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QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

PORTSMOUTH : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

88_01_16 WHU v. QPR 88_01_23 WHU v. Portsmouth 88_02_06 WHU v. Luton Town 88_02_16 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 88_02_24 Ipswich Town v. WHU

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

FULHAM : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

88_02_27 WHU v. Brighton 88_03_02 Fulham v. WHU 88_03_05 Brighton v. WHU 88_03_10 Bristol Rovers v. WHU 88_03_12 WHU v. Oxford United 88_03_15 WHU v. Charlton Athletic

ARSENAL : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

WATFORD : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

READING : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

CHELSEA : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

MILLWALL : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Sunday Mirror Football Combination

88_03_23 Arsenal v. WHU 88_04_09 WHU v. Southampton 88_04_14 Charlton Athletic v. WHU 88_04_16 Reading v. WHU 88_04_22 Norwich City v. WHU 88_04_28 Chelsea v. WHU 88_04_30 WHU v. Millwall 88_05_02 Crystal Palace v. WHU 88_05_07 WHU v. Swindon Town

Chadwell Heath

4 - 1 (Livett 3 [1 pen], Dolan)

2 April 1987

1986-87 Reserves 1988-89 Reserves Season 1987-88

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Kelly)

16 January 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Humphries

Kelly

Devonshire

Rose

King

Slater

Walford

Livett

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Dolan 2, Ince 2, Keen)

23 January 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Ince

Hilton

Devonshire

Keen

Slater

Dolan

Livett

Walford

Upton Park

0 - 1

6 February 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Walford

Hilton

Devonshire

King

Kelly (Humphries)

Dolan

Slater

Pask

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Livett)

16 February 1988

Parkes

Potts

McQueen

Hilton

Walford

Devonshire

Keen

Livett

Dolan

Slater

Strain

Portman Road

0 - 1

24 February 1988

Parkes

Potts

McQueen

Keen

Hilton

Devonshire

Kelly

Livett

Dolan

Slater

Strain

Craven Cottage

2 - 0 (Dolan, Harwood)

2 March 1988

Parkes

Potts

Strain

Hilton

Walford

Livett

Slater

Pearson

King

Dolan

Harwood

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Dolan)

27 February 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Walford

Hilton

Devonshire

Kelly (Harwood)

Slater

Dolan

Livett

King

Goldstone Ground

2 - 0 (King, Macklin)

5 March 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Hilton

Walford

Slater

Livett

Rose

Harwood

King

Macklin

Eastville

3 - 1 (Harwood, Livett, Macklin)

10 March 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Potts

Walford

Slater

Rose

Macklin

Harwood

King

Livett

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Livett 2 [1 pen])

12March 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Hilton

Walford

Rose

Macklin

Livett

Harwood

King

Slater

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Ince, Livett)

15 March 1988

Parkes

Potts

Strain

Hilton

Walford

Ince

Keen

Dickens

King

Livett

Slater

Highbury

1 - 0 (Dolan)

23 March 1988

Parkes

Kelly

Strain

Parris

Hilton

Walford

Rose

Ince

Dolan

Slater

Livett

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Slater)

9 April 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Hilton

Martin

Walford

King

Livett

Dolan

Slater

McQueen

Welling United FC

2 - 3 (Ince 2)

14 April 1988

Reeves

McQueen

Walford (Kelly)

Hilton

Strain

Martin

Ince

Keen

Livett

Dolan

Slater

Elm Park

1 - 2 (King)

16 April 1988

Reeves

McQueen

Walford

Hilton

Strain

Martin

Keen

Ince

King (Livett)

Dickens

Slater

Carrow Road

1 - 0 (King)

22 April 1988

Parkes

Pearson

McQueen

Kelly

Humphries

Walford

Rose

Livett

King

Strain

Harwood

Harlington

0 - 2

28 April 1988

Parkes

Pask

Walford

Humphries (Macklin)

Martin

Pearson

Kelly

Livett

King

Harwood

Strain

Upton Park

0 - 1

30 April 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Humphries

Walford

Kelly

Rose

Livett

Dolan (Macklin)

King

Harwood

Sandy Lane, Tooting

1 - 1 (Rose)

2 May 1988

Parkes

Pearson

Strain

Humphries

Walford

Kelly

Rose

Livett

Macklin

King

Harwood

Upton Park

3 - 2 (King 2, Harwood)

7 May 1988

Bracey

Kelly

Strain

Humphries

Walford

Pearson

Rose

Harwood

King

Livett

Macklin

Watford Reserves have been challenging for top place in the Combination — in direct contrast to their senior in the First Division. They included a number of experienced players, and a recent £20,000 signing from Leytonstone-llford, but had an early shock when their 'keeper conceded a penalty by punching Eamonn Dolan in the head as the Hammer went in to meet a centre. Simon Livett made the conversion. The visiting custodian was beaten again three minutes later, but Dolan's header rolled against the post and was hastily cleared.

