West Ham United's pre-season schedule continues with a trip to Conference South side Boreham Wood on Wednesday evening.

The Hammers make the short journey to Hertfordshire to take on the Wood for the second summer in succession, with kick-off scheduled for 7.30pm. Tickets for the match will be available to purchase at Meadow Park on the day.

Kevin Nolan and his team-mates enjoyed a superb opening week of training in the Republic of Ireland that culminated with a resounding 6-2 victory at Cork City on Sunday evening. Nolan was part of the side held 1-1 at Boreham Wood a year ago and the captain will be part of the squad again this time around.


"We came back earlier than most Premier League teams, which is something I'm used to, having worked with Sam Allardyce for so many years," confirmed the skipper. "I have to say Cork was one of the nicest set ups I've been to. The pitches were fantastic, the weather wasn't too hot and the facilities on site were fantastic. They couldn't do enough for us. All in all it was a great first week. It was very tiring, with 7am starts every day and three training sessions a day.

"The main thing that has changed is that you come back to balls now. You never used to see a football for a week and you used to run until you were sick! That was the old-school mentality but it has all moved on from that. I knew that when I signed for Sam he'd give me the best opportunity to prolong my career for as long as I possibly can and he's done that. Being back with him has made me hungrier to make sure I can succeed at such a fantastic Club.

"For Sam to move to this club, get us back in the Premier League and then what we achieved last season was fantastic. You can see from the owners and what the gaffer wants, and with the signing of the big man Andy Carroll, there's only one way that we're going in the league and I want to be a major part of that. I want to get this Club back in the higher ranks of the Premier League, which is where I truly and firmly believe it belongs."

Wednesday's fixture will be the second of eight pre-season matches held in preparation for the big Barclays Premier League kick-off at home to Cardiff City on Saturday 17 August. Last year, West Ham were the newly-promoted side when they hosted Aston Villa on the opening day, but this time around the boot is on the other foot.

Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan meets fans at Cork City on Sunday

"Obviously last year we were the new boys and this year it's going to be a tough one with Cardiff coming up to the Premier League, because they will all be really up for it. It's at Upton Park so we expect a win. We had a fantastic home record last year when we only lost on four occasions to top-six sides, so we'll be expecting to get the season up and running.

"It's going to be tough because Cardiff will come with a gameplan, but we're just hoping we can start as we did last season with a win. I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure it's going to be a tasty and feisty game."

Returning to Wednesday's trip to Boreham Wood, tickets will be available to buy all day at Meadow Park. Seats are priced at £16, while standing places are available for £12 for Adults and £8 for Over-65s and Under-16s.