We started our pre-season fixture schedule with a 2-0 win over Boreham Wood on Saturday afternoon.
Bryan Mbeumo scored a first-half penalty at LV Bet Stadium, complete with a strike from Josh Dasilva late in the second half.
The Bees started on the front foot and had a handful of chances in the opening minutes. The best came from a one-two between Wissa and Trevitt, the latter shooting. Goalie Nathan Ashmore was up to the task.
On the other end, Matthew Cox – who has just signed a new six-year contract with the Club – had to be vigilant to watch Danny Newton’s long-term effort in his hands.
With just nine minutes played, referee Will Finnie pointed to the penalty spot. Trevitt was involved again, sweeping a pass into the path of Yoane Wissa who was then brought down by Dennon Lewis.
Mbeumo stepped in to convert the penalty, with Ivan Toney in the second-half XI. He sent the keeper the wrong way to slot it into the bottom corner.
After a short break in the water midway through the half, Brentford continued to press the advantage. Mbeumo saw the goal from the edge of the box but narrowly widened.
Then Trevitt was found by Halil Dervisoglu, placed the ball with a shot and then hit one. He was blocked by Mark Ricketts.
Before the end of the half, Cox had to be sharp. Fin Stevens handed the ball over to Wood’s Trialist in the middle of the field. He came forward and shot low, the Bees keeper chipped in brilliantly to clear the ball away.
At the break, everything changed. Brentford substituted all players, while the home side made their own changes.
The second half was a scrappier affair, although it could have started with an immediate second for Brentford.
Nathan Young-Coombes was played from behind, had his shot saved by Ashmore but he kept racing towards the line. Stephens came back to hook him, only for Baptiste to follow up with a shot that was deflected narrowly wide of the target.
Josh Dasilva showed good pace to get clear in the middle. He had Toney with him but opted to take a chance, pushing his shot just inches from the post.
After an hour Young-Coombes had the ball in the net but it was ruled out. Toney had taken the hit, whipping it at the keeper from the edge of the box. It parried him but NYC was there to wave home. The assistant’s flag rose from the near side and confirmed that he had been knocked out.
The Wood continued as time drew to a close but couldn’t get close enough to disturb Ellery Balcombe – who spent last season on loan with Bromley in the National League, finishing on the same points as the hosts today.
The second goal came just at the death. Dasilva drilled the ball through a crowd in the penalty area. He deflected Stephens as he crossed the line, but that was our number 10’s goal.
Boreham Wood first half: Ashmore, Ilesanmi, Ricketts (c), Evans, Stephens, Egan, Ndlovu, Newton, Lewis, Mendy, Trialiste
Brentford first half: coxswain; Stevens, Jansson (c), Racic, Henry; Janelt, Peart-Harris, Trevitt; Mbeumo, Dervisoglu, Wissa
Boreham Wood second half: Ashmore, Stevens, Stephens, Fyfield, Kelly-Evans, Smith, Egan, Rees, Marsh, Elliott.
Brentford Second Half: Balcomb; Roerslev, Oyegoke, Bech, Thompson; Maghoma, Dasilva, Baptist; Young-Coombes, Toney (c), Canos