Match Report by Scott Bulmer
BECKENHAM TOWN 0-6 BRENTFORD B
London Senior Cup Round One
Wednesday 25th September
We welcomed Brentford B for this London Senior Cup first round tie. Under the lights we were clear underdogs going up against last season’s finalists in this competition and a mostly rotated squad didn’t fill the home fans with too much confidence of advancing.
The match played out mostly as expected, a midfield tussle with some strong tackles going in from both teams and the Bees always looking dangerous in attack as they passed their way through the Becks defence on multiple occasions.
A free kick that never should’ve been awarded was situated to the left of the D just outside the box. Christian Tue Jensen stepped up and sent the ball flying into the top corner, Michael McEntegart could only watch as it flew by to give the visitors the lead after 20 minutes.
Just before half time the lead was doubled as the ball was taken to the byline and crossed in low along the six yard box. Jaden Brissett arrived at the back post to tap the ball into the empty net.
Thirteen was a lucky number for Brentford’s third goalscorer. Scoring after 13 second half minutes, Mads Roerslev made Becks pay for losing possession in the midfield, moments later Roerslev was one on one with McEntegart and put the tie beyond doubt with a cool finish.
The Bees had another free kick in the 66th minute with Jensen standing over it in a very similar position to where the first goal came from. McEntegart had learnt however and his gamble paid off initially making a great save. Unfortunately the ball came off the post and back across goal allowing Gustav Mogensen to send the ball into the net for 4-0 after reacting considerably quicker than anyone else.
The introduction of Shameek Farrell off the bench seemed to spark some energy into the home side as they pressed more and held possession better for the last twenty odd minutes but the Bees quality continued to shine through.
Goal number five came from a Brissett cross which was vollied home by Jensen for his second of the game with fifteen minutes left to play. The sixth and final goal proved it just wasn’t our day as McEntegart’s clearance was intercepted by Jensen and the loanee from FC Midtjylland bagged his hat trick in the 90th minute.
Beck’s rotated side suggests the immediate focus is certainly on the league and that this cup is not a priority however the game allowed for some fringe players to get some play time and rest key players for the important league fixtures coming up against Bearsted, Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells.