After losing six from six in pre-season, Brentford B took a trip up the M1 to Luton Town's training ground for their first official match of the term.
With planes flying low overhead, The Bees were up against it as The Hatters played a strong side. Jake Jervis netted a hat-trick and Aaron Jarvis added a fourth in the second half at Venue360. The Bees played Josh Clarke, Chiedozie Ogbene and Marcus Forss in the lineup, with former Bee Alan McCormack watching on from the touchline.
The next day, Brentford announced the signing of Cole Dasilva. The former Chelsea youngster was soon joined by Jan Zamburek, Canice Carroll and Matej Majka.
Our first win of the season came after a break for international duty. On Tuesday 21 August, under the lights at Griffin Park, Brentford beat AFC Bournemouth's U23 side 2-1. Two of last season's star B players Forss and Reece Cole netted for Kevin O'Connor. It was also a significant game for Moses Odubajo, who played in TW8 for the first time since leaving the Club in 2015.
Despite fielding Marc Pugh, Tyrone Mings, Diego Rico and new £25m signing Jefferson Lerma, The Bees managed a stunning victory in front of a good home crowd.
Odubajo continued his work to recovery in the second Cherries fixture just a few days later, this time at the Vitality Stadium on the south coast. A resounding 3-0 victory followed, with goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson picking up his first clean sheet of the season.
Ali Coote had the side in the lead after only three minutes, taking the side into half-time with the lead. In the second 45, Joe Hardy scored the second with Ryan Glover scoring a sliced own-goal for the third.
On the final day of August, Danish fullback Lukas Talbro left Brentford for the final time. The 19-year-old signed a permanent deal with FC Nordsjaelland. Manchester City's Charlie Oliver then joined The Bees on a short-term loan at the start of September.
It was announced at this point that both Mads Bech Sorensen and Marcus Forss would be permanently moving to First Team football. This was quickly followed by international calls for David Titov (Latvia), Jaakko Oksanen (Finland) and Jonny Mitchell (Scotland).
Jersey Road then played host to a 3-1 defeat for the home side, Huddersfield Town the victors. Both sides included First Team players, The Terriers deploying both Ryan Schofield and Juninho Bacuna. Reece Cole scored a great free-kick from the edge of the box to put The Bees one up inside the opening 10 minutes. Then Town fought back, putting on a comeback masterclass through Colin Quaner, Hamid Sabiri and Matty Daly.
The Royals were the final of the first five to face Brentford B. A game of two very different halves saw The Bees lose 3-2 at Hogwood Park. Joe Hardy and Reece Cole had sent the visitors in at half-time with a two-goal lead. But a poor second period let down the boys in green. Josh Barrett was the one who won it, rising higher than Odubajo at the far post to power home a 78th-minute header.
First Five 18/19 Results
Luton Town XI 4-0 Brentford B
Brentford B 2-1 AFC Bournemouth U23
AFC Bournemouth U23 0-3 Brentford B
Brentford B 1-3 Huddersfield Town U23
Reading U23 3-2 Brentford B
Up Next: Part Three, a tour to Switzerland
In the next chapter of the 18/19 review, Brentford head to Switzerland for two games against Grasshopper Zurich after a warm-up with SC Freiburg.
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