Hammers In Friendly Win Over Northampton

WEST Ham United have won 3-0 in a behind-closed doors friendly against Northampton Town at Upton Park.

An experienced Hammers line-up took to the field and quickly asserted its authority on the match.

The hosts opened the scoring on 21 minutes when Mark Noble converted from Luke Chadwick's cross.

The second-half saw Hammers go close on several occasions. Carl Fletcher had some excellent chances to score, but the Wales midfielder hit the post with a curling effort and was twice denied by the Northampton goalkeeper.

Hammers eventually doubled their advantage with 72 minutes played, Don Hutchison's drive from the edge of the area deflecting home off a Northampton defender.

Luke Chadwick sealed a good West Ham work-out with a well taken third on 78 minutes.

WHU: Bywater; McClenahan, Dailly, Mackay, Brevett, Chadwick, Fletcher, Noble, Williams, Hutchison (Ephraim 73), Rebrov. Subs unused: Kuciak (GK), Ashikodi, Stokes, Bunce, White, Reid.