Cole helps reserves to friendly win

Goals from Zavon Hines, Carlton Cole and Hogan Ephraim earned a West Ham United reserve team a 3-1 friendly against Thurrock FC on Tuesday night.

Young forward Hines struck an opener in the 12th minute, while Cole restored his team's advantage nine minutes later after Thurrock had hit a quick-fire equaliser through Che Stadhardt.

Ephraim rounded off an impressive display with the third goal - a superb free-kick in the 81st minute.

Kevin Keen's reserve team kick-off their FA Premier Reserve League South campaign against Aston Villa on August 29.