Kingstonian preview

Alex Dyer will take a youthful West Ham United XI side to Kingstonian on Friday night hoping to build on a dramatic 3-2 win seven days earlier.

The Hammers overcame Thurrock  last week with a last-minute winner from debutant Frank Nouble. The 17-year-old, who had completed his move from Chelsea just three days before making his bow, is expected to be one of a number of youngsters on show again at the Kingsmeadow home of the non-league club.

Olly Lee, Georg Grasser and Anthony Edgar, who will all have gained valuable experience from ten days away with the first team in Austria, could all feature, while the experience could once again be provided by Nigel Quashie and Calum Davenport.

"Thurrock was a hard game for us. Some of the lads were not meant to play 90 minutes, but we had a couple of injuries at half time and we had to dig in," Dyer said. "But all of the fitness work we have been doing in training, getting the ball out and playing football every day, it is certainly starting to pay off."

As well as the eye-catching display of Nouble, reserve-team manager Dyer also singled out Cristian Montano for particular praise. "I put Cristian in that left-sided midfield role and last week he was up and down and when you need that little bit of quality he produced it and he put it right on a plate for Frank.

"I was impressed with him as well as he was a new boy coming in and a lot expectation on him and to be fair in the first half and the second half he produced with a lot of good stuff."

As well as the youngsters looking to stake their claim for a place in squad for the Bobby Moore Cup game in eight days' time, it could also be a special night for two more senior figures. Ian Pearce, who played 171 games for West Ham from 1997 to 2004, is set to make his second appearance for Kingstonian against his former team. Meanwhile, Hammers goalkeeping coach Jerome John will no doubt be looking forward to returning to the club where he won the Isthmian League Championship in the 1997/98 season.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and tickets will cost £9 for adults, £6 concessions and £3 for juniors. For directions, click here,