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2011-12 F.A. Premier Academy League - Group A

The Academy play 18 group fixtures, twice against the other nine teams on a home and away basis. They also play ten inter-group fixtures against teams from Groups B, C and D. In all they play 28 matches. The four group winners proceed to the semi-finals before the final is held in May

SHEFFIELD UNITED Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Little Heath

4 - 1 (Lee 3, Sadlier)

20 August 2011

Larkins

Young

Shaw

Chambers

Potts

Sadlier

Hurley (Miles)

Turgott

Powell (Hunt)

Lee E. (Labonne)

Fanimo

 

Elliott Lee made a terrific start to the new FA Premier Academy League with a hat-trick to see off plucky Sheffield United. The striker scored three fine goals, with Kieran Sadlier adding the other, on a rain-soaked Little Heath. The home side were always on top. Lee showed his intent inside the first 30 seconds, going close with a header  that the visiting keeper only just saved with an outstretched leg. Sadlier then went close as well after bursting through, only to again be foiled by the Blades No1.

The deadlock was finally broken as the half-hour mark approached. A delightful  ball in behind from Jack Powell picked out Lee, who showed great skill to control the ball in mid-air and then lift it over the keeper. The second quickly followed with Lee side-footing in from Matthias Fanimo’s low cross.

Blair Turgott took full advantage of a breakaway before crossing low and hard across the penalty area for Sadlier to sweep in the third goal. That killed off any hopes of a Blades comeback and Lee wrapped things up when he cut in from the left and bent the ball into the top corner.

There was still time for a consolation goal for the visitors, when Jake Young committed afoul but the goal could not dampen the mood after a superb opening day success.

SUNDERLAND Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

Match Report by Willis Jamieson aged 11

 

The talented West Ham Under-18s continued their impressive winning start to the season with a 4-0 away win at Spurs Lodge, Chigwell. The players full of confidence having scored 7 in their first two matches. This being the toughest test so far, the game started very evenly with both sides making few clear chances, the best chance in the early stages came from a Blair Turgott cross only for Elliott Lee looking to get his 3rd hat-trick of the season to head over. Elliott's father ex-England and West Ham United midfielder Robert Lee was cheering his son on.

 

The Hammers next attack a couple of minutes later saw Kieran Sadlier take on two Tottenham defenders and curl a left footed shot into the bottom corner to give the away side a very early lead. Not much more action in the scrappy first half which saw Declan Hunt go off with a knee injury to be replaced by Lemar Hurley. A few minutes before half time Turgott should have made it 2-0 when he forced the keeper to make a top class save.

 

Tottenham started the second half the better of the two teams with the West Ham defence having to block a few shots including one by Chambers to save the day and which stopped a certain goal. The away side changed the game by putting Blair Turgott into a more centre attacking position which saw him get the ball on the edge of the Tottenham box spinning round and struck the ball home.

 

With Tottenham’s hope of any points pretty much over West Ham made sure of the win when a dreadful mistake by the Spurs keeper let Turgott score his second and West Ham's third. The keeper came out of his area to clear a long ball from Chambers but changed his mind and tried to run backwards so he could pick the ball up, this made him trip over and the Hammers striker just had to tap the ball into the net.

 

As the home team pushed forward they made Larkins work a couple of times including an excellent save from a free kick followed by a great 1-on-1 save which denied them any goal. A few minutes later it got worse for Tottenham as a mix up between the keeper and defender allowed Jack Powell to head into an open goal from just inside the area. After that Spurs seemed happy making sure they didn't concede any more.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Spurs Lodge

4 - 0 (Turgott 2, Powell, Sadlier)

3 September 2011

Elliot Lee made it a third straight hat-trick in league play as the Under-18s recorded a fantastic away win at Sunderland. The 16-year-old struck a treble on the opening day of the FA Premier Academy League season last weekend against Sheffield United, having done the same against Chelsea on the final day of the 2010/11 campaign. The visitors were quick off the mark with Lee scoring inside the first minute. A through-ball by Kenzer Lee set his namesake away and he made no mistake after slipping the last defender. It was two on the half-hour mark. Danny Potts rose highest to meet a corner and head towards goal. Lee was quickest to the ball and saw his effort bounce down off the crossbar and go over the line, with Potts helping it on its way. It was the striker's goal.

