Grays 1-2 West Ham United FT

Pre-season friendly
The New Rec
Kick-off: 3pm

Full time: 1-2

90min - The referee blows the final whistle to make it a solid start for the squad. Everyone here - bar the watching Savio and Luis Boa Morte - got an extended run-out  which will be welcome before the training camp in Austria.

89min - Hall has another effort and only Kitteridge's desperate save denies him. It has been a lively cameo.

89min - Well done Gabbidon to sniff out the danger again. It looks like being a winning start to this pre-season along with a welcome run-out for the squad. The majority of these players will be joined by the likes of Robert Green, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole in Austria. Luis Jimenez has also arrived in England this weekend and will be making the trip.

88min - So near but so far for Hall. Okus had broken up a Grays attack before feeding Lee. He then played in Hall whose quick feet moved him five yards clear of his marker. However, the home defender was able to get back and just block as he shot for goal.

86min - Hall is denied a run through on goal by Toms. He has done well so far and is clearly eager to make an impact.

85min - Good header from Gabbidon to clear the Grays danger. He then nearly gets in Stech's way before then dealing adroitly with another cross into the penalty area.

85min - Ilunga has the ball in the net from close range but the flag goes up for offside. Stanislas had whipped in a low cross into the area that had the home defence in trouble.

84min - Change in goal for Grays - off goes Nichols to be replaced by Ross Kitteridge.

82min - Rare chance for Grays. Saviger wins the ball from Collison and fires in but Stech is able to save with ease. At the other end, only a great tackle from Hunt denies Stanislas making the game safe.

81min - The Hammers have switched to a more orthodox 4-4-2 with Hall and Montano in attack.

77min - Hall may only be 15 but he is set to play for England Under-17s in the Nordic international tournament later this month.

76min - Here comes Robert Hall - the 15-year-old striker - on for Edgar. McKoy and McLeod are off for Milton Elenge and Jamie Archer. David Hunt and Maty Toms are on for Grays.

75min - A great run from Stanislas ends only with a last-ditch Grays tackle. A quick counter by Dumbaya ends with the West Ham defence getting rid of the danger.

73min - GOAL! - Montano slides the ball into the net after a period of pressure from the visitors. It was a composed finish by the forward. Slabber is off and on is Reggie Saviger.

72min - Stanislas nearly slips in Edgar but the youngster just mis-reads the pass. Stanislas is then fouled - he looks the most likely of anyone on view.

70min - It is clouding over here. We might see a bit of rain before the final whistle. The real question though is will we see a winning goal?

67min - The game is a bit disjointed at the moment. Neither side has really troubled the goal yet.

65min - Montano pounces on a loose pass and feeds Collison. The Wales midfielder runs forward with the ball but is tracked well by the Grays defence who see the danger away.

64min - Free-kick to Grays. Vernazza takes it but hits Stanislas who clears.  

63min - It remains to be seen whether Savio will be involved. He had warmed up before the game but may be saved for the Austria trip.

61min - Lovely interception by Conor Okus who sets Edgar away down the right. Disbelief from the Hammers youngster as he was certain he had done enough to win the corner.

60min - Grays are replacing Brayley, McSweeney and Michael Haswell with Mustapha Dumbaya, Marcel McKie and Daniel Francis.

58min - Thomas fouls Ilunga after his surge up the left. Stanislas whips in a free-kick that is just headed behind by David McSweeney.

57min - Lee plays in Stanislas and he quickly carries the ball 20 yards. However, his shot is too high and clears the stand behind the goal.

56min - Grays try and build but Gabbidon reads the danger and the ball runs through to Marek Stech.

55min - Lovely play over the middle from Stanislas after being picked out by Ollie Lee. The ball runs for a corner which Stanislas takes and promptly finds Spence. The England Under-19 defender cannot direct the ball on target and his header comes to nothing.

53min - Montano is fouled coming back to collect a Stanislas pass. There are 3,169 fans here - a great turn-out from the Grays supporters. Stanislas hits the wall with his free-kick.

52min - Jordan Spence is at right-back with Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson lining up alongside Gabbidon in the centre.

50min - Herita Ilunga wins a header to break up the Grays attack. The left-back is wearing No23, the shirt he is set to have in the new season.

48min - Corner taken by Stanislas but it is cleared. He was trying to pick out Colombian-born Cristian Montano, who is playing the lone striker's role.

47min - Early chance for Junior Stanislas to run at the defence but it is good play from Thomas to deny him. At the other end, Danny Gabbidon gets his first touch in a Hammers' shirt since a January 2008 reserve-team outing at Portsmouth.

46min - Stech, Spence, Eyjolffson, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Lee, Okus, Collison, Stanislas and Montano form ten of a new-look starting eleven for the Hammers. Only Edgar remains of the side that finished the first half.

Half-time - 1-1

45min - The half-time whistle goes and it is honours even. Expect plenty of changes from Gianfranco Zola in the second half.

44min - Edgar finds himself to the right of goal and hooks the ball on target. Nichols claimed that comfortably though.

43min - Grays have been well supported today with a few thousand in attendance. Another fierce tackle on Hines that warrants a talking to for home defender Bradley Thomas.

42min - Payne's lofted pass picks out Dyer. The ball eventually finds its way to Edgar but he cannot keep his shot on target.

40min - West Ham are keeping possession well. Wearen gets an elbow in the face but it was accidental. Free-kick to the visitors.

38min - Grasser's left-footed free-kick is headed clear by Grays, who break quickly on the counter. Well done Dyer after he held up the home surge and forced them back into their own half. Hines is back on the field of play.

36min - Hines is brought down again. This time he stays down for treatment. Meanwhile, the Hammers substitutes come out to warm-up and get a good round of applause.

