Blues 1 Hammers 1 – pics added
Blues extended their unbeaten home run to two games as they held a West Ham United XI to a 1-1 draw at the ProKit (UK) Stadium, on Saturday.
Darren Foxley’s 76th minute goal was enough to give Kevin Watson’s team a share of the spoils as they made a good start to their pre-season campaign.
The visitors brought a young side to the home of football, with most of their 19-man squad comprising of academy players together with three older trialists including a 6’6″ Norwegian goalkeeper.
The visitors had the best of the first half but Blues went close on several occasions in the closing stages with Christian Owusu seeing an effort blocked and Ryan Richfond firing wide before the impressive George Casey saw a low free-kick tipped wide by the giant.
The Hammers went ahead immediately after the break when a substitute lobbed Harry Voss from just outside the box, and they twice went close to doubling their advantage before the hour mark.
Blues’ equaliser came with 14 minutes remaining as Kalvin Ekpiteta – cousin of Marvel – combined with Jordan Palmer before the latter sent a perfect cross for Foxley to net from close range.
Foxley twice went close to putting Blues ahead in the closing stages as they finished strongly, and they will look to build on an encouraging performance when Southend United visit on Tuesday.