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2009-10 Barclays Premier Reserve League

ASTON VILLA : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Villa Park

1 - 2 (Edgar)

1 September 2009

Kurucz

N'Gala

Brown

Fry

Eyjolfsson

Zola (Wearen)

Lee (Montano)

Payne

Edgar

Nouble

Hines

A youthful Hammers lineup played a full part in a keenly-contested game at Villa Park, but were unable to resist the home side, who have won the title in each of the last two seasons. Highly-rated striker Nathan Delfouneso fired Villa into a fourth-minute lead with a smart finish as Villa enjoyed much the better of things before half-time. West Ham's sole chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Zavon Hines, shooting too close to veteran goalkeeper Andy Marshall. The Hammers, who lost midfielder Andrea Zola to a facial injury midway through the opening 45 minutes, came out strongly after the break, and were level five minutes into the second period. Matt Fry was fouled by Chris Herd as he broke forward down the left, Anthony Edgar swung over a vicious, curling free-kick and the ball looped past Marshall via the head of Villa's James Collins. For a while, it appeared Alex Dyer's side could go on to claim all three points, but the Villans had other ideas, securing the victory themselves thanks to a sumptuous volley from substitute Gary Gardner 18 minutes from full-time. Gardner was fouled midway inside the Hammers half by Josh Payne. Eric Lichaj lifted the resulting free-kick into the box, where the ball fell to Gardner, who controlled on his chest before lifting an inch-perfect volley past Peter Kurucz. West Ham, for whom Frank Nouble enjoyed a decent night, tried gamely to force their way back into the match, but it was the hosts who finished by far the stronger of the two teams. Kurucz did superbly to deny Collins twice inside the space of a few seconds, while Delfouneso and substitute Adam McGurk both shot narrowly off-target when well-placed.

09_09_01 Aston Villa v. WHU Reserves 09_09_08 WHU v. Birmingham City Reserves 09_09_15 WHU v. Wolves Reserves 09_09_29 Portsmouth v. WHU Reserves

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Upton Park

6 - 0 (Hines 3, Diamanti 2 [1 pen], N'Gala)

8th September 2009

Stech

Ferrari (Fry)

Daprela

N'Gala

Da Costa

Payne

Quashie

Behrami (Kearns)

Hines

Nouble

Diamanti (Edgar)

West Ham United handed Valon Behrami the perfect welcome back to competitive action in the thrashing of Birmingham City. The midfielder, back after six months out with a knee ligament problem, was back to his irrepressible best, laying on the opening goal for hat-trick hero Zavon Hines. Diamanti caught the eye with a display full of incisive passes, clever flicks and powerful shooting and capped a memorable evening with two fantastic free-kicks. Josh Payne had already fired narrowly wide before Behrami laid on the opening goal for Hines after just 80 seconds, sliding a superb pass through to the Jamaican, who cut inside his marker before lashing a left-foot rocket inside Colin Doyle's near-post. Nouble was next to threaten, seeing his shot deflected wide for a corner before powering Diamanti's resulting flag-kick against the crossbar with Doyle beaten all-ends-up. The second goal was not long in coming, captain N'Gala, who side-stepped a defender before curling a delicious shot into the top right-hand corner. Diamanti taking centre-stage, sending a truly marvellous free-kick up and over the Birmingham defensive wall and past a motionless Doyle. Four minutes later and it was 4-0. Da Costa's 60-yard pass found Fabio Daprela, who instantly found Nouble. The 17-year-old laid square to strike-partner Hines, who cut inside and slotted low into the net. Hines completed his hat-trick three minutes later, capitalising on a mix-up between David Joyce and Will Packwood before lifting the ball over the advancing Doyle. On to the 65th minute and Diamanti stole the show again, bending another superlative free-kick beyond Doyle after Mines had been flattened by substitute Jamie Dunphy.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier Reserve League 

Woodside Park

0 - 0

15 September 2009

Kurucz

Ferrari

Daprela

Quashie

N'Gala

Da Costa

Payne

Lee (Wearen)

