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Posted Sat 07 Feb 09 at 16:52 PM


Charlie MacDonald became the second Brentford player in a week to score a first half hat-trick as The Bees romped to a comprehensive win over Chester City.

The ace goal poacher grabbed his treble within 25 minutes to go five minutes better than Jordan Rhodes - who notched three in half an hour against Shrewsbury Town last Saturday.

Very early on in proceedings it looked a matter of how many Brentford would score against a poor Chester side and it could have been many more than the final 3-0 score line.

For much of the afternoon it was a complete miss-match with Brentford superior in every department to a team playing with an injured goalkeeper and a substitute's bench full of youngsters.

It took a while for The Bees to turn their domination into goals although Paul Linwood almost scored an early own goal when he deflected a Rhodes cross over his own bar.

Rhodes shot wide from 20 yards soon after and Marcus Bean headed narrowly over from a Ryan Dickson cross after a nice move involving Adam Newton, Bean and Rhodes.

The limit of Chester's early attacking play were efforts well off target from combative midfield player Jay Harris and after The Bees took the lead in the 21st minute there seemed little doubt which team would win.

Rhodes was the architect of the goal, creating space with a beautiful turn 30 yards out and slipping a ball through to MacDonald - the Bees' striker outmuscled Shaun Kelly and toe-ended the ball past Jon Danby and into the net.

Rhodes thought he had won a penalty soon after when he went down after beating two men but nothing was given and Kelly headed inches past his own post from a Sam Wood corner minutes later.

MacDonald rolled an effort across the face of goal moments later after an incisive Bean pass and the midfield man went close soon after with a low shot which Danby had to hold low down.

The Bees second goal arrived just past the half hour with Wood deserving much of the credit - he won the ball off James Vaughan 20 yards out and slipped the ball across to MacDonald who controlled and slotted home.

MacDonald almost notched a third when he had a shot deflected wide but had his hat-trick before the break when The Bees were awarded a penalty.

Rhodes won it when he picked up a MacDonald knock down and darted into the box before being felled by Anthony Barry and his strike partner scored it with a clinical smash into the roof of the net.

Chester tried to fight back - Mark Phillips blocked a Paul Rutherford headed, Wood cleared an acrobatic Kevin Roberts effort off the line and Barry volleyed wide - but they looked like a beaten team.

The Bees found it harder to break through after half time but were still well in command of the game.

Wood almost grabbed a goal when he exchanged passes with MacDonald and rounded Danby but the angle was tight and Roberts cleared off the line.

MacDonald had a shot blocked, Rhodes fired wide and then had a shot blocked after substitute Nathan Elder had caused chaos in the visitors' defence with a nod down.

Alan Bennett headed a David Hunt corner against the crossbar and Elder and Rhodes saw efforts blocked as Brentford tried to turn pressure into goals.

Chester were once again limited to long range efforts in the second half with Barry and Harris failing to test Ben Hamer with poor efforts.

But they almost snatched a consolation in added time when Ben Jones got to the by-line and stood up a fine cross but Harris headed wide when well placed.

Danby saved from an Elder header late on but Brentford couldn't get the goals their possession deserved and had to settle for a 3-0 win.

Brentford: Hamer; Halls, Bennett, Phillips, Dickson; Newton, O'Connor (sub Hunt 66 mins), Bean, Wood; MacDonald (sub Elder 66 mins), Rhodes (sub Williams 86 mins)

Subs (not used): Simon Brown, Osborne

Chester City: Danby; Vaughan, Kelly (sub Smith 45 mins), Linwood, Roberts; Rutherford (sub Jones 78 mins), Barry, Harris, Ellison; Lowe, Rule

Subs (not used): Ellams, Ablett, Owen

Attendance: 4,719 (135 away fans)

Written by Chris Wickham

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