Marcus Gayle and his Staines team travelled from TW18 to TW8 on Saturday afternoon intent on causing a Cup upset – fortunately for Bees fans they didn’t even get a sniff of a goal and the Swans had their wings well and truly clipped. Dave Lane provides both the words and the video footage this week.
Brentford breezed past Staines Town in the First Round of the FA Cup – the Bees running out 5-0 winners against a side who never looked capable of causing an upset.
The Staines Massive brought an impressive following, but in truth, the non League players they came to support didn’t turn up at all – Marcus Gayle and his team won’t be looking back at the afternoon at Griffin Park with any fond memories whatsoever.
Uwe Rosler fielded a very strong team, with only two changes to the side that had won at Crawley in their last outing – Ben Nugent coming in for the suspended Harlee Dean and Jake Reeves deputizing for Adam Forshaw.
The game was scrappy for long periods; however, it was a match played almost entirely in the visitors’ half. The opener came on 21 minutes after Lewis Ferrell handled a cross in the area for a dead-cert penalty – Alan McCormack stepping up to give the ‘keeper no chance.
Jake Reeves then doubled the advantage on 35 minutes after a neat one-two on the edge of the area – before Kadeem Harris continued his impressive form by blasting an absolute beauty into the top corner to send the home side in three up at the break.
The second period continued in the same vein – Marcello Trotta netted the fourth after a goalkeeping fluff, before the Fulham loanee made way for Will Grigg, then Kadeem Harris came off for Farrid El Alagui – a very rare sight indeed!
Unfortunately neither of the substitutes were able to add to the tally, as the forward play became a little disjointed – but Clayton Donaldson managed to make it five in the last minute – his back-heal finding the net after a scramble in the six-yard box.
All in all a very easy win for the Bees who, although not looking that impressive, were in complete control of this encounter from start to finish and came through unscathed and unruffled.
Staines simply didn’t step up to the challenge today, but all Bees fans will wish Marcus Gayle, his players and the Town Massive the best of luck for the rest of the season.