A YOUNG West Ham United Reserve team earned a creditable 1-1 draw against a British Students XI at Bisham Abbey on Tuesday, Hogan Ephraim on target for the Hammers.
With the first-team squad playing against TSV 1860 Munich in Germany, it was a young team that took on the older and physically superior British Students.
But it was the Hammers who got off to the better start and took the lead after only five minutes when Ephraim latched onto a long clearance, raced clear of the Students' defence and drilled the ball home to make it 1-0.
Jack Collison worked a good opening only to see his shot well saved by the goalkeeper, and although the Universities side began to apply more presure as the half drew to a close, Hammers held out comfortably to lead 1-0 at the break.
The second-half saw the Universities side begin to work their way back into the game.On 53 minutes they had a great chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty, but the spot-kick hit the post and rebounded to safety without the intervention of Hammers goalkeeper Matt Reed.
Reed was, however, beaten on 63 minutes as the British Students found an equaliser that they had been threatening for much of the second-half. A neat through ball split the Hammers defence and the Universities XI striker made no mistake, firing past Reed to make it 1-1.
The Students had the best chance to win the game in the closing stages but the effort was dragged wide as Reed came out to narrow the angle.
Still, Tony Carr's side could be well pleased with their afternoon's work out and against their more experienced opposition emerged with a hard earned draw.
First-half: Blackmore; McClenahan, Widdowson, Trialist, White, Blewitt, Sofiane, Collison, Hines, Ephraim, Welsh.
Second-half: Reed; Andrews, Fitzgerald, Hales, Tomkins, Henry, Davidson, Cowley, Jeffrey, Trialist, Reid.
Hammers Draw With British Students Xi