Filed: Saturday, 24th October 2009
By: Vinnie White
Supporters' side West Ham iFC made it eight out of nine this morning with a 6-0 home win over Watford. Vinnie White reports from The Flanders:
Many thanks to Matt and the lads from Watford for coming over to East Ham on this drizzly autumn morning.
West Ham, fresh from moving to the top of the league after last weeks victory over PNE "B" were looking for an 8th win in 9 games to consolidate their position. A strong squad was available to the Hammers and they lined up in their customary 4-4-2 position as follows:
Wells, Gray, Tanner, Stafford
Wilder, Miles, Dieblius, Coates
The match started with the Hammers sloppy in possession as was customary last season. Despite having the lion's share of the play, we tended to try and overplay and were therefore breaking down in the final third. Wave after wave of West Ham pressure came to nothing while Watford grew into the game and started edging the midfield battle.
A couple of chances went begging from the West Ham forwards with the Watford stand-in keeper making a couple of good saves, but the final penetration was lacking. The half continued in this manner until around 35 minutes in when a simplistic move through the midfield found Will Bush receive the ball on the edge of the box before turning and smashing the ball into the top of the net.
1-0 West Ham, Bush.
A deserved lead from the Hammers which stayed the same up to half time.
HT – 1-0 West Ham
Managerial duo Miles and White's team talk concentrated on keeping the football simple and playing the game our way. We pressed the fact that Watford were still in the game and that we needed to be more effective with our possession and more direct in our approach.
The team talk seemed to hit home and the 2nd half was more like what we have been used to this season.
5 minutes into the half, a good flowing move through midfield saw Will Bush released into the box from a John Coates header to smash the ball home for his second of the game.
2-0 West Ham, Bush.
Almost immediately after Will had scored his second, his hamstring issue flared up again and he was immediately replaced by Dan Liddard.
With his first touch of the game, Dan prodded home a loose ball in the box after confusion in the Watford defence. West Ham were now well on top.
3-0 West Ham, Liddard D
Shortly after the third, Batterbee was withdrawn for Rich Heywood. Again, with what seemed like his first touch, Rich headed home a rebound from a parried shot.
4-0 West Ham, Heywood R
West Ham made another change, bringing on Kev North (Kens brother) for the hard-working Andy Wilder.
With the Watford lads seeming to loose heart, West Ham started creating chance after chance and some sloppy defending from the Watford lads gifted Rich Heywood for a tap in after failing to clear.
5-0 West Ham, Heywood R
West Ham's final change was now made with Tony Mehegan replacing Colin Wells at right back.
The sixth and final West Ham goal followed shortly after with another good break from the back seeing Luke Gray release John Coates from midfield who shot and again the save was parried into the path of Rich who finished to claim his hattrick.
6-0 West Ham, Heywood R – FINAL SCORE
The scoreline was probably harsh on Watford who were a real match for us in the first half dispite not having a full compliment of regular players.
West Ham IMO, deserved the victory, although the scoreline may have flattered us.
We are now 8 wins from 9 games and the 6-0 today does wonders for our goals scored stats. Our next game is in two weeks time against local rivals Grays Athletic.
West Ham Goal Scorers:
Will Bush x2
Richard Heywood x3
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