Filed: Friday, 20th July 2012
By: Staff Writer
Triallist Bilel Mohsni scored a goal at each of the pitch tonight as Ian Hendon's young West Ham side suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Ryman League side Grays Athletic.
The French defender, who is currently contracted to Southend United played a full 90 minutes as the Hammers were well beaten - despite controlling the majority of the game.
The home side took the lead after just seven minutes when the unfortunate Mohsni got the final touch in a goalmouth scramble. It was a lead that they doubled on 28 minutes when Lee Flynn's 20-yard free kick somehow found its way through a five-man wall.
Despite having enjoyed the lions' share of possession in the first half, West Ham - for whom an extremely disappointing Freddie Piquionne started - found themselves 3-0 behind shortly before the break when Jake Larkins made a hash of a cross allowing Athletic's Carlos to bundle the ball into an empty net.
And it was 4-0 to the home side, playing their first game at their new temporary home which they will share with West Ham's reserve team next season, on the hour mark when Craig Pope scored with a close-range header.
Mohsni made amends for his earlier error when he grabbed a consolation goal for Ian Hendon's team with 25 minutes to go when he was first to react to a loose ball in the six-uard box following a corner, stabbing the ball over the line.
And although West Ham had another effort ruled out for offside adding to an earlier reffort from Rob Hall that shook the woodwork, they were unable to reduce the deficit further.
Also in action for a full 90 minutes was Ravel Morrison, who showed glimpses of his undoubted talent - but also his temperamental side when he was warned by the referee having raised his hands to an opponent.
* You may see a selection of pictures from tonight's game on the KUMB forum.
West Ham United: Larkins, Driver, Fanimo, Moncur, Moshni, Wearen, Ruddock, Lletget, Piquionne, Morrison, Hall.
Subs: Guzman, Nasha, Turgott, Vose, Sadlier, Shaw, Hunt, Powell, Chambers.
Grays Athletic: Johnson, Pope, Baker, Kirby, Flynn, Marshall, Lalite, Marshall, Lalite, Bunce, Hall, Carlos, West.
Subs: Kamarusi, Stanley, Palmer, Maxwell, Bunn, Sweeney, East, Moses, Scarlett, Cruickshank.
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