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City stung by late Bees equaliser

Brentford
1 - 1
Exeter City

Griffin Park

14/1/11 19:45

Attendance: 4,767

Referee:

Nicky Forster`s last gasp equaliser denied Exeter City what would have been their first victory of the new year.

Forster bundled the ball home in a goalmouth scramble to cancel out John O`Flynn`s second minute opener.

With this the first of two trips to Brentford in four days Paul Tisdale decide to rotate his squad making four changes from last week`s draw with MK Dons.

One of those changes, O`Flynn, wasted no time in justifying his selection. Latching on to David Noble`s defence splitting through ball he slotted low to the keeper`s right to give City the lead after just 110 seconds.

O`Flynn proved to be a constant menace all match, running the channels stretching the Bees` backline and staking a claim for a regular starting berth.

Shell-shocked from their early setback Brentford almost fell two behind when Troy Archibald-Henville rose unchallenged at a corner, but the defender wasted his chance sending his header over the bar.

The Bees should have scored with their first opportunity of note. Paul Jones gently parried Charlie MacDonald`s effort into the middle of the penalty area where the on rushing Marc Laird tapped the ball passed the recovering Jones, but his effort hit the base of the post much to relief of the 575 City fans behind the goal.

Archibald-Henville and Matt Taylor were dealing with every aerial threat that came their way at the heart of the City defence.

It was in the wide areas where Brentford had some joy, Myles Western`s pace caused problem`s all game but Jones had few saves to make as City made it to half time with their lead in tact.

There was much more urgency from the hosts after the break. Manager Andy Scott and animated figure on the touchline as Gary Alexander stung the palms of Jones from a tight angle.

Pinned back in their own half for periods of the second half a couple of substitutions galvanised City`s attacking intent. Scott Golbourne`s shot seemed to be blocked by Michael Spillane`s hand but appeals for a penalty were rejected by referee Roger East.

Jones then had to react quickly to tip MacDonald`s turn and shot over the bar before MacDonald failed with an even better chance, stabbing the ball wide at the back post from point blank range.

City continued to calve out the occasional chance on the counter attack. Jamie Cureton sprinted clear of the tiring Brentford defence but his finish lacked composure as he blazed the ball into the stand.

City were in the ascendancy as the match neared it`s conclusion but from a cheap corner substitute Forster forced the ball home after Craig Woodman`s floated centre to give Brentford a share of the spoils.

City: P Jones, Duffy, Taylor, Archibald-Henville (Tully), B Jones, Dunne, Noble, Sercombe, Thomson (Golbourne), Nardiello (Cureton), O`Flynn


Writer:Kithson Bain
Date:Sunday January 16 2011
Time: 4:55AM

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