Wycombe Wanderers and Brentford drew 1-1 at Griffin Park this evening in a match of two contrasting styles – The Chairboys playing a patient passing game and the Bees frequently employing the more direct route-one approach.
The best player on the park was Wycombe’s Kevin Betsy, who not only scored his third goal in two games, but also gave the Bees a torrid time from start to finish – Roaming the pitch and using all his skills to torment their defence one minute, he could be found tracking back to help his side regain possession the next.
Lewis Montrose also played particularly well in central midfield. Always making himself available to receive a pass from his teammates, the youngster was at the heart of most of Wycombe’s best moves and was also uncompromising in the tackle as he bossed the middle of the park.
Former Brentford players, Ben Strevens and Danny Foster failed to set Griffin Park alight on their return. The game largely bypassed Strevens and the sleepy-looking Foster found himself left for dead by the Bees’ wingers on several occasions.
The opening goal on 26 minutes was a perfectly placed 20 yard free-kick from Brentford’s David Hunt which gave Blues’ keeper Nikki Bull no chance.
Ten minutes later it was nearly two for the Bees when Myles Weston went past Foster as if he wasn’t there and crossed to the back of the box for Michael Spillane to fire off a fierce low volley which Bull did well to turn onto the post and out of play.
The Bees had looked their most dangerous from set-pieces, and sure enough, they had a free header from the resulting corner but fortunately for the Chairboys the ball was directed off target.
Wycombe had been playing most of the passing football, and their patience finally paid off four minutes before half-time when a lovely move culminated in Montrose playing a clever ball into the box for Betsy to collect and rifle into the net to make it 1-1.
The Blues’ best attempt at a winner came after 72 minutes when Betsy danced his way through several defenders before finding substitute Marvin McCoy on the right of the Bees’ penalty area. The trialist’s cross was a peach and his fellow substitute Jon-Paul Pittman glanced the ball goalwards only to watch it slide agonisingly wide of the post.
In the final ten minutes, defender Dave Winfield had a header on target and the lively Pittman went on a solo run before shooting narrowly wide, but despite their best efforts the Chairboys couldn’t find a winner and the match finished all-square.
Line-up (* denotes trialist)
Foster Phillips* Winfield Sansara* (McCoy* 60)
Ainsworth (Pittman 66) Murtagh Montrose Betsy