Chadwick Earns Reserves Draw

HAMMERS Reserves have drawn 1-1 with Leicester City at Dagenham and Redbridge, Luke Chadwick's goal being cancelled out by Stefan Moore's equaliser.

Kevin Keen's team played against ten men for 55 minutes after the visitors had Jordan Stewart sent off, but the Foxes boasted a far more experienced side, which included former internationals Scot Gemmill and Jason Wilcox.

Leicester started the brighter of the two sides, but it was Hammers that went close early on. Danny Bunce with a swirling cross from the left that dipped just over Lars Hirschfeld's crossbar.

Three minutes later Luke Chadwick wriggled to the by-line and cut the ball back for Hogan Ephraim, but he could only poke the ball wide under pressure from the Foxes defence.

On ten minutes Chris O'Grady had the visitors' first real chance, latching onto Levi Porter's pass but spooning his shot well wide. Then, ten minutes later, a thumping left foot free-kick from Alan Sheehan had Dusan Kuciak hanging on for dear life at his near post.

With the half hour mark fast approaching it was still impossible to separate the two sides.

Former Scotland international Scot Gemmill had a volley for Leicester from the edge of the area that flew just wide of Kuciak's left-hand post, just before Tony Stokes saw West Ham's best chance of the first-half go begging.

A fine piece of close control from Moses Ashikodi put the young midfielder through on goal, but Hirschfeld narrowed the angle and made a very good save.

Leicester were denied by the woodwork on 32 minutes, Stephen Dawson's skidding 20 yard drive cannoning back off the post with Kuciak beaten, shortly before their grip on the game was loosened by a shock red-card.

Luke Chadwick and Jordan Stewart chased a long ball and as they tussled for the upper-hand, referee Phillips ruled that Stewart had pulled the winger back. It took a long time for the resulting dismissal, but the Leicester midfielder was eventually given his marching orders on 35 minutes.

West Ham could not make the advantage count though as the first-half ended 0-0.

HT: 0-0

Hammers made the brighter start to the second-half, and four minutes in fashioned a great chance to take the lead. Ashikodi powered his way to the by-line and crossed for Hogan Ephraim, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper from point blank range.

Three minutes later West Ham converted their numerical advantage with the best move of the game. Gavin Williams played a one-two with Ashikodi before releasing Bunce down the left and he crossed to give Luke Chadwick a tap-in at the far post.

A goal and a man ahead, Hammers began to dictate the play. Kyel Reid replaced Sam Wright after an hour, with Williams moving inside to centre-midfield, before Greg Pearson came on for Ashikodi.

The pace of the game slowed as the second-half wore on, but Hammers were no less determined. At the back, the young centre-back pairing of captain Chris Cohen and debutant James Tomkins coped admirably as Leicester began to hurl crosses into the Hammers penalty area.

But the Foxes pressure eventually told when, with 12 remaining, Leicester equalised. Dawson crossed from the right and striker Stefan Moore, on loan from Aston Villa, brought the ball down well before firing past Kuciak to make it 1-1.

Neither side looked like finding a winning goal in the final ten minutes, Tony Stokes' low shot their best chance, but it was a comfortable save for Lars Hirschfeld.

For Leicester Moore had a shot blocked by Tomkins late on as the game ended 1-1.

WHU: Kuciak; Henry, Bunce, Cohen, Tomkins, Wright (Reid 61), Williams, Chadwick, Stokes, Ashikodi (Pearson 68), Ephraim. Subs unused: Reed (GK), Cowley, Andrews.