Date: Monday, July 26
Opposition: West Ham United U23
Location: The People’s Pension Stadium
Ticket details can be found later in this article.
West Ham United U23 narrowly avoided relegation during the Premier League 2 Division 1 2020/21 season, having just been promoted into the league off the back of an undefeated Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign in 2019/20 to win the league with 18 wins and four draws before the league season was curtailed because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Managed by Dmitri Halajko, the side are looking to consolidate their position in the top tier of U23s football in England this time round and we are looking forward to welcoming them to The People’s Pension Stadium.
OUR PRE-SEASON SO FAR
We began our 2021/22 pre-season schedule with a trip to Walton Casuals on July 6. It was a confident opener that we won 0-3 with goals from a trialist forward and a Tom Nichols brace. Next we made the short trip to Horley Town four days later and again were far the better side, winning 1-6 after the hosts took an early shock lead. Goals this time were scored by Ashley Nadesan, Sam Matthews, Zaid Al-Hussaini and a trialist hat-trick.
Within the space of four days we took on three more local sides in Burgess Hill, Three Bridges and Horsham. Burgess Hill proved a very strong side and held a mixed Crawley side to a 1-1 draw. Next we took on Three Bridges who again were a tough, physical side who played with real passion and menace, as Crawley left Jubilee Field with a tight 0-1 victory.
It was our battle with Horsham that was our most encouraging game so far, as Yems’ Crawley shone from the whistle, smashing the home side 0-5 in familiar territory at the Camping World Community Stadium - our training base again for the season ahead. Goals were scored by Tom Nichols, Jack Powell, Sam Matthews, Jake Hessenthaler and Tyler Frost in what can only be described as a devastating performance.
Lastly on Saturday we travelled to East Grinstead, and were again able to achieve a clean sheet in a solid showing that involved many of our younger exciting prospects and trialists. Goals were scored by Sam Ashford, Davide Rodari and the same trialist that put three past Horley Town.
Tickets will cost £10 for over 18’s whilst under 18’s and over 65’s will be able to purchase a ticket for £5. Under 11's will go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. There will be no price rises on tickets bought on the day for this game. Tickets can be purchased before the game from the ticket office tomorrow.
You can also purchase your tickets over the phone by calling 01293 410 000 tomorrow from 10am. Tickets can be collected from the collection cabin by Redz Bar. Redz will be open from 5pm.
A matchday programme will be available to buy tomorrow for £3.
Doors open at 16:30 for tomorrow’s game and our fantastic food will be served from opening until 18:15. Our dress code remains smart casual (long trousers/jeans and collar for gentlemen, no trainers or sportswear please).
A reminder of what our matchday hospitality packages include:
- Reserved Car Parking spaces if required
- A three-course pre-match meal in our hospitality suite
- Seats in our Ryan Canter Club Executive Box overlooking the halfway line
- Complimentary match programme and team sheet
- Half time refreshments (hot drinks and cakes)
- Use of a private bar – cash and cards accepted
- Sky Sports News for all the latest results and scores
- Services of a hostess throughout the afternoon
- A chance to watch Man of the Match presentations
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book or enquire about our hospitality packages.