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1995-96 Avon Insurance Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Avon Insurance Combination

Manager : Paul Hilton

95_08_16 Crystal Palace v. WHU

Champions Hill Ground, Dulwich Hamlet

1 - 0 (Boere)

16 August 1995

Sealey

Brown

Rowland

Mitchell

Whitbread

Allen

Moors

Canham

Boere

Watson

Currie

The reserves kicked-off their Avon Insurance Combination away to Crystal Palace. On a poor Dulwich Hamlet pitch, we turned in a disappointing performance and created few chances. Palace were much the better side and would have scored on several occasions but for the brilliance of our 'keeper Les Sealey. He kept the score to 0-0 until the last minute when we stole the points. Keith Rowland crossed from the left to Boere who did well to control the ball, with his back to goal, before turning and firing home from 12 yards.

WIMBLEDON : Avon Insurance Combination

95_08_23 Wimbledon v. WHU

Selhurst Park

2 - 3 (Lampard [pen], Watson)

23 August 1995

Feuer

McFarlane

Keith (Ferdinand)

Mitchell

Whitbread

Canham

Moors

Lampard

Byrne (Boylan)

Watson

Currie

A disappointing first-half performance at Wimbledon a week later, saw the reserves three goals down after 30 minutes. But we improved after the interval and began to play some constructive football. In the 68th minute a cross from Chris Moors was powerfully headed home by Mark Watson. Ten minutes later Watson was brought down in the penalty-area and Frank Lampard scored from the spot-kick. In the last few minutes Darren Currie and Mark Watson went close. Adrian Whitbread also had a great effort headed off the line to deny us the equaliser our second-half display deserved.

BRISTOL CITY : Avon Insurance Combination

95_08_31 WHU v. Bristol City

WIMBLEDON : Avon Insurance Combination

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Avon Insurance Combination

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Avon Insurance Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Avon Insurance Combination

LUTON TOWN : Avon Insurance Combination

NORWICH CITY : Avon Insurance Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Avon Insurance Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Avon Insurance Combination

ARSENAL : Avon Insurance Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Avon Insurance Combination

CHELSEA : Avon Insurance Combination

MILLWALL : Avon Insurance Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Avon Insurance Combination

PORTSMOUTH : Avon Insurance Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Avon Insurance Combination

WATFORD : Avon Insurance Combination

95_09_02 WHU v. Wimbledon 95_09_06 Brighton v. WHU 95_09_13 WHU v. Charlton Athletic 95_09_20 Ipswich Town v. WHU 95_09_26 WHU v. Luton Town 95_10_04 Norwich City v. WHU 95_10_10 WHU v. Oxford United 95_10_18 Southampton v. WHU 95_10_24 WHU v. Arsenal 95_10_30 Bristol Rovers v. WHU 95_11_07 WHU v. Chelsea 95_11_13 Millwall v. WHU 95_11_20 WHU v. Swindon Town 95_12_05 WHU v. Portsmouth POST

Upton Park

5 December 1995

95_12_12 QPR v. WHU 95_12_19 WHU v. Watford

Upton Park

0 - 0

31 August 1995

Sealey (Feuer)

Mitchell

Brown

Whitbread

Martin

Williamson

Blaney (Lampard)

Canham

Boogers

Watson (Ferdinand)

Currie

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Allen C.)

2 September 1995

Feuer

Mitchell

Blaney

Whitbread (Ferdianand)

Martin

Williamson

Lampard

Canham (Mitchell)

Allen C.

Watson

Currie

Goldstone Ground

0 - 1

6 September 1995

Feuer

Mitchell

Rowland

Whitbread

Martin

Lampard

Canham

Williamson

Moors

Boylan (Ferdinand R.)

Currie

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Boylan, Moors)

13 September 1995

Sealey

Mitchell

Rowland

Ferdinand R.

Martin

Boylan (McFarlane)

Canham

Lampard

Moors

Currie

Lazaridis

Ram Meadow

1 - 6 (Canham)

20 September 1995

Finn

Mitchell

Keith

Whitbread

Orfali

Canham

McFarlane (Boylan)

Lampard (Goodwin)

Moors

Shipp

Currie

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Hutchison, Moors)

26 September 1995

Sealey

Mitchell

Rowland

Whitbread

Orfali (Ferdinand R.)

