Reserves ready for Villa

Cristian Montano will be aiming to score his first goal at reserve-team level on Tuesday evening after impressing for West Ham United's Under-18s.

The Colombian-born forward, recently back in action following an ankle injury, has plundered nine goals in 14 starts for Tony Carr's FA Premier Academy League side this season.

Now 18, Montano has been offered his first professional contract and is highly thought of by many at the club.

However, after six scoreless appearances for Alex Dyer's reserves, the South American will be aiming to open his account when the Hammers entertain Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South on Tuesday evening.

Villa arrive at Bishop's Stortford FC's Woodside Park unbeaten all season, but Dyer's team are in good form, having beaten Chelsea and Arsenal away from home in their last two matches.

The Villans scored a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Villa Park in the season's opening fixture on 1 September last year, and Dyer will be hoping the likes of Montano, Junior Stanislas and Anthony Edgar will fire his side to success this time around.

Goalkeeper Marek Stech will be given a chance to shine, while the reserves will again be captained by promising defender Jordan Spence. Terry Dixon and Davide Ferrari, both of whom were on target in the 2-0 win at Arsenal last week, are also available.

Aston Villa will produce a stern test, however, with the club's youngsters having qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup, where they face West Ham's conquerors Newcastle United.

Former Liverpool midfielder Kevin MacDonald's side have won eight and drawn three of their eleven reserve league matches this term.

Kick-off at Woodside Park is 7pm, with tickets available on the night. Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children, with season ticket holders admitted free of charge.

The club's official website will have live text updates on from 6.45pm.