CAMBRIDGE UNITED : Under-23
3 - 2 (Adarkwa, Diallo, Dju)
21 August 2020
West Ham United U23s began their pre-season programme with an enthralling 3-2 win against Cambridge United at Little Heath on Friday afternoon.
Goals from Sean Adarkwa, Amadou Diallo and Mesaque Dju were enough to see Dmitri Halajko’s side past their League 2 opponents.
In a bespoke format for the game, both teams played four 30-minute quarters in the Irons' first outing since March, guaranteeing as many minutes as possible for the players ahead of the new league campaign.
The U23s settled better in the early exchanges and enjoyed lengthy spells of possession in their first match of their pre-season programme. The Hammers were able to make the pressure tell in the tenth minute; a positive passing move saw Louie Watson pick up the ball in space. The midfielder played a sublime first-time ball through the Cambridge defence, leaving Sean Adarkwa one-on-one, and the forward made no mistake, rolling past Burton to give the U23s the lead. The lead lasted barely two minutes however, when a clipped Cambridge corner wasn’t dealt with decisively and Liam O’Neil headed calmly past Trott to level the scores.
The visitors seized the momentum in the second quarter, committing more bodies forward and dominating the ball. It wasn’t long before the U's managed to turn that possession into a second goal. Ben Worman fired into the net to give Cambridge United the lead for the first time on 50 minutes. The visitors could have been further ahead not long after when Emmanuel Longelo was adjudged to have handled the ball from a Cambridge cross. Mullin stepped up, but the former Swindon Town forward’s spot kick was spectacularly saved by Trott low down to his left. The young Hammers showed good resolve to weather the onslaught of Cambridge attacks, but they failed to force an opening of their own as the second period drew to a close. Both the U23s and Cambridge were much-changed when play resumed for the third quarter.
Cambridge had another chance to extend their lead at the beginning of the final quarter when a lofted free kick found Sam Smith unmarked, but Krisztian Hegyi was equal to it in the Hammers' goal and pushed it round the post.
West Ham were back on terms in the 113th minute. A swift counter-attack saw Forson released by Odubeko. The youngster flashed a shot at the Cambridge 'keeper, who could only parry out to the feet of Diallo, the forward finishing emphatically. The U23s weren’t finished there, however, as Mesaque Dju reacted quickest to a lofted ball over the top. The Portuguese winger took his time, picked his spot and finished well to snatch victory late on. In time added on, Sam Smith spurned a one-on-one for Cambridge, but West Ham held on to record a deserved victory in their first pre-season game at Little Heath.
STEVENAGE : Under-18s
Shephalbury Sports Academy
2 - 1 (Mubama, Veliky)
22 August 2020
IPSWICH TOWN : First XI
4 - 1 (Haller 3, Soucek)
25 August 2020
Three goals from Sebastien Haller helped to secure an emphatic 4-1 victory for West Ham United in a pre-season fixture at Ipswich Town.
Tomas Soucek netted the Irons’ other finish, with the Czech Republic international’s header sandwiched between two Haller strikes in a frantic five-minute spell in the middle of the second period.
West Ham took the lead on the stroke of half-time as Grady Diangana turned the ball to Haller inside the six-yard box, with the same combination leading to the Hammers’ – and Haller’s – second on the hour mark.
Former Hammer Sears halved the deficit less than a minute later, scoring for Ipswich Town after being found in space by Emyr Huws, but Soucek restored the two-goal advantage with a well-taken header – after a Coventry cross - only moments after the restart.
Haller’s hat-trick was complete just a couple of minutes later, collecting a poor back-pass by the home side to slot the ball into the empty net and give the Irons a 4-1 lead.
WYCOMBE WANDERERS : First XI
5 - 1 (Bowen 2, Lanzini, Masuaku, Charles [og)
25 August 2020
With the wind and rain thankfully abating in time for kick-off, the Irons produced an eye-catching display, where Arthur Masuaku, Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen were among the scorers and 16-year-old Jamal Baptiste impressed on his maiden first-team appearance. It took just five minutes to break the deadlock. Bowen got down the right and crossed deep for Manuel Lanzini, whose shot was blocked. The ball fell to Pablo Fornals, who found Masuaku in space and scored via the underside of the crossbar. The second goal arrived on 28 minutes, but in truly bizarre circumstances, goalkeeper Stockdale allowed Darius Charles’ innocuous backpass to slip under his boot and into the net.
The only lapse in an otherwise dominant opening half came four minutes later, when David Martin was forced to tip a miss-hit shot onto the crossbar, and Alex Samuel followed up to net from a yard out.
Undeterred, West Ham were straight back on the offensive and, moments after Bowen had thumped a low drive against the upright, the right winger teed-up Lanzini, who sent a controlled finish beyond Stockdale’s left hand. And it was 4-1 to Irvine’s men two minutes before the break thanks to a fine team goal. Cullen cut out a pass in midfield before Noble, Lanzini and Fornals combined to cut through the home defence. The Spaniard crossed low, Antonio’s first-time shot was saved but not held, and Bowen followed up to score from six yards out. The visitors made it five just before the hour-mark. Lanzini dribbled into the penalty area and found Masuaku, whose cutback was slotted home by Bowen.
