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West Ham Game 2 2010

It had been a tough season for West Ham Utd fans with the club battling it out for survival in the Premier League. However with a new manager due to be announced for the new season, survival confirmed and the opportunity to run out at the Boleyn Ground, even the unseasonably cold and wet conditions couldn't stop the Hammers fans from showing their excitement when they arrived at the stadium.

Tuesday 1st June 2010
The Boleyn Ground
West Ham Utd Home vs. West Ham Utd Away
Game 2
Kick Off: 14:30am
Match Officials: Mark Mellor, Ian Gordon, Paul Redmond and Chris Kidd 

It was the Home team that got the game underway and looked dangerous early on when Gian Marco Serra picked up on a poor clearance from the Away team, but the Italian fan's strike only found the side netting. Moments later his friend and fellow Italian Corrado Melis was through on goal, he expertly chipped the ball over Keeper Gary Thomas but his effort struck the bar and Joel Sibley could only blast the rebound over the bar.

The first chance for the Away team came when John Barry played the ball to Richard White who then swung a decent looking cross in from the right to Barry who had continued his run from the middle of the pitch. Barry got his head to the ball but was unable to keep it down and his effort went over the bar. 

The Away team again came close when some good link up play allowed John Barry to power a shot at goal, but Captain Darren Thorne got down to save well before Anthony Baker cleared the ball into touch.

Gary Thomas then pulled off a series of fantastic saves roughly halfway through the first 45 mins. The most impressive was a save from Joel Sibley who picked the ball up just outside the area and noticed Thomas off his line, the attacker connected well and the ball looked goal-bound but Thomas' outstretched right arm managed to tip the ball wide of the post.

The opening goal came for the Home team when Marcus Webb latched on to a poor back-pass by the Away team. Webb rounded Thomas, who had come sprinting out of his box, before shooting from just outside the box into an empty net (1-0).  

Only moments later the small but highly supportive crowd saw the Home team double their lead, Brett Wheeler played the ball inside to Gian Marco Serra and the No 10 looked up and hit a well struck shot from 25 yards, unfortunately for the Away team the ball took a slight deflection off the boot of defender McGouran before looping high into the net. An excellent strike by the West Ham No 10, but the opposition could certainly feel a little hard done by because of the unfortunate deflection (2-0).

Half Time: West Ham Utd Home 2 - 0 West Ham Utd Away

It was the Away team that got the second half underway, looking determined to drag themselves back into the match. They instantly put the Home team under a great deal of pressure with some good efforts from their impressive Captain Daniel Brook and they almost grabbed a goal back when the referee awarded a penalty when Steve Diggory was perhaps harshly adjudged to have brought down Joel Saffer inside the area. Saffer dusted himself down and stepped up to take the penalty himself, and he certainly struck it well but the impressive Home keeper Darren Thorne somehow managed to stick out his trailing leg and deflect the ball over the bar. It was a excellent reaction save and one that was to prove decisive for his team.

The third goal came shortly after for the Home team when Serra cleared the ball long upfield to Webb, the No 11 then played a through ball to his fellow forward Joel Sibley who was narrowly onside, Sibley continued his run, outpacing the last defender before shooting low in to the keeper's bottom right corner (3-0).  

The Away team continued to fight on and a good run from Vincent Snell allowed Richard White to shoot from distance but his long range shot wasn't enough to test the goalkeeper.

A goal finally came for the boys in blue when Richard Walsh played a through ball to Scott Malby who managed to get to the by-line before cutting the ball across goal to the back post where John Barry was waiting to tap the ball into the empty net (3-1).

The Home team didn't let their heads drop despite losing their clean sheet and soon added another goal to increase their lead to 3 once again. Joel Sibley did well to float the ball into Gary Cates just outside the six yard box, and with the defence at sixes and sevens Cates scored with a free-header which drifted into the back of the net (4-1).

With both teams pressing for more goals Brett Wheeler should have made it 5-1 had he kept his composure in the final third. A through ball allowed him to go one on one with the keeper, but once he had dribbled the ball around the goalkeeper he couldn't apply the finishing touch and his effort went straight into the side netting. That was to be the last of the meaningful action, with the referee's whistle bringing to an end a hugely absorbing contest.  

Full Time: West Ham United Home 4 - 1 West Ham United Away

Man of the Match Home: Robert Crocker
Man of the Match Away: Richard Batten
Moment of the Match: Darren Thorne

Home Team: Darren Thorne, Anthony Baker, Steven Diggory, Robert Crocker, Grant Beale, Corrado Melis, Gary Cates, Joel Sibley, Gian Marco Serra, Marcus Webb, James Ingold, John Donlon, Brett Wheeler

Away Team: Gary Thomas, Vincent Snell, Michael Brook, John McGouran, Ray Pryse, Joel Saffer, Richard Walsh, John Barry, Daniel Brook, Scott Malby, Richard White, Richard Batten, Lewis Batten

Mascots: Anita Melis & Callum Hawkes