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HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH 1 BRENTFORD 6

Posted on: Tue 19 Jul 2011

Brentford recorded their second successive pre-season victory with another comprehensive win over Blue Square Bet South opponents.

This time Hampton and Richmond Borough were on the end of a heavy beating as Brentford followed up their 10-0 win over Tonbridge Angels with a 6-1 success.

The Bees took an early lead and although Hampton levelled, Brentford continued to boss the game and went in at half time 3-1 ahead thanks to goals from Sam Wood and Gary Alexander.

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Luke Hacker, Niall McGinn and Michael Spillane added second half goals to complete the win and the only sour note was Toumani Diagouraga limping off with 13 minutes remaining.

With referee Charles Breakspear refusing to allow The Bees to re-introduce an already substituted player, they ended the match with ten men.

Torrential rain for large parts of the afternoon left a slick playing surface and Brentford flew out of the blocks to try and exploit it.

Hampton stopper Takunda Marvessa made a superb save to keep out a Jake Reeves header and Matt Ruby made a vital tackle to deny Clayton Donaldson before Eger headed Brentford in front.

Reeves, who delivered fine set pieces for the 45 minutes he was involved, floated it in and the German powered a header home.

Reeves shot across the face of goal and a Donaldson tackle on Marvessa almost resulted in a goal before Hampton started to work back in to the game.

The hosts began to get a little more physical and pushed Brentford back - Billy Jeffreys headed over when well placed and Paul Johnson saw two efforts narrowly miss the target, one deflecting inches past the post with Richard Lee, who captained The Bees in the first half, rooted to the spot.

The hosts levelled just before the 20 minute mark with a controversial goal.

Mr Breakspear allowed a tackle from James Simmonds that appeared to be over the ball on Jonathan Douglas to go unpunished and Hampton had men over, Shaleum Logan prevented Charlie Moone from shooting but the ball broke to Stuart Duff and he rolled it in.

Donaldson missed the target with an deflected effort and Myles Weston shot over before Wood strode out of defence and shot low past Marvessa from 25 yards to restore Brentford's lead.

Marvessa saved a Weston free kick and a McGinn shot but seconds before the break the hosts failed to clear a Reeves corner and Alexander poked the loose ball in.

Simon Moore saved a fierce low Callum Stewart free kick just after the re-start before Marvessa handed Brentford a fourth.

The goalkeeper dithered and allowed McGinn to rob him, he brought the Northern Irishman down to concede a penalty and Hacker slotted home the spot kick.

The Hampton stopper made amends with a fine low save from McGinn after the attacker exchanged passes with Toumani Diagouraga and Hacker drilled a shot wide soon after.

The fifth came when McGinn drove froward from midfield and fired low in to the bottom corner from 25 yards.

A Hacker shot deflected inches wide as Brentford threatened to run riot but Hampton should have got the next goal when Aaron Morgan capitalised on a defensive mix-up and lifted the ball over Moore, only to see it hit the crossbar - Dave Tarpey hit fresh air when he attempted to fire home the loose ball.

Dan Thompson shot wide before Tarpey and Morgan saw shots blocked while Emmanuel Oyeleke curled an effort wide at the other end.

Diagouraga was withdrawn with 13 minutes left and the rain returned to make the surface more tricky but Brentford still had time for one more goal.

Trialist Zach Rothwell broke down the right and cut it back for Spillane to wrap up the win.

Hampton and Richmond Borough: Marvessa; Ferrell (sub Kelly 70 mins), Ruby, Jeffreys (sub Machel 54 mins), Stewart; Collier (sub Tarpey 59 mins), Simmonds (sub Ellams), Johnson, Cowley (sub Duran); Moone (sub Thompson h/t), Duff

Brentford First Half: Lee; Logan, Legge, Eger, Wood; McGinn, Reeves, Douglas, Weston; Alexander, Donaldson

Brentford Second Half: Moore; Spillane, Eger (sub Gill 67 mins), Balkestein, Woodman; Diagouraga, O'Connor, Bean; McGinn (sub Rothwell 67 mins); Oyeleke, Hacker

Attendance: 1,027

By Chris Wickham

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