Brentford stand in the way of Exeter City's progress in both npower League 1 and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy as the Grecians prepare to travel to Griffin Park for two matches in four days either side of the weekend.

For Exeter's veteran striker Jamie Cureton the Monday evening Trophy game - the first leg of the Southern Section Final - is of major importance as he looks to take a big step towards making a belated first Wembley appearance.

But as the clock begins to run down on his goal-laden career the 35-year-old Grecians' leading scorer, who arrived at St James' Park in the summer following his release from Norwich City, would also love to add a third promotion to his CV having previously helped Reading and Queens Park Rangers climb up to the Championship.

Cureton told football-league.co.uk: "These two games at Brentford could have a massive impact on our season. We've dropped points in all of our games since Christmas so we need to get back to winning ways in the League, and obviously we want to get to Wembley in the Trophy.

"A Wembley Final would be important financially for the club and a great day out for the fans, and for me personally it would fulfil an ambition I've had for so long but not yet achieved. I really do want to play at Wembley before I retire and hopefully this will be the year, but we've got a tough tie over two legs against Brentford.

"If we can get a decent result in the first leg then we'll fancy ourselves at home, although they beat us 4-2 at our place in the League earlier in the season and so we know just how difficult a task we're facing.

"But we can't think of the Trophy before the weekend, and we certainly want to come out of the League game with a win. We're four points below the Play-Off places at the moment, but a good little run would get us up there and challenging and I've no doubts at all that we're capable of doing that."

As well as having no doubts about the Exeter playing squad's potential, Cureton has no self-doubts despite having been released by Norwich at the end of last season.

He was taken on by the Grecians after a short trial period and last week, with 11 goals in 23 games behind him, he signed a contract extension to the end of the season.

"My first six months at the club have gone very well," he said, "and I was delighted to sign a new contract. I'd had a frustrating couple of years at Norwich and when you're given a free then people think you can't do the business anymore.

"But that was a driving force for me, it gave me a focus and things have turned out well so far. The job's only half-done though, and in the second half of the season I want to help Exeter get to the Trophy Final and push for promotion."

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