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2012-13 Barclays under-21 Premier League

Ian Hendon’s Development Squad will compete in the newly formed Barclays Under-21 Premier League during the 2012-13 season. Aimed at bridging the gap between youth academies and first teams at England's top clubs. The creation of the first national Under-21 competition which will kick off on Friday, August 17 when West Ham United will take on Reading at the Hammers new home Rush Green Stadium. The league will be made up of 23 teams – 17 Premier League clubs and six from the Championship whose academies have also been granted category one status – and split into three groups.

 

National Group 1:

Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Norwich City, Reading, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United

 

National Group 2:

Aston Villa, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur and  Watford

 

National Group 3:

Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

READING : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

From January onwards, the teams will be placed into three new pools based on their performance to encourage more even games, leading to a knockout stage and final.

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Development Coach : Ian Hendon

12_08_17 WHU v. Reading

Rush Green Stadium

3 - 1 (McCallum 2, Badirou)

17 August 2012

EVERTON : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Finch Farm

5 - 1 (Hall, McCallum, Moncur, Turgott, [og])

26 August 2012

BOLTON WANDERERS : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Upton Park

0 - 2

3 September 2012

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

The Hawthorns

1 - 1 (Hall)

16 September 2012

Spiegel

Driver

Chambers

Wearen

Fanimo

Lletget

Moncur

Turgott (Badirou)

Vose

Hall

McCallum (Hunt)

Spiegel

Driver

Fanimo (Wearen)

Moncur (Powell)

Chambers

Spence

Turgott

Lletget

McCallum

Vose (Badirou)

Hall

Spiegel

Driver

Fanimo

Moncur

Chambers

Spence

Turgott

Lletget

McCallum

Lee E. (Ruddock)

Hall

2011-12 Development Squad

The Development Squad made the perfect start in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League by beating Reading 3-1 at Rush Green. Paul McCallum opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, tapping home the rebound from Rob Hall's initial effort. The forward then got his second ten minutes into the second half. Hall twisted and turned before bursting into the box and crossing to McCallum, who dispatched the ball expertly into the corner. Reading rarely threatened, but pulled one back in the 72nd minute, but a trialist made sure of the win for the hosts four minutes from time, clinically finishing over the stranded Jonathan Henly. Speaking post-match, Development Squad manager Ian Hendon revealed his delight after a near flawless performance from his young side. "I'm delighted with the result because it gives us an excellent platform going into the season," explained Hendon. "We had a mixed pre-season and played a lot of experienced, physical teams but it has prepared us well for tonight's game. "Reading are a big team who tried to knock the ball long up to the front three and I felt we dealt with that, and we of course did extremely well going forward scoring three good goals."  McCallum was the star turn, scoring two and grabbing an assist, leading Hendon to praise him and his support trio of Hall, Blair Turgott and Dominic Vose. "They are very talented, forward-thinking players as you can see, Dom has done really well for the first goal and Rob has shown his talent with the second and that is another thing that is pleasing. "We worked hard this week on getting the ball to the back post for Paul because he is very good at attacking that, so it's very pleasing as a coach to see something you have worked on come to fruition."

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Henderson

Driver (Wearen)

Tomkins

Chambers

Fanimo

O'Neil

Lletget (Vose)

Moncur

Diarra

Hall

McCallum

12_09_03 WHU v. Bolton WAnderers Unofficial

West Ham United's Development Squad strolled to a 5-1 Barclays Under-21 Premier League victory over Everton at Finch Farm on Sunday. George Moncur led the way by scoring the pick of the goals, while Rob Hall, Blair Turgott and Paul McCallum also netted a goal of their own apiece. Hall opened the scoring after four minutes and an own-goal followed five minutes later, with Moncur and Turgott making it 4-0 well before half-time. Johan Hammar pulled one back for Everton moments before the break but McCallum put any hopes of a revival to bed when he converted Moncur's powerful cross in the 70th minute.

Coach Ian Hendon praised the maturity of his side, paying tribute to their excellent work ethic and determination. "Their work-rate was outstanding. They really did work their socks off. We had a very tough pre-season where we played against a lot of big Football League and non-league sides, but you saw the positives that has brought to their game. "On Sunday, they played against their peers and they showed their outstanding ability. We worked hard and had a good attitude which is what we are trying to instil at the training ground day in day out."

