West Ham United U23s will deal with a 3rd pre-season fixture in opposition to senior opposition within the area of seven days once they play host to Vanarama National League outfit Aldershot Town on Friday night.
Here’s the total low-down on the younger Hammers’ fifth fixture of their pre-season marketing campaign…
The story to date
West Ham United U23s have endured blended fortunes by way of outcomes throughout pre-season to date, however lead coach Dmitri Halajko has been comparatively happy by the usual of their shows.
The growth squad are constructing as much as their aggressive Premier League 2 season opener in opposition to Arsenal at London Stadium on the night of Monday 16 August.
And with the recent 2021/22 marketing campaign now nicely and actually on the horizon, West Ham’s U23s have been stepping up their preparations with a packed fixture programme designed to check the gamers each bodily and mentally.
Following a 4-1 win over Loughborough University and a 2-1 defeat at Ebbsfleet United within the opening weeks of pre-season, the U23s travelled to Roots Hall final Friday night time to tackle Southend United in entrance of a vociferous dwelling help.
Despite falling behind early on, the younger Irons stepped up their sport within the second half to win 5-1, because of targets from Thierry Nevers (two), Jamal Baptiste, Mesaque Dju and an own-goal.
Three days later, on Monday night, a visit to League Two facet Crawley Town – at one other well-attended floor, The People’s Pension Stadium – noticed an identical sample unfurl, with the Red Devils firmly on high and a purpose to the great by the break.
Yet West Ham rallied at half-time, deservedly equalised by means of Nevers, created loads of possibilities – however conceded a scruffy purpose ten minutes earlier than full-time, in opposition to the run of play.
Nevertheless, the efficiency was largely praised by Halajko, who felt that the one disappointment in an otherwise-encouraging show was that essential lack of ruthlessness in entrance of purpose.
The Hammers will wish to right that facet once they welcome Aldershot Town to Rush Green Stadium on Friday night, their first dwelling pre-season fixture of the marketing campaign.
In the opposition dugout on Friday night time shall be a well-recognized face to among the younger Hammers, with former Academy of Football coach Danny Searle – at West Ham for simply shy of six years – appointed Aldershot supervisor two years in the past.
Head of U15s-U18s teaching at Chadwell Heath till June 2017, Searle has since managed Braintree Town earlier than happening to guide The Shots to 18th and Fifteenth-placed finishes (the previous in a truncated season) within the National League.
Aldershot have, after all, been in that fifth tier of English soccer since 2013, however got here near re-entering the Football League with play-off defeats in 2017 and 2018.
The following yr noticed The Shots virtually relegated from the National League however, resulting from Gateshead being administratively relegated, they loved a reprieve. Given that second likelihood, the appointment of Searle has led to raised fortunes and progress they’ll hope to maintain this yr.
Former Rangers, Leeds and Fulham striker Ross McCormack – who has over 150 senior profession targets to his identify – is the standout identify for The Shots, with former Arsenal and Watford ahead Kaylen Hinds additionally on their books.
With two wins and two defeats in 4 pre-season video games, establishing consistency would be the intention for West Ham’s U23s of their remaining fixtures.
Aldershot, in the meantime, have seemingly discovered simply that, with three wins from their 4 pre-season video games to date – together with a outstanding 7-5 win over Farnborough FC two weeks in the past!
The Shots have been held 0-0 on Tuesday, nonetheless, by Isthmian League Premier Division crew Haringey Borough, a match which noticed them dominate however – equally to the younger Hammers – battle to transform that facet into targets.
Thierry Nevers equalises in opposition to Crawley TownWhat they’re saying
West Ham United U23s lead coach Dmitri Halajko: “We’ll wish to try to preserve the constant ranges we’ve proven at occasions.
“It’s our third sport in seven days, which is a bodily problem in itself, however we’ll then must deliver our power ranges and top quality of soccer proper from the primary minute to the final minute quite than have up and down patches throughout the sport.
“We’ll attempt to dominate, take the sport to them, and hopefully that’s what we’ll obtain.”
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The match at Rush Green Stadium shall be performed behind closed doorways, with kick-off at 7pm, however you’ll be capable of discover a full match report, response and highlights on whufc.com over the course of Friday night and Saturday morning.