Sunderland came back strong in the second half although the Hammers were the first to show immediately after the interval. Lee might have got his hat-trick with a chance at the far post while Jack Powell also went close. As it was, the home side were next to score, breaking away to get themselves back in the game. That buoyed the Black Cats and they were level with a terrific free-kick from the edge of the area. At that point it seemed that there would be only one winner with the Hammers put under immense pressure. However, Lee showed great skill and composure to bag the winning goal as the match entered the closing stages. Picking the ball up on a tight angle, he worked his way into a central position before firing in an unstoppable shot. Sunderland came back once again but it was too little, too late for the hosts.

Academy of Light

3 - 2 (Lee E. 3)

27 August 2011

Larkins

Young

Shaw

Potts

K Lee

Hurley (Hunt)

Turgott

Powell

E Lee

Sadlier (Miles)

Fanimo (Labonne)

Larkins

Young

Chambers

Lee K.

Potts

Turgott

Powell (Miles)

Hunt (Hurley)

Sadlier (Labonne)

Vose

Lee E.

 

 

 

 

Player Ratings:

Jake Larkins - 8

Pulled off some good saves to keep a clean sheet

Daniel Potts - 8

Looked great at centre back against Sheff Utd and just as good today at left back

Leo Chambers - 7

Another good game at centre back for the England international

Lee Kenzer - 7

Solid partner with Chambers. Blocked a few shots

Jake Young - 7

Solid in defence, did well getting forward in second half

Kieran Sadlier - 7

Scored great goal and passed well in midfield

Jack Powell - 7

Really good passing and took his goal well, cool celebration too.

Declan Hunt - 5

Looked good, but injured knee early in game

Dominic Vose - 7

Looked good on ball and got assist for first goal

Elliott Lee - 6

Worked hard but always had two defenders on him. It gave Turgott more space though

Blair Turgott - 8

Man of match performance even though could have done better in first half he scored two in second half when played as a striker

 

Subs: Hurley - 7 protected back-four well

Labonne and Miles both late subs and didn't see the ball

11_09_03 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

Thumbs-up from Jack Powell returning for the second-half at Spurs Lodge

WATFORD Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Little Heath

3 - 1 (Lee E, Potts, Sadlier)

10 September 2011

11_08_20 WHU v. Sheffield United 11_08_27 Sunderland v. WHU

Wootton

Young (Siafa)

Potts

Lee K.

Chambers

Hurley (Miles)

Turgott

Powell (Shaw)

Sadlier

Vose

Lee E.

COVENTRY CITY Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

The Alan Higgs Centre

3 - 1 (Lee E., Powell, Hurley)

17 September 2011

West Ham United Under-18s made it four wins from four FA Premier Academy League matches courtesy of a 3-1 victory at Little Heath. Elliot Lee, Danny Potts and Kieran Sadlier put the Hammers in control before half-time with well-taken goals as the Hammers dominated proceedings. West Ham continued to hold the upper hand after the break and could have stretched their lead but for some dogged defending from the Hornets, who netted a late consolation goal five minutes from full-time.

The Under-18s extended their winning streak to seven matches stretching back to a 4-1 home victory over the same opposition on 9 April. The Hammers are top of FA Premier Academy League Group A, having scored 14 goals in their four league games so far. "We dominated the first half and did very well," Carr confirmed. "The second half we dominated without looking as threatening as we moved the ball a bit more slowly and Watford put a lot of men behind the ball. "They managed to get themselves a goal late on, but overall it was a good win. We could have won by five or six, but any win is three points and we're on a good little run at the moment. We know we can score goals at the moment and are set up as a team to do that. "We were 3-0 up at half-time and I thought we got a little bit complacent after the break, but we have won the game comfortably so I can't have too many criticisms of the boys."

Lee has now scored seven goals in four league appearances this season, while Republic of Ireland U17 international Sadlier was on target for the second game in succession.

