Colchester United 1-2 West Ham: Maynard & Noble on scoresheet as Allardyce tests triallists
The Hammers were comfortable if not inspiring in victory against their lower-league opponents, while their boss will be hoping an injury picked up by Kevin Nolan is not serious
By John Stammers
The east London outfit's manager opted to field a strong line-up for his side's fifth pre-season friendly, naming Carlton Cole, Kevin Nolan and Matthew Taylor in the first XI. Trialist, and former Sheffield United forward, Kazim-Richards also started the fixture.
Mohsni, who is also on trial at Upton Park, began the game on the bench, while former Hammers' youngster Freddie Sears started up front for Colchester.
Within five minutes it was bad news for the newly promoted Premier League side, as Nolan was forced off with an injury after a challenge on Sears in the opening minute, with the extent of the damage yet to be confirmed.
There was better news for Allardyce's side 15 minutes into the game, after they held off some bright play from their former player, Sears, Cole headed down a cross from Gary O'Neil, which Maynard tucked away for his second goal of pre-season.
Three minutes later and Kazim-Richards had the ball in the net with a classy back-heel. However, the Turkish international was offside when the ball was played, but he did impress in linking-up with Cole.
The opener seemed to shake Colchester as they failed to make any possession last. West Ham continued to press, O'Neil and Kazim-Richards both being denied.
Then, just after the half-hour mark, Maynard was played in by Noble and John-Joe O'Toole's mis-timed challenge on him resulted in a penalty for the hosts. The creator, Noble, made no mistake with the spot-kick by finding the top-right corner.
Colchester hit back instantly, though, and forced two quick corners, before pulling a goal back seven minutes later. The man that gave away the spot-kick, O'Toole, helping to pay back his debt by crossing for Anthony Wordsworth to tap home.
Both sides then made one change a piece at the break. Ricardo Vaz Te replaced Kazim-Richards for West Ham, while Karl Duguid made way for Ian Henderson. The changes did not disrupt the play too much and both sides had chances after the break - the Hammers going closest through Reid's header.
Just after the hour mark, Sears, who had been impressive throughout, was brought down inside the West Ham area under a challenge from Guy Demel, but nothing was given. Then, after four changes by the home side, Moshni replaced Cole and got himself on the end of O'Neil's cross as he looked to re-establish the visitors' two-goal lead, but headed over.
As West Ham looked to see the game out, Colchester's Drey Wright went close to grabbing a later equaliser as he saw his strike hit the wrong side of the post and bounce out. The Hammers will now be looking forward to their trip to Germany on Monday, where they play three more pre-season games.
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