A no-score draw, but Greville Waterman can't wait for the new season.
What a fantastic season for the Bees who totally overexceeded expectations with a marvellous 9th place finish at the end of their first season back in Division One.
The crowd today celebrated that fact rather than the dull 0-0 stalemate between a weakened Brentford and a Hartlepool team scrapping for their life down at the borttom of the division.
In truth the draw suited both teams as it enabled Brentford to overtake Bristol Rovers in the table and ensured Hartlepool's survival as well as an extra bonus for the Bees - Gillingham's relegation!
Not a lot happened and what little football there was was ruined by an officious, whistle-happy referee who stopped the game at every opportunity - bar one, when he missed a blatant tug on Leon Legge after a free kick, an obvious penalty if ever there was one.
Boyd saw his lobbed volley well tipped over by Chesney and Wood cleared off the line. Hunt also saw a free kick saved at the second attempt by Flinders. That was that for the first half apart from two spiteful challenges that saw O'Donovan and McSweeney booked.
Brentford improved after the break, Charlie MacDonald netted from a tight angle but was offside and new father Myles Weston saw his 25 yarder well tipped over. Another weaving run saw him centre beyond his strikers and when he switched to the right he cut in before shooting wide.
And that was that for Brentford who were indebted, yet again, to the wonderful Chesney who saved from Jones when the substitute was through alone on goal.
Chesney was substituted by debutant Simon Moore near the end and received a well deserved standing ovation from the crowd and his team mates too. What a talent!
Three youths ran onto the pitch and were forcibly removed by Flinders and that was that.
Not a great game, in fact it was very poor fare. But today was all about celebrating Brentford's achievement or should I say overachievement throughout a long tough season.
Next season cannot come soon enough!