The Development Squad fell to their first Barclays Under-21 Premier League defeat, losing 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers at Upton Park. Despite two consecutive wins and the likes of James Tomkins, Gary O'Neil and Alou Diarra in the side they failed to take advantage of their dominant possession and were hit on the counter twice in the second half with James Kelly and David Ngog the scorers. Speaking post-match West Ham United Development Squad manager Ian Hendon felt his side should have taken advantage of their dominance and were unlucky to get nothing from the game. "We huffed and puffed but we didn't really threaten enough in the second half and unluckily for us the ball has fallen kindly for them and we have lost 2-0. "Last weekend everything happened for us and what we wanted to do was come here in front of our own fans and do it again so it is disappointing for us. Rob Hall and Paul McCallum both threatened the Bolton goal in the first half and had Blair Turgott and Danny Potts been available [both away with the England Under-19s] it may have been a very different story. "The first goal is a mistake from the goalkeeper but credit to him he has come in and held his hands up, but we conceded two very soft goals. "These things happen and I thought we were very solid in the first half, we created some good opportunities and just didn't get the rub of the green in the box. On another day we could be talking about a win."

RUSH GREEN STADIUM

New Home for the Development side

The Development Squad earned an impressive 1-1 Barclays Under-21 Premier League draw against an experienced West Bromwich Albion side at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon. Despite the fact the Baggies had first-team players Markus Rosenberg, Gabriel Tamas and Yassine El Ghanassy on show, the Hammers matched their opponents and the game ended honours even, with both goals coming in the opening ten minutes. The home side started brightly and it was El Ghanassy who opened the scoring after just five minutes. Their lead didn't last long, however, and Ian Hendon's side conjured the perfect reaction, equalising just three minutes later through the ever-impressive Rob Hall. Both sides made changes in the second half as they sought to find a winning goal, but none was to be found as both sides had to settle for a point. The Hammers have now picked up seven points from their opening four fixtures, mirroring the records achieved by the first team and Under-18s.

12_09_16 WBA v. WHU

ARSENAL : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Spiegel

Driver

Potts (Ruddock)

Moncur

Chambers

Spence

Turgott

Lletget

McCallum

Fanimo

Hall (Tombides D.)

Rush Green Stadium

4 - 1 (Fanimo, Hall, Potts, Turgott)

21 September 2012

A 704-strong crowd watched West Ham United's Development Squad produce a dominant display to secure a 4-1 win over Arsenal at Rush Green Stadium. The Gunners were previously unbeaten in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League but were second best for much of the contest as the Hammers recovered from a goal down to score a fine victory. Goals from Rob Hall, Matthias Fanimo, Dan Potts and Blair Turgott secured the points that take West Ham level with Arsenal on ten points at the top of the Group 1 table. Arsenal opened the scoring after just five minutes when Serge Gnabry drove at the Hammers defence before finding Kris Olsson. The attacking midfielder weaved in and out before cutting back and sending a sumptuous ball into Elton Monteiro, who headed past Raphael Spiegel. The Gunners were not in lead for long, though, as Ian Hendon's side rallied and equalised just eight minutes later. The ever-impressive Hall did well to hold off his man before breaking into the box and firing in at the near post. The Hammers continued to press and after 18 minutes they took the lead through Fanimo. Turgott showed terrific work ethic by winning the ball back and driving to the byline before smashing the ball across goal. Paul McCallum missed with an attempted overhead kick, but the ball fell to Fanimo, who stayed composed to slot the ball past James Shea. The Hammers would have to wait just under an hour before grabbing a third goal which effectively ended the contest. Arsenal failed to deal with Hall's inswinging corner and the ball fell to Potts, who was only too happy to smash the ball in from five yards. With two minutes to go, Turgott completed the rout, latching on to McCallum's superb through ball and finishing coolly past Shea to the delight of the majority of the large crowd. Hendon's youngsters have now recorded three wins and a draw from their opening five league fixtures.

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NORWICH CITY : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

12_09_28 WHU v. Norwich City

Rush Green Stadium

2 - 0 (Hall, Ruddock)

28 September 2012

Spiegel

Driver

Potts

Moncur

Chambers

Spence

Powell (Ruddock)

