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West Ham Game 1 2010

It had been a tough season for West Ham fans with the London club battling it out for survival in the Premier League but with survival confirmed and the opportunity to run out at the Boleyn Ground the Hammers fans couldn't be happier when they arrived at the stadium.

Tuesday 1st June 2010
The Boleyn Ground
West Ham Utd Home vs West Ham Utd Away
Game 1
Kick Off: 10:30am
Match Officials: Gordon Manning, Peter Cruise and Clive Medcalf 

The Home team got the game underway and straight from the kick-off pushed forward with pace winning a corner in the process. The corner was cleared well though by the Away team, showing they were going to be no pushovers.

It was the Home team who broke the deadlock roughly 10 mins later when Sweeting played a lovely ball over the top of the defenders to Darren Palmer. The striker timed his run to perfection and nodded the ball forward, as he closed in on the keeper the ball was still bouncing and when Lintonbon-Baker came out to save Palmer cheekily lobbed the ball over the keeper's head and into the net with his left foot. An almost Di Canio like strike, completed with a kiss of the badge celebration! (1-0)

The Away team continued to fight on and came close when Lee Barker latched on to a through ball from John Llewellyn but his effort from a tight angle sailed wide of the keepers left post and out for a goal-kick.

Darren Palmer should have doubled his team's lead when Steve Jarrett played a fine ball across the box to the back post. The cross beat the leg of defender Steve Luscombe and found its way to the goal-scorer, but Palmer was unable to keep his diving header down and it went sailing over the bar.

Determined to double his goal tally Palmer made no mistake with his next effort. In what seemed like a carbon copy of his first goal Palmer made it 2-0. Again a good ball over the top from Sweeting allowed the striker to control with his chest before blasting the ball left-footed past the goalkeeper and it was completed with Palmer's trademark celebration (2-0).

Despite being two behind the Away team still looked strong and managed to claw one back from Ian Luscombe's header. The ball was crossed in from the right by Janson Ragon towards Luscombe just inside the box and his excellent header looped into the top corner. Congratulated by his team-mates this was a truly brilliant goal by Ian Luscombe (2-1).

Only a couple of minutes later the Away team levelled the scoring when Barratt passed the ball with the outside of his boot to Billy Shepherd at the edge of the box. Shepherd spotted Mark Tate off his line and chipped the ball over the goalkeeper's head from the edge of the box. An impressive comeback for the Away team, this was turning in to a great battle (2-2). 

Half Time: West Ham Utd Home 2 - 2 West Ham Utd Away

Despite the Away team getting the second half underway it was the Home team that grabbed the first goal only a few minutes in. Again Sweeting was the architect with an in-swinging cross from the left hand side. The cross evaded Llewellyn who miss-timed the bounce when trying to clear and Terry Lee finished at the back post with a powerful left footed strike (3-2).

Captain Ray Calder then came extremely close to extending the lead for the Home team, Palmer crossed the ball and Calder met it with a volley, the keeper did well to save but could only parry it and Calder pounced on the rebound from inside the 6 yards box, but unfortunately he scuffed his shot and could only watch in despair as it drifted wide, Calder couldn't believe his bad luck! In fairness to the Home Captain by this stage he was sporting a nasty facial injury sustained in the first half and his impaired vision can't have helped.

The Home team went two ahead for the second time in the match when Terry Lee glided a free-kick towards the back post. The ball was met by the head of Palmer who squared it across goal before Jonathan Dunmore headed in from close range (4-2). A great team move by the side in Claret and Blue.

The pressure was now being piled on by the Home team who had the game well in control now and Terry Lee grabbed himself another assist when his through ball to Steven Jarrett set up the striker to score a screamer of a goal, with his first time volley from outside of the box, arrowing low into the far corner of the net (5-2).

Home Captain Ray Calder again had the chance to bag himself a goal but similarly to his earlier opportunity he missed when it looked easier to score! The ball was played square across the goal and with Calder arriving at the back post he looked all set to score, he struck it with great power but unfortunately it went sailing over the bar leaving Calder again to hold his head in his hands. The No 10 was putting in an excellent performance but he really should have added his name to the scoresheet by now.

Sweeting then grabbed himself a well deserved goal after a series of missed chances by his team mates. After some good saves and a rebound off the crossbar, Jonathan Bill played it to Sweeting who skipped past two defenders before side footing it past Lintonbon-Baker from around the penalty spot (6-2).

The hat-trick was then secured by Darren Palmer with the last play of the game. Lee made another great run forward, before passing wide to Palmer, the striker then bombed forward towards the box, skipped past the last defender and slid the ball past the keeper (7-2). The celebration this time from Palmer wasn't his trademark kiss of the badge, instead he jogged towards to the corner flag to show off his boxing skills in the style of Everton's Australian international Tim Cahill.

Full-Time: West Ham Utd Home 7 - 2 West Ham Utd Away

Man of the Match Home: Darren Palmer
Man of the Match Away:
Martin Johnstone
Moment of the Match:
Steven Jarrett

Home Team: Mark Tate, Richard Taylor, Paul Brush, Jonathan Dunmore, Shoab Khan, Geoff Sweeting, James Hoddy, Steven Jarrett, Ray Calder, Darren Palmer, Jonathan Bill, Pete Grange, Richard Taylor, Terry Lee.

Away Team: Trumayne Lintonbon-Baker, Steve Luscombe, Paul Brush, Martin Johnstone, Andy Thompson, Ian Luscombe, Janson Ragon, James Barratt, Billy Shepherd, Massimiliano Parli, Lee Barker, John Llewellyn, Billy Hinken, Michael Vine, Nick Plank.

Mascots: Reece Palmer  & James Thompson