Nouble

Edgar

Kearns

West Ham United played out a creditable goalless draw in a game of few chances played in almost incessant, driving rain, a young West Ham team held their own against an experienced Wolves side. The first half was largely dominated by the visitors, who should have taken the lead through Yokes,  but the forward could only head Kightly's inch-perfect left-foot cross wide of Peter Kurucz's goal. Aside from that opportunity, Wolves were unable to turn their possession and territorial superiority into goals, Kurucz was largely untroubled, but when he was called upon, he dealt with everything that came near to his goal competently. Having seen off Wolves' threat in the opening 45 minutes, West Ham started the second period with a renewed urgency and could have taken the lead soon afterwards through the impressive Fabio Daprela. The Switzerland U19 left-back got past two challenges before seeing his shot deflected narrowly wide nine minutes after the interval. With Wolves running out of ideas, the Hammers slowly grew in confidence, creating their best chance of the night through Frank Nouble 16 minutes from time. The 17-year-old burst through the centre of the Wolves defence, only to see his shot saved by Carl Ikeme. Two minutes later, Wolves substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing came even closer, cutting inside from the right wing before firing a shot just wide of the far post. West Ham continued to press for a late winner, with Edgar stinging Ikeme's palms with a powerful 80th-minute shot from distance.

PORTSMOUTH : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Westleigh Park

0 - 3

29 September 2009

Kurucz

Brookes (Ferrari)

N'Gala

Eyjolfsson

Daprela

Quashie (Kearns)

Payne

Lee (Grasser)

Edgar

Montano

Nouble

A youthful West Ham United reserve side went down 3-0 at Portsmouth's Westleigh ground. Alex Dyer's side could not quite continue their early season form that had seen them go into the match third in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South. A sign that it was not to be their night came as early as the second minute when Gael Nlundulu's shot from the edge of the area flew into the top corner of Peter Kurucz's net. The Hammers youngsters did not let the early setback deter them and looked the better side for much of the opening 45 minutes. Despite some slick passing, they could not quite create a decent opening, though, with a Bondz N'Gala header probably the pick of a first half devoid of many clear-cut chances. However, 14 minutes after the restart, Pompey's summer signing Frederic Piquionne made it two for the hosts with a powerful header from Steve Finnan's centre. Minutes later, Frank Nouble had a great chance to pull one back but after taking it round Antti Niemi he could only fire his shot wide. Piquionne made sure the game was safe for the hosts with his second and their third with 21 minutes to go. Despite the setback, Dyer will be pleased with the effort his young side put in against opponents featuring several players with international experience.

CHELSEA : Barclays Premier Reserve League

09_10_19 Chelsea v. WHU Reserves 09_11_03 Fulham v. WHU Reserves 09_11_03 Fulham v. WHU TS 09_11_24 WHU v. Stoke City 09_11_30 Birmingham City v. WHU Reserves 10_01_12 WHU v. Arsenal Reserves 10_01_20 WHU v. Portsmouth Reserves 10_02_24 WHU v. Chelsea Reserves 10_03_22 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves 10_03_30 WHU v. Aston Villa Reserves 10_04_08 Stoke City v. WHU Reserves 10_04_13 Wolves v. WHU Reserves 10_04_27 WHU v. Fulham Reserves

FULHAM : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Motspur Park

1 - 1 (Ferrari)

3 November 2009

Stech

Ferrari

Eyjolfsson

Daprela

Brown

Wearen

Kearns

Grasser (Montano)

Edgar

Nouble (Abdulla)

Dixon (Brookes)

The game set off at quite a tempo with Fulham pushing from the start. Daprela and Jordan Brown have both had to be on their toes to keep the home side at bay in the opening five minutes. On 13 minutes West Ham have their first shot on goal as Davide Ferrari tries his luck from distance. The ball goes about five yards wide of the target, though. After 36 minutes Referee Mr. Davis, has a word with Eyjolfsson after he catches Ki-Hyeon in the centre circle. H opts to keep his cards in his pocket for now. But the cards do not stay in his pocket for long as a neat move forward from the Hammers forces Marsh-Brown to bring down Edgar in full flow. Kearns flights the resulting free-kick in but Fulham clear. The home side take the lead after 51 minutes with the first chance of the second half. After a shot from the right-hand side of the area had forced Stech into a diving save, the ball fell to Davis eight yards out and he drilled it into an empty net. That goal is hard on the Hammers, who had looked really bright first half. On 59 minutes Fulham's Saunders is sent off following a dangerous tackle on Grasser, followed two minutes later by a booking for young Kearns for a late tackle on Joe Anderson. A brilliant 85th minute move from the visitors puts Montano in one-on-one with Stockdale but the Fulham goalkeeper makes himself big and blocks the ball out. A minute from time Fulham win a free-kick 30 yards out. Eyjolfsson goes into the book for the challenge and the home side have a chance to put the game to bed. But they do not take it. Instead a brilliant break away sees Abdulla play in Montano down the right. He looks up a plays a perfect cross straight onto the head of the on-rushing Ferrari, who powers it into the top corner.

