Brentford kick off pre-season with win
Brentford kicked off their 2014/15 pre-season friendly schedule with a 3-1 win against Boreham Wood that was more comfortable than the score line suggests.
The Bees, who used 21 players on their first outing of the campaign, always had too much for their Skrill South hosts.
While there was not complete fluency in Brentford’s play they showed quality going forward.
Kevin O’Connor put The Bees in front from the penalty spot and a Josh Hill own goal restored Brentford’s lead after Luke Garrard had equalised.
Jake Bidwell sealed the win in a second half that saw Brentford dominate without creating as many chances as they did in the first period, until superior squad strength and fitness showed in the later stages.
The home side attacked well in the opening 45 minutes but never really looked like scoring after half time as Brentford eased to victory.
There were few early chances before Brentford went ahead.
Graeme Montgomery drilled wide from a cut back corner for the hosts and Jonathan Douglas missed the target for The Bees while Andre Gray headed over.
The opening goal came when Moses Odubajo got away on the right, he rode one challenge but then went down after coming in to contact with Hill.
O’Connor smashed the spot kick down the middle to give The Bees the lead.
Boreham Wood responded well to the goal, Greg Morgan missed the target when a corner dropped loose and when Ben Nunn’s cross from the right hit the arm of Alan McCormack, another penalty was awarded.
Garrard stroked this one home to level it up.
But Brentford responded immediately, Gray got away from Hill when controlling a long ball and although James Russell saved his shot the ball cannoned off centre half Hill and rolled in.
Mathew Wichelow missed a couple of chances for the home side and a Montgomery header was blocked by McCormack while Odubajo turned a Gray cross wide under pressure at the other end.
Douglas should have made it 3-1 before half time when Odubajo crossed from the right but the central midfield player nodded wide from close range.
Brentford made eight changes at half time and with the home side also switching things around early in the second half the game failed to ignite after the break.
Jack Bonham tipped a Garrard effort over and Russell saved from Toumani Diagouraga at the other end.
The third goal came inside the final 20 minutes.
After nice interplay in the inside right channel, Josh Clarke got away on the wing, his low cross was met by Bidwell at the far post and he smashed home.
Charlie Adams hit the crossbar, Russell denied Bidwell and Nico Yennaris shot wide as Brentford looked for a third.
Although it did not come, Brentford still had plenty to take from the game.
Brentford (First Half): Lee; McCormack, Dean, Tarkowski, O'Connor; Tébar, Douglas, Adams; Odubajo, Gray, Dallas
Brentford (Second Half) Bonham; Yennaris, Calvet, Craig, Bidwell; Diagouraga, Tébar (sub Adams 58 mins) Reeves; Odubajo (sub Clarke 58 mins), Dallas (sub Moore 58 mins), Judge
Boreham Wood: Russell; Nunn, Reynolds (sub Mawer h/t), Hill, Morgan (sub Day 67 mins); Wichelow (sub Noto 67 mins), Thomas (sub Cox 53 mins), Garrard (sub Hope 59 mins), Montgomery; Shakes (sub Donnelly 53 mins), Angol (sub Sterling Parker 73 mins)
Subs (not used): Courtnage
By Chris Wickham
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