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Di Canio shines in Diamonds victory

Filed: Thursday, 10th August 2000
By: Matthew O'Greel

Paolo Di Canio was star of the show tonight as the Hammers continued their good run of pre-season form with yet another victory, this time over conference outfit Rushden & Diamonds.

The maestro struck three times to record his first hat-trick of the season as the Hammers completed a 4-2 win against a determined Rushden side.

New boy Davor Suker gave the Hammers the lead after just seven minutes, with Di Canio doubling the advantage on the half hour mark.

2-0 up at the break and the Hammers looked like like coasting the second - but the home side had different ideas. Two goals inside fifteen second half minutes (from Brady and Warburton) levelled the scores, before Di Canio took over to complete his hat-trick with a penalty on 74 minutes and a fine effort with eight minutes left on the clock.

Team: Hislop, Lomas, S.Pearce, Taylor, Margas, Moncur, Keller, Lampard, Cole, Di Canio, Suker

Subs: Sinclair, Bywater, Carrick, Winterburn, McCann, Kitson, Charles, Potts, Jorge

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