Strong side for Thurrock tonight

Ian Hendon is relishing the prospect of a tough test for a West Ham United XI faway to Thurrock FC on Tuesday evening.

The development squad coach has named Sam Baldock and Freddie Piquionne in a strong attacking lineup and is looking forward to also seeing how his talented youngsters cope with a crowd at the Ship Lane home of the Aveley club.

The Hammers have a good relationship with Thurrock, with the south Essex side allowing the club to regularly train and play at their impressive ground.

"Thurrock have been very helpful with us in regard to letting us use the facilities there and I know the youth team have used the pitch already this season," Hendon told West Ham TV. "I think it will be nice to take a team down and play against their first team.

"Hopefully we will get good support and get a bit of revenue in for Thurrock."

Hendon is especially hoping to see his side impress in attack where fans will also see Brian Montenegro in action. The Paraguayan youngster was the star man in the development squad's last outing, a 4-4 draw at Dagenham & Redbridge last Tuesday.

Hendon said: "Brian has taken time to settle in. He is having English lessons up and picking bits and pieces up. Last week he was the shining light in the performance at Dagenham and scored a good goal and created two others.

"I am looking forward to the match. They are quite entertaining games and we have a few good young players at the club who want to show what they can do."

Kick-off is at 7.45pm with tickets priced at just £5 for concessions and £10 for adults. Accompanied Under-10s will be able to get in free of charge.

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