Midway through the half Allen levelled the count after a left-wing breakaway and a deflection, then Phil Parkes made a couple of saves in the space of a few seconds to keep the half-time score at one apiece.

We went ahead again within five minutes of the restart; Stuart Slater laid off the ball to Livett, and a 25-yard shot along the ground went into the corner of the net. With a quarter-of-an-hour to go Dolan hit the bar, but though Slater netted the rebound he was deemed offside.

It made little difference, as within five minutes Paul Kelly's centre was headed home by Dolan fora great goal. 3-1, and within three minutes it was four to us; Alvin Martin sent Paul Ince off on a run, and as Ince eluded the 'keeper he was brought down. The penalty brought Livett his hat-trick. Watford were demoralised, Ince and Slater being foiled as they sent in further shots.

Alvin Martin made a welcome reappearance, and came through the 90 minutes without any apparent discomfort. He had a steady game in midfield and we hope to see him back in first team action in the near future. It was a game in which our defenders did well, youngsters Paul Kelly and John Strain being confident in the full-back positions.

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

Parkes, Kelly, Strain, Walford, Hilton, Ince, Martin, Livett, Dolan, Slater, McQueen

The Saints (who we had defeated 3-2 at The Dell earlier this season} had the opportunity to bring our run of seven successive wins and a draw to an end when they went one up in the 17th minute; a compounded defensive error left Neil Maddison with the opportunity to run the ball into the empty net.

The young visiting players put up a stubborn resistance, but midway through the first half they conceded a penalty when Eamonn Dolan's shot was handled on the line; unfortunately, for once, Simon Livett failed to make the conversion, 'keeper Tim Flowers getting down to block the shot. The Saints had another let off when Stuart Slater beat four men in a mazy run through the penalty-box, only to see his shot rebound from an upright and be cleared. Then in the final minute before the interval Flowers made another good save as Livett hit a shot on the volley.

An overhead attempt by Dolan on the hour nearly produced an equaliser, but the ball slid past the far post and left the visitors still holding their slim lead.

We eventually reaped a reward with 16 minutes to go. Slater's name went on the score-sheet, and from thence onwards the Hammers continued to press the opposing defence — but to no avail, so the Saints went home with a point.

The run of eight undefeated games was terminated at the Welling United FC ground, when the re-arranged engagement with Charlton Athletic ended 3-2 in the South Londoners' favour.

We had severe defensive problems during the first half, conceding three goals before the interval mainly because of poor positional acumen. It had been a devastating 45 minutes, with the added disappointment that Simon Livett failed to convert a spot-kick for the second time in succession. The situation called for drastic remedy, and the second half found the Hammers well on top and eventually unlucky not to gain a point.

Paul Ince got both our goals. The first was after an interchange of passes with Kevin Keen; the second was a header, following Eamonn Doian's shot being pushed into the air and the 'keeper beaten to the rebound.

Alvin Martin made his third successive appearance in his "come back trail", in the fixture against Reading at their Elm Park ground and played out the 90 minutes with no apparent ill-effects.

We had a strong-looking line-up, but the home side fielded a pretty experienced XI containing some who had featured in the Sirnod Cup triumph at Wembley a few weeks ago, because their First Team had no Barclays League engagement that afternoon.

Ex-Southampton playerSteve Moran opened the score for Reading, but a reply by Adam King brought the count level before the interval. Then Moran got his second, and the homesters held on to their advantage to take the points by a 2-1 margin.

We could not complain about the result, as the opposition were generally the better side on the afternoon.

Most clubs in the Combination are catching up on their arrears of fixtures brought about by previous postponements, and our own second string is having a busy time.

We fulfilled an away engagement with Norwich City on the evening of 22nd April, the Canaries having decided that Fridays would be their "home" dates this season.

The first half was goalless, the game being dominated by the defences of two evenly-matched teams. The second half opened in similar fashion, but the Hammers eventually met with success and carved out a move which overcome the Canaries rearguard and settled the issue with the only goal of the game. A midfield interception by Paul Kelly gained possession, and the move upfield was carried through by Simon Livett, John strain, and Tommy McQueen to Adam King whose header brought deserved victory.

Our original fixture-list left the Reserves without a competitive engagement for three weeks over the Christmas-New Year period. However, it was further extended to a month when the away game against Crystal Palace on January 6 was called off because the pitch was waterlogged at Sandy Lane, Mitcham, where the Eagles play "home" matches.

When our reserves eventually resumed their games it was against third-placed Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park. It provided an opportunity to give Alan Devonshire 90 minutes of competitive action; he came through in a satisfactory manner, though tiring somewhat in the closing stages. We also welcomed Steve Walford back to our colours after his two-month spell on loan to Huddersfield Town.

