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Hammers defeat Dev's Hampton

Filed: Thursday, 17th July 2008
By: A Different Staff Writer

Hammers warmed up for the forthcoming trip to the USA and Canada with a 4-2 win against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The home side took a shock lead on 36 minutes Francis Quarm put away a 20 yard volley. Quarm is employed at the Boleyn Ground as an IT specialist, so at least we now have the name of someone to blame next time we can’t get tickets online!

A lively looking Craig Bellamy restored parity a minute later, putting away a shot from an Ashton header after Faubert had crossed from the right. Mark Noble put United into the lead on 41 minutes just beating Beavers’ ‘keeper Lovett to the ball to slot home. Noble needed treatment on his knee after colliding with the ‘keeper in scoring. However, the England U21 international appeared to have run-off the knock before being replaced by Jack Collison for the second half.

Bellamy then made it 3-1 on the hour with a first time effort from another Faubert cross.

Alan Curbishley, unsurprisingly, rang the changes throughout the second half and one of Jimmy Walker’s first actions on replacing Rob Green was to pick the ball out of the net on 72 minutes having been beaten by a Laurence Yaku effort from close-range.

Craig Bellamy left the fray with ten minutes to go after which subs Tony Stokes and Zavon Hines combined for Hines to make it 4-2 on 81 minutes to close the scoring.

The match was watched by a capacity 3,000 crowd which will have swelled the coffers of Alan Devonshire’s part timers. Hammers now cross the Atlantic for matches against Columbus Crew and an MLS “All Star” XI.

United: Green (Walker 70), Neill (Spence 83), Ferdinand, Davenport, Widdowson, Faubert (Stanislas 65), Mullins (Parker 46), Noble (Collinson 46), Reid (Stokes 79), Bellamy (Hines 79), Ashton (Cole 46)

Subs not used: Miller, N’Gala

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