At the end of December, Brentford B Head Coach Kevin O'Connor stepped up into the First Team coaching staff. He would go on to help Thomas Frank and Brian Riemer get Brentford into 11th in the Sky Bet Championship.
Individual Development Coach, Lars Friis, took the helm. His first game in charge was a West London derby against Queens Park Rangers.
Just before the game Jayden Onen joined Brentford B, having left Brighton and Hove Albion earlier in the year. Canice Carroll also went out on loan to Swindon Town for the rest of the campaign.
Mads Bech Sorensen netted inside 90 seconds with late goals from Henrik Johansson and Jan Zamburek securing the 3-1 win, after Amrit Bansal-McNulty had levelled just before the interval.
In January, following a winter break that saw Charlie Oliver return to Manchester City, Brentford B made it through to the Semi-Finals of the Middlesex FA Cup after a 2-0 win over Wealdstone at Grosvenor Vale. Joe Hardy scored early before Theo Archibald added one in the second half.
Lars Friis recalled Archibald and Reece Cole to the team after they returned from loan spells at Forest Green Rovers and Maidenhead United. He also included new signing Jayden Onen on the bench for his first taste of this cup competition.
Next up, a trip to Germany to take on Bayern Munich:
The home side's youngsters were beaten 5-2 by Brentford B on a Saturday afternoon in Germany. Cole Dasilva opened the scoring before Joe Hardy netted the first of a brace, then Nikolaj Kirk and Reece Cole added goals of their own either side of Hardy’s second strike.
Lars Friis’ squad were down to bare bones thanks to international calls, illness and injury. David Titov was recalled to a role in the back four, with Kirk shifting into a central position as cover. Jayden Onen started his first game for The Bees, a fifth overall in Brentford colours.
In freezing conditions at FCB Campus, the game began on a pitch that had been cleared of deep snow earlier that morning, allowing the Bayern Women’s team the chance to train on it before the fixture started.
On 15 January, Brentford B advanced to the Semi-Finals of the London FA Senior Cup, beating Wingate & Finchley 3-2 after Extra Time in North London. Joe Hardy scored twice from the spot after Marcus Forss had netted the first.
Head Coach Lars Friis brought Ellery Balcombe and Forss into the lineup at either end of the pitch, both recovering from injury spells away from the First Team squad. Mads Bech Sorensen also started in the back line alongside captain Nikolaj Kirk.
The B squad then defeated Huddersfield Town's Elite Development Team 4-3 in mixed conditions at Jersey Road. A dramatic second half saw three goals fly in the final 11 minutes of the game.
Marcus Forss opened the scoring after quarter of an hour but Town were level before the break, Aaron Rowe scoring on the break. Four minutes into the second half, The Bees had the lead again through Jayden Onen.
There were 20 minutes to go when Huddersfield levelled for a second time, Will McCamley collecting a loose ball before drilling it home. Cole Dasilva scored the third with 79 minutes gone, then Matej Majka netted a quick fourth.
A late scare saw The Terriers get back into contention, their third coming from Hamza Kaid. He cut in from the left, beat two players and then Balcombe with a shot into the side-netting inside the far post.
Brentford B 3-1 QPR U23
Wealdstone 0-2 Brentford B
Bayern Munich U19 2-5 Brentford B
Wingate & Finchley 2-3 Brentford B *AET
Brentford B 4-3 Huddersfield Town EDT
Up Next, part eight: Tour of Portugal 2019
Next we look back on a trip to Portugal, where The Bees faced tough opposition in Slavia Prague, Borussia Dortmund and AGF Aarhus.