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Dixon in pole position as Hammers earn draw

Filed: Tuesday, 27th October 2009
By: Staff Writer

Alex Dyer's reserves earned a creditable draw in their mid-season friendly against Arka Gdynia in Poland tonight.

A young Hammers XI - plus Nigel Quashie - surged into a 2-0 lead before the Ekstraklasa outfit scored twice late on to ensure a share of the spoils.

Terry Dixon continued his rehabilitation with a goal inside the opening ten minutes (which you can see below). The Irish striker pounced inside the six yard box to convert Georg Grasser's centre.

West Ham - who were well-represented on the terraces by a healthy group of Polish-based Hammers fans - went two ahead on 62 minutes when Swiss full-back Fabio Daprela scored from close range. But Arka - whose ground is the northern-most venue of the Polish first division's 16 clubs - almost immediately reduced the deficit to one again through midfielder Filip Burkhardt.

With just four minutes remaining, and with the Hammers looking as if they would hold on for a well-deserved win, Arka snatched a dramatic equaliser through Bartosz Lawa - ensuring the game, arranged as a condition of the recent transfer of youngster Filip Modelski from Arka to West Ham ended 2-2.

Dixon, who harbours hopes of breaking into Gianfranco Zola's first team squad this season played 57 minutes before being replaced by Oliver Lee. Captain for the day was centre half Bondz N'Gala, who made his first team debut in the 3-1 Carling Cup defeat at Bolton last month.

Terry Dixon opens the scoring inside ten minutes

Arka Gdynia 2 West Ham United 2: match facts

West Ham United XI: Stech (Loveday 77), Brookes, Brown (Barrett 61), Quashie, N'Gala, Daprela, Kearns (Okus 73), Wearen (Ferrari 73), Nouble (Adbulla 56), Dixon (Lee 57), Grasser (Zola 64).

Goals: Dixon (9), Daprela (62).

Arka Gdynia: Witkowski, Kowalski (Brodzinski 46), Szmatiuk (Plotka 46), Siebert (Bialas 46), Wilczynski (Robakowski 46), Karwan (Burkhardt 46), Mrowiec (Lawa 46), Sulima (Ulanowski 46), Lubenov (Sokolowski 46), Trytko (Labukas 46), Czoska (Bulka 46).

Goals: Burkhardt (68), Lawa (86).

Referee: Dawid Piasecki.

Attendance: 8,942.

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by Arka Fans
12:41PM 29th Oct 2009
''Greetings from Polish fans for WHU!''

by Mysh
05:27PM 28th Oct 2009
''Hi Hammers! It was amazing match, great songs from Arka's fans side.

Of course, Fan Club Poland said to Arka's Board: please turn on our 'Bubbles' on speakers! 20 fans from Poland were at the match, we will have some photos. Now we have only pics from Arka's journalists :D !''

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