Brentford B were held to a 0-0 draw by a Forest Green XI at the InfiLED Arena on a scorching day in Wiltshire.
The young Bees’ best moment came when Nathan Young-Coombes beat the offside trap before firing a low effort against the post in what was, in fairness, an even match throughout.
It was Rovers who started the brighter of the two teams with the Sky Bet League Two side fielding players very much in and around the first team setup at the New Lawn.
Ebou Adams had an attempt in the first period with his low effort stinging the palms of Ben Winterbottom. That preceded Brentford's best attempt when good play from Jan Žambůrek and Max Haygarth in the middle of the field saw Young-Coombes set away. He charged in on goal from the left and attempted to slot the ball into the far corner but could only find the right-hand post.
Jake Young continued to threaten in behind for Rovers but he was well marshalled by the likes of Ben Hockenhull and Nico Jones. Josh March also carried a threat for the opponents as he looked to press at every opportunity in a game where clear cut chances were few and far between.
Žambůrek along with Haygarth were perhaps Brentford B's best chances of creating and making something happen, and they both showed glimpses as they looked to get the ball forward but credit to the opposition, who often allowed little space for the players to manoeuvre.
A good passage of play in the second period came when Žambůrek turned well to drive inside before releasing a powerful right footed drive which was well blocked. Haygarth would too have sighters whilst Lachlan Brook and Ryan Trevitt had low crosses turned away before Young-Coombes could get on the end of them at the near post.
Young went really close in the second half as Rovers perhaps looked slightly more likely to find the net going into the final 15 minutes. The Forest Green forward slalomed his was though a crowd of bodies before slotting wide whilst Josh March saw his lofted effort go just over the bar.
Winterbottom then confirmed a clean sheet for himself when he made a really good save in the final moments to deny one of the Rovers substitutes who was through on goal. The B Team keeper stood tall before making the block as Brentford B will now look to take that clean sheet and try to build some momentum.
Forest Green Rovers XI: Thomas, Trialist, Adams, Allen, Evans, Young, Diallo, Covil, Bunker, March, Hallett
Subs: John, Macintosh, Oyebamiji, Joseph, Bennett, Baxter, Bell
Brentford B: Winterbottom, Hercules (Russell, 65), Gordon, Jones (Trialist, 62) Hockenhull, Jefferies (Trialist, 79) Trevitt, Haygarth, Brook, Zamburek (Adedokun, 79) Young-Coombes