Shepherd double not enough

West Ham United 3-4 Keynsham Town

The Hammers lost out by the odd goal in seven in what was a thrilling but ultimately disappointing afternoon at their Thurrock FC home on Sunday.

A last-minute winner from the visitors' hat-trick hero Julianna Da Silva settled the contest and meant a first defeat of the season for West Ham. Things had started well when Gemma Shepherd opened the scoring inside the first minute with a rasping effort but Keynsham levelled as half-time approached through Da Silva.

The same scorer gave the visitors the lead three minutes after half-time with a fine individual effort but the Hammers battled back through Natalie Grafton after she did well to meet a free-kick in the 55th minute with a low side-footed effort. Keynsham restored their advantage on 72 minutes through captain Louise Hutton's header but the home side were level again within a minute courtesy of Shepherd's penalty.

It looked like it would be honours even and a third match unbeaten until Da Silva stunned the hosts with another fierce effort and despite a late home flurry, the points were lost. The Hammers will hope to make amends next Sunday when they welcome Plymouth Argyle to Ship Lane. Kick-off is at 2pm.