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Northampton Town 1 West Ham United 4

Filed: Tuesday, 15th May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

A brace from on-loan striker Kepa Blanco helped the Hammers breeze to victory in tonight's friendly at Sixfields.

In what was almost certainly his final appearance for the Hammers, the Spanish striker struck either side of the break to give United a comfortable 4-1 win in Andy Woodman's testimonial.

Marlon Harewood opened the scoring after just four minutes when he converted man of the match Matthew Etherington's cross from wide on the left.

The lead was doubled just six minutes later when Kepa added his name to the scoresheet with a well taken drive from close range.

United led 3-0 after just 20 minutes when Carlton Cole scored with a crafty back-heel. With no mre goals in the half, The Hammers went into the break with a healthy advanatage.

The Cobblers - featuring Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate at centre-half - pulled one back eight minutes into the second period from the penalty spot before the Hammers clinched a comfortable win when Kepa noched his second of the night 19 minutes from time.

West Ham United: Green; Pantsil, Collins, Dailly, Davenport; Benayoun, Bowyer; Etherington; Harewood, Cole, Blanco.

Substitutes: Walker, Boa Morte, Stokes, Reid, Widdowson.

Goals: Harewood (4), Kepa (10, 71), Cole (20).

Northampton Town: Woodman, Clarkson, Frain, Southgate, Warburton. Sampson, Parrish, White, Grayson, Lee, Peer.

Substitutes: Gibb, Turley, Maddison, Warner, O'Shea, Savage, Hendon, Norton, Wilson, Thompson, Mann, Heggs.

Goals: Woodman (53, pen)

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by Marc
08:45PM 15th May 2007
''It will be a shame if Blanco goes. He hasn't had a fair crack and when he has played he's looked handy. I would keep him and give him a better chance. ''

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