STOKE CITY : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Woodside Park

5 - 2 (Dyer 2, Dixon, Kearns, Nouble)

24 November 2009

Stech

Brookes

Eyjolfsson

Daprela

Ferrari (Zola)

Kearns

Dyer (Wearen)

Payne

Edgar

Dixon

Nouble

The Hammers started marginally better, but the horrific conditions made things tough, the wind on the Essex - Hertfordshire border was sending the rain almost sideways across the pitch. West Ham saw plenty of the ball in the early stages. On six minutes Payne gets away from Arismendi in midfield, but his through ball is too strong for Nouble and rolls through to Simonsen in the Stoke goal. The break-through came in the 16th minute Edgar wins he ball in midfield and plays a one-two with Dyer before feeding Nouble. The big striker twisted and turned on the edge of the box before lifting a fine deep cross to Kearns. The Northern Ireland youth international controls before firing low into the far corner. The Hammers doubled their lead in the 36th minute as the Stoke defenders were chasing shadows, Kearns, Edgar and Ferrari combined before Nouble holds off Cohen to roll the ball in the path of Dyer, The England man bursts past Higginbotham before slotting the ball through the legs of Simonsen. Completing at least 20 passes before the goal was scored. The second half continued as the Hammers assumed the ascendancy again. However on 62 minutes Moult for Stoke City gets his name on the scoresheet with a header from a corner that bounces into the top corner. This seems to shock the homeside and they restored their advantage with two further goals in the 63rd minute (Dyer) and another minute later (Dixon) after playing a neat one-two with Nouble before curling a first-time shot into the net from 18 yards. Moult gets his second for the Potters in the 75th minute, before Noubles wraps up the points for West Ham in the 83rd minute.

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Damson Parkway - Solihull Moors FC

1 - 2 (Nouble [pen])

30 November 2009

Kurucz

Eyjolfsson

N'Gala

Daprela

Ferrari

Payne

Dyer

Kearns

Nouble

Dixon

Edgar

A spirited second-half display was not enough to help West Ham United against a strong Birmingham side at Solihull Moors FC. The Blues took the lead on 16 minutes through Jake Jervis, who was able to score from ten yards out. A deflected Damien Johnson effort put Birmingham 2-0 up on the half-hour but Frank Nouble gave the visitors hope early in the second half. The powerful forward won a penalty with some bright play before getting up and converting the spot-kick himself but that was to be the end of the scoring. The Hammers had their moments in the first half. Terry Dixon, partnering Nouble again after their impressive partnership in last week's 5-2 defeat of Stoke City, had the chance to equalise Jervis's effort on 23 minutes but his shot was saved by Colin Doyle. The game seemed up when Johnson tried his luck and saw his shot deflect off Bondz N'Gala, back from a loan at Scunthorpe United, beyond the helpless Peter Kurucz. The goalkeeper had better fortune just before the interval when diving to his right to save well after a close-range Jervis effort. Nouble's penalty, awarded by referee Amy Rayner following a foul by Johnson, offered plenty of hope after half-time but the second goal was not forthcoming. In truth, Birmingham finished the stronger despite Alex Dyer throwing on Eoin Wearen and Cristian Montano into the attack in a bid to find an equaliser.

ARSENAL : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Sears 2 [2 pens])

12 January 2010

Stech

Ferrari

N'Gala

Spence

Daprela

Kearns

Payne (Abdulla)

Lee (Barrett)

Edgar

Montano

Sears

Two Freddie Sears penalties were not enough for West Ham United as they fell to a 4-2 Barcclays Premier Reserve League South defaet at the hands of Arsenal at Upton Park. Jay Thomas had gibem the Gunners a   two-goal half-time lead befoe the 20-year-old blasted home two spot-kicks, the first after he had been fouled and the second after strike partner Christian Montamo was felled. However the Hammers were unable to hold on to their point as substitute Emmanuel Frimpong and Thomas struck late on to secure all three points for the visitors. Arsenal struck in the 27th and 28th mimutes to take a two goal lead only for Sear's to grab his first penalty in the 56th minute after Edgar tricked his way past Gilbert before crossing low. The ball was half-cleared to Lee, who poked goalwards. Mannone saved but could only push the ball towards Sears, who was brought down as he tried to apply the finish. The referee gave a second penalty in Hammers favour after Bartley challenges Montano. Sear's converts to spot-kick to make it 2-2.Three minutes later Arsenal restore their lead Frimpong is allowed too much space 25 yards from goal and rifles a low shot past Stech's out-stretchedn right hand. Thomas completes his hat-trick with a precise finish from Frimpong's pass, Unfortunately, West Ham's hopes of a dramatic late comback have disappeared

