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Posted Sat 23 Feb 02 at 19:07 PM


True to the saying regarding Magpies, it's two for joy.and oh the joy that second Bees` goal brought the home fans as Triple B lashed the ball home as the clock ticked over for the full 90 minutes.

It was nothing less than the Bees deserved from a very one sided match against a very poor County side. The Bees dominated throughout as chance after chance was either frittered away through poor finishing or rank bad luck. It really seemed to be a case of once the Bees had scored it would then be a case of how many they would get.

But no one had counted on the visitors having the audacity to score themselves. But score they did when Owers played the ball out wide to his left and the resultant centre, long to the far post, was headed home inside the post by Darren Caskey in the 59th minute.

The Bees continued to power forward although as time rolled on it seemed that the it was going to be "just one of those days" for the Bees. But then in the 76th minute, two minutes after Martin Rowlands had come on to replace Gavin Mahon, he was instrumental in winning a penalty for the Bees. He received from Lloyd Owusu on the edge of the area and bamboozled FOUR players as he played the ball long towards Ben Burgess. But in trying to prevent Triple B from receiving the ball, Ian Barraclough handled the ball and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Skipper Paul Evans who was in dazzling form all afternoon, made no mistake from the spot, and it was now game on.

The Bees contingent roared Brentford`s every move but time seemed to be running out. Then with just seconds left before the Assistant held up the "remaining minutes" board the Bees struck. From a throw in by Ijah Anderson, Stephen Hunt played the ball to Owusu who having turned his marker, whipped the ball across towards Burgess who was closely marked by two defenders. But he chested the ball down and in one move struck the ball home sweetly with his trusty left foot. Seconds later "TRIPLE B.BIG BEN BURGESS" bellowed out. Three minutes later the whistle was blown, the other results were taken into account, and the Bees were now in 3rd place.

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