Young Hammers edge past Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 08:20 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:20 05 October 2015
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Friendly: Hornchurch 0 West Ham U21s 1
Hornchurch were edged out the young Hammers after an entertaining friendly at Bridge Avenue.
With Urchins having a bye in the FA Trophy, boss Jimmy McFarlane took the chance to give more minutes to his squad members and it proved a useful workout for all.
Josh Cullen sent an early effort against the top of the crossbar for the Hammers, while Callum Chafer was off his line quickly to deny Elliot Lee on 12 minutes.
Dave Collis produced a goalline clearance to deny Cullen, who was also thwarted by Nathan Cooper, before the hosts got their first sight of goal on 17 minutes as Charlie Dove volleyed over from Jed Chouman’s long throw-in.
Urchins went close midway through the half when Harry Baker’s cross gave Tobi Joseph a free header six yards out, but he could not convert.
And Elliot Styles saw a header from a Collis free kick well saved by Tim Brown, before Moses Makasi fired over from a West Ham corner.
Calvin Poku sent a chance over for Hornchurch three minutes before the break but Chafer had to produce a superb save to tip Lee’s 30-yard effort onto the bar to keep the scoreline blank at the interval.
Amos Nasha was too high with his shot within a minute of the restart, while Cooper headed a Dove corner past the post on 55 minutes for the hosts.
Hammers boss Terry Westley made a trio of changes just before the hour, but Urchins went close when substitute Joey May forced a good save from Brown on 65 minutes.
The only goal arrived a minute later, though, as Alex Pike broke on the right and slotted the ball under Chafer.
McFarlane sent his 31-goal strike pairing of David Knight and George Purcell on for the closing stages, but the home side could not find an equaliser, as Purcell’s late free kick was well saved by Nathan Trott.
Hornchurch: Chafer, Collis, Chouman, Styles (Pennells 81), Cooper, Dove (May 61), Ditkevicius (Burgess 48), Poku (Knight 67), Joseph (Purcell 71), Witherspoon (Smith 73), Baker.
West Ham: T Brown (Trott 67), Pike, Page, Nasha (Elsom 66), Knoyle, Onarinde, J Brown, Nakashi, Lee (Navilla 58), Cullen (L Belic 58), Samuelsen (K Belic 58).