PORTSMOUTH : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Woodside Park

1 - 1 (Spence)

20 January 2010

Kurucz

Spence (Brookes)

Da Costa

Daprela

Ferrari

Kearns

Lee

Payne

Edgar

Stanislas (Subuola)

Sears

Alex Dyer's reserves recovered from a goal down to earn a share of the spoils against Portsmouth. The Hammers went in a goal down at the break courtesy of Gael Nlundulu's strike four minutes before half-time. Following a constructive teamtalk from Dyer, however, Jordan Spence levelled matters with a deflected header shortly before the hour-mark. With the likes of Junior Stanislas, Fabio Daprela, Manuel da Costa and Freddie Sears in action, the home side dominated the final stages at Bishop's Stortford PC's Woodside Park. So, while a point lifted West Ham into sixth place in the standings, the manager believes his side played well enough to earn all three. "We started off quite slow, but as the game went on we got better. I was disappointed with the way we conceded the goal, but I honestly thought it was a free-kick [for a foul]. We switched off and he got the wrong side of Fabio and he finished it quite nicely. "We had a chat at half-time and sorted a few things out and I thought the second half was a lot better. We pressed the ball high up and deservedly got our goal, even if it was a deflection. I thought we should have gone on and won the game. "I didn't raise my voice or anything, I just pointed out a few things. I thought we could do a lot better on the ball and we had to find some kind of end product. Defensively, we needed to stay more compact because they wanted to play little balls through the gaps. If we could stay nice and compact, we could stifle them a bit, which I think we did in the second half."

CHELSEA : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Woodside Park

2 - 1 (Edgar, Lee)

24 February 2010

Stech

Spence

N'Gala

Da Costa

Daprela

Dyer (Wearen)

Lee

Moncur (Kearns)

Stanislas

Abdulla

Edgar (Subuola)

George Moncur and Jordan Spence both shone in an impressive home success against Chelsea. Alex Dyer was delighted to see the reserves grind out a 2-1 victory against Chelsea despite extremely difficult conditions at Woodside Park. Prior to the match there were concerns the Bishop's Stortford pitch would not hold up to the torrential rain across Essex but the fears proved unfounded. Goals in each half from Anthony Edgar and Oily Lee won it for the home side, who also coped well with Manuel da Costa's second-half red card for violent conduct. The boys got on the pitch and went out with the right attitude. It rained a lot and there were strong winds but the boys had the right attitude from the start. "They got the ball down when they could. We gave them instructions that if you can't play you have got to hit the ball long and put the ball into areas where we can turn them and get up the pitch a little bit. When it was time, we got the ball down and played." Chelsea gave away a lot in terms of senior experience but had the benefit of being an established unit that had come through the youth ranks. "It was a great performance all-round. The boys worked hard. It was a good performance from the senior lads who came in. Kieron played an hour and he was excellent. Fabio came in and led the team well as captain. "It was good to see. Young George Moncur made his debut for the reserves and he was excellent in midfield as was Jordan Spence at right-back. He was breaking up and down the wing and he defended like a proper defender should

ARSENAL :  Barclays Premier Reserve League

Underhill (Barnet FC)

2 - 0 (Ferrari, Dixon)

22 March 2010

Kurucz

Spence

Sanchez

Brown

Lee

Wearen (Kearns)

Payne

Barrett

Ferrari (McNaughton)

Abdulla

Dixon

Alex Dyer was brimming with pride after the 2-0 win at Arsenal. Dyer's players - some of whom have been told they will be leaving the club in the summer - followed their manager's instructions to the letter at Underhill, adapting superbly to a new 3-5-2 formation to score a disciplined victory, which followed hot on the heels of success against Chelsea's second string. While Davide Ferrari and Terry Dixon found the scoresheet and goalkeeper Peter Kurucz produced an outstanding display, every single player contributed to the Gunners' downfall. At the back, captain Jordan Spence marshalled a back-three containing scholars Sergio Sanchez and Jordan Brown, Ferrari and Oily Lee provided width, while Josh Payne caught the eye in the centre of midfield. Up front, Dixon and Ahmed Abdulla constantly harried the Arsenal back-four.

