Kingstonian v West Ham United XI
Friday 31 July
Kingstonian 0-3 West Ham United XI
90 min - Full time. The final whistle blows and both teams make their way off the pitch. Alex Dyer will no doubt be delighted with the way his players set about their task this evening. Although the game tapered off slightly in the second half, there were several eye-catching performances throughout the side. Nouble will get the headlines, but he ably supported by Edgar and Montano while Fry and Eyjolfsson were superb at the back.
89 min - The fans are waiting by the tunnel with their autograph books out hoping to get the signatures of a few future stars here. I do not think they will be waiting too long as Mr. Lymer has already checked his watch once.
88 min - We are into the last few minutes here now and, barring a stunning comeback, it looks as though Nouble's double will have helped this West Ham XI to their second consecutive away-day win.
84 min - We lose another ball, but this time I cannot fault the player. Good defending from Mc Naughton sees him stop a Kingstonian attack in its tracks but the ball rolls back to Dilloway eight yards out. The left back strikes the ball cleanly but his shot clears not just the goal but the stand as well.
80 min - It must be an expensive exercise running a non-league club as we must have lost at least three footballs out of the ground tonight. The latest vanished after a wayward cross from Cook flies out of the stadium.
75 min - There has been some lovely keep-ball by West Ham in the last ten minutes and if the home fans sitting around me are anything to go by, they have made a good impression on the locals.
72 min - Well the Hammers may need a few more minutes to settle now as they make three more changes. Street leaves the field to be replaced by trialist Plazzi, while out on pitch Simone Bezzicheri and Ahmed Abdulla have all come on with Nouble and Eyjolfsson making way.
70 min - I think, and I am tempting fate, that should be all the substitutes from the home side now. Hopefully West Ham can settle once more and put Kingstonian's new goalkeeper under some pressure.
67 min - Four more change for the home side with Gerrard, Lampton, Pearce and Wilson-Denis heading off and Josh Willis, Christian Jolley, Scott Simpson and Reggie Savage coming on to replace them.
64 min - Darkness has well and truly fallen on Kingsmeadow now and the floodlights are lighting up the night sky. I am telling you this as we have a break while Eyjolfsson is down after a knock to the head.
61 min - Changes for both sides here. Nick Barrettt, Daniel Kearns and Andrea Zola have come on with Brookes, Lee and Grasser making way. The home side introduce Josh Willis and Luke Pigden for Liam Collins and Lewis Coke.
60 min - So close! After some fancy footwork from Edgar on the edge of the area, the ball is rolled to Quashie, who takes one touch and drills it against the upright from 25 yards. So close for the West Ham captain.
58 min - We have 810 fans inside Kingsmeadow tonight and they have been making plenty of noise. The visitors seem very well represented with plenty of 'Come on you Irons' heard throughout the game so far. Nouble also seems to have quickly become a crowd favourite.
56 min - Two changes for the home side as Jamie Beer and Ryan Lake leave the field for Tom Dilloway and Scott Sheridan.
50 min - It seems to be that as soon as West Ham score a goal, Kingstonian come very close to getting one back. This time a rasping shot from Tommy Williams, who I am told used to date Eastenders actress Michelle Ryan, flies inches over the crossbar,
48 min - GOAL! Well if his first was all down to skill, I think even Nouble would admit that his second had more than a slice of luck to it. The West Ham No9 seized on a calamitous mix-up between Gerrard and Duku to roll the ball into an empty net. A gift for the Hammers.
48 min - A rare forray forward by Tony Brookes sees him play a delightful cross that is just inches away from being turned in by Montano.
47 min - It does not look like we have had any changes at the break so far. I must say I cannot blame Alex Dyer, whose side were superb in the first half.
46 min - Nouble and Edgar get the second period underway.
All of West Ham United's substitutes are warming up during the interval. One addition to the bench is James Plazzi, who was not listed among the original replacements. Will Dyer be calling him or any of the others into action when the game re-starts?
45 min - Mr Lymer blows up dead on 45 minutes and the teams leave the field for the break. A great first half from Dyer's side the reserve-team manager should not have too much to say to his men in the dressing room.
44 min - Another corner for the home side which once more looks for Pearce but Fry gets up to clear the ball. It has to be said that West Ham's two young central defenders have dealt with the 35-year-old's physical presence admirably this evening considering the height and size they give away to him.
40 min - A clever through ball from Lee presents Edgar with a sight of goal. He takes slightly too long to get his shot away and the angle is narrowed by Gerrard enough to enable him to smother the No10's shot.
36 min - A bit of handbags there between Fry and Pearce as they tussle for a corner. The home side win another flag-kick shortly after and only a superb diving save stops Pearce's header creeping into the far corner.
