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Hamers end preseason with scoreless draw against Lens

RC Lens 0-0 West Ham United
Pre-season match, Saturday 30 July 2022, Stade Volard Deleris

west ham united Having completed their pre-season program ahead of the 2022/23 season, they drew 0-0 in France’s Ligue 1 side Lens on Saturday night.

Jarrod Bowen came close to pinching the winner in the final minute with Conor Coventry’s cross hitting the crossbar, but David Moyes’ side are back from a hotly contested match in the north of France. had to be content with his share of the booty.

The hosts had hit the bar earlier when Salis Abdul cracked a long ranger into the frame of Alphonse Areola’s goal, but neither Areola or Lukasz Fabianski, who kept goal in the first half, were unbeaten.

The Hummers will head home next weekend after a clean sheet in the Premier League opener against Manchester City and a valuable test against a continental opponent.

Craig Dawson, alongside Kurt Zouma at centre-back, made his first appearance since the pre-season opener against Servette. The duo were busy swapping openings as Lens started on pace.

The home side, who beat Inter Milan last weekend, looked set to go even higher, coming in from a corner kick in the sixth minute.

A shot from the right side was dangerous and Loïs Openda was eight yards out. But Fabianski sensed the danger and scored a superb header.

Lens were happy to spread play and attack from the flanks, and while the Hamers took time to deal with their challenge, David Moyes-led players began to develop into the game as half-time progressed, with Saeed Benrama leading the way. tested goalkeeper Bryce. Samba with a shot from 22 yards.

Pablo Fornals fouls Lens

Declan Rice then tried his luck from distance and in the 27th minute of play his hard-hitting effort deflected a Lens defender into a corner and at the opposite end Rice proved his worth again shortly afterwards, Blocked from Seco Fofana.

Areola was introduced from the bench during the intermission to a warm welcome from the fans who played on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in the 2013/14 season.

The Frenchman had to be watched closely as Florian Sotka’s header crossed the net and David Pereira da Costa showed interest at the far post.

The Hammers were about to hit the lens on the break, but Pablo Fornals carried the ball forward in that time and, though checked on the edge of the box, Bowen was ready to pick up the piece with a shot that flew over the bar. was..

Real chances were hard for either team, but Abdul received the ball in space 30 yards out, evaluated his options, unleashed a stabbing drive, and slammed his opponent in the face. He moves away from the crossbar to a safe location.

Then, in the final minute, it was the visitors’ turn to hit the woodwork as Conor Coventry threw a teasing ball into the box and Bowen drifted inside the marker and flicked to the underside of the bar.

The goal was not met as the preseason ended in a deadlock at Lens.

RC Lens: Samba, Medina, Dansov (Boura 90), Wooh, Machado, Frankowski (Cabot 66), Fofana (c), Abdul, Pereira da Costa (Said 66), Sotoca, Openda
Subs: Pandor (GK), Ganago, Hydara, Berg, Poleva, Balde

Reserved: Pereira da Costa

West Ham United: Fabianski (Areola 46), Dawson (Lanzini 61), Zouma, Johnson, Couffal, Rice (c), Suchek (Downes 86), Masuaq (Coventry 75), Benrahma (Vlasic 75), Fornals, Bowen
Subs: Randolph (GK), Ashby, Mbama

Reserved: Suchek Johnson

Referee: Mark Bollinger