Reserves head for Blackpool

West Ham United continue their quest for the Barclays Premier Reserve League title when they travel to Blackpool on Tuesday.

Steve Lomas' side have been in superb form ahead of their trip to Bloomfield Road, winning four and drawing one of their previous six matches, and head north on a four-match unbeaten run.

The most recent of those games saw the Hammers defeat Newcastle United 4-2 at the Boleyn Ground, with Robbie Keane, Freddie Sears and Zavon Hines all on target. Exclusive highlights from that fixture are available on West Ham TV now.


Sears and Hines could both be involved on Wednesday when West Ham will seek to achieve a victory that would take them to within four points of Southern Group leaders Arsenal - with two games in-hand on the Gunners - and above second-placed Chelsea on goal difference. Click here to view the league table.

The duo will be joined in Lomas' squad by Matt Fry, back from loan at Charlton Athletic, and young professionals Olly Lee, Cristian Montano, Ahmed Abdulla, Callum McNaughton and Anthony Edgar, while a number of scholars will also be eager to catch the eye as the season approaches its climax.

The manager, who has enjoyed an unbeaten start since taking charge in February, will continue his policy of handing the captain's armband to a young player to help him to gain more leadership experience.

"I want all the young boys to have a go at it because I want them to be vocal because they don't talk enough around the senior players," said the former Hammers midfielder. "I understand that it is difficult to demand things of them, but if they are going to train with them and play with them, then they've got to be able to tell them if they are doing something wrong and if they want the ball.

"For me, I want all the young lads to captain because they're the ones who are going to be with me the majority of the time."

Blackpool themselves have also been in decent Barclays Premier Reserve League form, defeating Liverpool and Manchester United in their previous two fixtures to climb off the bottom of the Northern B Group table.

The club's official website and twitter feed will provide live text updates from Wednesday's fixture, with kick-off at 3pm. Exclusive highlights and post-match reaction will appear on and West Ham TV.