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

A dramatic comeback by the Hammers saw them earn a point at home in a thrilling Academy battle with the Saints on Saturday morning. West Ham United's talented youngsters had gone into the Little Heath contest on a five-match winning streak and were the country's form team at this level.

However, they were caught cold by Southampton and found themselves two-nil down. A spirited comeback saw Kieran Sadlier get his fourth goal of the season before Blair Turgott restored parity. Even then, the Hammers could have gone on to take all three points. Although the 100 per cent record has gone, they will still head to Portsmouth next Saturday unbeaten in six matches.

SOUTHAMPTON Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Larkins

Young

Chambers

Lee K.

Potts

Turgott

Powell

Hurley

Sadlier

Vose (Fanimo)

Lee E.

The Hammers made it five wins out of five with another tremendous awayday display at Coventry City on Saturday morning. Nick Haycock's unbeaten young side took command against their in-form hosts in the first half, with Elliot Lee and Jack Powell finding the net. After the interval, Coventry went for broke to try and force their way back into the contest and won a hotly disputed penalty to give themselves hope in the closing stages. However, Jake Larkins was in heroic form in goal and Lamar Hurley bagged a third on the break to ensure the visitors headed back down the motorway in high spirits. Although the "commanding" Larkins was inspirational, the coach was keen to stress that his team had always held the upper hand on their hosts. Haycock said: "It was a really good performance. We are waiting to trip up but we just keep getting the results. It will happen but we have to enjoy our form while we are where we are. We got three good goals and a good team performance. It is a recipe for success."

The Academy coach paid tribute to Sam Allardyce for letting the U18s prepare this week with a session matching up against the first team - an ideal opportunity for all to see what the youngsters are all about at first hand. "That really set us up well," Haycock added. "It helped us to cope with what we had to deal with from Coventry."

11_09_24 WHU v. Southampton

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

Little Heath

2 - 2 (Sadlier, Turgott)

24 September 2011

Larkins

Young

Shaw

Hurley (Miles)

Lee K.

Potts

Turgott

Powell

Lee E.

Sadlier (Labonne)

Vose (Fanimo)

PORTSMOUTH Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Stoneham Lane

2 - 2 (Turgott, Vose)

1 October 2011

Larkins

Siafa

Shaw (Chambers)

Potts

Lee K.

Turgott

Miles

Powell (Hurley)

Vose

Sadlier

Lee E.

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

West Ham United's Under-18s extended their unbeaten start to the FA Premier Academy League season with a 2-2 draw at Portsmouth. The Hammers, who have not lost any of their opening seven fixtures, went ahead through Dominic Vose early on, then conceded twice before Blair Turgott netted a late equaliser. Academy Director Tony Carr admitted his team created more than enough opportunities to win the game, only to be forced to settle for their second successive draw.

"We are a little bit disappointed with the result overall because we had a lot of the game but didn't take our chances," said Carr. "We went 1-0 up after 25 minutes when Dominic latched on to a good pass from Taylor Miles and beat a defender before side-footing past the goalkeeper. "Kieran Sadlier had two chances and Blair had a very good chance but they went begging, the Portsmouth were awarded a very soft penalty when one of their players just ran into Kenzer Lee. "We had a made five or ten minutes and they managed to get another goal to go in 2-1 up at half-time. "We came out in the second half and dominated the game and got our reward when Blair scored with about 15 minutes remaining. Dominic did well down the right-hand side before passing to Blair, who drove a lot shot across the goalkeeper. "We created a lot of opportunities, but it was not like the opening games of the season when we scored goals for fun. The quality in our finishing was not there. "Obviously we're disappointed we didn't win, but we were missing a few players - Jake Young and Matthias Fanimo didn't play - and some of the boys are also playing development squad matches in midweek."

