BOREHAM WOOD v WEST HAM UNITED
WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 2013
REFEREE: MR A SERRANO
iPHONE APP I TWITTER I FACEBOOK I PODCAST
Full time: Boreham Wood 0 - 3 West Ham United
Full time: Kevin Nolan's 83rd minute goal completed the scoring and it's a comfortable 3-0 win for the Hammers. A useful workout for Sam Allardyce's men who have now scored nine goals in their two pre-season matches. We've got a photo gallery on the website now and there will be reaction and highlights to follow. See you on Saturday for our next live text from Bournemouth for the Stephen Purches testimonial.
83 mins GOAL! There it is, the Hammers have a third. Sam Allardyce's men recycle the ball well following that Maiga effort, with the ball flashing back into the box from the right hand side and sitting up nicely for Kevin Nolan to hook a volley in by the left-hand post. 3-0 West Ham.
82 mins That's more threatening from the visitorS. Modibo Maiga sees the home defenders back off in front of him, so he shoots from range. The ball swerves wickedly and James Russell opts for safety first, punching away to safety..
80 mins Two more subs coming on for the home side. Raheem Sterling-Parker and Karl Brown replace Mark Bentley and Mario Noto.
78 mins The Hammers are still looking for a third and Joe Cole brings a save from James Russell with his shot from the edge of the penalty area before Modibo Maiga tries his luck from range with a shot which travels comfortably over the crossbar.
71 mins West Ham back on the front foot and an intricate passing move finds Dan Potts in space and ready to cross. But an offside flag denies him the opportunity to swing the ball over.
66 mins A foul by Dan Potts 25 yards from goal gives the home side a rare opportunity to shoot at goal, but Mario Noto gives his free kick too much elevation and Jussi Jaaskelainen isn't troubled.
62 mins It's substitution time. Three of them for the home side in fact. Charlie Moone, Callum Willock and Corey Whitley are on, replacing Greg Morgan, Mark Jones and Graeme Montgomery.
60 mins Chance for Matt Jarvis as Joe Cole's left wing corner is only nodded as far as the winger on the edge of the box. His eyes light up and he strikes first time, but the shot is a wild one and it flies over the top.
55 mins As per the first half, West Ham are in total control here. Boreham Wood's Greg Morgan just had a rare chance to make an incursion into Hammers territory, but he runs into a brick wall in the shape of James Collins and his run quickly ends.
51 mins Matt Jarvis is already looking lively and he's fed in down the left channel. He looks up and aims a cross-shot towards the far post. It looks as though it could drift in at the far post but goalkeeper James Russell flies to his left to claw the ball behind for a corner.
48 mins That's an early involvement for Danny Whitehad, who pings a fine ball out to Matt Jarvis on the left wing. He stands up his man and works space to dig out a cross, but it is straight into the goalkeeper's hands, who gratefully holds on.
8.36pm Joe Cole and Danny Whitehead get us back underway for the second period.
8.33pm The sun may be getting lower in the sky, but it's still a lovely evening in Hertfordshire. The second half Hammers XI are preparing for their run out, and they will line up as follows:
Jussi Jaaskelainen, Jordan Spence, James Collins, James Tomkins, Dan Potts, Alou Diarra, Danny Whitehead, Kevin Nolan, Joe Cole and Modibo Maiga
Half time: West Ham lead 2-0 at the interval, both goals coming in a quick burst around the 20 minute mark. Ravel Morrison's close range finish made it 1-0, then Ricardo Vaz Te was on the mark to head Mark Noble's header beyond James Russell in the home goal. Join us in 15 minutes for second half coverage.
42 mins Ravel Morrison picks the ball up in the centre circle and makes a strong burst towards goal, only being halted illegally just before he enters the box. Ricardo Vaz Te is eyelng up the free kick, but he can't get the shot up and down in time, with the ball flying a foot over the crossbar.
39 mins The Hammers keep the pressure up and Matt Taylor curls over a good looking ball from the left hand side. The cross picks out Paul McCallum in the centre, but he cannot quite find enough power on the header and it is a comfortable save for Russell.
38 mins Not far away from a first Hammers goal for Razvan Rat! He benefits from an error by home right back Ben Nunn to shot fiercely at goal, but the Romanian's effort is directed straightat James Russell in goal and he manages to beat it away.
34 mins Vaz Te pops up on the other flank now, and he controls a cross at the far post before laying back to Mark Noble, whose shot has all the sting taken out of it back a half-block from the hosts and a corner is the sole result.
Meanwhile, the Hammers' second half players have begun their warm-up routines down the touchline, drawing warm applause from the claret and blue contingent.
31 mins The Hammers have been patient in possession tonight, but that was a bit over-eager from Ricardo Vaz Te, who snatches at a long-range shot, which dribbles through to home keeper James Russell. Still 2-0.
28 mins Most of West Ham's attacking play is comind down the right hand side and Guy Demel and Ricardo Vaz Te combine again for the latter to swing over a left footed cross from the flank. It has too much on it for Paul McCallum in the centre, however, and the chance passes.
25 mins The opening 20 minutes had not contained much in the way of clear goalscoring opportunities, but that double goal blast from the Hammers broke that emphatically. Two goals in two pre-season games for Ravel Morrison now, while Ricardo Vaz Te will also be happy to have opened his summer account.
21 mins GOAL It's two goals in a minute! Just as Boreham Wood try to recover from the blow of going a goal down the Hammers increase their pain, Mark Noble crossing from the left and Ricardo Vaz Te getting up highest to guide his header beyond James Russell in the Wood goal and inside the right hand post.
