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Match Report: Brentford B 2 Maidenhead United 4

New faces get minutes in first B Team game of 18/19 pre-season

5 July 2018

Brentford B lost 4-2 to Maidenhead United in their first pre-season friendly of the 2018/19 campaign. Kolbeinn Finnsson was on the scoresheet as well as a Trialist for The Bees but it wasn't enough to get something from the game.

Goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe started in goal with the captain's armband, in front of a back four that included Jarvis Edobor and Lukas Talbro - the B Team's leading appearance makers. Nikolaj Kirk started as the holding midfielder and Joe Hardy played through the middle with trialists either side of him.

Herson Rodrigues Alves was a feature of Maidenhead's lineup from the off, having left The Bees for Berkshire in May 2018. He started on the left wing of a team that included the majority of The Magpies' First Team as well as a number of their own trialists. 

Alves himself created the first chance of the game, turning in the box to drill a low shot at Balcombe. The England youth international turned it away for an early corner kick. 

Hardy had a chance to break the deadlock for Brentford a few minutes later, sliding a free-kick under the wall only for goalkeeper Carl Pentney to turn his effort wide.

With 9 minutes on the clock, the away side took the lead. Josh Kelly found space on the left side of the box, then cut in on his right foot and fired home into the top corner.

Finnsson got an instant chance to reply with Brentford's next attack, curling a shot just over the crossbar after being set back to on the edge of the penalty area.

With nearly half an hour gone, The Magpies had a two-goal lead. A ball in from the right saw Balcombe in a race with Nana Owusu to get to the cross first. They met in the middle and, unfortunately for the goalkeeper, the rebound fell kindly for Owusu to sweep home into the net.

A few minutes later we saw Ilias Chatzitheodoridis have a wild effort at goal go sailing over the bar, the left-back cutting in from the right to take aim from long range.

Just before the break, The Bees had a goal back. A drilled cross from the left side of the pitch saw one of Brentford's trialists (Trialist B, below) poke home a goal from close range.

There was still time for Hardy to go close as Talbro's cross found him in space inside the opposition box. He hit the ball first time on the volley but it bounced wide of the target.

At half-time, Kevin O'Connor introduced Jonny Mitchell to the game for his first minutes in a Brentford shirt. David Titov and Ali Coote also joined the fray before the start of the second period. 

Within five minutes of the restart, Brentford had levelled things. A low cross from Hardy on the right wing made its way through a crowd of defenders and Finnsson swept the ball home at the far post.

An hour in, Balcombe needed sharp reactions to stop a low shot that appeared through a crowd of players and he did well to hold on to it.

A few moments later, down the other end, Titov was played through after a one-two on the right wing. He got a shot away but it was blocked by a Maidenhead defender.

United took the lead again after 80 minutes and it was a bizarre goal to concede. Talbro played the ball back to his goalkeeper under pressure, Balcombe went to clear it long but the ball rebouded back off James Akintunde and found the net.

Three minutes from the end, the lead was doubled. This time Adrian Clifton worked the ball down the right side of the box and squared for Sean McCormack to slot home amongst a crowd of defenders. 

The full time whistle followed shortly after, Brentford B defeated in their opening game of pre-season. They now head off to a training camp in Cheshire before returning for a match against Watford U23 on Saturday 14 July.

First Half

Brentford B: Balcombe; Talbro, Trialist A, Edobor, Chatzitheodoridis; Kirk, Finnsson, Trialist B; Trialist C, Trialist D, Hardy

Maidenhead Utd: Pentney; Clerima, Obileye, Massey, Steer; Owusu, Odamely, Smith, Rodrigues Alves; Bird, Kelly

Second Half

Brentford B: Balcombe; Titov, Trialist A, Edobor (sub Kirk 70 mins), Chatzitheodoridis (sub Talbro 70 mins); Mitchell, Coote, Finnsson (sub Trialist C 70 mins); Hardy (sub Trialist B 70 mins), Trialist E, Trialist D

Maidenhead Utd: Hamann; Clerima, Obileye, Kilman, Steer; Owusu (sub Trialist 58 mins), Trialist, Upward, Rodrigues Alves (sub McCormack 58 mins); Akintunde, Clifton

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