IPSWICH TOWN Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

Kieran Sadlier scored both goals as a new-look Under-18 side recorded a fine home victory on Saturday. The Hammers' 2-1 win at home to Ipswich Town was achieved despite the absence of a number of regulars. It moved them on to eight matches unbeaten and extended their dominance at the top of the FA Premier Academy League. The likes of Jake Larkins, Frazer Shaw, Danny Potts, Kenzer Lee, Jake Young and Blair Turgott were all missing from the starting lineup, having played in the development squad's 2-0 win at MK Dons on Friday. Although they had to change things around and blood some U16s, it was a performance that delighted coach Nick Haycock and Academy director Tony Carr. After a bright opening at Little Heath, the deadlock was broken when Elliot Lee flicked on a long clearance and the prolific Sadlier found himself through on goal. The Irish youth international showed great poise to lift the ball over the keeper and start the scoring. Ipswich battled back and were able to level the score midway through the half, and both sides had good opportunities to take the lead before half-time with efforts that it the woodwork. More goals always looked likely, and it was Sadlier who decided the contest with a terrific 25-yard free-kick in the second half. There was still around 20 minutes to play and the visitors kept the pressure on the home side. The young Hammers stood firm for their sixth win of the season, with the team having recorded two successive 2-2 draws in the previous fortnight.

Little Heath

2 - 1 (Sadlier 2)

8 October 2011

11_10_01 Portsmouth v. WHU unofficial 11_09_17 Coventry City v. WHU 11_09_10 WHU v. Watford unofficial 11_10_08 WHU v. Ipswich Town unofficial

Cowler

Alexander (Potts)

Young

Chambers

Siafa

Nasha

Gogo (Blair)

Miles (Fanimo)

Sadlier

Lee E.

Bywater

CHARLTON ATHLETIC Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

Director of Youth Academy : Tony Carr

Little Heath

0 - 2

15 October 2011

Larkins

Young

Potts

Chambers

Lee K.

Hurley

Sadlier (Bywater)

Miles (Powell)

Turgott

Fanimo (Shaw)

Lee E.

Academy Director Tony Carr admitted he and his players had been left gutted after losing their unbeaten start to the FA Premier Academy League season. West Ham United's Under-18s had won six and drawn two of their opening eight matches, only to see their dreams of compiling a defeat-free campaign scuppered by a 2-0 home defeat by Charlton Athletic. Carr admitted his team had not done enough to warrant a win or a share of the spoils at Little Heath. "We are all disappointed that our run has come to an end," he said. "On the day, Charlton were the better team and, although we did have our moments, we were just a little bit off the pace. "Charlton were bigger and stronger than us and we didn't get going until we had fallen 2-0 down. In the first half, Elliot Lee and Matthias Fanimo (pictured) both missed good chances to score, then Blair Turgott had a really good opportunity in the second half, but we couldn't get the first goal we needed to give us some impetus. "We have now got to pick ourselves up and start another unbeaten run."

Carr, admitted the disappointment of losing had been compounded by the fact his side do not have a fixture next weekend. "It was inevitable that we would lose at some stage because we were not going to go through the whole season undefeated, but it would have been nice to go into the break still unbeaten. "Saying that, I have to give credit to Charlton because they took their chances and worked very hard to protect their lead."

11_10_15 WHU v. Charlton Athletic unofficial

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

FULHAM Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

CHELSEA Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Motspur Park

1 - 4 (Lee E.)

29 October 2011

 

Little Heath

0 - 1

5 November 2011

The young Hammers went down to only their second defeat of the season in a tough London derby. Elliot Lee scored a consolation for the Academy side but they were three-nil down at that point and while chasing the game at the end, were to concede a fourth. Elliot Lee had a great chance when one on one only for the Fulham goalkeeper to make a good save. For half an hour there was nothing in the game at all. It was nip and tuck between two teams at the top of the table." Fulham struck first though before the interval and it was to be decisive. The goal came about after a Jake Larkins' punched clearance hit Kenzer Lee on the back and landed kindly for a home forward to score. Blair Turgott had a great chance to equalise but shot wide. Fulham broke back on us and scored the second from a long-distance shot. To be fair, they took command at that point and got to three-nil." Despite trailing heavily, Elliot Lee was able to pull one back when he followed in to score from close range after a Turgott shot was parried. However, as the visitors tried to make it a close finale, Fulham went on to add a game-killing fourth. "The final result was a little bit harsh but Fulham deserved the win. We started to chase the game and they punished us.

