Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sporting Bengal Veterans 1 v West Ham Utd (Academy Staff) 3

Due to the adverse weather conditions this showpiece game continued albeit with lots of changes in the team line ups. Many of the West Ham Academy team had to withdraw and it was left to the younger members of the team to fill in. 

Sporting veterans did well to take to the changing rooms at half time with the score at 0-0. 

The younger and fitter West Ham charges though scored three second half goals to ensure a comfortable victory. Under 12's coach Ross Kleintfell, head of academy recruitment Dave Hunt and academy goalkeeper coach Billy Lepeen were the Hammers scorers. 

The moment of the match was when Sporting right back, Bangladesh Football Association Vice Chair and football presenter Imrul Gazi scored a stunning 25 yard pile driver to half the advantage after West Ham Academy had raced into a 2-0 lead. 

He said: "We were not able to play against some ex Hammers legends due to the weather but nevertheless it was a good work out for our old legs! 

"Tonight was all about building relationships between both parties for future collaborations that can benefit the community and if we can play some competitive games in the process then that's a nice bonus."

On his wonder goal Gazi added: "It sat up perfect and was begging to be struck. I caught it perfectly, especially as I could have typically hit it into row Z. It's easily one of the best goals I have scored."

Jamal Hussain from the BFA was at the game and described the goal as a "thunderbolt."

The game was played in good spirits and was a great example of the steps West Ham United as a club are taking to foster sound working relationships with local grassroots organisations. 

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