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Match Preview: Brentford B vs Harrow Borough

Our preview of the Middlesex FA Senior Cup Final at Griffin Park

15 April 2019

Brentford B play in their second domestic cup final of the season on Tuesday night at Griffin Park. They take on Harrow Borough from 7.45pm at the home of The Bees.

Tickets are on sale now, with discounts available for Season Ticket Holders and Club Members. On the day pricing is Adults £10 and all other tickets £5.

Get tickets online here.

The Opposition

Harrow Borough are a Southern League Premier Division side based in north-west London. Last year, The Boro finished 12th in the Isthmian League before transferring to the Southern League this term. This year has seen them go close to the play-offs and with three games to go, they are seven points away from fifth position.

Harrow play their home matches at Earlsmead Stadium, a venue with a capacity of 3,070 that has housed them since 1934. The record attendance was 3,000 for a 1946 FA Cup match against fellow non-league side Wealdstone FC. Brentford have only faced them six times, in five friendlies and one previous cup match.

There have been quite a few players that have represented both sides, among them; Bob Booker, Steve Claridge, Lewis Ochoa, Dave Silman, Robbie Johnson, Barry Silkman, David Kemp, Steve Slade, Terry Benning and even current goalkeeper Jack Bonham.

Their biggest defeat this season has been 7-0 to Taunton Town in the league in December. The highest scoring game involving them this term was a 5-3 defeat to Wimborne Town at the start of the season.

The side have lost three of the last four games in the Southern League. Wimborne completed the league double over The Boro last Saturday with a 2-0 win at Earlsmead. Their last victory was a 1-0 win over Gosport Borough at the end of March.

The Boss

Steve Baker joined Boro in January 2015 from Chipstead in the Ryman South, where he had been manager for two years. As a youngster, Baker was an apprentice with Brentford FC between 1990-1992.

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Coaching spells with soccer schools from Chelsea and Arsenal started his career in management. He moved to St Albans City before a spell at Egham Town. Beaconsfield Sycob was up next, before a move to Wingate & Finchley.

Before his coaching career, Baker had a long playing career in the non-league divisions. Hayes, Yeading, Hendon and Egham all employed him as a player before he hung up his boots in the late noughties.

Brentford B

Luka Racic missed the last final through injury but has been back in full training this week. Illness ruled out Simon Andersson from last week's match too, but he is also back among the squad and available for selection. Simon was in goal for the opening round win over CB Hounslow.

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The Bees come into this one on the back of a 1-0 defeat in the London FA Senior Cup Final. In this competition, they have yet to concede a single goal. Should they win the Final without conceding, it'll be a club record for Brentford, who have never managed this in the past.

Road to the Final

Watch our summary of Brentford B's journey to the Cup Final for the first time since 1898.

Match Coverage

You can watch the game live at Griffin Park, with gates opening at 6.45pm. The Hive will be open to supporters before the game as well. Tickets can be bought online here.

We'll be bringing you live Twitter coverage from our channel (@brentfordfc) as well as giving you updates on the B Team Instagram page (@brentfordbteam). Look out for post-match interviews and reaction, as well as the trophy-lift from the winning team.

Our Facebook Page will also bring you BEES LIVE with Lars Friis on his way to the game. Thomas Frank and Kevin O'Connor are due to make appearances on our channels that evening as well. 

Lewis Macleod, Mads Bech Sorensen and Romaine Sawyers will be in the Club Shop and/or The Hive before the game from 7pm.


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