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Match Report


Posted Tue 06 May 08 at 10:57 AM


The Bees went into the final day of the season away to a Stockport side who had already booked their place in the end of season lottery that is the Play-Offs. With nothing at stake except 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 hitting the woodwork. It came about following a nice interchange of passes 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 rebounding off the post to safety. Brentford continued to dominate but Stockport looked to threaten on the counter attack. The hosts got their first sniff of goal in the 8th minute when a cross was cut out by Ben Hamer who took it off the toes of Ryan Lowe as he was ready to pull the trigger. County caused problems as they continued to counter attack. On the quarter hour mark, a low cross into Brentfords 6 yard box, was poorly cleared by the Bees defence but thankfully County failed to capitalise and Brentford were able to clear their lines. Gary Smith found room just inside the box a minute later but his shot was deflected for a corner, with 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 hit the wall and was dealt with by the Bees defence. Jim McNulty brought down Connell outside the box and was rightly booked. 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 goal. But his tight angled shot was well smothered by Ben Hamer. There were chances for Glenn Poole and John Mousinho as Brentford finished the goalless half on a high. The second half was slow to get going. However four minutes in, County worked the ball down the right hand side, causing the Bees' defence problems. The ball was whipped over to the far side of the box where County's debutant Gianluca Havern was unmarked and flashed the ball into the far corner of the net. Andy Scott made changes 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 Connell`s shot from inside the area, well saved by Logan in the 54th minute. A quite period during this period was only enlightened when County brought on Amari Morgan-Smith for Leon McSweeney. This move actually helped The Bees as both Gary Smith and Alan Connell had chances on goal, whilst Ricky Shakes set up a tantalising cross which ran just too far for Connell. In the 73rd minute Morgan-Smith broke through the Brentford defence after a good one-two, and only a good low save by Hamer denied County their second goal.  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 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 statistic which may haunt them in their forthcoming play-off campaign. In the dying seconds Brentford had two chances to level the score. First Gary Smith saw his shot saved following a surging run while Ricky Shakes should have done better from the resultant corner when he headed high 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 Bookings: Brentford: Osborne Stockport County: Proudlock, McNulty Attendance: 6284 (262 Bees) Written by David Enstone  

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