Brentford brushed aside npower League One leaders Charlton 3-0 at The Valley to secure a place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area quarter-final.

The Bees, who knocked the Addicks out of the competition last year, got off to a dream start by taking the lead inside two minutes.

David Clarkson's initial shot was parried by Addicks keeper John Sullivan but the loose ball fell to Blair Adams, who fired a low shot into an empty net.

The Bees doubled their advantage in the 24th minute when they were awarded a penalty following a clumsy challenge by Mikel Alonso on Toumani Diagouraga, with Kevin O'Connor stepping up to smash home the spot kick.

Adams came close seven minutes after the restart when he ran half the length of the pitch before unleashing a 25-yard shot which went just wide of the post.

But Brentford didn't have long to wait until their third of the evening arrived on the hour when Diagouraga shot past Sullivan from 10 yards.

Miguel Llera's free-kick was deflected behind off Michael Morrison and substitute Sam Wood shot into the side-netting as Brentford threatened to pull even further clear.

In the Northern Section, highly-rated youngster Max Clayton headed Crewe to a 1-0 win over Macclesfield, which sees them also progress to the area quarter-final.

Clayton, who was a target for Liverpool when still in the Alex's youth ranks, struck in the 75th minute to settle a hard-fought tie.

The teenager planted a diving header past goalkeeper Steve Collis from Byron Moore's cross to earn Crewe a place in Saturday's draw

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