West Ham United U23 1-0 Valencia ‘B’
WEST HAM UNITED’S under 23 side kicked off the Premier League International Cup campaign with an entertaining single-goal victory over Valencia’s B-side at Victoria Road.
Hammers started the game looking crisp and comfortable – it wasn’t long before they broke the deadlock. Alfie Lewis sent Nathan Holland away – the winger dashed in from the left, displaying neat control and composure before dispatching a low, left-footed finish beyond Valencia stopper, Javier Jimenez.
Valencia found their feet, notably going close when Joseph Anang raced from his line to thwart Noah Ndombasi with his feet shortly after the break.
Antonio Garcia nodded directly at the Hammers goalkeeper, while Sergio Moreno’s strike found his midriff as the Spaniard’s threat gathered momentum. Meanwhile, Anthony Scully was denied a second for West Ham – his close-range effort chalked off after the frontman had strayed off-side.
Holland struck an upright after another powerful surge from deep – Alfie Lewis then fond Jimenez in the way as he looked to profit from the rebound. Meanwhile, Anang palmed over from substitute Carlos Gonzalez as the free-flowing nature of the game continued to captivate its meagre audience.
Hugo Guillamon fluffed his lines, completely missing his kick in front of goal, while Alfred Planas curled wide. as Valencia’s toil grew in desperation as the game moved into stoppage-time. But the home side had done enough.
West Ham United under 23’s are next in action on Monday, September 16 when West Bromwich Albion are the visitors to Victoria Road for a Premier League 2 clash (7pm).
More football at Victoria Road sees Dagenham & Redbridge take on Hartlepool United in the Vanarama National League on Saturday, September 14 (3pm)
West Ham United: Joseph Anang, Keenan Forson, Emmanuel Longelo (Sam Caiger 72’), Bernardo Rosa (Capt), Harrison Ashby, Jamal Baptiste, Dan Kemp, Alfie Lewis, Anthony Scully, Joe Powell, Nathan Holland (Veron Parkes 72’) Subs not used: Kamarai Swyer, Daniel Jinadu, Jake Giddings, Kai Corbett
Goals: Nathan Holland 9’
Valencia ‘B’: Javier Jimenez, Hugo Guillamon, Carlos Perez, Antonio Garcia (Vicente Esquerdo 67’), Emilio Bernat, David Castro, Jose Pascual Alba, Pablo Jimenez, Sergio Moreno (Carlos Gonzalez 67’), Noah Ndombasi, Xavi Estacio (Alfred Planas 73’) Subs not used: Adrian Guerrero, Alfred Planas, Carlos Manuel Perez
Booked: Carlos Perez (foul)
Referee: Gary Parsons
Assistants: Sean Karl and Gary Jerden
Fourth Official: Ivan Gelov