LEYTON ORIENT : Under-23
The Breyer Group Stadium
3 - 1 (Dju, Kemp, Ling [og])
26 August 2020
Teamsheet dated 19 August 2020
West Ham United U23s recorded a second win over Football League opposition in the space of five days as they overcame Leyton Orient 3-1 at the Breyer Group Stadium.
The Irons made a confident – and enthralling – start at their senior opposition’s home, going two goals up after just ten minutes through Mesaque Dju and Dan Kemp.
They continued to create chances at will and added a third when Kemp’s cross was turned in by Orient defender Sam Ling, but a raft of changes at half-time saw the home team in turn dominate the second half, netting through Lee Ango
BRENTFORD : First XI
2 - 1 (Soucek, Yarmolenko)
26 August 2020
Haller (Antonio (Coventry))
West Ham United's winning start to pre-season continued as David Moyes' men saw off Brentford at London Stadium. Andriy Yarmolenko and Tomas Soucek were on target with a goal either side of the break to ensure Marcus Forss' 32nd minute leveller would not end their 100 per cent record in preparation for the 2020-21 campaign. It was Brentford who started the brighter, however, and Sergi Canos was the width of a post away from giving them a second minute lead. Josh Dasilva then fizzed an effort just wide of the mark from 20 yards, and West Ham responded by opening the scoring with just five minutes played.
Pablo Fornals laid the goal on for Yarmolenko expertly, delaying his pass until the winger had burst into space in the right channel. Bees full back Rico Henry could not recover in time, sliding in vain as Yarmolenko’s shot nestled in Luke Daniels’ net. On 32 minutes Brentford's Henry ran inside off the flank and was met by a pass from Canos, allowing the left back to drill over a cross which Forss directed into Fabianski’s net with a forceful downward header.
With the scores level at the break, David Moyes made seven changes to his side, and two of the half-time arrivals combined to re-establish the lead for the hosts just past the hour. Michail Antonio had too much strength for Henrik Dalsgaard as he forged a path into the Bees’ area, and as Pontus Jansson got back towards him, the No30 laid off for Soucek to take a touch and roll into the net.
IPSWICH TOWN : Under-18s
4 - 2 (Potts 2, Fevrier, Mubama)
29 August 2020
QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Under-23
5 - 0 (Odubeko 2, Akinola, Ashby, Longelo)
1 September 2020
West Ham United Under-23s made it three wins out of three in pre-season with a comprehensive 5-0 win over a youthful Queens Park Rangers XI.
With both teams’ Academies now well and truly ramping up for the 2020-21 season, it was excellent wing play from the Hammers which led to all four goals, with Ademipo Odubeko putting the Irons ahead after 25 minutes and Harrison Ashby adding to it just before half-time.
A blistering start to the second half saw the West Ham development squad extend their advantage through further close-range finishes from Odubeko and Olatunji Akinola and a low arrowing shot from Emmanuel Longelo.
MAIDENHEAD UNITED : Under-23
5 - 0 (Dju 2, Trialist [og])
4 September 2020
West Ham United Under-23s won their fourth consecutive – and final – pre-season match with an entertaining 3-2 victory at Maidenhead United on Friday afternoon.
Coming up against more experienced and physically developed opponents in the form of the National League outfit, the young Hammers were forced to dig in for long stretches of the first half, but scored twice through Mesaque Dju in the second before a late own-goal secured victory.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH : Betway Cup
3 - 5 (Bowen 2, Anderson)
5 September 2020
Archer, A.Smith (Pugh), Rico, Mepham (Ofoborh), Simpson, Stacey, Danjuma (Danjuma), Lerma (Billing), L.Cook (Kilkenny), Stanislas (Zemura), Solanke (Anthony)
AFC Bournemouth claimed the honours in a high-scoring Betway Cup at London Stadium on Saturday, beating West Ham United 5-3 in the Hammers' final run-out before the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
West Ham recovered from falling two goals behind early on to level before the break thanks to Jarrod Bowen's double, but Bournemouth shrugged off that blow by scoring three unanswered second half goals through Dan Gosling, Adam Smith and Jaidon Anthony. Felipe Anderson came off the bench to score a third for the Hammers, but they couldn't mount a second comeback as Bournemouth claimed the trophy
QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Under-18
10 - 0 (Mubama 4, Perkins 3, Corbett, Simon-Swyer, Woods)
5 September 2020
Knighbridge, Robinson, Evans, Potts, Forbes, Adebayo, Corbett, Woods, Simon-Swyer, Fevrier, Perkins
West Ham United's Under-18s ran out 10-0 winners at Little Heath.