Jon De Souza's side pick up win against The Tigers
Second-half goals from Chris Mepham and Danny Parish gave Brentford their first win in five matches as they overcame a late Hull City fightback to win 2-1 at Bishop Burton College this afternoon.
After losing striker Courtney Austin to suspected concussion just 30 minutes in, the Bees struggled to test goalkeeper Johnny Saltmer until the closing stages of the match.
But with 15 minutes to go, captain Chris Mepham headed home a Reece Cole cross, before Danny Parish slid a shot under Saltmer to put The Bees two up; Ben Hinchcliffe’s weak shot trickled over the line to set up a nervy finale but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
Jon De Souza made three changes to the starting eleven that lost to Coventry City last week, Cameron Greaves, Juan Pablo Gonzalez Velasco and Tony Guppy replacing Jordan Carey, Ian Carlo Poveda and Josh Bohui; the latter two were dropped to the bench.
The home side had edged out the Bees 3-2 in the FA Youth Cup last season and looked as though they would continue their winning run, dominating the early stages and going close when Josh Baker shot from Brandon Fleming’s cross went just wide.
Moments later, Brentford’s first real chance was snuffed out when Courtney Austin latched onto Mepham’s long ball but was clattered by Saltmer, leading to a lengthy stoppage.
The Bees were frustrating Hull with their passing game and went close after 15 minutes as Reece Cole made a surging run and dinked a cross that Austin glanced past the post.
Two more chances created by Luke Dunn and Austin were wasted when their teasing crosses went unchallenged, whilst Gonzalez Velasco drove a shot into the side netting from 15 yards.
Cole had the best opportunity to opening the scoring five minutes later but after being played in by Gonzalez Velasco, his effort bounced off the crossbar to safety.
Tigers’ top-scorer Luke Lofts was denied what looked like a certain penalty when he was hauled down by Mepham but referee Waqar Ahmad immediately waved away any appeals.
Both goalkeepers had been virtually untested until the final 20 minutes when Robbie McKenzie – who had signed a three-year professional contract this week – launched a stinging effort over before Ben Hinchcliffe beat the offside trap and forced Greaves into a smart tip over the bar.
The resulting counter-attack saw Dunn sting the palms of Saltmer and force a corner from which Mepham rose highest to head home.
At the other end, Hinchcliffe wormed his way into the box before being thwarted by a superb block from Terence Vancouten and from another Bees counter-attack, Hull fell further behind.
Cole was involved again and he found Parish in space; the makeshift striker fired a low shot under Saltmer to double the lead and take his tally for the season to three.
Brentford and Greaves were denied a first clean-sheet of the season when Hinchcliffe’s weak effort from Tyman’s cross hit the post and crossed the line, but despite conceding two corners deep into injury time, they held on for their first win since August.
Brentford: Cameron Greaves, George Harmes, Terence Vancouten, Chris Mepham, Sean Bird, Reece Cole, Tony Guppy, Luke Dunn, Juan Pablo Gonzalez Velasco (Ian Carlo Poveda 52), Danny Parish, Courtney Austin (Josh Bohui 34)
Hull City: Johnny Saltmer, Ellis Barkworth, Josh Tyman, Robbie McKenzie, Brad Buxbury, Lewis Ritson, Mitch Langton, Josh Baker (Marc Kelledy 70), Ben Hinchcliffe, Luke Lofts, Brandon Fleming
Subs (not used): Charlie Andrews, Josh Thacker, Ahmed Salam, Elliot Holmes