In October 2018, Brentford B played three fixtures. Our first West London derby of the season started things off with Queens Park Rangers U23s heading to Jersey Road. It was also a first game in red and white stripes for recent signing Josh Dasilva from Arsenal.
It was an intense game, which started off with Joe Hardy putting Brentford into the lead by had QPR back in it just minutes later thanks to Joe Felix. Kolbeinn Finnsson then scored to make it 2-1, before Rangers were back in the game again thanks to Mickel Platt.
It looked certain to be a draw until the final moments when Hardy latched on to a header from Mads Bech Sorensen to sneak the winner.
The next fixture was a rematch of the final pre-season game, where Brentford lost 2-1 to Southampton Under-23s despite a goal from Jarvis Edobor.
This time, Griffin Park played host with the floodlights on and it took something special from Josh Dasilva to win the tie. It came in the 79th minute, the midfielder cutting inside and shooting from long range into the top corner. A superb strike, one we'd see later in the season when he repeated the trick against Millwall in the Championship.
That left one more game, the first of its kind in the history of Brentford B. This was the very first domestic cup match since the closure of our academy system.
CB Hounslow United were the hosts, The Dragons as they're known, at Green Lane in front of a few hundred gathered fans. Former B Team player, Luke Dunn, lined up for the opposition. He'd previously won the only silverware in Brentford B's cabinet in the 2017 Kai Thor Cup.
Nikolaj Kirk captained the side, Simon Andersson getting the first go in goal in this historic Middlesex Senior Cup encounter. There was also a moment of reflection for both sides before the game, the referee indicating a minute's silence in memory of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. He was killed in a helicopter crash a few days before the game.
Joe Hardy netted twice either side of half-time as Brentford stormed into the next round. Luka Racic and David Titov scored the other goals, Luka's being his first for the Club at any level.
The win meant Brentford B went unbeaten in October 2018. The next round would draw Brentford against Wealdstone, look out for that fixture in part seven.
Brentford B 3-2 QPR U23
Brentford B 1-0 Southampton U23
CB Hounslow Utd 0-4 Brentford B
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Our next part continues into November, where Brentford B enter their second cup tournament and travel to Ibrox for a match against Rangers. We also pay tribute to the late Robert Rowan.