didn’t quite have the rhythm in the second period as United saw lots of the ball without really hurting The Bees.

Gilbert was instrumental in holding onto the ball for the side as he looked to spring attacks for the on rushing attackers. With the likes of Wraynel Hercules introduced on the right-hand side, he continued to carry a threat.

Shepperd was called into action later in the game as he stopped a Harrison Dunk powerful drive, as Brentford held on to a very positive start to their 2021/22 campaign.

Brentford XI: Winterbottom (Shepperd, 45), Oyegoke (Crama, 71) Trialist (Gilbert, 45), Trialist (Trialist, 71), Trialist (Trialist, 71) Trialist (Trevitt, 71), Maghoma (Trialist, 60), Trevitt (Jefferies, 45), Brook (Trialist, 60), Young-Coombes (Hercules, 60), Adams (Trialist, 73)

Cambridge United: Mitov, Williams, Jones, Taylor, Iredale, Knibbs, Hoolahan, Brophy, O'Neil, May, Ironside
Subs: Chadwick, Bennett, Dunk, Tracey, Dallas, Smith, Worman, Digby, Weir, Jobe

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