Lletget

McCallum

Fanimo

Hall

National Group 1

The Development Squad continued their hot streak with a 2-0 win against Norwich City courtesy of a looping header from Rob Hall and a low drive from Pelly Ruddock. Prior to kick-off at Rush Green the Canaries were level on points at the top of the league with both the Hammers and Arsenal, who themselves had succumbed to defeat at Rush Green just one week ago. The away side settled the quicker of the two but it didn't take long for Ian Hendon's side to find their rhythm and with eight minutes played they should have taken the lead. Hall charged down the left on the counter, before leaving three Norwich players in his wake and crossing to the arriving Paul McCallum, who failed to hit the target from five yards. Just two minutes later Hall showed McCallum how it is done. Matthias Fanimo broke down the left and found Dan Potts on the overlap who floated a cross to the near post where Hall sent a looping header over Declan Rudd. Jack Powell, who was a late change to the line-up, almost created a second West Ham goal just a minute after their first but captain Callum Driver was denied by the crossbar from 30 yards. With 20 minutes gone it was still all action as Norwich almost drew level when Driver once again took centre stage by somehow clearing Aaron Tumwa's header off the line with Raphael Spiegel beaten. 64 minutes into the game the Hammers felt they should have been 2-0 up. Potts showed terrific vision, turning his man on the byline before pulling the back to Moncur, who fizzed his shot towards goal. The keeper was beaten and a goal looked certain but, just like Driver in the first half, Norwich had a hero of their own in Ewan McNeil, who stopped the ball dead on the line. Despite the Hammers' claims that the ball was over the line, their protests were waved away. Norwich continued to struggle and were unable to break down the resolute West Ham United back line and Ruddock secured the points on 90 minutes, turning in the box before firing into the corner past Rudd.

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Leigh Sports Village

2 - 0 (Fanimo, McCallum)

8 October 2012

Henderson

Driver

Potts

Moncur (Ruddock)

Chambers

Spence

Turgott

Lletget

McCallum (Piquionne)

Fanimo

Hall (Lee)

 

 

12_10_08 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU 12_10_08 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU Unofficial

The Development Squad continued their rich vein of form with a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village on Monday night. Goals from Paul McCallum and Matthias Fanimo either side of half time were enough to secure the points as the Hammers maintained their position at the summit of the Barclays U21 Premier League Group 1 table with their second straight clean sheet. The hosts were the first to threaten, as a quick break saw a dangerous cross well cleared by the energetic George Moncur. Moments later it was the away side that nearly took the lead as Rob Hall's free-kick caused bedlam in the Rovers' box. Daniel Potts did well to find McCallum from Hall's delivery, but his shot was narrowly deflected over. From the resulting corner, the Hammers took the lead as Hall once again supplied a perfect delivery and this time McCallum made no mistake, stooping low to head home. Shortly after, the Hammers felt they should have had a second when Callum Driver burst down the right and crossed to McCallum, who once again found the net. The celebrations did not last long though as the referee's assistant on the far side judged that McCallum was in an offside position when he scored. That would be the last part the striker would play after a head injury saw Freddie Piquionne replace him at half time. Rovers came out fighting in the second half but despite their best efforts they were unable to cause Ian Hendon's youn gsters any real problems. With 20 minutes remaining the points were sealed as the home side once again failed to deal with a Hall set-piece, allowing the innovative Fanimo to backheel the ball into the corner of the net. The Hammers face an extended period between now and their next fixture, with the international break bringing a halt to the Barclays Under-21 Premier League. Next up for Hendon's league-leaders is another trip north to face Bolton Wanderers on 22 October. The Hammers will be looking to even the score after suffering their only defeat of the season to the Trotters back in September.

BOLTON WANDERERS : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Lancashire FA County Ground

1 - 0 (Spence)

22nd October 2012

Spiegel

Driver

Potts

Moncur

Wearen

Spence

Turgott

Lletget

Picquionne

Fanimo

Hall (Ruddock)

 

 

 

 

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The Development Squad avenged their only defeat of the season by winning 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers to maintain their place at the top of Barclays U21 Premier League Group 1. With second-place Arsenal winning 2-1 at Everton earlier on Monday to draw level on points with the Hammers, Ian Hendon's side knew they needed to respond at the Lancashire FA County Ground in Leyland. Bolton had beaten West Ham 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground on 1 September, giving the visitors an added incentive to chalk up their sixth victory in eight league matches. Fresh from his first-team appearance against Southampton on Saturday, Jordan Spence (pictured) scored the only goal of the encounter after 58 minutes, stooping low to convert Rob Hall's superb free kick. The game began at a fractious pace, with both teams creating chances in the opening ten minutes. The Hammers were first to test their opponents when Frederic Piquionne latched onto Hall's through ball and left two Trotters defenders trailing in his wake before shooting just wide. Just a minute later, the home side fired a warning shot of their own but Matthias Fanimo was in the right place, not for the final time in the game, to head the ball off the line. After 14 minutes the Hammers went close again when Hall chested down goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel's long ball and lobbed Bolton stopper Rob Lainton, but the ball dropped just wide. However, after an action-packed opening, the first half became an increasingly tense affair as both sides failed to maintain their early rhythm. The second-half could not have been more different, though, as both sides again came out brightly. On 47 minutes Piquionne charged into the Bolton penalty area and exchanged passes Blair Turgott, but the Frenchman was unable to convert the opportunity. Eleven minutes later the Hammers' persistence paid off when Dan Potts won a free kick on the left touchline. Hall stepped up and delivered a perfect cross that dropped just in time for Spence to adjust and head the ball past Lainton. Five minutes later the Trotters came close to levelling the scores when Sebastian Lletget's rash challenge on Marcos Alonso allowed the Spaniard to try his luck from a set piece. Alonso curled a superb effort against the post with Spiegel beaten and the Hammers escaped with their lead intact. Then, with 20 minutes remaining, Fanimo again cleared the ball off the line to deny Zat Knight an equaliser. These close calls seemed to inject a new lease of life into Hendon's side and Hall almost made sure of the result, only to see his solo effort cannon back off the crossbar. With just moments remaining Fanimo was again called into action as he cleared the ball off the line for the third time to ensure yet another three points for the Development Squad.

