Bees end pre season campaign with a defeat

Last updated : 02 August 2005 By Smallsy
Not the best preparation for the season as "old habits, die hard" and Brentford were defeated 1-0 at Hampton and Richmond to finish their pre season campaign with three losses in their last five games.

The team which is far from the team expected to be starting next Saturday contained Stuart Nelson, returning from injury, a Maritian trialist Kiki in midfield and veteren Marcus Gayle in defense to marshall the team.

The game started at a franetic pace, with neither side wanting to give an inch. Definately the most competetive game of all the Bees and their opponents weren't afraid to put in a challenge. The first couple of chances fell to the Bees but the strike force of Ide and Ryan Peters of the academy couldnt finish.

Hampton then had a chance which was snuffed out by Nelson who showed no ill effects of his injury. the keeper then punted up the pitch to give Ide a good chance by the Richmond keeper made a diving save to push the ball away.

Brentford were mostly on top and Hampton couldnt keep up the good fast start they had made to the game. Their first shot on target came from a free kick early into the second half which half time sub Master's dropped but then reacted quickly to pounce on the rebound.

Several more chances came and went for the Bees who without a recognised striker on the pitch failed to test the keeper as greatly as they should have on several occasions.

In the dying moments Moleski who had featured highly throughout as a provider had a chance of his own but his the shot just wide. However from the resulting quick goal kick a string of good passing let Ferbabdes set up Tom Crossland who knocked the ball in from close range.

Even then Brentford nearly got an equaliser but a difficult save from Lovett allowed the home side to keeper up their unbeaten record in pre season and gave then a 1-0 win over a tired looking Bees side.