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Match Preview: Brentford B vs AFC Bournemouth U23

Jersey Road to play host to B Team's first home match of the season

17 August 2017

Brentford B are set to play their first home friendly of the season at Jersey Road tomorrow, looking to make it eight wins from eight games in the early stages of 2017/18.

The Opposition

Bournemouth's youth setup plays football in The Central League, a system created in 1911 for English league reserve teams.

Last year, their South East division included AFC Wimbledon, Peterborough United and Southend United. They also faced teams from Exeter City, Cheltenham Town and Bristol Rovers.

Some of the squad have made professional debuts for the Club, including goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. The 19-year-old started Bournemouth's 6-0 win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup last term.

The Boss

Former Cherries player and Wales international Carl Fletcher is the Head Coach of AFC Bournemouth's youth squad.

Fletcher, 37, was a midfielder throughout his career and made over 400 apperarances in league football. The majority of his time was split between Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Plymouth Argyle.

In 2012, Fletcher retired from the game to focus on coaching but made a brief reapparance as a player for Barnet in the 2013/14 season. He has been part of the staff on the south coast since January 2014.

Brentford B

Brentford B are seven from seven so far this season, a 4-3 win over Everton U23 their most recent result.

Theo Archibald, Marcus Forss, Zain Westbrooke and Herson Alves scored on a rainy day in the North West.

Ellery Balcombe has been the undisputed first choice keeper so far this season, with Ilias Chatzitheodoridis the only outfield player getting more minutes than captain Zain Westbrooke for Kevin O'Connor's side.

Nine of the squad have scored this season, 21 goals as a team in total up to this point. Forss is the team's top marksman on five, Ali Coote following closely on four while Westbrooke and Archibald have three.

Henrik Johansson is still out with a leg injury and will miss the fixture. Midfielder Reece Cole left the Club on loan recently and is currently with Newport County of League Two.
 
Match Coverage

A full match report will appear on brentfordfc.com after the game. Fans can also follow live updates on Twitter via @brentfordfc.

Upcoming fixtures

Brentford B face Chelsea U23 at Griffin Park on Tuesday 29 August, 7.30 kick-off and entry is free for supporters.


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