Brentford B came from behind to beat Leicester City’s Under-23s 4-1 in a behind closed doors friendly at Jersey Road.
Goals from the Brentford Trialist, as well as Aaron Pressley and two from substitute Valgeir Valgeirsson gave the young Bees the victory as they turned out an impressive display. Ellery Balcombe was also in excellent form, saving a first half penalty for Neil MacFarlane’s team.
It was Leicester who began the brighter in a half that they perhaps shaded in terms of the chances with Balcombe quickly off his line just after three minutes to deny Admiral Muskwe a chance at goal.
A few minutes later Callum Wright would have another attempt for The Foxes when he tried his luck from distance, but he couldn’t keep his effort on target after some good initial build-up play.
Brentford began to find their way into the match and forced their first real attempt on 24 minutes when the industrious Joe Adams pulled off a moment of real quality when he delivered an inch-perfect cross into Pressley. The forward man controlled well, but under pressure, he couldn’t keep his effort on target as it edged just wide of goal.
Thanawat Suengchitthawon then had his first sight of the Brentford goal when the ball fell to him at speed and he hit a fierce low effort which cannoned back off of Balcombe’s post. Just moments later The Foxes would have the chance to get on the scoresheet from the spot when it was adjudged that there was a foul in the box with the Trialist and Kane O'Connor involved. Muskwe would step up to take the spot kick and forced a smart stop from Balcombe down to his left as he kept the score at 0-0.
As the half edged nearer to the break Brentford had a great chance to level when the impressive Fin Stevens darted down the right before whipping an excellent cross to the far post to find his opposite full back in Lewis Gordon, but he was unable to keep his first time effort on target.
Suengchitthawon would have the final say of the half when he forced the away side ahead. After good work down the right from Vontae Daley-Campbell, who crossed low, the ball would find the City midfielder who finished with precision to give the side a lead at the break.
Brentford B raced out of the blocks in the second half and it took them just a minute to register a really good opportunity at goal when Gordon broke down the left to cross for an unmarked Adams. The Welshman managed to get a clean shot away from close range after controlling, but credit to the Leicester keeper who denied him superbly as Stevens miscued the rebound.
The Bees continued to gather momentum, though, and they would draw level through the Trialist when Stevens whipped in an excellent cross for the Brentford man to volley home from close range to make it 1-1.
It would be all Brentford B for the next 10 minutes with Pressley having another chance as he saw his effort well saved. But they kept on pushing and the lead arrived on 71 minutes when, again, Stevens crossed high into the box for Pressley to rise highest to nod the ball home to make it 2-1 to Neil MacFarlane’s men.
With two goals already to his name since joining at the beginning of October, Valgeirsson entered the field on 75 minutes and it took him just six minutes to register his first of the match. With the hard-working Pressley working the right channel he pulled away to send a low cross into the box which Valgeirsson just had to connect cleanly with, which he did, as he volleyed home to put the game out of sight.
The fourth would come just two minutes from time as Brentford B confirmed three wins from their last three games when the ball broke to Valgeirsson just inside the box who finished with composure to wrap up a brilliant result for the side.
Brentford B: Balcombe, Stevens (Valgeirsson, 75) Gordon, O’Connor, Trialist, Adams, Pressley (Hercules, 87), Gilbert (Haygarth, 70) Hockenhull, Crama
Subs not used: Andersson, J. Thompson, Koutsimouka, Trialist, Carre
Leicester City Under-23s: Bosworth, Daley-Campbell, Flynn, Hulme, Leathers, O’Connor, Shade, Suengchitthawon, Mskwe, Wright
Subs: McAteer, Doherty, Arlott-John, Ndukwu