Beavers narrowly defeated by skilful Bees
By Stefan Rance
The Beavers opened their pre-season programme with a decent display against a Brentford Development Squad that had pace and skill in abundance.
Lee Carsley's first half squad came out brightly but on 11 minutes, the Beavers had the first chance as Josh Casey cut in from the left wing and stabbed a shot toward goal, keeper Cameron Greene had to be alert to beat the ball away.
However, 3 minutes later, the young Bees took the lead. Montell Moore, who will surely make a first team appearance soon, beat three defenders with a pacy dribble towards the box. His inside pass to Jan Holldack set up the midfielder and his shot into the corner of the net past Seb Brown.
A couple of minutes later, Charlie Moone picked up a clever through ball from fellow forward Johnny Cash, but his attempt with a lob from distance curled wide.
Brentford extended the lead on 15 minutes as Aaron Greene picked up the ball in the middle of the field and his mazy run down the centre split the defence, he then buried the ball past Brown with some aplomb.
The Beavers were not finding chances easy to come by and Michael Kamara's header was the clearest one in the half as it flew straight at Greaves.
The visitors took their foot off the gas somewhat and controlled the game up to half time, when both sides changes their full 11's excepting Seb Brown in the Hampton goal.
In the second half, the Beavers took more of the possession and almost immediately it was Charlie Knight who took the initiative; his one on one chance in the 47th minute against Tangaras saw the goal keeper block the shot from a narrow angle.
Church's 52nd minute shot from distance brought Tangaras into action again as the Brentford second half 11 found the going a little harder against a more determined Beavers XI.
Knight, who had already shown some of the ability that Alan Dowson was keen on, managed to get the Beavers back into the game on 56 minutes as he forced home, at the second attempt, a Jerome Federico cross from the right hand side after Tangaras had saved the original shot.
Hampton were clearly looking the more promising side as Dean Sinclair and Ryan Newman took a hold of the midfield battle and on 76 minutes, it could have been all square.
Returning striker Dan Thompson was loitering on the edge of the box when he spun and clipped a dipping shot that had Tangaras back-pedalling quickly to just push the ball over the bar.
The Bees then slowly managed to get back into the game and hold on for what was a fair result in the end.
Hampton and Richmond Borough First Half: Seb Brown; Tom Jelley, Jake Rose, Michael Kamara, Leon Solomon; Tom Collins, Kieran Murphy, Eddie Hutchinson, Josh Casey; Johnny Cash, Charlie Moone
Brentford First Half: Cameron Greaves; Theo Newton, Gradi Milenge, Daniel O'Shaughnessy, Aaron Greene; Jan Holldack, Ryan Williams; Montell Moore, Bradley Clayton, Courtney Senior; Seika Jatta
Hampton and Richmond Borough Second Half: Seb Brown (sub Matt Pierson 63 mins); James Richmond, Joe Hicks, Ryan Newman, CJ Church; Jerome Federico, Luke Neville, Dean Sinclair, Charlie Knight; Dan Thompson, Danny Bassett.
Brentford Second Half: Amadou Tangara; Audrius Laucys, Luke Tingey, Chris Mepham, Tom Field; Herson Rodrigues Alves, James Ferry; Jeremiah Kamanzi, Zain Westbrooke, Josh Bohui; Courtney Austin
Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 1
Charlie Knight 56
Brentford XI (2) 2
Jan Holldack 11
Aaron Greene 15