Crew cut down by United

Columbus Crew 1-3 West Ham United

Goals from Dean Ashton and Kyel Reid, either side of a Brad Evans own goal, were enough to hand Alan Curbishley's side a second straight pre-season win in Columbus on Sunday evening.

Ashton opened the scoring with a thumping early drive before Jason Garey levelled matters with an equally impressive header. However, Mark Noble ensured an interval lead when he forced Evans to put through his own net. Curbishley then made nine changes in the second half - only captain Lucas Neill played the whole game - and it was substitute Reid who finished off the scoring.

His goal owed a lot to Craig Bellamy, who was a constant menace and showed he is getting back to his best. He had played a crucial role in last Thursday's 4-2 defeat of Hampton and Richmond Borough. Bellamy was lively throughout and linked up well with both Ashton and half-time replacement Carlton Cole. Young left-back Joe Widdowson had another accomplished game.

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Full report, reaction and pictures to follow, along with highlights on WHUTV.