Brentford B have travelled to Scotland this week to play Rangers on Wednesday 14 March in a friendly at their training ground.
On Sunday, the squad travelled north of their base in Edinburgh for a training match against Kelty Hearts FC. With snow still causing trouble in Scotland, it was only thanks to the hard work of local volunteers that the match was played, many of them arrived hours before the game to help clear snow from the surface and prepare the stadium for purpose.
Head Coach Kevin O'Connor had Tom Field at his disposal for the game, the defender still getting minutes on his way to making a full return from a lengthy injury spell. Ali Coote, Jaakko Oksanen and Raphael Assibey-Mensah started in the middle for the first time together this season.
The game was a close encounter, despite the 4-0 final score, and Kelty went close twice in the opening stages. One almost from kick-off and the next needing to be parried away by Brentford's trialist keeper after a few minutes had passed.
Marcus Forss scored after 26 minutes before adding his second soon after. It took Jarvis Edobor until the second half to find Brentford's third and his fourth of the season. The final goal came after 79 minutes. Substitute Herson Rodrigues Alves got in behind the Kelty back line to score a great two-touch finish.
The game wasn't over yet and there was still time for Field to make an outstanding clearance off the line. The home team's striker had rounded The Bees goalie only to have his shot hooked away by the left-back at the last second.
Brentford B: Trialist Goalkeeper; Lukas Talbro, Mads Bech Sorensen, Jarvis Edobor, Tom Field; Ali Coote (sub Zain Westbrooke 65 mins), Raphael Assibey-Mensah (sub Reece Cole 65 mins), Jaakko Oksanen (sub Nikolaj Kirk 76 mins); Bradley Clayton, Marcus Forss (sub Herson Rodrigues Alves 76 mins), Theo Archibald
Kevin O'Connor spoke to iFollow after the game and indicated he was satisfied by the afternoon's work for his side.
He said: "I thought it was a good game. We had to stand up to a physical challenge, they were quite direct at times and they are doing really well in their league, so it was a different type of challenge. When we played our way and passed the ball quickly then we got through them quite well, but it was a really good challenge and I’m pleased to have a clean sheet and obviously the four goals."
You can read the full interview here.
Yesterday evening saw the coaching staff run through some of the physical data collected at the match in order to further analyse the players' individual performances.
Today (Monday 12), the squad will work through a recovery session in the gym at their hotel before travelling to a training pitch nearby and going through some scenarios out on the grass. The squad will also meet to analyse footage from the Kelty match before returning to the hotel for some down time.