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Grimsby v Brentford Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 15/08/2008

THE Mariners follow up their cup exploits with their first trip of the season to the nation's capital to face Andy Scott’s Brentford at Griffin Park.

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The Opposition

Overview

Brentford have had a bad start to the season a 1-0 defeat to Bury at Gigg Lane on the first day of the season. The Bees then went on to lose in the League Cup against an impressive Swansea outfit at the Swans' new home, the Liberty Stadium. Andy Scott’s (left) men had a mixed time during pre-season like the rest of League Two clubs: a ten man defeat to Ipswich and a hard time against AFC Wimbledon, then they were overshadowed in a 3-0 win against local team Staines FC in the very last of their pre-season friendlies. After finishing 14th Brentford will want to re-establish themselves and to return to League One after their relegation from it in 2007.

The Team
Scott has enticed several new faces to West London and the majority from higher placed teams in the football leagues. Marcus Bean (left) of Blackpool, Charlie Macdonald of Southend, Brett Johnson of Northampton and from Thursday Mark Phillips once of Millwall all now don the red and white of Brentford. The busy summer period has shown the intention of the London club and where they want to be this year. With proposals well on their way for a new 20,000 seater stadium close to Griffin Park The Bees are going in the right direction on and off the pitch.

One to Watch
Glenn Poole. Local born Glenn Poole spent a lot of time in the lower leagues firstly at Thurrock then moved to Grays Athletic in 2005. His impressive displays and skill in the non-leagues led to Poole acquiring a loan spell at Spotland in March 2007. With just one starting appearance, 5 off the bench and no goals it was hardly inspirational stuff but the technical ability which he showed led to Poole signing for Brentford on a free. 43 games and 14 goals later Brentford have acquired one of the best talents in the lower league and with a great partnership with fellow striker Connell already having been cemented then Poole and his fellow partner will severely challenge Barnes and his two clean sheets this season.

Recent Form

TownBrentford
WTranmere(h)2-0
DRochdale(h)0-0
Currently 13th in League Two.
LSwansea(a)0-2
LBury(h)0-1
Currently 17th in League Two.

Team News

TownBrentford

  • Defender Robbie Stockdale is ruled out after picking up a knock on Tuesday night.

  • Paul Bolland (knee) and Danny Boshell (ankle) are still both ruled out with injury
  • Brentford have completed the signing of former Millwall defender Mark Phillips, who is expected to go into the squad.
  • Squads

    TownBrentford
    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9FWMartin Butler
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFNick Fenton
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21MFSimon Heslop
    22FWNathan Jarman
    23MFGrant Normington
    24GKLeigh Overton
    1GKBen Hamer (on loan from Reading)
    2MFKevin O'Connor
    3DFRyan Dickson
    4MFMarcus Bean
    5DFMark Phillips
    6DFAlan Bennett (on loan from Reading)
    7DFAdam Newton (captain)
    8MFGary Smith
    9FWNathan Elder
    10FWCharlie MacDonald
    11MFGlenn Poole
    12MFAlan Connell
    14DFBrett Johnson
    15DFJames Wilson (on loan from Bristol City)
    16MFSam Wood
    17DFCraig Pead
    19FWMoses Ademola
    20MFFrankie Artus (on loan from Bristol City)
    22DFKarleigh Osborne
    23FWRoss Montague
    24DFFraser Franks
    25MFLewis Ochoa
    31GKSeb Brown
    32MFMarvin Williams

    Head to Head

    Grimsby have a good record against Brentford, especially recently, with the exception of the last game between the two sides which the Bees won at Blundell Park. Matches between the clubs are rarely draws: 33 games have taken place since the last stalemate in 1961.

    P 57 W 30 D 4 L23 F93 A 82

    Brentford Head-to-Head (23rd on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 1 Brentford 2 (Sat 24th March 2008)

    A shocking second half performance from the Mariners gave visitors Brentford maximum points. Danny North had given Grimsby the lead, only for the Bees to fight back and win 2-1.

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    Prediction

    A worthy win over Tranmere has got us all slightly optimistic. If the team can perform in any way the same then expect a result against a side still getting to know one another

    Brentford 0-1 Grimsby

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