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Bournemouth 0-2 West Ham Utd

Filed: Sunday, 14th July 2013
By: Staff Writer

West Ham eased to a third successive pre-season win in the sunshine at Bournemouth this afternoon.

United, fresh from victories at Cork City and Boreham Wood (6-2 and 3-0 respectively) secured a 2-0 win at the Goldsands Stadium through goals from captain Kevin Nolan and midfielder Jack Collison as the scorching sun bore down on the 7,000+ crowd.

The match, a testimonial for defender Stephen Purches who has been out of action since breaking a leg against Rochdale in February 2011 saw West Ham start brightly - so much so that the visitors were ahead after just nine minutes.

James Collins, back in the starting line-up having been rested at Boreham Wood on Wednesday night started the move with a wide ball to the advancing Guy Demel. The Ivorian full back pulled the ball back for Ricardo Vaz Te who delivered a deep cross which Nolan met with a pinpoint header, leaving goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan no chance.

West Ham doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when Jack Collison took advantage of some confusion in the Cherries defence.

The home side felt that should have been awarded a free kick when Modibo Maiga appeared to foul Steve Cook, but the referee waved play on. That left the Welsh midfielder with a clear run on goal - and he finished superbly, rounding Flahavan before planting the ball into an empty net.

West Ham made a number of changes after the half time break - including the introduction of Dutch triallist Orlando Engelaar - but failed to seriously threaten to extend their lead over the Championship side, who were having a little fun themselves.

Stephen Purches made his long-awaited comeback from injury - to a standing ovation from Cherries fans - whilst former Bournemouth players Darren Anderton and Steve Fletcher both made cameo appearances in the final moments of the game.

Next up for Sam Allardyce and his team is the short trip up the A12 to face League One side Colchester United on Wednesday night.

West Ham Utd: Jaaskelainen, Demel (O’Brien 45), Collins (Potts 60), Reid (Tomkins 60), Rat (Taylor 60), Vaz Te (Cole 60), Noble (Diame 60), Collison, Nolan (Engelaar 52), Jarvis, Maiga (McCallum 82).

AFC Bournemouth: Flahavan, Francis (Fogden 74), Cook (Anderton 82), Ward (Addison 74), Harte (Daniels 45), McDermott (Elphick 45), Arter (McDermott 77, Fletcher 85), MacDonald (S. Purches 67), Fraser (Matthews 59, J. Purches 88), Grabban (Stockley 74), Pitman (Thomas 45).

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