Brentford B started their 2018/19 pre-season campaign with a list of six teams to face in July and the beginning of August.
The first saw Kevin O'Connor field a team of trialists, as well as a few new faces in the Brentford ranks. One of them, Kolbeinn Finnsson, scored his first goal for the Club. It wasn't enough for The Bees though, as they fell to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Maidenhead United. Former squad member Herson Rodrigues Alves lined up for the away side in black and white stripes.
Next, a trip to Watford's training ground for a game against The Hornets' Under-23 squad. New boys Patrik Gunnarsson and Luka Racic (who would both go on to make their First Team debuts in 2019) started their first match. Here, the away side lost 4-1 to a superior side and Nikolaj Kirk's deflected effort was all they had to show for an afternoon in Colney.
Maidstone United were Brentford B's second National League opponents as the squad travelled to Kent. The Bees were 2-0 up in this fixture before The Stones snatched a win with a terrific second-half display. Jarvis Edobor lined up against a team he would later play for on loan, while Ali Coote scored his first goal of the season with a free-kick on the edge of the box. Ilias Chatzitheodoridis also played his last Brentford game that day, before moving to Panathinaikos in Greece.
The toughest test, and arguably the best performance came at West Brom. Gareth Barry captained a home side that also included Nigel Reo-Coker, Jonathan Leko and Sam Johnstone. The Bees fought hard and it was only a late goal from Oliver Burke that sealed it for The Baggies.
Oxford United U23s were the next team to put a single goal past Brentford B, meaning a fifth defeat in pre-season for O'Connor's men. Despite using the services of striker Justin Shaibu, The Bees couldn't find a way to goal. Future signing Canice Carroll lined up for Oxford, he then joined the team at Griffin Park barely a fortnight later.
Edobor netted his first of the season in our final pre-season fixture at Jersey Road. He volleyed the ball home from close range in the first half as Southampton came from behind to win 2-1 in the sunshine. Tom Field, Mads Bech Sorensen and Ellery Balcombe all made starts in the search for fitness and form. It could have been different had a late shot from Joe Hardy not been tipped over at the last second by goalkeeper Adam Parkes.
Brentford B 2-4 Maidenhead United
Watford U23 4-1 Brentford B
Maidstone United 3-2 Brentford B
West Brom XI 1-0 Brentford B
Oxford United U23 1-0 Brentford B
Brentford B 1-2 Southampton U23
Up Next: Part two, the season begins
Next up in our 18/19 review, Brentford begin their campaign away at Luton Town before a stadium double-header with AFC Bournemouth. Then it's Premier League opposition in the form of Huddersfield Town and a trip down the M4 to play Reading.