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Posted Thu 25 Mar 04 at 11:03 AM


County's second half smash and grab raid leaves Brentford reeling after The Bees dominated the ninety minutes.

Brentford forced nine corners, and had countless chances to have won the game. They hit the woodwork three times but fell behind after Referee Carl Boyeson awarded a penalty. A breakaway goal from Chris Williams consigned Brentford to their fifth successive defeat.

Stephen Hunt and Tony Rougier were selected ahead of Jay Tabb and Stephen Evans. Hunt, back from injury was to provide most of inspiration for The Bess attacks in the first first-five.

Stewart Talbot was given a half-chance early as the fourth minute but skewed the ball wide - and this was to be the story for most of the first half with Brentford creating a host of opportunities.

Danny Adams was forced to head off the line from Tony Rougier's testing cross in the sixteenth minute. Stephen Hunt then saw his turn and shot go wide of the post just two minutes later. In the 31st minute, Tony Rougier's header blazed over the bar from Michael Dobson's cross.

Brentford's dominance showed, with Stockport's first effort coming in the 39th minute. It was then that The Bees turned up heat as the best move of the half came a minute later. Stephen Hunt hugged the touchline to deliver a superb cross into the box that Kevin O'Connor just failed to reach it. Opportunities from Ben May (two headers) plus direct free-kicks from Tony Rougier and Michael Dobson came to nothing so the two sides went into the break goal-less.

Stockport took the lead in the 55th minute, Richard Lambert converting a penalty awarded for handball against Matt Somner. Ronnie Bull came close with a fizzing 20-yard shot, and Stewart Talbot blasted over when well placed. Jay Tabb replaced Eddie Hutchinson with thirty minutes left.

Ben May and Ibrahima Sonko both hit the crossbar from Michael Dobson's long throws, but County wrapped up the game in the 85th minute with a true sucker punch. Chris Williams teased Somner before unleashing a shot that gave Stuart Nelson no chance.

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