Brentford B face an Exeter City Reserve Side at Jersey Road this afternoon (Tuesday 10 October, kick-off 2pm). Entry is free for spectators.
Brentford B 0 Queens Park Rangers U23 3
Brentford B 2 Legia Warsaw XI 1
Hertha Berlin XI 4 Brentford 3
Brentford B 1 Luton Town 4
Brentford 2 Rangers U23 5
Last Time Out
Brentford 2 Rangers U23 5
Brentford B lost 5-2 to a strong Rangers side at Jersey Road on 1 October. Theo Archibald and Bradley Clayton scored the goals for The Bees but their opponents proved too strong in the end.
Having conceded three in the first period, it took just five minutes for Kevin O'Connor's side to get back into the game. Bradley Clayton struck a volley into the net after Herson Alves had nodded the ball down to him inside the area.
Rangers then made the game safe with two goals at the other end by the same man. Hardie netted himself a hat-trick, the first goal coming from the left side and ending with him tucking the ball away beneath the onrushing Balcombe. His third was the hardest of the lot, hitting the target from a very narrow angle and somehow seeing the ball squirm its way into the net from the right by-line.
The remaining period of the game was full of changes and a few yellow cards were handed out on either side as the game went on. It was with one of the last kicks of the game that Archibald got himself on the scoresheet. The former Celtic youngster finding time in the box to knock the ball past Liam Kelly, that after great work from substitute Joe Hardy to win the ball back.
Balcombe; Talbro, Edobor (Titov 45), Sørensen, Chatzitheodoridis; Westbrooke (c), Clayton (Kirk 80), Coote (Assibey-Mensah 65); Archibald, Forss (Hardy 76), Alves (Novak 76)
Subs (not used): Thompson (GK)
From the Changing Room - Ellery Balcombe
“Chris (Mepham) being promoted has shown many of us that there is a clear pathway to the First Team. Also with other players such as Mads (Bech Sørensen) and Ilias (Chatzitheodoridis) getting chances, it shows the boys that if we impress in our games we get good opportunities with the First Team. I have been training with the First Team at times as well, it has been good for my development and a good experience. I am hopeful I can push for a spot.”
Led by Matt Taylor, a former centre-back who helped Exeter achieve back-to-back promotions from the Conference to League One, The Grecians are expected to bring a youthful side to West London this afternoon.
Short on First Team minutes due to competition from the likes of Jayden Stockley, Reuben Reid and Liam McAlinden, former Brentford loanee Robbie Simpson could be in line to add some experience
The 32-year-old striker scored on six occasions during his season-long spell at Griffin Park.