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Season Review: Reading routed as Bees hit top six

Our series looking back at 2016/17 reaches October

22 May 2017

After taking seven points in a week earlier on in the month, The Bees went into the second-half of September in sixth place, looking to build on their promising start to the season.

It wasn’t to be initially as Sullay Kaikai struck his first goal in Brentford colours but it proved to be in vain as Wolverhampton Wanderers ran out 3-1 winners to end The Bees four game unbeaten run. João Teixeira scored twice early on in the second-half to put the hosts in control. Sullay halved the arrears late on and, were it not for some questionable refereeing decisions, The Bees might have found themselves level before Ivan Cavaleiro wrapped things up in the dying minutes.

Following on from that defeat at Molineux, The Bees roared back to winning ways four days later as Reading were swept aside at Griffin Park. Josh Clarke scored his first Brentford goal shortly before the break to put The Bees ahead. Lasse Vibe made it 2-0 before Maxime Colin also broke his Brentford duck on the hour. Yann Kermogant pulled one back from the spot but Scott Hogan netted his sixth goal of the month to wrap up the win four minutes from time and send The Bees into the top four.

Flemming Pedersen’s B Team were also in action twice before September came to an end. Philipp Hofmann and Alan McCormack were on target as a mixed B Team beat a Leyton Orient XI 2-0 in a behind closed doors friendly at The Matchroom Stadium. Brentford B then won the first West London derby of the season with a 3-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Jersey Road: first half goals from Manny Onariase, Herson Alves and Justin Shaibu putting the game beyond the reach of the visitors from W12. 

Brentford Women's FC followed up their 6-2 win over Victoire Ladies with a 1-1 draw at home to Hampton and Richmond Borough to stay well in touch at the top of the Greater London Women's Football League Divison One.

In club news, energy firm Utilita became the club's official energy partner for the rest of the 2016/17 season. 

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