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Posted Mon 20 Aug 07 at 08:30 AM

NOTTS COUNTY 1 BRENTFORD 1

A late strike from Notts County midfielder Richard Butcher denied Brentford an away victory as The Magpies held The Bees to a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane.

A goal from auxiliary striker Kevin O'Connor, after fine work from Charlie Ide and Sammy Moore, looked set to give the visitors a win before Butcher pulled the teams level, driving home from 12 yards with eight minutes to go.

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Kevin slots home the game`s opener

In a first half that was almost devoid of incident and entertainment it looked as if there wouldn't be two chances, left alone two goals.

Neither team could muster an effort on target between them in the first 45, with Matt Somner and Jason Lee firing off target for the home side and Glenn Poole lashing over from a tight angle for Brentford.

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Glenn Poole back in action

The best opening of the first period came as it drew to a close when Ide headed wide from a deep Poole cross.

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Charlie heads wide

But the second period was much livelier, with both teams looking for openings and using the flanks to try and create.

Ben Starosta was forced to head away from deep inside his own box after a good cross from Lee Canoville while Stephen Hunt almost gave County the lead when a Somner cross cannoned off his shin and rolled just wide.

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Ben Starosta in action with former Bees triallist Lee Canoville

John Mousinho, who produced another all-action performance, forced the first save of the afternoon from Kevin Pilkington with a cross-cum-shot and Poole headed wide from outside the box when he tried to nod over the stranded goalkeeper, after he failed to get distance on a punch.

And as Brentford took control of the game they got their noses in front, Ide and Moore exchanged passes on the right and the latter drilled the ball across where O'Connor, playing up front in the absence of Lee Thorpe and Alan Connell, was waiting in the right place to opening the scoring.

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One happy scorer!

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Celebration time for The Bees

The Magpies came back strongly but Brentford, with Adrian Pettigrew shielding the defence superbly, held firm and passed the ball well when they won it back.

But they were indebted to goalkeeper Ben Hamer who produced a fine save to prevent a Jay Smith drive, which looked set for the top corner, levelling the scores.

The home side continued to push and Karleigh Osborne almost sliced into his own net as Brentford battled to hold their lead, with nine men at one point as both Starosta and Grant Basey lay prone.

Basey was withdrawn soon after, and taken to hospital to assess a head injury, and O'Connor was forced into action at left back.

Butcher miss-hit when well placed and Hector Sam headed weakly at Hamer as County pressed while Moore had a free kick saved at the other end.

And when Pettigrew and Osborne collided when trying to clear a cross Butcher fired into the bottom corner.

County could have won it when Adam Tann volleyed a Neil MacKenzie corner but Hamer stopped superbly and O'Connor cleared off the line as Tann tried to force it home.

But the last chance for a winner came at the other end and it took a fine defensive header to prevent Osborne heading Moore's corner home.

Notts County: Pilkington; Canoville, Tann, Hunt, Mayo; Butcher, Somner (sub Smith 56 mins), MacKenzie; Parkinson (sub Sam 65 mins), Dudfield (sub Weston h/t), Lee

Subs (not used): Silk, Weir-Daley

Bookings:

Brentford: Hamer; Starosta, Mackie, Osborne, Basey (sub Peters 74 mins); Mousinho, Pettigrew, Moore; Ide, O'Connor, Poole (sub Tillen 88 mins)

Subs (not used): Masters, Heywood, Smith

Bookings: Hamer (86 mins), Moore (90 mins) (second of season)

Attendance: 4,670 (446 Bees fans)

Written by Chris Wickham

Photos courtesy of Gary Paul and John Sumpter

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