4 - 1 (Bowen, Ings, Kodua, Swyer)
10 July 2023
This was a triple header programme along with Brentford and Watford. Hence the Hornets on the cover.
West Ham United got their preparations for the 2023/24 season underway with a solid 4-1 victory over Boreham Wood at Meadow Park. First half goals from Danny Ings and young midfielder Kamarai Swyer set the Irons on their way in the first outing ahead of the new season.
In the second half, substitute Jarrod Bowen prodded home a powerful cross from Conor Coventry to make it three, before Gideon Kodua finished off West Ham's scoring in style with neat control and a lovely finish. There was still time for the home side to grab a goal before the final whistle blew. Femi Ilesanmi hit a shot at Joe Anang but he couldn’t keep the effort out as the Wood grabbed a late consolation.
Ashmore (c) (Trialist F), Bush (Ilesanmi), Stephens, Whelan (Payne) (Miller), Sagaf (Balanta), Marsh (Trialist C), Abraham (Trialist D), Agbontohoma (Fyfield), Trialist A (Coxe), Trialist B (Ndkovu), Sousa (Trialist E)
UNMISSABLE FOOTBALL TOUR - Australia
6 - 2 (Bowen 2, Emerson, Mubama, Scamacca [pen], Lachman [og]
15 July 2003
West Ham United opened their tour of Australia with a thrilling 6-2 victory over A-League side Perth Glory at Optus Stadium. The goals flowed for the near 25,000 in attendance Down Under, as David Moyes’ men made it two wins from two pre-season games as preparations for the new campaign get underway.
An own goal by Glory defender Darryl Lachman got the scoring started, before a Gianluca Scamacca penalty, Jarrod Bowen’s double, Emerson’s header and Divin Mubama’s finish added to the Hammers’ tally.
Glory netted twice themselves – through an own goal from the unfortunate Luizão and Daniel Bennie – but West Ham did more than enough to claim the spoils ahead of Tuesday’s London derby with a difference against Tottenham Hotspur at the same venue.
Sail (Cook), Koutroumbis (Bodnar), McEneff (Beevers), Khelifi (Zimarino), Elsey (Ivanovic), Colli (Bennie), Taggart (Najekodunmi), Ostler (Lebib), Lachman (Overy), Forde (Pearman), Colakovski (Anasmo)
UNMISSABLE FOOTBALL TOUR - Australia
3 - 2 (Ings, Mubama, Scamacca)
18 July 2023
West Ham United concluded an incredible pre-season tour of Australia with a thrilling 3-2 victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Strike partners Danny Ings and Divin Mubama each added to their own personal pre-season goal tallies with headers on 18 minutes and 23 minutes respectively, giving David Moyes’ side a merited two-goal advantage at the interval.
Spurs rang the changes at half-time, a decision which proved fruitful for new manager Ange Postecoglou as Giovani Lo Celso lashed in a volley on 68 minutes before Destiny Udogie’s flicked, headed equaliser just three minutes later.
But substitute Gianluca Scamacca was on hand to secure a third consecutive pre-season victory for the Irons, running to meet Pablo Fornals’ exquisite pass and comfortably slotting home 12 minutes from time to wrap up victory for the Hammers.
The win brings an end to a fantastic week for West Ham United, who have enjoyed the hospitality of Western Australia as part of the Unmissable Football tour and defeated A-League side Perth Glory 6-2.
Vicario (Austin), Pedro Porro (Royal), Romero (Sanchez), Tanganga (Davies), Reguilon (Udogie), Skipp (Sarr), Bissouma (Højbjerg), Maddison (Devine), Solomon (Lo Celso), Kulusevski, (Perisic) Kane (Richarlison)
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
Chigwell Construction Stadium
2 - 2 (Cornet, Mubama)
22 July 2023
Maxwel Cornet and Divin Mubama were on target as West Ham United were held to a 2-2 draw by Dagenham & Redbridge in our latest pre-season match. Cornet’s and Mubama’s goals twice gave the Hammers – who fielded a blend of experience and youth at the Chigwell Construction Stadium – the lead, but Dagenham kept plugging away and earned themselves a draw thanks to Inih Effiong’s first-half strike and Sydney Ibie’s late penalty.
David Moyes used the contest as an opportunity to give his players who were involved in international action this summer their first minutes of pre-season, as the likes of Vladimír Coufal, Nayef Aguerd, Tomáš Souček and Thilo Kehrer returned to action.
Dagenham & Redbridge:
Justham, Hare, Longe-King, Eastman (Phipps), Johnson, Ling (Trialist C), Hessenthaler (Trialist B), Rees (Blair), Vincent, Trialist A (Weston), Effiong (Ibie)
EBBSFLEET UNITED : Under-23
1 - 2 (Marshall)
25 July 2023
The hosts achieved promotion from National League South last season, finishing top of the tree with 32 wins for 46 matches, and took control of the early proceedings.
