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Charlie's hammer blows

Posted on 3 November 2008  - 12:00

Charlie Daniels' liking for Brisbane Road continued as he inspired our reserves to a 2-0 victory against West Ham on Monday night.

Charlie's hammer blows

Charlie Daniels' liking for Brisbane Road continued as he inspired our reserves to a 2-0 victory against West Ham on Monday night.

The left-sided midfielder/defender who spent last season on loan at Leyton Orient struck twice to secure a deserved victory in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South.

It took the 22-year-old's tally to three goals in his last two reserve outings in E10 and more importantly got the lads back to winning ways after narrowly losing their last two league fixtures.

The first goal was always going to be vital and Daniels was in the right place at the right time in the 53rd minute. Takura Mtandari crossed from the right, Kevin-Prince Boateng's header was superbly turned away by Hammers' keeper Adam Street but the ball fell at the feet of Daniels and he made no mistake from six yards.

If that goal was routine, his and the team's second was a little special. Picking up the ball on the left side of the area, Daniels worked a yard of space, stepped away from a defender and drilled across Street into the far corner.

Clear-cut chances had been few and far between up to then.

With rain sheeting down throughout, the surface provided a zip that both teams relished as well as the platform for a few tackles to go flying in - all part of the Spurs/West Ham derby melting pot.

Boateng tested Street early on but Jacques Maghoma was forced to clear off the line from Joe Widdowson with less than four minutes on the clock.

Gilberto, who seemed to have acres of space down our left, provided our next chances, first for Boateng, who diverted his cross over and then for Daniels, who tapped home after Street spilled the full-back's shot only for the flag to deny him a goal.

Clive Allen made two changes at the break with David Hutton and Mtandari entering the fray for Adel Taarabt and Ricardo Rocha.

Street did well to turn Hossam Ghaly's effort wide after 47 minutes before the best chance of the game just minutes later as Boateng squared for Fraser-Allen only for the forward to fire over from close range.

Thankfully that miss didn't matter as Daniels found his range with goals in the 53rd and 59th minutes - the second an exquisite strike to put us in the driving seat.

This was the lads' best spell and Street had to be on his toes to deny Fraser-Allen before Ghaly was inches away from Hutton's corner. Dorian Dervite and Mtandari then just missed connecting with Daniels' free-kick fizzed in from the right.

Bajner went close with a header but the West Ham substitute's night ended early when he was unfortunately stretchered off.

West Ham kept going and forced Cesar's best save of the night two minutes from time, the Spaniard backtracking to flick Lopez's looping header over the bar.

All in all though, the points went to the right home.