The Bees went into the final day of the season away to a Stockport side who&nbsp;had already booked their place in the end of season lottery that is the Play-Offs.
With nothing at stake except&nbsp;three points, the game was slow to get going, with no team taking a real grip of proceedings. The first opportunity of note fell to Brentford with Glenn Poole&nbsp;hitting the woodwork.&nbsp;It came about following a&nbsp;nice interchange of passes&nbsp;between Ryan Dickson and Poole, the ball falling to Alan Connell. He in turn laid it off for Poole who hit a low half volley which flashed across the face of the goal before beating Conrad Logan in the Stockport goal and&nbsp;rebounding off&nbsp;the post to safety.
Brentford continued to dominate but Stockport looked to threaten on&nbsp;the counter attack. The&nbsp;hosts got their first sniff of&nbsp;goal in the 8th minute when a&nbsp;cross was cut out by&nbsp;Ben Hamer who took it off&nbsp;the toes of Ryan Lowe as he was ready to pull the trigger.
County caused problems as they continued to counter attack.&nbsp;On the quarter hour mark,&nbsp;a low cross into Brentfords 6 yard box, was poorly cleared by the Bees defence but&nbsp;thankfully County failed to capitalise and Brentford were able to clear their lines.
Gary Smith found room just inside the box a minute later&nbsp;but his shot was deflected for a corner, with&nbsp;Connell heading wide from six yards.
Alan Bennett conceded a free kick 30 yards out for holding down one of the oncoming County players, as they once again broke forward. From the resultant free kick Ryan Lowe`s shot&nbsp;hit the wall and was dealt with by the Bees defence.
Jim McNulty brought down Connell&nbsp;outside the box and was rightly booked.&nbsp;Kevin O'Connor took the kick which was easily saved by Logan.
Smith and Connell both had speculative long range shots for the Bees which came to nothing, before a mistake on the left by Karleigh Osborne allowed Leon McSweeney a clear run on&nbsp;goal. But his&nbsp;tight angled&nbsp;shot was well smothered by Ben Hamer.
There were chances for Glenn Poole and John Mousinho as Brentford finished the goalless half on&nbsp;a high.
The second half was slow to get going. However four minutes in, County worked the ball&nbsp;down the right hand side,&nbsp;causing&nbsp;the Bees' defence&nbsp;problems. The ball was whipped over to the far side&nbsp;of the box where County's debutant Gianluca Havern was unmarked and flashed the ball into the far corner of the net.
Andy Scott&nbsp;made changes&nbsp;with Wayne Brown coming on for John Mousinho. The substitute appeared to re-energize the team and nice play by Wayne Brown, Ricky Shakes and Alan Connell on the right saw&nbsp;Connell`s&nbsp;shot from inside the area,&nbsp;well saved by Logan in the 54th minute.
A quite period during this period was&nbsp;only enlightened&nbsp;when County brought on Amari Morgan-Smith for&nbsp;Leon McSweeney.&nbsp;This move actually helped The Bees as both&nbsp;Gary Smith and Alan Connell had chances on&nbsp;goal, whilst&nbsp;Ricky Shakes&nbsp;set up a tantalising cross which ran just too far for&nbsp;Connell.
In the 73rd minute Morgan-Smith broke through the Brentford defence after a good one-two,&nbsp;and only a good low save by Hamer denied&nbsp;County their second goal.&nbsp;
Further substitutions by both County and Brentford disrupted the flow of the game with tired legs on both sides beginning to make their mark. But&nbsp;County had a number of chances late on in the match to double their lead with a number of dangerous crosses, but none of them met with the required clinical finish, a&nbsp;statistic which&nbsp;may haunt them in their forthcoming play-off campaign.
In the dying seconds Brentford had two&nbsp;chances to level the score. First&nbsp;Gary Smith saw his shot saved following a surging run while&nbsp;Ricky Shakes should have done better from the resultant corner when he headed high&nbsp;over a gaping goal.
Andy Scott will now use the pre season campaign to build and look forward to what all Bees fans will hope will be a successful 2008/09 campaign.
Brentford: Hamer; Osborne, Bennett, Sankofa (Heywood 80), Dickson (Charles 43), Smith, O'Connor, Mousinho (W Brown 50), Poole, Connell, Shakes.
Subs (not used): S Brown, Pead
Stockport County: Logan, Rose, Poole, McSweeney (Morgan-Smith 60), Tunnicliffe, Gleeson, McNulty, Havern (Vincent 84), Turnbull (Raynes 80), Proudlock, Lowe.
Subs (not used): Tansey, Imeson
Stockport County: Proudlock, McNulty
Attendance: 6284 (262 Bees)
Written by David Enstone