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Posted Sat 26 Oct 02 at 23:34 PM


After a five year absence, Brentford made a winning return to Stockport County with Mark McCammon bagging a brace and Scott Marshall also netting.

Injury and an International call-up forced Wally Downes to make some enforced changes, as Matt Somner, Scott Marshall and Stephen Evans slotted into a 3-5-2 formation.

The Bees made a flying start after only seven minutes, Mark McCammon pouncing on a bad back pass from Anthony Tonkin to round Spencer in the County goal and slot home from the edge of the penalty area. The home side got back into the game and Paul Smith was much the busier of the two custodians.

Stockport equalised on the stroke of half-time, Stephen Evans slipped and this allowed Luke Beckett to level things up.

Soon after the break, it was to be McCammon again that put The Bees noses in front, this time from a corner. In the 52nd minute, Stephen Hunt floated the ball over, and the big man rose like a salmon above the County defence to head home. Six minutes later, Carlton Palmer saved his defence's blushes with a last gasp tackle as Vine only had Spencer to beat.

McCammon was denied his hat-trick in the 64th minute, as Referee Ryan disallowed his effort for a foul on James Spencer. However, Brentford got a third with twenty minutes remaining, courtesy of another set-piece.

Michael Dobson's corner ball found Scott Marshall, and despite the valiant attempts of Tonkin, the Scotsman's header went in.

County scored a second goal in injury time to provide The Bees with a few heart-stopping moments but they held firm to record their forth league victory away from home.

Many thanks to Paul Stedman for the above picture.

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