Paul Kelly scored his first Combination goal to put us one up at the interval, but the Rangers equalised in the second half to share the points. Overall our team had the edge, and could have gained their first victory of 1988, but some chances went astray and the visitors at least went part of the way towards avenging their seniors' defeat that resulted at Loftus Road later that afternoon.

Unfortunately it took nearly all of the first half for the game against Luton Town Reserves to come to life. With less than ten minutes to go to the interval Andy Dibble made the first save of the game from Eamonn Dolan, and the'keeper also did well to foil Stewart Slater; he then tipped Steve Walford's free-kick over the bar to keep the count at nil-nil as the teams went in for the breather. The visitors went ahead on the hour when  they hit the back of the net at the third attempt after Phil Parkes had blocked their initial shot.

Our XI did not then make a great deal of impact until with ten minutes to go Dolan's 20-yard drive was forestalled by the 'keeper again. Further efforts were to no avail and the single goal (plus some further saves) decided the destination of the points.

Dibble was Luton's hero of the afternoon, and young midfielder Ricky McEvoy had a fine game for them.

On a bright and sunny afternoon our Reserves secured a victory over Tottenham Hotspur Reserves by a first-minute goal. Simon Livett powerfully headed the ball past Peter Guthrie and we then held the North Londoners scoreless to avenge the 3-2 victory they accomplished last September at White Hart Lane. Quick passing between Alan Devonshire and Stuart Slater split the opposing defence, following which Kevin Keen crossed the ball to set up the decisive counter.

Keen continued to worry the Spurs' rearguard, and at times they were in serious trouble with Guthrie being stranded outside the penalty-area on more than one occasion. Unfortunately our strikers failed to capitalise on their chances, although Slater had a very near-miss and Tommy McQueen hit an upright with a 25-yard free-kick; in addition, Paul Hilton had a headed "goal" disallowed following a corner-kick. We should have scored more than once.

At the other end Phil Parkes helped to maintain a clean sheet with some fine goalkeeping, but in a like manner the visitors were well off target with attempts to level the count. Spurs' manager Terry Venables missed the goal as he was en route to the Directors' Box from the dressing room. The early reverse was a surprise for him, as his XI included several experienced players and was holding top spot in the table; what he saw during the remainder of the game could hardly have cheered him up, and he is obviously yet another soccer supremo with problems to solve!

Our mid-week visit to Portman Road on 24 February did not have a happy ending; even though Ipswich Town Reserves gained both points through a second-half goal they could not have gained much satisfaction from a poor game that was not helped by wet, windy weather with occasional showers of sleet and played on a boggy surface that was formerly one of the best pitches in the Football League.

We had a lot of experience in defence, but our younger attacking force could not overcome a similar strength in the home rearguard.

Overall it was not a contest to comment upon at any great length, and those with long memories were left to reflect that Reserve match standards are not as high as in those seasons when Combination football could draw attendances of thousands rather than hundreds.

The re-arranged home fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion was truly disappointing, and for the second match in succession the Hammers conceded points to opposition which owed its success more to enthusiasm than top-rate ability.

A goal down at half-time, we drew level in the second half when Eamonn Dolan netted his tenth Combination goal this season; but after that raising of hopes, chances were frittered away; the final whistle concluded a frustrating afternoon with Albion 2-1 victors, thanks to a late goal which we unnecessarily conceded against a team at the lower end of the standings.

The Charlton Reserves were obviously inspired by their 1st Xl's success on the preceding Saturday, and went ahead in the seventh minute as Steve Thurlow followed in a rebound from the upright. Our team responded with an equaliser, Simon Livett heading home from Kevin Keen's centre which ended a right-wing run,

Conditions noticably deteriorated after the interval as water settled on the surface, but each side contributed to an interesting afternoon. With 20 minutes to go Thurlow seized on a missed clearance to net his second counter, and the Athletic's odds on winning were boosted accordingly; but in turn their defenders made an error to let in Paul Ince, who rounded the 'keeper and levelled the count for a final 2-2 result.

The unbeaten run continued in another mid-week engagement — on March 23rd at Highbury. The odds there appeared to be in favour of fourth-placed Arsenal, who included Paul Merson and Graham Rix among a strong-looking XI. On our side it marked the return of George Parris to action after an absence of several weeks due to injury and he played out the full 90 minutes, looking very fit.

The Hammers took a half-time lead; the goal came from a good move; a through ball to Tshekedi Rose and a brief run and centre ended with Eamonn Dolan hitting a first-timer into the Gunners' net.

Weather conditions were better than those of a week earlier, and each side showed commendable skill in an evenly-balanced contest. Paul Ince twice went near to adding to our lead, the goalkeeper's outstretched leg foiling him on each occasion. In turn we had an escape when the homesters hit the bar during a fiercely-fought concluding 10 minutes; but the final whistle still found us that one goal ahead after an enjoyable afternoon's football.