Larkins

Siafa

Shaw (Potts)

Hurley

Lee K. (Boake-Yiadom)

Young

Turgott

Powell

Lee E.

Miles (Sadlier)

Fanimo

11_10_29 Fulham v. WHU Unofficial

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

11_11_05 WHU v. Chelsea unofficial 11_11_12 Norwich City v. WHU unofficial

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

Unofficial Team Sheet - For Information Only

NORWICH CITY Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Colney Training Centre

2 - 3 (Fanimo, Potts)

12 November 2011

CRYSTAL PALACE Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

11_10_29 Fulham v. WHU 11_11_12 Norwich City v. WHU

Larkins

Chambers

Young

Lee K.

Shaw

Sadlier (Miles)

Nasha (Siafa)

Powell (Tombides T.)

Turgott

Fanimo

Lee E.

An inexperienced Hammers side were unlucky to lose out to a strong Chelsea side at Little Heath. With the academy side shorn of Daniel Potts because of his senior-team duty and debutants in Amos Nasha and Taylor Tombides, it was a creditable display from the hosts. Nasha started the game in central midfield, while forward Tombides was a late replacement for Jack powell.

Chelsea boasted the likes of England youth internationals Nataniel Chalobah, Alex Kiwomya, Rube Loftus-Cheek and goalscorer John Swift while there was plenty of strength in the home side’s forward line via two more Young lions in the shape of Blair Turgott and Matthias Fanimo, while U17 international Leo Chambers was at the back. The Hammers went close to ensuring a draw through Elliott Lee’s header that hit the woodwork while two other decent opportunities were cleared off the line. It was a little disappointing result in the end but the team can take plenty of positives into the next game.

Larkins

Young

Potts

Hurley (Tombides T.)

Lee K.

Chambers

Turgott

Powell

Lee E.

Vose (Miles)

Famino

Little Heath

3 - 0 (Fanimo 2, Lee E.)

19 November 2011

Larkins

Young

Chambers

Lee K.

Turgott

Shaw

Powell

Miles (Nasha)

Fanimo

Tombides T. (Sadlier)

Lee E.

The Academy side lost out to the odd goal for the second week running in a spirited display away to Norwich City on Saturday. Danny Potts thought he had given the Hammers a share of the spoils with a late equaliser, only for Norwich to counter and get the decisive strike in added time. The loss followed the 1-0 defeat by Chelsea seven days before but it is always performances not points that ultimately count. Indeed, Tony Carr was not too downhearted as the squad headed back down the A12, especially given the game came at the end of a week where the likes of Potts and England U19's midweek hero Robert Hall had continued to make individual progress - always the main aim of the Academy's work. It had all started so brightly with Matthias Fanimo putting the visitors in front after a well-taken move down the left but the Canaries were able to level before the break. Norwich then thought they had won it 2-1 with a goal after the interval only for Potts to pounce four minutes from time.

The young defender - who was on the bench for the first team a week ago at Hull City and struck a late equaliser for the development squad at Gillingham on Tuesday - stayed up from a cleared corner and was on hand to score when the ball was played back across goal. However, just as Carr and coach Nick Haycock thought they had earned a deserved draw, Norwich showed their strength to come back and win it by the odd goal in five. "It was a disappointing end," Carr told whufc.com. "It wasn't to be for us today and where we were getting the luck before, we are getting none at the moment. "We had a great run at the start of the season and now we will have to work our way through a sticky spell. We had one or two injuries to contend with and Robert is now with the first team, but we also had Danny Potts and Dominic Vose back in the side. "Norwich are a strong team and it was a good open game. We had our moments and so did they and in the end they nicked the points. We will come back again and the boys have the incentive of an FA Youth Cup tie at Wolves to come [next month]. They will all want to impress and get in the team for that."

