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Report | Gillingham XI 1-2 West Ham United XI

Hammers come from behind to seal victory at Priestfield.

22 January 2019

Match Reports

Report | Gillingham XI 1-2 West Ham United XI

Hammers come from behind to seal victory at Priestfield.

22 January 2019

Early Hanlan effort cancelled out by two second-half goals.

West Ham came from behind to seal a 2-1 win over Gillingham in a behind closed doors friendly at Priestfield on Tuesday afternoon.

Brandon Hanlan put the Gills ahead, but the Hammers responded well following the interval and thanks to goals from Holland and Hector-Ingram, the visitors claimed victory.

A strong Gills team was named for the fixture with Barry Fuller, Max Ehmer, Darren Oldaker, Regan Charles-Cook and Brandon Hanlan all starting.

Navid Nasseri, Liam Nash and Noel Mbo were also named in the XI. Josh Pask and Reece Oxford were named in the West Ham XI.

Gills started brightly and found themselves ahead within the first ten minutes. Nash was involved in the build-up and found Hanlan on the right hand side who appeared to be at too narrow an angle to take a shot on, but a powerful right footed effort beat the Hammers keeper at his near post.

Oxford saw a header go a couple of yards wide of Hadler’s left hand post shortly afterwards before an Oldaker free-kick was well gathered by Anang.

The first-half produced very few chances, with West Ham unable to create anything from a number of corner kicks.

On 35 minutes Charles-Cook and Hanlan combined to create a potential goal scoring opportunity on the right wing, but as Hanlan went to shoot he decided to take another touch, allowing a defender to get an important interception and Fuller, on the stretch, couldn’t keep his cross in play.

H/T: 1-0

Jason Lillis and Ian Cox made a few changes at the interval with Miquel Scarlett, Danny Divine and Ben Chapman replacing Barry Fuller, Max Ehmer and Brandon Hanlan respectively.

The first 15 minutes of the half passed without notable incident, but then West Ham finally got themselves back in the game when an excellent pass from the left found Holland in space through the middle and he beat Hadler from close range, with Tom’s touch not enough to stop the ball crossing the line.

A free-kick shortly afterwards from the same player was well saved by the Gills keeper, with Johnson sending a follow up shot wide of the target.

However it didn’t take long for West Ham to take the lead; a kick from Hadler was won by a West Ham player, a pass into the left channel for Hector-Ingram was tracked by Scarlett but when he tripped the striker inside the box the referee was given little choice but to award a penalty and the striker himself converted the spot-kick, sending Hadler the wrong way.

Gills immediately went in search of a second goal and the introduction of Stevenson certainly had an impact. His surging run resulted in a pass to Nash inside the box who turned and struck the post before West Ham cleared.

Shortly after Barrett found himself in space inside the box and hit a shot across Hadler; the ball was running wide with Kemp unable to divert it home, instead finding the side netting.

F/T: 1-2

Gills: Hadler, Fuller (Scarlett HT), Ehmer (Divine HT), Huckle, Simpson, Oldaker, Hanlan (Chapman HT), Nasseri (Arthurs 76), Charles-Cook (Stevenson 72), Mbo, Nash.

Unused subs: Catherall, Arthurs

West Ham: Anang, Fredricks, Johnson (Barrett 76), Pask, Oxford (Okotcha 72), Lewis (Chesters 80), Coventry, Ngakia (Scully 80), Holland (Rosa 72), Kemp, Hector-Ingram.

Subs: Harness

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