Season ends on winning note

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 10th April 2008

Kevin Keen's reserve team ended the season on a winning note with a 2-1 victory over Derby County at Woodside Park last night.

First half goals from Tony Stokes and Junior Stanislas were enough to see the Hammers through at Bishops Stortford despite Paris Simmons' 27th minute reply.

Captain for the day Stokes sent the Hammers on their way after just nine minutes when he converted from the penalty spot having been hauled down moments earlier after racing on to a through ball by Julien Faubert, making his return to action.

Simmons pulled the visitors level three minutes ahead of the half hour mark with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box before England youth international Stanislas restored United's lead from close range on 38 minutes after a great run from Joe Widdowson.

Man of the match Stanislas went close twice more after the break but couldn't add a telling third. However the Hammers managed to cling on to their slender lead to record their ninth win of a solid season.

The win takes United back into second place in the table above Reading. However Aston Villa's 2-0 win at Portsmouth - courtesy of goals from Ciaran Clark and Nathan Delfouneso - means that the Hammers can not now win the title.

West Ham United: Walker, O'Neill (Brookes 81), Spence, N'Gala, Widdowson, Faubert (Kearns 46), Harvey, Hales, Stanislas, Edgar, Stokes.

Subs not used: Miklosko, Ashman, Lee.

Derby County: Hinchliffe, Keane, Beardsley, Booth, Dudley, Johnson, Mills (Cole 80), Garton, Ojamaa, Simmons (Robertson 63), Dylan (Amory 68)

Subs not used: Kean.

Premier League Reserve League South - top

1. Aston Villa P15 Pts33 GD+23
2. West Ham Utd P17 Pts31 GD+13
3. Reading P16 Pts29 GD+16

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