Thursday, 11 July 2013

Boreham Wood 0-3 West Ham: Hammers showcase the new Edson Arantes do Nascimento

Pelly Ruddock in action last night
Another preseason friendly against a minnow and another comprehensive victory. This time it was a return to non-league Boreham Wood from whom the Hammer’s picked up young prospect Pelly Ruddock, who duly led the team out for the match and put in a decent 45 minutes shift beside Winston Reid at Centre back. No prizes for guessing what his nickname must be!  Perhaps more importantly, a clean sheet with no injuries and the Hammers move on.

A few other  developments – Ravel Morrison is becoming an attacking force having scored twice in two 45 minute stints so far this preseason, Razvan Rat fancies  himself from long range and wqas willing to have a pop from considerable distance (although his career scoring record suggests that this scoring prowess would be a new development with approximately one goal every 50 games ), No Titus Bumble tonight – so maybe that’s the end of that illogical saga, and Ricky Vaz Te still knows where the net is. Otherwise, Matt Jarvis had a lively second half and Captain Kevin Nolan continued as usual by slotting the final goal for a decisive 3-0 win.

Teamsheet: Adrian (Jaaskelainen 46), Demel (Spence 46), Ruddock (Tomkins 46), Reid (Collins 46),  Rat (Potts 46), Noble (Diarra 46), Collison (Nolan 46), Taylor (Jarvis 46), Vaz Te (Cole 46),  McCallum (Maiga 46), Morrison (Whitehead 46).

So it’s off to Bournemouth for Saturday’s match.

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