The Hammers, though, disciplined in a back five shape, more than held their own, until Ebbsfleet forward Dominic Poleon poked home the game’s opening goal four minutes before the break.
Skippered by Conor Coventry, who played the first hour on his return to match fitness following a hamstring injury at the end of last season, Mark Robson’s outfit started to get on the ball, and following half chances in the first half for Callum Marshall, Thierry Nevers and George Earthy, deservedly pulled level in the second.
A swashbuckling run from wing-back supreme Dan Chesters looked to have put the West Ham equaliser on a plate for Marshall on the hour, although Chester’s wicked cross would eventually deflect off Ebbsfleet centre-half Haydn Hollis and into the net.
As those in Claret and Blue continued to threaten, Marshall had a chance to net the winner. Lewis Orford found his teammate, although the Northern Irish forward could only find the stands from inside the area following a wild swing of his left foot.
Robson’s outfit though was indebted to a stunning save from Knightbridge who denied Franklin Domi’s curling effort, with strong left palm having dived quickly to his right.
That joy was short-lived, however, as Franklin Domi found the net from close range ten minutes from time to give his side a marginal win in Kent.
COLCHESTER UNITED : Under-23
Wallace Binder Stadium
1 - 0 (Earthy)
28 July 2023
The U21s kept the ball brilliantly in Essex and saw an aggressive press reap reward when Patrick Kelly won the ball back and combined with Gideon Kodua, before George Earthy was released inside the area.
The No.11 then shifted the ball on his left foot, past former Hammer Will Greenidge, and found the bottom corner with ease to cap a delightful move on ten minutes.
Expertly playing their way out from the back once more, another chance soon fell the way of those in Claret and Blue.
Joseph Anang to Michael Forbes to Archie Woods to Earthy, with Kodua, after a great through ball from the No.11, unable to finish the move when left racing through on goal.
Goalkeeper Anang did make a hatful of saves in a lively first half, with the No1 off his line well to deny Donell Thomas an equaliser with an instinctive stop from close range, but it was the Hammers who continued to dominate the ball and the chances.
A brilliant move after the break almost doubled the Irons’ lead as Kelly, Earthy and Kodua combined, before the No.11 sliced his attempt at second of the night over bar. Archie Woods also sent a free-kick narrowly off target, while Orford was again denied late on.
In the end the Hammers didn’t need a second, and were thankful a late effort from the hosts struck the post to avoid a share of the spoils.
STADE RENNIAS (France)
1 - 3 (Soucek)
29 July 2023
Tomáš Souček was on target, but West Ham United suffered their first defeat of pre-season on Saturday as Stade Rennais struck either side of the Czech’s effort to settle an entertaining contest in their favour by a 3-1 scoreline. The French side took an early lead through Baptiste Santamaria’s stunning long-range strike, but West Ham worked their way back into the contest and levelled midway through the second half thanks to Souček’s towering header from a free-kick. However, Rennes came again and re-took the lead 15 minutes from time when France U21 international Arnaud Kalimuendo flicked home from close range. Then, right at the end, the unfortunate Angelo Ogbonna put through his own goal as Rennes claimed victory in north-western France.
Mandanda, Assignon (G.Doué), Omari (Wooh), Theate (Jaouab), Belocian (Meling), Santamaria (Le Fée), Bourigeaud (Blas), Majer (Tait), D.Doué (Salah), Doku (Gouiri), Abline (Kalimuendo)
ELCHE 'B' (Spain) : Under-23
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Sean Moore’s first goal in Claret & Blue saw West Ham United U21s beat Elche B 2-0 in a pre-season friendly held in Murcia. Consecutive pre-season wins saw the young Hammers prepare for their Premier League 2 opener in style having beat Colchester United last week.
In truth, the Irons controlled possession and the fixture in Spain, with Dan Chesters’ opener on the stroke of half time the least Mark Robson’s outfit deserved.
Having also seen Chesters and Patrick Kelly go close in the first half, the Hammers pushed on, battling in the sun and playing some brilliant attacking football in front of the small cluster of Irons' supporters in attendance. Soon West Ham had a well-deserved second, however. Another superbly-executed attack saw those in Claret & Blue move the ball sweetly before half-time substitute Moore finished a quick passing move to double the lead.
Chances continued to come for the east Londoners, who saw second-half sub Keenan Appiah-Forson almost net with two attempts from close range five minutes from time.
But by the time the full-time whistle rang another goal was not needed and Robson’s side, who shifted to a back-three effortlessly with the introduction of Sean Tarima to see out the win, took a well-earned victory to round off their pre-season tour of Spain.
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