Hutchison

Lampard

Williamson

Moors

Shipp

Currie

Carrow Road

5 - 1 (Boogers, Canham, Currie, Offali, Watson)

4 October 1995

Finn

Blaney

Keith (Bowen)

Whitbread

Orfali

Shipp (McFarlane)

Canham

Lampard

Watson

Boogers

Currie (McPherson)

The Hammers created many chances in the first-half of their Reserve game against Bristol City at Upton Park and should have been comfortably ahead by half-time. Unfortunately for us, the vastly experienced Phil Kite in City's goal and his defenders were in top form and stopped efforts from Scott Canham, Mark Watson, Marco Boogers and Paul Mitchell. Hammers continued to dominate in the second-half and our best chances came from Danny Williamson in the 65th minute when his great shot from 25 yards was tipped away by Kite and Alvin Martin whose effort struck a post following a corner. But after being under constant pressure, City almost snatched the winner in injury time when following a rare breakway Ian Feuer, a second-half substitute for Les Sealey, just managed to steer the shot around a post.

Clive Allen returned to Upton Park after an absence of 18 months, when Reserve-Team boss Paul Hilton named him in the side to face Wimbledon. The much-travelled, vastly experienced striker soon proved he'd lost none of his ability, or awareness near goal. But our best chance fell to Frank Lampard who sent a left-foot shot narrowly wide in the 10th minute. Then an Allen centre found Mark Watson, but his header hit the crossbar. Watson soon became the villain when he conceded a penalty following a corner. Minutes later Andy Clarke added a second goal for the Dons. Wimbledon were firmly in control after the interval and only a fine save by Ian Feuer prevented them from going further ahead. Danny Williamson was unlucky with a 30 yard drive before Clive Allen forced the Dons' goalkeeper to turn a great shot around the post. The referee awarded a goal-kick and Allen was booked for protesting. However, Clive did score with a header following a Darren Currie cross. Dons secured their second victory of the season over the Hammers with a third goal in the last minute.

Although fielding a strong team, the Reserves were disappointing on their visit to Brighton. The young home side took the lead in the seventh minute when a corner was headed home. Another fine header was well saved by Ian Feuer who then found himself facing a penalty-kick following a foul by defender Keith Rowland. But diving to his left, Feuer produced an excellent save to turn the spot-kick away. The Hammers' only real threat came from defender Adrian Whitbread who saw two fine efforts saved by the Brighton 'keeper. Our forwards had plenty of possession in the second-half, but were unable to break the deadlock and earn a share of the points. Brighton's win was their first of the season and the first over our Reserves in three seasons.

Charlton Athletic were the visitors to Upton Park and like ourselves had found goals hard to come by. The few incidents of the first-half involved the three West Ham players who were booked - two of them for seemingly innocuous offences. Twelve minutes into the second-half Charlton took the lead. Three minutes later we equalised when Lee Boylan shot high into the net following a fine cross from Stan Lazaridis. Boylan, Paul Mitchell, substitute Tony McFarlane and Lazaridis all had good efforts saved by the Charlton 'keeper. West Ham's pressure finally got its reward when a bad back-pass was intercepted by Moors who hooked a right foot shot into the net. Charlton grabbed an equaliser when a cross from the right was netted at the far post. From the re-start Lazaridis once again broke down the left and centred to Darren Currie whose shot was well-saved by the agile Charlton goalkeeper.

Our Reserves were no match for a very experienced Ipswich Town side, with a predominance of first-team players, and were beaten 6-1 - Four of our side had also played against Colchester United Youths in a League Cup-tie the previous evening. At least Scott Canham's goal for the Hammers, a scorching 25 yarder in the 37th minute, was real quality.

Six days after their mauling by the Tractor Boys of Ipswich, Luton Town were the visitors to a rain-soaked Upton Park. Despite the conditions the game was exciting and both teams played end-to-end soccer. West Ham took the lead in the 17th minute when Chris Moors slipped through the Luton defence to score. Four minutes later Luton equalised. The second-half started with a flurry and a Don Hutchison screamer from 25 yards was well-saved by the Luton 'keeper. A minute later Deadly Don did score when he latched on to a Frank Lampard chip forward and unleashed a right-foot shot from 15 yards that hit the back of the net before the 'keeper moved. But determined goalkeeping and near misses denied any further scores.

