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Posted Sat 18 Apr 09 at 19:23 PM


Brentford need just two points from their final three games to secure promotion to League One after a comfortable home win over Accrington Stanley.

Sam Williams set The Bees on their way when he opened the scoring inside the first ten minutes and Ryan Dickson doubled the lead with his first Brentford goal just before half time.

Billy Clarke gave the score line a gloss with a third from the penalty spot early in the second period and 3-0 was the least Brentford deserved.

They dominated against a limited Accrington Stanley, who were second best in midfield and could find no way of stopping The Bees' front pair.

Clarke had an early header saved before Sam Williams gave Brentford the lead with the simplest of goals.

Karleigh Osborne spotted the run of the Aston Villa loanee and floated a 60 yard ball into the space in front of his, Sam Williams judged the ball and looped a header over Kenny Arthur and into the net,

Adam Newton had an effort deflect straight to Arthur and David Hunt curled a free kick narrowly wide as Brentford dominated.

And they scored a second goal five minutes before the break when Clarke picked out Sam Wood with a raking cross field pass and the wide man knocked it inside to the marauding Dickson - he slipped past Peter Cavanagh and placed a right footed shot into the corner.

Accrington had offered almost nothing in the first half and within ten minutes of the second period the game was well and truly up.

Sam Williams had gone close with a lobbed effort and when he went down under the challenge of Kieran Charnock when attempting to reach a Clarke pass a penalty was awarded.

Clarke stepped up and slotted the ball past Arthur for his fourth goal in four games.

He almost grabbed another minutes later when he met a Hunt long throw with a powerful header but Arthur saved low and the wily striker placed a lofted cross-cum-shot inches wide moments later.

Clarke was a constant menace and forced Arthur into another low save when he raced through later in the half - Sam Williams' attempt from the re-bound flew across the face of goal.

Newton almost ended a great move with a goal when Dickson's cross was nodded into his path by Sam Williams but his shot hit the outside of the post.

With twenty minutes remaining and the game well won Accrington started to create openings.

Robert Williams headed straight at Ben Hamer from five yards and then had a weak shot saved by the Brentford keeper before John Mullin fizzed an effort narrowly over.

Substitute Glenn Poole almost set up a goal for Sam Williams but Philip Edwards deflected his effort wide and it was the visitors who came closest to grabbing a late goal.

Hamer saved well from Michael Symes and James Ryan saw a shot fly across the face of goal in stoppage time.

But Accrington were not good enough to breach the Brentford defence and the Bees know they can clinch promotion with a win at Dagenham and Redbridge on Tuesday.

Brentford: Hamer; Osborne, Phillips, Bennett, Dickson; Newton, Hunt, Bean, Wood (sub Poole 68 mins); S. Williams, Clarke (sub M. Williams 87 mins)

Subs (not used): Simon Brown, Halls, Spencer

Accrington Stanley: Arthur; Cavanagh, Edwards, Charnock, Williams; Turner (sub Kay 60 mins), Ryan, Procter (sub Mullin 60 mins), Miles; Symes, Lindfield (sub Grant 60 mins)

Subs (not used): Murdock, Hibbert

Attendance: 7,135 (92 away fans)

Written by Chris Wickham

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