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Posted Wed 04 Feb 09 at 12:20 PM


The Bees found themselves on the negative side of a League result for only the fifth time this season, each defeat of which has been against a team from the North West, when they returned from Morecambe last night.

The Bees had gone into the game with an unchanged side and on the back of two exceptional performances, whilst Morecambe named an unchanged side for the fourth consecutive game.

However it was the Lancashire side who raised their game on the night to impress the paltry attendance of 1,253 including 113 brave souls who had made the trek north in support of The Bees. Their home victory was only their fifth this season but it was a noticeable scalp alongside that of Darlington, Shrewsbury Town and Aldershot.

For the opening ten minutes or so, The Bees looked to be the side who would dominate and indeed within the first ninety seconds could have taken the lead when Charlie MacDonald`s centre was missed by Dave Artell which wrong footed the well place Jordan Rhodes. However the Bees loanee still managed to get a shot in which Barry Roche did well to tip away.

But it wasn't long before the home side showed their intentions in closing the visitors down at every attempt and in doing so, whilst not necessarily enjoying the main possession in the opening half, certainly posed the bigger threat of the two teams particularly on the break.

In fact The Shrimps should have taken the lead when their top scorer Rene Howe found himself clear with only Ben Hamer to beat. But he dragged his shot inches wide of the right hand post.

Brentford also went close when another shot from Rhodes, this time on the turn following an excellent ball from Sam Wood, was pushed wide by the flying form of Roche.

Then midway through the first half the hosts took the lead when Mark Phillips failed to control a long ball forward from Fraser McLachlan, and his header was seized upon by Michael Twiss who had the comparatively simple task of stroking the ball home for his first goal of the season.

Not long into the second half MacDonald made a tremendous clear run on his own through the middle although Rhodes was twice denied when trying to pick him out as he galloped down the left flank. A Marcus Bean header also flew narrowly wide of the left hand post.

That apart The Bees were unable to really test Roche in the second half although enjoying plenty of possession whilst Morecambe seemed content to hold on to what they had.

Unfortunately the home teams tactics in the latter stages of the game left a lot to be desired as Hamer, Phillips, MacDonald and second half substitute Marvin Williams were all on the wrong end of some reckless challenges, for which home skipper, James Bentley, was fortunate not to receive a second yellow card.

With just seconds remaining of the game, salt was rubbed into The Bees wounds when Neil Wainwright sped down the left flank and squeezed the ball into the six yard box where Rene Howe had the simplest of opportunities to slide the ball home.

Morecambe: Roche, Yates, Artell, Bentley, Adams, Wainwright, Stanley, Drummond, McLachlan, Howe (Taylor 93), Twiss (Hunter 80).

Unused subs: Davies, Hunter, O'Carroll & Blinkhorn.

Brentford: Hamer, O'Connor, Dickson, Bean, Phillips, Bennett, Newton (Williams 70), MacDonald, Rhodes, Wood (Poole 80), Halls (Hunt 88).

Unused subs: Brown & Osborne.

Att: 1,253 (113 from Brentford)

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