Reserves 2-0 Fulham FT

Barclays Premier Reserve League - South
Woodside Park, Bishop's Stortford
Kick-off: 7pm
Referee: S D Tomlinson

Match previewJack Collison I Junior Stanislas I Fixtures I Table


90min - GOAL! - Hines makes it two after forcing an error from Etheridge and Ashton. The substitute got an initial shot away and then followed up to tap in from close range. It was well deserved for his contribution since coming on.

90min - It looks like another win for Kevin Keen's side. Both sides have worked hard but the combination of Zamora and Sears looks to have settled it.

89min - Outstanding play by Sears sees him get free again. This time he unselfishly looks for the pass inside but Miller again cannot keep his shot on target.

87min - Tomkins and Stokes get two good headers in to clear the home side's lines. Fulham are desperate for the equaliser but it is Miller who has a go next from distance. The ball flies wide.

86min - Timlin is down after failing to get to grips with Zamora. He needs some treatment.

84min - Fulham get a chance to respond but Timlin's free-kick is comfortably claiemd by Wright. A quick counterattack sees Hines race away and nearly get Sears free. This time Pearce clears but the young forward, playing through the middle since Hines's arrival on the hour, has got the taste for it now.

83min - GOAL! - Sears makes no mistake. He was always going to take it and slid the ball to the goalkeeper's right. Etheridge dived the wrong way but it is doubtful he would have got to the perfectly-placed kick.

81min - Sears wins a penalty. Zamora slid the ball through and the young forward was too quick for Pearce. As he shaped to shoot, the defender took his legs.

80min - Zamora has picked up the pace and is dropping deeper into midfield. He is showing good energy levels for someone still on the way to full fitness.

79min - Corner to Fulham. Timlin takes and finds Kallio. The Finn's headed effort is goalbound but Tomkins flings himself in the way. Good defending

77min - We are moving into the closing stages and both sides are cancelling each other out. It could take a moment of brilliance to win this.

74min - Zamora does well helping out at the back to set the Hammers away. The No9 has worked tirelessly. Inthat move, Stanislas nearly got Sears free through the middle but again Fulham regrouped.

72min - The game is a bit scrappy at the moment. Both teams are defending well - the first goal could well prove the winner tonight.

69min - Tomkins is penalised for a push on Smith. The referee wants a word and shows the Hammers defender the yellow card.

67min - Zamora skies one after Hines laid the ball off for him. The No9 had found space superbly but could not keep the shot down.

65min - Hines does well on the right flank to win a corner. He has looked very lively. Stanislas's corner comes to nothing.

64min - Nathan Ashton is the third Fulham player to be cautioned after a challenge on Hines. Lewis Smith is coming on for Johnson, with the orange-booted US international getting a breather after a tough test up against 'Gala and Tomkins.

63min - Collison releases Zamora to burst forward. His long-range effort goes into Etheridge's hands. Then Hines tricks his way into the box before shooting low. The ball comes to Sears and his snap-shot is saved.

60min - Zavon Hines comes on for Jack Jeffery. Sears moves in from the wing to join Zamora through the middle with Hines going out to the right.

59min - Stokes wins a free-kick in the right-hand corner. Stanislas takes it and picks out Tomkins. The defender's header is on target but deflects against a Fulham head and away for a corner. Fulham get that one away safely.

57min - Collison is starting to win the midfield battle. He sets Stokes away and he tries his luck. Again the ball misses the goal.

55min - Tomkins does well to deny Johnson with a sliding tackle.  Both teams are up for the contest despite the cold conditions.

54min - Collison does brilliantly to leave Timlin in his wake in midfield before surging forward. The captain lets fly from 30 yards but his shot sails high and wide.

52min - Zamora's header is cleared off the line after he outjumped Etheridge. In truth, the Fulham defender on the line had a fairly comfortable clearance,  having read the situation well.

50min - Fantastic touch from Zamora to control the ball on the halfway line. The ball was dropping out of the sky at some pace but he killed it on his instep before trying to get Sears away. It came after some confusion between Wright and Tomkins before the ball was cleared.

49min - This half has not really got going yet. A few mis-placed passes and a couple of hefty challenges have been about it so far.

47min - A speculative effort from Brown flies over the bar. Wright was never going to be troubled by that.

46min - A change for Fulham at half-time. Neil Etheridge is on in goal for Baptista.


45min - Well played Stanislas to track back and help defend a Fulham breakaway. The visitors still get the chance to shoot - but Timlin is off target from long range.

43min - Sears shows more attacking intent, this time on the left - having switched flanks with Stanislas. Those two have been the brightest for the home side.

42min - Incisive play from Zamora splits the Fulham defence. His pass found Stanislas to the left of goal and his firm shot was only just parried away for a corner. From that, Stokes gets the chance to shoot but his effort is wayward.

41min - Ehui gets a caution for kicking the ball away when Stokes was awarded a free-kick.

38min - Johnson wins a corner for Fulham when his shot is blocked by a combination of 'Gala and Tomkins. The unmarked Ismael Ehui hits the post with a header from the resulting set-piece - it is questionable whether Wright would have got there.