34min - The move of the match. A lovely 60-yard crossfield ball from Collins picks out Faubert who had surged unnoticed up the right. The Frenchman collected the ball in his stride before cutting inside on to his left and fizzing a low shot that just missed the far corner.

33min - Another deep cross from right-back Faubert when there was hardly any space for him to move. No one read that though and it sails across the goalmouth.

32min - Hines felt that one. The striker was clattered from behind but is quickly up again. Payne is showing some lovely touches in midfield but Grays are doing well to frustrate their visitors.

30min - Serge Makofo gets a shot away but Kurucz gets down low to save. He was never really troubled was the Hungarian Under-21 international, who signed his new contract this week having agreed the permanent move from Ujpest FC last month.

28min - He may only be 16 but Wearen is already at least 6' tall and doing well out on the right flank.

27min - Fry, the Under-18s captain from last season, concedes a free-kick near the corner flag. Brayley will take this set-piece. He steps up and curls it into Kurucz's grateful grasp.

26min - Allan McLeod steps up but his curling effort is high and wide.

25min - 'Gala concedes a corner after Slabber's cross into the box. Collins then heads it away but Faubert concedes a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Chance for Grays to test Kurucz again with a set-piece from 20 yards.

24min - Nearly the lead again for the Hammers. Hines did really well to work an opening and fired in a shot that Nichols parried into the path of Wearen. The youngster could not direct his effort on target though.

23min - Surging run from Dyer through the mddile but a good tackle from ex-Watford man Paulo Vernazza denies him a sight of goal.

22min - GOAL! - An equaliser from former Spurs youth-team product Jamie Slabber after he tricked his way past James Collins into space on the right-hand side of the goal. There was little Peter Kurucz could do about the shot low to his right into the corner.

18min - The game is a little bit scrappy since that opening goal. Both teams are operating at a lively pace which is encouraging since we are so early in the summer.

16min - Nick McKoy is down after a hefty challenge.

15min - GOAL! - Hines scores with a neat finish after bright play from Edgar along the left. The striker has started this pre-season like he finished last year's and is looking lively. Injury hampered his progress last year but he still scored on his only first-team outing - in the League Cup against Macclesfield Town - and was also an unused substitute for Jamaica in a spring friendy against Nigeria.

13min - Wearen has not looked out of place and has linked up well with his fellow midfielders. Kieron Dyer, the 33-times capped England international, is urging him on and giving him plenty of encouragement.

11min - Hines cuts in from the left and has another go, but it is straight at Nichols. Good work then from Bondz 'Gala to deal with a Grays counterattack before Faubert gets another decent cross in. It is end to end stuff.

10min - A decent shout for a penalty there after Wearen's shot struck an arm. It had all begun with a terrific cross from Faubert to Hines before the ball fell to the Irish midfielder to try his luck.

9min - Wearen tries to pick out Hines but the ball runs through to Paul Nichols in the Grays goal.

7min - First shot from Grays from Bertie Brayley, the former West Ham academy graduate who played in the 1999 FA Youth Cup winning team with Michael Carrick and Joe Cole.

6min - Payne is playing in an advanced role in midfield, with Grasser and Dyer also central.

4min - Jay Lovett is penalised for a foul on Zavon Hines. The striker is playing as a one forward, with Wearen on the right and Edgar on the left joining when ever possible.

3min - Bright early play, particularly down the left but Julien Faubert - fresh from his Real Madrid loan spell - gets a chance to surge up the right. Fry picks him out and he in turn slips it back to Eoin Wearen but the shot is off target.

2min - Anthony Edgar sets left-back Matty Fry down the left and he runs 20 yards before crossing. The ball is knocked out for a corner. Edgar takes it and picks out Collins at the far post. The Wales defender mis-hits his volley and it goes wide of the post.

1min - Grays get us under way and there is an early touch for Peter Kurucz after a lofted ball forward.


2.58pm - James Collins has the armband and is with the officials in the centre circle and the Grays mascot, which is a large albatross.

Grays Athletic: Paul Nichols, David McSweeney, Michael Haswell, Nick McKoy, Bradley Thomas, Jay Lovett, Allan McLeod, Paulo Vernazza, Jamie Slabber, Bertie Brayley, Serge Makofo
Subs: Maty Toms, Ross Kitteridge, Reggie Saviger, Mustpaha Dumbaya, Marcel McKie, Jamie Archer, Daniel Francis, David Hunt, Milton Elenge

West Ham United: Peter Kurucz, Julien Faubert, Bondz 'Gala, James Collins, Matty Fry, Georg Grasser, Josh Payne, Kieron Dyer, Eoin Wearen, Anthony Edgar, Zavon Hines
Subs: Marek Stech, Jordan Spence, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Danny Gabbidon, Herita Ilunga, Oliver Lee, Conor Okus, Jack Collison, Savio, Junior Stanislas, Cristian Montano

2.35pm - The teams are in and Gianfranco Zola has a mixture of youth and experience in his starting lineup. It is a big chance for the likes of Irish youth international Eoin Wearen. Antonio Pintus is putting the players through their paces.

2.22pm - All the Hammers first-team squad are here except for those players on international duty at the end of last season along with Valon Behrami, Scott Parker, Dean Ashton and Terry Dixon who are not yet ready for match action. New signing Luis Jimenez has arrived in England this weekend and will join the squad on Monday for the two-week training camp in Austria.

2.15pm - Welcome to the home of Grays Athletic for the first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2009/10 season. West Ham United have arrived with a strong squad and will bring you full team news as soon as it is available. The sun is shining and already the Hammers goalkeepers - Peter Kurucz and Marek Stech - are out warming up with coach Ludek Miklosko. A number of former players are here including Tony Gale, Tony Cottee and Alan Devonshire, while John Moncur is here in his role as Grays chairman.