A Matthias Fanimo double either side of another Elliot Lee goal ensured a return to winning ways for the young Hammers on Saturday. The U18s had lost their four previous fixtures but were always in control at Little Heath.The team were lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Fanimo fresh from England U18 duty. Fanimo broke the deadlock with a superb solo effort on 25 minutes. He drove at the Palace defence before unleashing an unstoppable 25-yard shot into the corner of the goal. It was to stay that way until the 55th minute when Fanimo again got free. He played in the overlapping Frazer Shaw, who did well to pick out Lee in the middle of the goal for a neat second. Fanimo then wrapped up the win in the 80th minute by bursting into the penalty area

and shooting underneath the body of the Palace keeper. U18s coach Nick Haycock was understandably delighted to see his young side pick up the points, especially with Danny Potts again on first-team duty and Rob Hall going out on loan against Oxford United. Speaking to whufc.com, Haycock said: "It was a good all-round performance. We got the lead and at half-time we said to the lads it was about concentration and digging in to keep on top of the game. They had a good work ethic and the chances came. "Once we got the second we went to two banks of four and asked Crystal Palace to break us down. We stood firm and were looking to hit them on the break which we did with the third goal to make sure of a good victory."

ARSENAL Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

London Colney

0 - 1

2 December 2011

Cowler

Young

Potts (Shaw)

Miles (Tombides T.)

Lee K.

Chambers

Turgott

Powell

Lee E.

Sadlier (Ruddock)

Fanimo

11_12_02 Arsenal v. WHU Unofficial

Substitute Chuba Akpom's late strike ensured Arsenal Under-18s took all three points against the Hammers at London Colney on Friday, the defeat dashed the Hammers hopes of maintaining their winning run. The game was brought forward a day to allow extra preparation for Wednesday’s night’s big FA Youth Cup tie away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Danny Potts returned to the Academy set-up and could feature again in midweek, while Robert Hall is also an option for the Wolves date as he can be temporary recalled for the cup tie from his loan at Oxford United. Akpom was on target with 10 minutes remaining to hand Steve Bould's side their third win in succession and continue the pressure on league leaders Fulham. The Arsenal England Under-17 international was making only his second appearance for Bould's youngsters after making the step up from the Under-16s last month. And the young forward did his credentials no harm with the match winner against a strong West Ham outfit.

RUDDOCK Pelly Arsenal

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : F.A. Youth Cup (Third Round)

CHARLTON ATHLETIC Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Molineux

3 - 2 (Lee E. 2, Lee K.)

7 December 2011

11_12_07 Wolves v. WHU FAYC3

Larkins

Young

Chambers

Kee K.

Potts

Turgott

Powell

Miles (Shaw)

Fanimo

Hall

Lee E.

West Ham United U18s coach Nick Haycock had plenty of reasons to hail his side's 3-2 FA Youth Cup third-round victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Not only did the Hammers beat a Wolves side which had won its previous seven matches, but they did so by overcoming the disappointment of twice squandering the lead at Molineux. In addition, Haycock was delighted for match-winner Kenzer Lee, who netted seven minutes from time to banish the memory of two years ravaged by illness and injury. Finally, the success was dedicated to Academy striker Dylan Tombides, who is currently undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in the summer. "It was a great advert for youth football. If I'm being honest it could have gone either way because there were chances at both ends," admitted Haycock, whose team twice went ahead through Elliot Lee, only to concede equalisers to their in-form hosts. "There was a tempo to the game and two sides evenly matched playing 4-4-2 systems. I thought we had the first 20 minutes after our early goal settled us quicker than it did them. They got back into the game and we found them hard to handle up until half-time, which we needed more than they did. "In the second half, we came out and got a great goal through Elliot from a great cross by Matthias Fanimo. They got a second equaliser but I was always confident we'd catch them on the break. Going into the final stages, both teams have hit the post and you're thinking there is a winning goal there somewhere. Fortunately it fell to us. "I thought the resilience of the team shone through. We've been saying that we know we can play but, when the going gets tough in cup competitions, we've got to be able to dig in and grind results out. In the FA Youth Cup, it's all about winning. "Obviously we're looking to develop players for the first team, but there is no better stage to do that on than Molineux in an FA Youth Cup tie. All the boys did themselves credit." While the two Lees dominated the headlines, Haycock said every single member of his side deserved praise for their performance on a cold night in the Midlands.

