Match-winner Bent, 17-year-old scorer of the struggling Second Division side's 60th-minute second goal, had not played since a Christmas Day mishap with a mirror left him needing 24 stitches in a wound to his neck.
Meanwhile, the England Under-21 international Forster, whose first-time cross laid on Bent's glory moment, was making his first appearance since he damaged ligaments in his right knee in the first-round tie against Farnborough in November.
The prospect of a Cup run, however, is one that Forster will view with a certain wariness after suffering an overdose of exposure in the last 12 months. Described by the agent Eric Hall, never one to understate a client's worth, as "the most promising player in the country", Forster appeared to be heading for Crystal Palace last summer until the Selhurst Park club pulled out of a reported pounds 2m deal. "I was naive enough to let the press speculation get to me," Forster said. If he is planning to play a part in a Bees revival, he had best cancel the papers.Reuse content