36min - Zamora is  harrying the Fulham defence when ever he can. Good play from the striker sees him pick out the advancing Spence who has a go from distance. The shot was never going to cause Baptista any concern, though.

35min - A yellow card for Timlin after his foul on Miller. The left-back was just too quick for the Fulham No8.

34min - Timlin sends in another free-kick into the West Ham United area. Pearce is up from the back and meets it on the volley but cannot keep the shot on target.

33min - Collison fouls Johnson and Fulham get a free-kick. After bright play, Johnson gets the ball again but 'Gala sends him tumbling with a firm but fair challenge.

31min - Zamora shows good thinking to evade two challenges on the halfway line. He then has the presence of mind to see Sears racing away again on the right. The youngster receives the ball and ultimately wins a corner. Stanislas takes and Fulham clear.

29min - Zamora shows good strength to hold off Pearce. He feeds Collison, who then looks for Stanislas surging up the left. The ball runs out of play though before the young winger can get to it.

27min - Some strong challenges are going in. The game has been played in a good spirit, however. 'Gala does well to deny Wayne Brown possession near his own goal. Both rearguards are on top.

25min - Two good crosses fly in, first from Stanislas and then from Sears but both times Fulham get the ball away.

23min - Zamora has not had too many touches. He is up against two experienced centre-backs in Pearce and Finland international Toni Kallio, a 29-year-old with 35 caps.

21min - Timlin takes it right-footed and his effort goes up and over the wall. It seems a certain goal until Wright puts out a palm and gets it away to safety. Good save.

20min - 'Gala is penalised for a foul on Wayne Brown. Fulham get a free-kick in a dangerous position.

18min - The referee wants a word with Fulham midfielder Michael Timlin, with the 22-year-old Irishman not happy about a challenge.

17min - Sears really is quick. He races away down the right after a neat pass from Jeffery. He knows the way to goal too, with 20 goals in 16 games for the U18s this season.

16min - Corner to West Ham United. Stanislas takes from the right but despite good delivery, Fulham get the benefit of an offside flag when the ball is played back in.

15min - Fulham's best chance so far falls to Johnson after the ball is squared from the right. From a central position, the American hits it first time but his shot sails over.

14min - Collison does well to win the ball from Elliott. It is also a good test for the Hammers skipper tonight as he is up against the experienced 33-year-old New Zealand defensive midfielder who has more than 50 caps for his country.

12min - Ashley Miller tests Baptista with a cross from the right that the keeper has to claim from under the crossbar.

11min - Another speculative Fulham shot, this time from Simon Elliott. Again the effort leaves Wright untroubled.

10min - 'Gala does well to deny Johnson a sight of goal. Again the Hammers go on the counterattack but Fulham stop the danger early this time.

9min - Sears again races away beyond the Fulham defence. Another fine cross this time looks destined for Zamora's head until Baptista comes out to claim off the striker's head.

9min - James Tomkins does well to force Johnson into the corner and then sees the ball run out of play for a goalkick. The England U19 defender is in for a tough test against the experienced US international.

8min - Straight up the other end, Sears races away on the right and finds Jeffery with a lovely pass from the byline. The No10 cannot keep his first-time shot on target though and he too clears the crossbar. 

7min - Bondz 'Gala does well to clear as Fulham get their first passing movement going. Fulham then get a chance for goal through Nathan Ashton but the No3's speculative effort flies over Richard Wright's goal.

5min - Zamora does well to feed Stanislas who then tricks his way across the pitch before finding Sears. However, the move breaks down with the defence closing out the young attacker.

4min - Stanislas lets fly with a fierce shot from Sears crossfield pass. A Fulham defender gets in the way and the ball runs out to Tony Stokes who tests Ricardo Baptista in the visitors' goal with a firm low shot.

3min - West Ham United try to build on the left through Junior Stanislas. He is playing wide on that flank with Freddie Sears out on the right. Both will look to support Zamora and Jeffery as and when they can.

1min - Bobby Zamora gets us under way, rolling the ball to Jack Jeffery.


6.56pm - Jack Collison leads out West Ham United to a good reception from the crowd.

6pm - Welcome to a freezing Woodside Park for this evening's reserve-team fixture against Fulham. Kevin Keen's men can go second in the table with victory against a Fulham side who sit one point and one place behind the Hammers. Richard Wright and Bobby Zamora both feature, with Zamora having hit a hat-trick on his first game back for the reserves last week - a 4-1 defeat of Birmingham City.


West Ham United: Richard Wright, Jordan Spence, James Tomkins, Bondz 'Gala, Ashley Miller, Junior Stanislas, Tony Stokes, Jack Collison, Jack Jeffery (Zavon Hines 59), Bobby Zamora, Freddie Sears
Subs not used: Adam Street, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Tom Harvey, Ryan O'Neill, Anthony Edgar

Fulham: Ricardo Baptista (Neil Etheridge 46), Elliot Omozusi, Nathan Ashton, Ian Pearce, Toni Kallio, Simon Elliott, Wayne Brown, Michael Timlin, Joe Anderson, Eddie Johnson (Lewis Smith 64), Ismael Ehui
Subs not used: Lewis Cumber, Ashley Thompson