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1999-00 F.A. Premier Reserves League - South

West Ham United will compete in the newly formed FA Premier Reserve League in 1999-2000. All home games will be played at Leyton Orient's ground Leyton Stadium with an evening kick-off

DERBY COUNTY : F.A. Premier Reserve League

99_08_17 Derby County v. WHU Reserves

Bywater

Purches

Angus

Forbes

Etherington

McCann

Omoyinmi

Cole

Abou

Alexander

Carrick

Baseball Ground

0 - 0

17 August 1999

99_08_31 WHU v. Leicester City Reserves 99_09_07 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves 99_09_22 Wimbledon v. WHU Reserves 99_09_27 Southampton v. WHU Reserves 99_10_05 WHU v. Crystal Palace Reserves 99_10_12 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves 99_10_12 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves TS 99_10_26 WHU v. Chelsea Reserves 99_11_09 WHU v. Charlton Athletic Reserves 99_11_24 WHU v. Coventry City Reserves 99_12_07 WHU v. Arsenal Reserves

LEICESTER CITY : F.A. Premier Reserve League

ARSENAL : F.A. Premier Reserve League

WIMBLEDON : F.A. Premier Reserve League

SOUTHAMPTON : F.A. Premier Reserve League

CRYSTAL PALACE : F.A. Premier Reserve League

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : F.A. Premier Reserve League

CHELSEA : F.A. Premier Reserve League

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : F.A. Premier Reserve League

COVENTRY CITY : F.A. Premier Reserve League

ARSENAL : F.A. Premier Reserve League

A brilliant display from England Yourh goalkeeper Stephen Bywater earned the Hammers a deserved point in their opening fixture in the new FA Premier Reserve League. Derby were the better side for most of the first-half, but were denied the lead by a string of great Bywater saves. The Hammers improved after the break and were unlucky not to score when a shot from Grant McCann rebounded from the woodwork. Then the Hammers had a strong penalty claim turned down by the referee after Joe Cole had been clearly fouled in the box. Bywater was then called upon to make another couple of fine saves to prevent the Rams from scoring the match-winner.

The Hammers crashed to defeat in their first home Reserve League match of the season at Brisbane Road. Despite creating several good scoring chances in the first-half, the Hammers found themselves two down within the First 12 minutes — and both came from set-pieces.

After the break it was all West Ham and Paul Kitson, Joe Cole, Manny Omoyinmi and Michael Carrick all went close before Richard Garcia reduced the arrears in the 65th minute when he rounded the goalkeeper to slot into an empty net.

Highbury

0 - 4

7 September 1999

McMahon B.

Purches

Angus

Forbes

Margas

Etherington

Bullard

Ferrante

Abou

Holligan (Brayley)

Garcia

Javier Margas, making his first appearance in a Hammers' shirt since last December, could do little to prevent a strong Gunners' side containing Marc Overmars and Christopher Wreh, overwhelming a young Hammers' team with four first-half goals in this FA Premier Reserve League game at Highbury. The only other Hammer with first-team experience in the side was Samassi Abou and we feared another onslaught after the break. But fortunately the Gunners eased off and there was no further score.

 

 

Sutton United's Borough Ground

1 - 0 (Garcia)

22 September 1999

Bywater

Clark

Omonua

Angus

Coyne

Ruddock

Newton

Ferrante

Garcia (Purches)

Carrick

Uddin

Richard Garcia scored a great goal two minutes before the break to earn the Hammers their first FA Premier Reserves League win of ttie season against trie Dons atSutton United s Borough Sports Ground.

The young Aussie delivered ttie match-winning strike when he cut in from the right and bent a left-footed shot around the goalkeeper from outside the box.

On a heavy pitch, the Hammers played the better football and might have increased their lead in the second-half with Adam Newton and Garcia going close again.

Neil Ruddock completed his first full game of the season having been out of action with a hamstring injury.

The Dell

2 - 0 (Abou, Kitson)

27 September 1999

Forrest

Charles G.

Forbes

Coyne

Ruddock

Omonua

Garcia

Ferrante

Carrick

Kitson

Abou

Paul Kitson scored one and made one at the Dell. On the hour, the Hammers' striker ended a fine move which started with Neil Ruddock sending a gem of a pass down the left to Richard Garcia who crossed perfectly for Kitson to head home.

A quarter of an hour later, Kitson spun a clever ball behind the Saints' defence for Samassi Abou, back from a trial at Hibernian, to run on to and score.