The Hammers made the trip to Carrow Road with a side containing a number of youth-team players and with some trepidation because Norwich City had scored 16 goals without reply in their last three home games. But we took the lead after just five minutes when triallist Mohanned Orfali scored following a corner. Scott Canham added a second 15 minutes later with a shot from just outside the area. Ten minutes before half-time Marco Boogers scored his first goal for the Hammers when he met a hard, low cross from Mark Watson at full stretch. Although Norwich pulled one back after the interval, they fell further behind in the 73rd minute when a Darren Currie cross was deflected into the net off a Norwich defender. Three minutes before the final whistle Mark Watson scored our fifth with a fine solo effort.

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Hutchison, McPherson, Shipp)

10 October 1995

Sealey

Brown

Currie

Whitbread

Blaney

Williamson

McPherson (Shipp)

Hutchison

Watson

Boogers (Canham)

Lazaridis (Keith)

The Dell

2 - 3 (Watson 2)

18 October 1995

Sealey

Brown

Rowland

Hutchison

Whitbread

Blaney (McPherson)

Currie

Canham

Watson (Shipp)

Boogers

Lazaridis

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Watson)

24 October 1995

Sealey

Brown

Currie

Ferdinand R.

Whitbread

Canham

McPherson (Shipp)

Williamson (Moors)

Watson

Boogers

Lazaridis

Lodge Road, Yate Town

4 - 0 (Williamson 2, Hutchison, Shipp)

30 October 1995

Sealey

Mitchell

Rowland

Ferdinand R. (Currie)

Whitbread

Hutchison (Canham)

Harkes

Williamson

Shipp (McPherson)

Boogers

Lazaridis

Upton Park

0 - 1

7 November 1995

Sealey

Mitchell

Rowland

Whitbread

Currie

Harkes

Hutchison (Keith)

McPherson

Lazaridis

Shipp

Boogers

The New Den

2 - 2 (McPherson, Williamson)

13 November 1995

Sealey

Breacker

Keith

Williamson

Ferdinand R.

Mitchell

Shipp

Hutchison

Boogers

McPherson

Lazaridis

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Boogers 2, McPherson)

20 November 1995

Sealey (Little)

Breacker

Blaney

Mitchell

Ferdinand R.

Slater

Hutchison

McPherson (Boylan)

Shipp

Boogers

Lazaridis

Harrow Borough

2 - 1 (Hutchison 2)

12 December 1995

Sealey

Blaney

Hutchison

Coyne

Gordon

Moncur

Boogers

Lazaridis

Canham

Philson

Lampard

Deadly Don Hutchison was in fine form for the Reserves against Oxford United at Upton Park. He led the Hammers' fightback after the visitors had taken the lead. From a fine Hutch cross to the far post, Malcolm McPherson equalised. Oxford regained the lead before half-time and looked like going further ahead until Hutchison scored after a great run and cross from Darren Currie. Don was again involved in our third and winning goal. His powerful shot was blocked by the 'keeper and the ball rebounded to Danny Shipp, a 60th minute substitute, who made no mistake from close-in.

The trip to the Dell ended our three match winning sequence. Although we held the Saints; who were last season's Combination runners-up; at the interval with two goals from Mark Watson scored in 25th and 38th minutes, they proved the stronger side in the second-half and scored a third to deny the Hammers a share of the points.

A best-of-the-season Combination gate of almost 1,000 fans at Upton Park were pleasantly surprised to see England skipper David Platt included in the strong Arsenal lineup. The Hammers took the lead in the 12th minute when Mark Watson shot home from six yards. With both teams playing from one end to the other. After 31 minutes David Platt, making his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt for over a month due to injury, grabbed the equaliser with a fierce shot that gave Les Sealey no chance. Mark Watson almost added a second just after the interval when his right-foot shot hit a defender and was diverted for a corner. Then Marco Boogers was denied a goal when his great header was somehow pushed away from under the crossbar by the Arsenal 'keeper. Boogers again, Stan Lazaridis and Danny Shipp all came close, before a fine save by Les Sealey prevented Arsenal from grabbing what would have been an undeserved winner.

