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Match Report and Match Highlights: Oxford United XI 2 Brentford B 3

Young Bees win in Oxfordshire

17 December 2021

Brentford B kept up their impressive run of form with a 3-2 win over an Oxford United XI on Tuesday afternoon at the Bangkok Glass Training Centre. Ryan Trevitt, Lewis Gordon and Nathan Young-Coombes all netted in the first half as the young Bees came up against an experienced Oxford side.

The notable name on the teamsheet for Brentford was Mads Bech Sørensen who earned just under an hour of game time as he steps up his recovery from injury. It was a game which the B Team started very brightly and they were 1-0 up on three minutes. The ball was played out to Daniel Oyegoke on the right hand side, and he drove a powerful effort towards goal which the United keeper saved, but Trevitt was on hand to knock the ball home from close range after being alert to the rebound.

It got even better for Neil MacFarlane’s side just a couple of minutes later when Lewis Gordon netted his second Brentford B goal after a Young-Coombes pass found the left wing back who fired home first time low into the goal to make it 2-0.

A frantic opening period then saw Oxford pull a goal back on 10 minutes. A free-kick was curled well into the box and Ryan Williams met the delivery to head home past Nathan Shepperd and make it 2-1.

Conceding a goal didn’t seem to stem the flow of the Brentford B attack as Trevitt went close again a few minutes later when, despite having a large number of bodies around him, he turned expertly to fire at goal but for a save from the keeper high to his left.

The home side then began to get a bit of a foothold as Dan Agyei shot just wide of goal when The Yellows managed to pounce on a loose ball in the midfield, but thankfully for Brentford the low effort edged just wide of goal.

Two good chances then came for The Bees just after the 30-minute mark when more good footwork from Trevitt saw him turn and play in Young-Coombes, whose shot was well saved for a corner. The resulting set piece then caused a scramble and it ended in Young-Coombes flicking the ball up for himself and volleying towards the top right-hand corner but for another smart save.

Oxford drew level just a couple of minutes later, though, when the ball was switched out to the left. A low cross was then fired into the box and Sam Winnall was on hand to tap home from close range to make it 2-2.

The Bees would make sure they got to half-time in front, though, and the goal came in style through Young-Coombes who grabbed his 17th of the season. It was a brilliant solo effort as the youngster received the ball on the edge of the box, and despite having masses of bodies around him, he drove into the box and worked some space before he slotted home to keep up his fantastic form.

Winnall had a chance for Oxford soon after the restart when he headed over for United as they looked for a way back into the game in a half where the home side had a lot of the ball but were unable to break down a resilient Brentford.

It could have been four for The Bees on 63 minutes when a very clever Trevitt free-kick saw him catch everyone out as he sent in a low effort into the box from a wide position, and the ball scrambled along about four yards away from the goal line but nobody could get a touch to knock the ball home.

Ben Hockenhull was called into action as he and the rest of the Brentford defenders continued to be kept busy by Winnall. The young defender was forced into a strong block following the Oxford man’s powerful effort with 20 minutes to play as he prevented what looked like a very dangerous attempt.

Gordon nearly earned his second of the game late on when his first time effort edged just over from distance, and then at the other end Nathan Shepperd made a smart stop to deny what looked like a certain equaliser. A cross from the left found Billy Bodin at the far post and he made contact with the ball just a few yards out but the Welsh keeper dived to his left to make an impressive save.

Brentford B: Shepperd, Crama (Jones, 56) Hockenhull, Bech (Racic, 56) Oyegoke (Adedokun, 30), Jefferies, Syla, Gordon (Hercules, 81) Trevitt, Haygarth (Valencia, 56) Young-Coombes (Trialist, 81)
Subs not used: Rees, Trialist, Russell

Oxford United XI: Stevens, Watt, Elechi, Mousinho, Golding, Johnson, Bodin, Davies, Winnall, Williams, Agyei
Subs: Goodrham, Plumley, Smith, Anifowose, O'Donker, Nosakhare, Owens

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