Five Star Youngsters

While the first team were rounding off their Swedish tour in winning fashion, a young Hammers side also turned on the style on Tuesday evening, securing a 5-1 win at non-league AFC Sudbury.

After kicking off the pre-season preparations with a 2-0 win at Hornchurch on Saturday, Kevin Keen's team of Academy scholars and young professionals made it two wins in four days with a convincing victory against the Ridgeons Premier League outfit.

In a testimonial match for long-serving Sudbury player Steve Day, a crowd of 516 turned up to see the home side take an unexpected lead in the 20th minute.

However, striker Moses Ashikodi levelled the scores after good work from Trent McClenahan 10 minutes before the break and Hammers went on to dominate proceedings in the second half.

Just five minutes after the break, midfielder David Cowley struck an effort from the edge of the box that was deflected into the net, before a hopeful ball forward was inexplicably headed into his own net by a Sudbury defender on the edge of the penalty area to make it 3-1.

Substitute Ishmael Welsh made it four with a close-range header following a goalmouth scramble, before Chris Cohen rounded off the evening with the goal of the night, collecting a pass from Hogan Ephraim and executing a delightful chip over the Sudbury goalkeeper from 18 yards out.

Said Kevin Keen afterwards: "We played very well tonight and, after blowing away the cobwebs at Hornchurch on Saturday, I thought the lads produced a very sharp performance.

"It took us a little while to get going but the players really got into their stride in the second half and I was very pleased with the tempo of our game.

"We had a little bit more experience in the side and there was a definite improvement on Saturday's display. The defenders did their job well and, all in all, it turned out to be a very worthwhile exercise."

West Ham: Reed (Blackmore 75); McClenahan, Henry, Blewitt, Widdowson (Fitzgerald 75); Ephraim, Cowley, Stokes (Welsh 60), Cohen; Ashikodi, Sofiane (Hines 75).

By Danny Francis