Leyton Stadium

1 - 2 (Kitson)

24 November 1999

Richards

Charles G.

Minto

Purches (McCann)

Henriksson

Margas (Forbes)

Enqvist

Moncur

Abou (Bullard)

Kitson

Omoyinmi

A strong Hammers' side, containing two Swedish trialists Richard Henriksson and Bjorn Enqvist, failed to beat a hard-working Coventry City team which included our former defender David Burrows. Henriksson, a 17-year-old central defender, played well at the back alongside Javier Margas, while midfielder Enqvist tried hard to break down a solid Sky Blues' defence. Coventry took the lead on 1 5 minutes after a defensive error, but Paul Kitson equalised 10 minutes before half-time, tapping in after a fine move down the right. Another mistake at the back allowed Coventry to regain the lead midway through the second-half. Minutes from the end Kitson almost equalised with a fierce left-foot volley but Sky Blues' 'keeper Morten Hyldgaard pulled off a great save.

Manager: Roger Cross

McMahon B.

Charles G.

Byrne

Forbes

Coyne

Margas

Etherington

Newton (Bullard)

McCann (Ferrante)

Riza

Garcia (Brayley)

Clarence Park ~ St Albans

0 - 2

12 October 1999

Grant McCann, back from a loan spell with Ray Stewart's Livingstone, came close to equalising for the Hammers' Reserves against Tottenham at Clarence Park, home of St. Albans City. Wilh Spurs a goal up from Mark Gower's 30th minute volley, the Northern Ireland youth international crashed a 25 yard free-kick against the crossbar. But that near miss proved costly as Ramon Vega powered home a header from a corner on 70 minutes to seal the win for Tottenham. The Hammers enjoyed a great deal of possession and triallislt Omar Rizzo, a 19-year-old striker from Arsenal, looked sharp up front, but we could not make the breakthrough. Adam Newton was denied the chance of a possible strike when he was brought down when one-to-one with the Spurs' goalkeeper only for the offender to be shown the yellow card when a red would have been appropriate.

Despite having most of the game at Brisbane Rood, the Reserves were finally beaten by Palace's only real shot on target. Chris Coyne had two great chances to put the Hammers on level terms, but shot wide on both occasions.

Palace hit the match-winner 10 minutes into the second-half when one of their forwards unleashed a great shot from just outside the box.

Jermaine Defoe showed some nice touches before being replaced by Steven Clark 10 minutes from the end and Shaun Byrne, a 60th minute substitute for Ryan Briggs, looked class. "A draw would have been a fairer result," said coach Glenn Roeder.

McMahon B.

Purches

Taylor (Brayley)

Forbes

Coyne

Angus

Briggs (Byrne)

Ferrante

Garcia (Purches)

Etherington

Defoe (Clark)

Leyton Stadium

0 - 1

5 October 1999

Bywater

Newton

Purches

Ferrante

Coyne (Uddin)

Angus

Garcia

Carrick

Riza

McCann

Holligan (Defoe)

Leyton Stadium

3 - 2 (Angus, Garcia, Riza)

26 October 1999

Bywater

Purches

Angus

Etherington

Iriekpen

Carrick

Bullard (Taylor)

Cole

Kitson

Garcia

Omoyinmi

Leyton Stadium

1 - 2 (Garcia)

31 August 1999

Leyton Stadium

1 - 2 (Ferrante)

9 November 1999

Richards

Charles G.

Taylor (Ferrante)

Purches

Uddin

Minto

Bullard (Clark)

Carrick

Riza

Holligan

McCann (Garcia)

Leyton Stadium

1 - 3 (Iriekpen)

7 December 1999

Richards

Purches

Byrne

Forbes

Coyne

Iriekpen

Etherington

McCann

Defoe

Omoyinmi

Garcia

Izzy Iriekpen scored Hammers only goal in a disappointing display against the Gunners at Brisbane Road. The England youth international found the net on 30 minutes but could do little to stop Arsenal scoring three.

In a young Hammers team 16-year-old Jemaine Defoe played the full 90 minutes, while Arsenal fielded their own controversial signing Jemaine Pennant, bought From Notts County amid allegations of poaching.

Supporters hoped for a better display from the Hammers in the second-half, but unfortunately we just didn't compete.

The home game v. Derby County which had been rearranged for 22nd December at Upton Park, was postponed the day before because the visitors were hit by flu and could not raise a team.

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