11_12_07 Wolves v. WHU ticket Stuart & Steve Wolves Haycock and Carr

Nick Haycock and Tony Carr

Stuart Allen & Steve Marsh on a cold night in the Midlands

Charlton 01

Sparrows Lane

2 - 2 (Boakye-Yiadom, Turgott)

10 December 2011

11_12_10 Charlton Athletic v. WHU

Cowler

Siafa

Shaw

Ruddock

Lee K.

Chambers

Sadlier (Boakye-Yiadom)

Powell

Lee E. (Fanimo)

Turgott

Vose

Charlton 03 Charlton 02

Sparrows Road Training Ground

Pelly Ruddock in full-flight on his first league start

FULHAM Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Little Heath

1 - 4 (Lee E. [pen])

17 December 2011

11_11_19 WHU v. Crystal Palace

Academy Director Tony Carr admitted individual errors had cost West Ham United Under-18s dear in their 4-1 defeat at the hands of Fulham.

The Hammers created more than enough opportunities to take something from the game, only for a combination of poor finishing and defensive mistakes to send them spiralling to defeat. Elliott Leenetted his 13th goal in 17 appearances in league and cup, but it was a mere consolation as the Cottagers took all three points from Little Heath. Fulham took an early lead before lee equalised from the penalty spot before half-time to continue his superb season, only for the visitors to re-take the lead before the interval. West Ham tried gamely to get back on level terms for a second time, only for two counter-attack goals to give the final scoreline a one-sided appearance.

“I cannot hide the fact that a couple of mistakes have cost us big-time,” said Carr. “It sounds stupid but we should have won in terms of chances and possession. “Our golakeeper Sam Cowler had one of those days when his errors have cost us.  He just had a bad day at the office. It was a defeat that was so disappointing and hard for all of us to swallow. “We battered them through the whole second half and had chance after chance, but they broke off and scored their third and fourth goals,”

The U18s have a three-week break from competitive action before travelling to Chelsea on 7th January.

Cowler

Young

Shaw (Miles)

Chambers

Lee K.

Turgott

Vose (Bunjaku)

Ruddock

Powell

Fanimo (Sadlier)

Lee E.

Nick Haycock has praised his Under-18 squad for ending a memorable week by securing a 2-2 FA Premier Academy League draw at Charlton Athletic. The Academy coach made five changes to the side that scored a fantastic 3-2 FA Youth Cup third-round win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday evening, handing a debut to new signing Pelly Ruddock and starts to full-backs Josh Siafa and Frazer Shaw and midfielders Dominic Vose and Kieran Sadlier. Ruddock played his part on his first competitive appearance in claret and blue, knocking the ball down from a corner for schoolboy substitute Nana Boakye Yiadom to net a deserved equaliser midway through the second half. Earlier, Blair Turgott (pictured) had put West Ham into an early lead before Charlton hit back to equalise after 20 minutes. The Hammers then had an Elliot Lee 'goal' disallowed before hitting a post before the break. The second half saw the Addicks go ahead from a free-kick before Boakye Yiadom's dramatic intervention courtesy of his first goal at U18 level. After a week that saw his squad contest three matches, Haycock was proud of his players' efforts. "We should have won the game, to be honest, because we were the better team," said the coach. "I am disappointed for the players, but we had a hard game in the week at Wolves and I made five changes to the starting lineup. "To be fair, we produced another good performance and mixed our playing style up well, which is something we've been working on in training. We had chances to win it near the end, especially when Dominic Vose broke down the left and cut the ball back, but there was nobody there to put the ball in the net. "After the tough week we've had, I was pleased because the whole squad has contributed and everybody has played their part. The league table is still very congested and we have gained a point away from home, so I can't be displeased with that. "Josh and Frazer came in and did a good job at full-back, while Leo Chambers and Kenzer Lee again looked commanding at the heart of the defence. Pelly and Jack Powell combined well, too, so there were plenty of reasons for me to be pleased with our performance."

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