Tuesday, July 21

Daily WHUFC News - Colchester United v West Ham United

Preview - Colchester United

The background

West Ham United's pre-season campaign continues on Tuesday evening with a
trip to Essex to take on Colchester United.

Slaven Bilic's men will be playing their third pre-season friendly following
a 3-3 draw at Peterborough and Saturday's 3-2 victory over Southend United

Colchester will complete a hat-trick of Sky Bet League One opposition, and
they are at a similar stage of their pre-season, having won all three of
their games to date.

On Saturday they had too much for Bishop's Stortford, winning by the odd
goal in five. That followed big wins over Heybridge Swifts (8-0) and
Brentwood Town (4-0).

Former Hammers youngsters George Moncur, Jamie Harney and Kieran Bailey are
all members of Tony Humes' squad and will hope to take on their former team.

The history

Colchester United were formed in 1937 and first joined the Football League
13 years later. Save for a two-year spell in the Conference between 1990-92,
the U's have been members of the League ever since, reaching their peak
position after being promoted to the Championship in 2006. A year later they
finished tenth, but were relegated in 2007/08, their final campaign at Layer

Since then, the U's have been resident at the Weston Homes Community
Stadium, a 10,105 seat venue constructed from 2007 and opened a year later.

The Hammers have never faced Colchester in competitive action, but the pair
have faced off in friendlies. The most recent meeting came in summer 2013,
when Joe Cole and James Collins were on target in a 2-1 West Ham victory.

Team news

West Ham United

With the Hammers taking on Birkirkara in Malta on Thursday, the Londoners
are likely to field a mixture of senior pros and youngsters again at the
Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The likes of Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet, who are both banned for the
European tie, could feature, while Angelo Ogbonna made his Hammers debut at
Southend at the weekend.

Colchester United

Having stayed up on the final day of last season thanks to a 1-0 win over
eventual Play-Off winners Preston North End, Colchester have reshaped their
squad for the forthcoming League One campaign.

Out have gone the likes of defender Sean Clohessy, striker Jabo Ibehre,
defender Magnus Okuonghae and midfielder David Fox.

They have been replaced with ex-Fulham and Millwall defender Matthew Briggs,
Rotherham's Richard Brindley and former Yeovil man Joe Edwards. Meanwhile
powerhouse centre back George Elokobi has returned for a second spell with
the Club.

Match facts

George Moncur played one match for the Hammers in competitive football. That
sole appearance came in the 5-0 FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest in
January 2014 He has since scored eight goals in 41 league games for the U's,
including the strike which kept his Club up.
Colchester's three pre-season games to date have yielded 14 goals for Tony
Humes' men. They have conceded only twice.
West Ham have also been prolific in their first two friendlies, scoring
three goals at both Peterborough and Southend. However, they have conceded
five times in those two matches.
Another former Hammer, Freddie Sears, top scored for Colchester last term
despite only being with the Club for half the season. He scored 14 goals in
all competitions prior to moving on to Ipswich Town.
Tickets, Travel, Weather & TV Coverage

Tickets for the match are available directly from Colchester United. Click
here for full information.
whufc.com will carry live updates throughout the night, with live text
commentary, photos and stats.
Trains run from Liverpool Street and Stratford to Colchester. The last train
for London departs Colchester at 23:14
The weather is set fair for Tuesday, with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F)



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