Walker Starts For Reserves

JAMES Walker is set to start his first Reserve team game in three matches against Norwich City at Dagenham and Redbridge's Glyn Hopkin Stadium this evening.


The experienced goalkeeper and veteran defender Andy Melville are the two senior professionals who will line-up in a young side to take on the Canaries.


Kevin Keen has made three changes to the side that lost 3-0 at a vastly more experienced Leicester City last week. Walker replaces Matt Reed in goal, while Trent McClenahan, back from duty with the Australian Under-20s, comes in for Jemel Henry who drops to the bench.


The other change sees Sam Wright replace Greg Pearson.  Moses Ashikodi and Frenchman Youssef Sofiane are again paired in attack, while the defensive trio of Melville, Elliot Ward and Darren Blewitt line-up together for the third game in succession.


Kyel Reid, who scored a wonder goal in the Reserves last home game against Coventry City, plays alongside young midfielders Chris Cohen and Mark Noble, who both have first-team experience.


The team to play Norwich City is as follows:


1.      James Walker (GK)

2.      Trent McClenahan

3.      Darren Blewitt

4.      Elliot Ward

5.      Andy Melville

6.      Chris Cohen

7.      Mark Noble

8.      Sam Wright

9.      Moses Ashikodi

10.  Youssef Sofiane

11.  Kyel Reid


12.  Jemel Henry

13.  Darren Behcet (GK)

14.  Anthony Stokes

15.  Oliver Allen

16.  Tommy Laws

17.  Danny Bunce


West Ham United v Norwich City at The Glyn Hopkin Stadium, Dagenham & Redbridge FC, kick-off: 7.00pm