The Reserves' trip to the West Country proved to be an easy one, although a young Rovers side did well to deny us taking the lead until the 40th minute when Danny Williamson scored his first goal of the season. Five minutes after half-time, he added a second before two goals from Danny Shipp and Don Hutchison in the space of three minutes gave the score a more realistic perspective.

Chelsea fielded a strong team at Upton Park and showed why they are once again vying for Avon Insurance Combination honours this season.

In a very entertaining game, both sides played good football with Stan Lazaridis, Don Hutchison; until he went off injured; Danny Shipp and John Harkes doing particularly well for the Hammers.

Les Sealey's fine performance in goal was spoilt by Chelsea's £2.3 million striker Paul Furlong who lost his marker with five minutes to go and snatched the match-winner..much to Les' dismay!

Hammers' new coach Frank Burrows said:"l was very pleased at the attitude we showed and thought a draw would have been a fairer result."

In a hard-working performance we opened the scoring when Danny Williamson netted his third reserve goal of the season. The Lions drew level before the interval and then went in front shortly after the break. Following his return to action two days earlier in Alvin Martin's Testimonial, Tim Breacker had another successful outing after his recent cartilage operation.

With 65 minutes gone, Malcom McPherson earned us a well-earned share of the points with a fine goal and continued his progress back after his own injury problems.

Having won only two matches one might have expected Swindon to be a push-over when they visited Upton Park.

But they played their part in an entertaining game and might well have scored two early goals but for good defensive work by Les Sealey, Tim Breacker and Rio Ferdinand.

The deadlock was finally broken eight minutes into the second-half when Stan Lazaridis moved down the left and passed inside to Malcolm McPherson who turned and sent a right foot shot into the corner of the net.

Three minutes later Marco Boogers scored with a fine chip shot over the Swindon goalkeeper. Further efforts from Boogers and a Malcolm McPherson shot that scraped a post almost increased our lead before Swindon hit back. They came close to scoring on two occasions, bringing a good save from substitute goalkeeper Andrew Little, atriallist, and a fierce header that bounced up and over the crossbar.

With 12 minutes to go, Boogers scored his second goal of the evening. Again it was Lazaridis who provided the opening with a brilliant run which left the dangerous Dutchman the simple task of scoring with a left foot tap in.

After three weeks without a game, the reserves travelled to Harrow Borough's ground for their match against Queens Park Rangers. Returning to our colours were John Moncur after his recent injury and Frank Lampard junior after completing his loan spell with Swansea City. We also included two triallists, central-defender Chris Coyne and Graeme Philson, a forward.

The first-half finished goalless and we changed our tactics for the second period by playing five men in midfield with Scott Canham and Steven Blaney sharing a full-back partnership.

Within five minutes of the re-start our re-styled line-up paid dividends when Don Hutchison began a move followed by a pass to John Moncur who finished his run by supplying a pin-point centre which gave Hutch a tap-in for our first goal.

Rangers equalised, but with ten minutes to go another well-worked move led to Stan Lazaridis supplying the final cross to the far post for Hutchison to score his second.

Our defence was once again well-marshalled by Les Sealey in goal, who was in outstanding form. John Moncur played the whole game and came through unaffected apart from being a little stiff after such a long lay-off. He made a welcome return to first-team action against Southampton at Upton park four days later.

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Hutchison)

19 December 1995

Finn

Harkes (Bowen)

Rowland

Blaney

Partridge

Hutchison

Gordon

Watson (Omoyinmi)

Boogers (Shipp)

Lampard

Lazaridis

Despite persistent rain for the visit of Watford to Upton Park on 19th December, both sides tried to play skilful football. Traffic conditions on the M4 resulted in the referee being delayed and he was not able to take up his duties until half-time.

Watford proved to be difficult opponents, despite their lowly position in the table and were reduced to ten men when one of their players was sent-off in the 55th minute for a second bookable offence.

The match-winner had been scored long before that, though, when Don Hutchison headed home a 24th minute free-kick taken out on the right-wing by Dale Gordon.

Further efforts by Hutchison, Lazaridis and Gordon in the second-half might have added to our score but for fine saves by the Watford 'keeper. The visitors continued to play their part in an entertaining game and forced our defenders into making timely tackles to prevent them equalising.

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

MATCH POSTPONED

Reason ? : rearranged for 29 March 1996