Bees claim shoot-out success
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brentford gained a penalty shoot-out victory over Bristol City in the FA Cup 1st round.
Brentford set up an FA Cup second round tie with non-league Hinckley United after a penalty shoot-out victory over Bristol City, after a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park.
Andrew Frampton's goal just before half time appeared to have been enough for The Bees but Paul Heffernan equalised on 77 minutes to send the game into extra time, where Alex Rhodes proved to be the hero after Leroy Lita missed The Robins' fifth spot kick.
Martin Allen's side enjoyed the better periods of the first half and they were rarely put under pressure by their League One rivals.
John Salako was their creative force and his cross from the right flank in the ninth minute was met by Isaiah Rankin but his header bounced off the near post.
Frampton enjoyed a sight of goal on 24 minutes as he cut in from the left-hand side before curling a shot just off target.
A minute before half time and he made no mistake as he played a neat one-two before clipping an angled drive inside the far post from 25 yards.
The Robins tried to raise their game after the interval with captain Tommy Doherty unleashing a drive from range which flew over the bar.
Brentford responded with interest as a cross from Salako was flicked on by Michael Turner to Sam Sodje, whose header brushed the top of the bar.
Home keeper Stuart Nelson's first meaningful task of the match was to pick the ball out of the back of the net after The Robins equalised from a slick move on 77 minutes.
Player-manager Brian Tinnion cleverly flicked the ball to Jamie Smith, who pinged in a cross to the near post which Heffernan guided beyond Nelson.
The impressive Salako had a late chance saved by Steve Phillips in normal time and then tested the Robins keeper with a free kick in the first period of extra time.
In the closing five minutes of extra time both teams could have won the tie as Heffernan forced a sprawling save from Nelson.
The Bees raced to the other end with Jay Tabb's firm shot pushed over by Phillips and Rhodes flashed an attempt across the face of goal.
In the shoot-out Lee Miller's penalty was saved by Nelson before Jamie Lawrence lashed over the bar. Lita then missed the fifth penalty and Rhodes hammered home the decisive spot kick to send Brentford through after a fraught first round replay.