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Brentford B Team

B Team 17/18: Premier League Trio Topple Bees

Part four of the B Team 2017/18 Season Review

4 June 2018

After Halloween, Brentford B welcomed November with a 3-1 win over M4 rivals Reading U23 at Hogwood Park. Luke Daniels and Lewis Macleod were the two First Team players involved as The Bees put The Royals to the sword.

It was a Macleod goal that started things off for Kevin O'Connor's side after going behind to an early home goal. The Scottish midfielder turned the ball in after a low cross from the right hand side. It was the second half where Brentford won it, Herson Alves and Raphael Assibey-Mensah scoring late on to produce a scoreline that favoured the away side.

After that, it was a Premier League trio on the agenda for Brentford's second squad. Swansea (away in Wales), AFC Bournemouth (at Jersey Road) and Huddersfield Town (away in Yorkshire). 

Against the Swans, Brentford found it tough. A well-drilled and disciplined side, the home team controlled the game from nearly start to finish. Taking the lead after 90 seconds, they went in for the break 2-1 up. In the second half, they well and truly finished the job. Several mistakes at the back and lapses in concentration lead to a final scoreline of 6-2, O'Connor's biggest defeat of the entire season.

Next up at Jersey Road came the test from AFC Bournemouth's U23 side, boasting a strong team with the likes of Emerson Hyndman and Mikael Ndjoli. They coasted past the home side, scoring two in the first quarter of an hour before finishing it off in the second half through Sam Sherring. 

In the final game of the month, they performed much better. Kevin O'Connor praised his side's tenacity despite going down 2-0 to Huddersfield at The Terriers' training ground. The squad showed more passion and more fight, getting chances of their own but falling to defeat to a team simply better than them on the day.

Dominic Tear scored both of the goals for the newly promoted Premier League team in the first half before Brentford came out firing in the second. Despite heavy pressure and some great chances from Joe Hardy and Theo Archibald, The Bees couldn't produce a goal. They suffered their third straight defeat and looked ahead to a Christmas period that included games with Barnet, Wolves and Man City.

November Results

Reading U23 1 Brentford B 3 - Report

Swansea U21 6 Brentford B 2 - Report

Brentford B 0 AFC Bournemouth U23 3 - Report

Huddersfield Town U23 2 Brentford B 0 - Report

November Goalscorers - Marcus Forss (1), Lewis Macleod (1), Herson Rodrigues Alves (1), Raphael Assibey-Mensah (1), Trialist/s (1)

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