ASTON VILLA : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Woodside Park

0 - 1

30 March 2010

Stech

Driver

Sanchez

Spence

Brown

Stanislas

Payne

Lee (Wearen)

Ferrari

Abdulla (Montano)

Dixon

West Ham United side may have been edged out 1-0 by Barclays Premier Reserve League South leaders Aston Villa, but manager Alex Dyer had plenty of reasons to be pleased with his players display on a wild, wet and windy night at Bishop's Stortford PCs Woodside Park. Andreas Weimann scored the only goal of the game, racing on to James Collins' flick-on before firing past Marek Stech at the second attempt shortly after the half-hour mark. At the other end, Junior Stanislas hit the post with a free-kick, while Ahmed Abdulla, Davide Ferrari and Stanislas himself were all denied by Villa goalkeeper David Marshall and half-time replacement David Bevan. "It was a good game," said Dyer. "Villa are top of the league and have been winning most of their games this season. It was nice. The boys worked hard and put in a good shift. I felt bad because we lost the game but, individually and collectively, there were some good performances. "Conditions were hard, but I felt that we coped with them quite well. We've been doing well lately and had a couple of good wins against the better sides in the league. We had a young team out against the best team in the league, an experienced team, and we matched them. "I was disappointed with the goal we conceded because it was avoidable. One of the centre-halves didn't cover around the other one when he lost the ball in the air, but apart from that, we dug in well."

STOKE CITY : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Weaver Stadium

0 - 0

6 April 2010

Stech

Driver

Sanchez

Spence

McNaughton

Ferrari

Lee

Payne

Edgar

Montano (Subuola)

Dixon (Abdulla)

Alex Dyer was delighted with his young side after they dominated their goalless Barclays Premier Reserve League South draw at Stoke City. Dyer's West Ham United side contained four Academy scholars and five first-year professionals, but more than matched their hosts - who included five Barclays Premier League regulars - at Nantwich Town's Weaver Stadium. Oily Lee twice went close to scoring the only goal of the game, while goalkeeper Marek Stech, wing-backs Callum Driver and Davide Ferrari, centre-backs Sergio Sanchez, Jordan Spence and Callum McNaughton and midfielders Josh Payne and Anthony Edgar all impressed. Dyer, who employed the 3-5-2 formation that worked so well in last month's 2-0 win at Arsenal, was pleased with the performance of every single player in a West Ham shirt. "I am really pleased with the level of consistency that we've found in recent games. It is something that we try to stress to all of them throughout the club. It is important that they give 100 per cent for the football club, 100 per cent for themselves and 100 per cent for each other in every game they play.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier Reserve League

New Bucks Head

1 - 4 (Sanchez)

13 April 2010

Kurucz

Driver

Sanchez

Spence

McNaughton

Brown

Lee (Barrett)

Payne

Boa Morte (Edgar)

Montano

Dixon (Wearen)

There was the welcome sight of a second string run-out for Luis Boa Morte as he continued his comeback with a 45-minute run-out for West Ham United's reserves away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Having been back in full training for at least a fortnight, the Portugal midfielder played the first half of the 4-1 defeat at Wolves in a match played at the home of Telford United. It was a planned substitution with the club's medical staff satisfied with how he came through what was a competitive encounter. Boa Morte had not played since a serious knee injury - including anterior cruciate ligament damage -in the Barclays Asia Trophy meeting with Tottenham Hotspur in Beijing, China, on 29 July last year. It remains to be seen whether the 32-year-old will return to first-team action this season. Playing in a central midfield role, Boa Morte was a lively presence in the match. He was involved in the Hammers goal, a first at this level for young Spanish centre-back Sergio Sanchez. Wolves had much more experience overall than their visitors and ultimately proved too strong, the goals coming from Sam Yokes, Stephen Ward, Greg Halford and Richard Stearman.

FULHAM : Barclays Premier Reserve League

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Lee, Stanislas, Montano)

27 April 2010

Kurucz

Lee

Daprela (Zola A.)

McNaughton

Spence

Brown

Stanislas

Payne

Boa Morte (Edgar)

Abdulla

McCarthy (Montano)

Griffin Park

1 - 4 (Nouble)

19 October 2009

Kurucz

Brookes

N'Gala

Da Costa (Kearns)

Ferrari (Zola)

Stanislas

Quashie

Payne

Montano (Dixon)

Jimenez

Nouble

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