20 mins GOAL 1-0 to the Hammers and it comes after a good spell of possession from the visitors. Razvan Rat gets in down the left and his cross looks harmless enough until home defender Ben Nunn diverts goalwards. James Russell pulls off a fine reaction save, but Ravel Morrison is perfectly placed to control and knock home.
14 mins Good chance for the Hammers as Ricardo Vaz Te uses his pace and trickery to get clear down the right. He may well have shot, but unselfishly looks for Paul McCallum in the middle, only for home defender Callum Reynolds to get a toe end on the ball and steer it away from the West Ham frontman.
10 mins Play moves to the other end of the park and Mark Noble tees Matt Taylor up just outside the box, and the West Ham man forces the first save of the evening with his fierce effort, but James Russell saw it all the away and pushed his shot away.
9 mins Chance for Boreham Wood as Graeme Montgomery flicks the ball away from Pelly Ruddock left channel and bears down on goal, but he can't find the right angle to beat Adrian between the posts and the ball drifts wide.
7 mins Tricky stuff from Jack Collison inside the box, who spins on a sixpence to get away from his man. The Welsh international is closed down again swiftly, but he can't quite fashion space for the shot and the hosts clear.
5 mins Razvan Rat receives possession from Matt Taylor in the left channel again, he fancies his chances from at least 35 yards, but to say it's ambitious is an understatement as his shot is blocked almost as soon as it leaves his foot.
2 mins Early corner for the visitors, as Razvan Rat passes back to Matt Taylor, whose cross is nodded behind by a home defender. Taylor delivers the corner, but it's just over Pelly Ruddock's head and Boreham Wood clear.
7.32pm Boreham Wood, in white and black, get us underway.
7.30pm We're holding a minute's applause for former Boreham Wood player Ryan Moran, who sadly passed away recently at the age of 31 after a battle with cancer. He played over 320 games for tonight's hosts.
7.28pm The teams are making their way out onto the pitch, the Hammers led by former Boreham Wood player Pelly Ruddock..
7.22pm Can the Hammers continue their fine goalscoring form from Sunday's game at Cork? Six different players were on the scoresheet that day and the starting XI certainly contains firepower in the likes of Ricardo Vaz Te, Paul McCallum and Ravel Morrison.
The Hammers fans in attendance will also be looking forward to getting a first glimpse of Adrian, the goalkeeper who joined the Club this summer from Real Betis, and left back Razvan Rat, an arrival from Champions League regulars Shakhtar Donetsk
7.15pm The Hammers players are going through the final stages of their pre-match warm-ups. KIck-off is only 15 minutes away.
7.10pm While the Hammers got their pre-season programme underway at the weekend with a 6-2 win at Cork City, this match represents their hosts' first run out of the summer.
The Conference South outfit line-up as follows: James Russell, Ben Nunn, Mark Jones, Luke Garrard, Charlie O'Loughlin, Callum Reynolds, Greg Morgan, Mark Bentley, Donovan Simmonds, Mario Noto, Graeme Montgomery
Subs: Charlie Moone, Raheem Sterling-Parker, Karl Brown, Callum Willock, Liam Enver-Marum, Corey Whitley, Jake Knight
7.05pm So former Boreham Wood youngster Pelly Ruddock gets a run out at his former club, and new signings Adrian and Razvan Rat also get a go from the start.
Paul McCallum, who notched in Sunday's 6-2 win at Cork City, is also in the first half team as he looks to take another opportunity to impress the coaching staff.
7.00pm We have confirmation of tonight's teams!
The Hammers have brought 25 players with them to Meadow Park, with two separate XIs set to appear in each half.
First half XI: Adrian, Guy Demel, Pelly Ruddock, Winston Reid, Razvan Rat, Mark Noble, Jack Collison, Matt Taylor, Ricardo Vaz Te, Paul McCallum, Ravel Morrison
Subs: Elliot Lee, George Moncur, Sam Baxter
Second half XI: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Jordan Spence, James Collins, James Tomkins, Dan Potts, Alou Diarra, Danny Whitehead, Kevin Nolan, Joe Cole, Modibo Maiga, Matt Jarvis
Subs: Elliot Lee, George Moncur, Sam Baxter
6.25pm A very good evening from Boreham Wood for tonight's pre-season friendly against the Hammers.
The sun is beating down here in Hertfordshire - it really is a glorious evening for West Ham's first friendly of the summer on English soil.
The Hammers kicked off their summer campaign at the weekend with an entertaining 6-2 win at Cork City, closing a fine week in the Republic of Ireland in style.
Boreham Wood compete in the Conference South, the second tier of non-league football. They finished ninth in their division last season and the 2013/14 campaign will be their fourth consecutive season at that level following promotion from the Ryman Premier Division.
West Ham faced Boreham Wood in their pre-season schedule last summer as well. That match ended in a 1-1 draw with Sam Balcock's first half opener for the Hammers being cancelled out by Inih Effiong.
Sam Allardyce's men will be without record signing Andy Carroll tonight, who is undergoing treatment to a heel injury, while Northern Irish full-back George McCartney (knee) is also sidelined.
New signings Razvan Rat, Adrian and Danny Whitehead could all make their first West Ham appearances on English soil after debuting for the club in Sunday's victory at Cork.
We'll have team news shortly so check back here soon to find out the line-ups.