33 min - The K's are not giving in here though, despite West Ham looking like they could score with every attack. A deep ball in from the left is headed behind by Fry and from the resulting corner Lampton places his header straight into the turf and it bounces over Street's crossbar.
29 min - GOAL! And what a goal it is too. The Kingstonian defence are struggling to live with Nouble at the moment and he simply powered his way past Duku into the penalty area before smashing the ball low past Gerrard. Brilliant play from the new signing.
28 min - Screams for a penalty from the home support as NJ Lampton jumps over Fry's late tackle. In all fairness it would have been a soft spot kick to give and referee Colin Lymer correctly waves away their appeals.
27 min - Kingstonian have not let the goal affect their play though and Street has to be alert once more to dive at the feet of Carl Wilson-Denis just as the forward seemed poised to score.
24 min - Edgar is just a few feet away from doubling the lead as he darts past two defenders before unleashing a venomous right-footed drive that has Gerrard scrambling across his goal. Luckily for him, it flies just wide.
22 min - GOAL! Matt Fry gives West Ham the lead from six yards out. Edgar had been fouled on the left and he picked himself up to whip in a delicious free-kick which Fry simply had to steer past Gerrard from close range. It is nothing less than the Hammers deserve from their start here.
20 min - Good goalkeeping from Adam Street as he gives Eyjolfsson a big shout to leave the ball as Pearce lurks once more. The young Canadian comes out to comfortably take the ball and the danger is averted.
17 min - Just a bit of housekeeping for you. Tony Brookes is playing right-back with Fry and Holmar Eyjolfsson in the middle and Brown on the left. Quashie, Olly Lee and Grasser are all playing in a central midfield role with Edgar and Montano just in front of them. Nouble has been tasked with leading the line and, thus far, he has done a superb job.
15 min - More good work from Nouble to force a corner on the right-hand side. Georg Grasser, who was with the first team last week in Austria, floats it in but Matt Fry can only direct his header into the stand behind Gerrard's goal. Dyer's side are certainly on top here.
12 min - And just as I type that Nouble so nearly gives the visitors the lead as he powers a left footed shot at goal from just inside the area, which Luke Gerrard does well to parry. Seconds later, the Kingstonian captain is called into action again as Montano tests him an almost identical position.
11 min - Good work from Nouble on the left-hand touchline as he uses his power and pace to get away from Franci Duku. The Kingstonian No5 could be in for a busy night if Nouble's performance last week is anything to go by.
8 min - Kingstonian seem to be looking to use the height of Pearce whenever possible and the forward - it does feel slightly weird typing that - rises high above left back Jordan Brown to get another header at goal.
5 min - West Ham look to have come out in a 4-3-3 formation with Frank Nouble leading the line and Anthony Edgar and Cristian Montano, who had received high praise from Dyer after the 3-2 win at Thurrock a week ago, providing the width from midfield.
4 min - Pearce was often used as a makeshift striker for West Ham and it looks like that is now his favoured position as he is sporting the No9 shirt for the hosts.
2 min - The home side go on the attack straight away and it is a familiar face that poses the first threat to the Hammers' goal. Ian Pearce, in his second game for his new team, rises high to meet a right-wing cross but can only head high and wide.
1 min - Kingstonian get us underway.
7.45pm - Nigel Quashie leads the two teams out to rapturous applause but that quickly turns to sudden silence on the sound of the referee's whistle as the whole stadium observes a minute's tribute to Sir Bobby Robson, who passed away earlier today.
Good evening and welcome to Kingsmeadow for tonight's pre-season match between a West Ham United XI and Kingstonian.
Alex Dyer's West Ham United XI continue their build-up to the Barclays Premier Reserve League South season with a trip to Ryman League Premier Division side Kingstonian.
With the first-team squad away in China at the Barclays Asia Trophy, Dyer has a young side at his disposal. However, captain Nigel Quashie will add experience to the lineup.
Canada Under-20 goalkeeper Adam Street, Iceland U21 defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson and new signing Frank Nouble will be eager to impress, while Georg Grasser, Olly Lee, Anthony Edgar and Cristian Montano have all been in good form in pre-season.
Kingstonian could present a stiff test for Dyer's team, having won the Ryman League Division One South title in 2008/09.
West Ham United XI: Street, Brookes, Eyjolfsson, Fry, Brown, Grasser, Lee, Quashie, Edgar, Nouble, Montano
Subs: Loveday, McNaughton, Zola, Barrett, Bezzicherri, James Plazzi, Kearns, Abdulla
Kingstonian: Gerrard, Beer, Lake, Williams, Duku, Hustwick, Lampton, Collins, Pearce, Wilson-Denis, Cook
Subs: Willis, Pigden, Coke, Dilloway, Sheridan, Simpson, Jolley