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Season Review: February brings goals galore

Part 14 of our look back at the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season

31 May 2017

With his squad in place after the January Transfer Window, The Bees became the great entertainers seeing 17 goals in their opening three games in February.

The month began as The Bees and promotion-chasing Brighton and Hove Albion played out one of the games of the season on a damp Sunday at Griffin Park. The Bees led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Jota and Harlee Dean. After the visitors had fought their way back to level thanks to two goals in three second half minutes, Konstantin Kerschbaumer looked as if he had won it for Brentford with a 94th minute goal. But there was still time for Brighton to fight back and Tomer Hemed nodded home in the dying seconds to earn his team a point.

The goals continued to flow up at Deepdale the following weekend as Preston North End ran out 4-2 winners over Dean’s side. Tom Field’s first league goal put The Bees ahead only for Aiden McGeady to score twice with Callum Robinson and Daryl Horgan adding the others as Preston took control. Maxime Colin scored late on to give the travelling fans a faint glimmer of hope but the hosts held on for the points.

After six and six in their previous two games, it was only slightly quieter when The Bees headed to The Madejski Stadium to take on Reading four days later. John Swift put Reading ahead in the first 20 minutes but Jota and Vibe turned it round to put The Bees ahead after the break. It looked as if Brentford would then go on to take the points but a throw in taken yards from the correct place allowed Danny Williams to level and a mistake from Daniel Bentley gave Roy Beerens the chance to win it.

February also saw The Bees put plans in place for the future as John Egan and Josh Clarke signed new long-term deals. After an impressive start to life at Griffin Park, Irish centre-back Egan signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with The Bees while a week later Josh Clarke put pen-to-paper on a new deal through to 2020.  

Brentford B battled to a narrow victory over Reading at The Royals' Hogwood Park training ground in their first match since winning the Kai Toor Cup in Denmark. Zain Westbrooke and Reece Cole put The Bees into a comfortable lead which they didn’t surrender despite Reading pulling one back before the break.

Brentford Women's Greater London Women's Football League Division One promotion hopes suffered a major setback as they were beaten 2-1 by Enfield Town Reserves. Nadia Peters scored a late consolation for The Bees but they fell further off the pace as their poor 2017 form continued.

Off-the-pitch, The Brentford FC Community Sports Trust celebrated its 30th anniversary by releasing Playing the Long Game which looked back at the incredible impact the trust had made in the local community since 1987.

All at Brentford Football Club were saddened to hear of the death of scriptwriter and Brentford supporter Alan Simpson, who played a key role in the fight against QPR’s attempted takeover in 1967, on Wednesday 8 February, aged 87.

At the London Borough of Hounslow Planning Committee meeting on 9 February, Councillors resolved to approve the London Irish planning application to allow rugby at the new Brentford Community Stadium, a decision welcomed by the club. 

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