Sunday, July 30, 2006


Teddy off the Mark as Hammers Defeat Gills 2-1

Two first half goals were enough to seal victory in the first Hammers friendly encounter this season on English soil. Teddy Sheringham got his preseason account off to a start in the 4th Minute as Bowyer swung in a free kick which was headed onto the post by a Gillingham defender only to be slotted home by the effervescent striker. Later in the half, Hayden Mullins stuck with a fierce header to make it 2-0 going into half time.

Andy Hessenhaler celebrating his testimonial was substituted to a raptuous applause by the home support early in the 2nd half before the Gills garbbed a consolation goal.

Interestingly Harewood was used as a right winger in the first half; I hope this is not a sign of things to come because I think he looks far from his best out wide.

Hammers: Walker; Clarke, Collins (Ngala 83), Tomkins, Konchesky; Harewood (Ephraim 46), Mullins (Noble 46), Bowyer (Stokes 81), Etherington (Reid 88); Sheringham (Ashton 70), Zamora (Cole 70). Unused: Bywater.

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