EVERTON : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Rush Green Stadium

1 - 0 (Lee)

26 October 2012

Larkins

Driver

Potts

Moncur

Wearen

Shaw

Turgott

Lletget

McCallum

Fanimo

Lee (Picquionne)

 

 

 

 

 

12_10_26 WHU v Everton 12_10_26 WHU v Everton Unofficial

READING : Barclays Under-21 Premier League (Behind Closed Doors)

Hogswood Park

0 - 3

2 November 2012

Larkins

Driver

Potts

Moncur

Wearen

Shaw

Turgott

Lletget

McCallum

Fanimo

Lee (Picquionne)

 

 

 

 

 

West Ham United Development Squad's Barclays U21 Premier League Group 1 title hopes suffered a setback when they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Reading. Ian Hendon's team travelled to Hogwood Park with high hopes of extending their five-match winning run, but goals from Alex Pearce, Jordan Obita and Adam Le Fondre saw the Royals stop them in their tracks. With Jordan Spence, Rob Hall and Leo Chambers absent with the first-team squad, Hendon handed Jake Larkins and Frazer Shaw their second starts of the season, while second-year scholar Elliot Lee led the line up front. Centre-back Pearce shot the home side in front on eleven minutes following a corner delivered by former Republic of Ireland left-back Ian Harte, whose set-plays were a constant menace to the Hammers. Larkins was called into action a short time later, making a fine save to deny Aaron Tshibola before the visitors created their first clear chance. Unfortunately, Paul McCallum saw his header pushed to safety. Reading finished the opening half the stronger, though, with Dan Potts clearing a Le Fondre lob off the line before Pearce headed narrowly wide on the stroke of half-time.

The Development Squad extended their lead at the top of Barclays U21 Premier League Group 1 with a narrow 1-0 win over Everton on a cold and blustery night at Rush Green.It was yet another hard-fought contest on the back of Monday's win over Bolton Wanderers, but West Ham United thoroughly deserved the win earned through Elliot Lee's superb 69th-minute header. The teenage striker secured all three points when he met Blair Turgott's cross to send the ball looping over Toffees goalkeeper Mateus Taudel and into the roof of the net. West Ham's win was their fifth in succession and extended their lead over second-place Arsenal to six points, although the Gunners now have a game in-hand on their London rivals. The Hammers could have had a penalty within the opening 60 seconds when Shane Duffy's attempted clearance deflected onto his own hand, but referee Stuart Butler waved 'play on'. The hosts settled well but struggled for creativity in the early stages as Everton again went close when Christopher Long shot straight at Jake Larkins following Tyias Browning's probing run. Larkins was called into action again a minute later, using his legs to block Duffy's volley from a Matthew Kennedy free-kick. As the game opened up, the home side went close when Lee burst forward and unleashed a powerful shot on goal that Taudel was unable to hold. The final chance of the half was arguably the best as West Ham centre-back Eoin Wearen was denied a superb headed goal from Matthias Fanimo's corner by the fingertips of Poland Under-17 international goalkeeper Taudel.

The first chance of the second-half came in the 56th minute and in controversial fashion as Wearen was arguably fouled in the build up. As the Irishman lay on the floor, captain Driver's attempt to play the ball back to Larkins fell short and allowed Apostolos Vellios in one-on-one, but the Greek forward fired wide. Wearen was in the thick of it at the other end eight minutes later, sending a beautiful cross-field ball to Fanimo. He found Lee, who tee-up Sebastien Lletget, but the American's shot was blocked. One minute later, Fanimo almost scored directly from a corner as Pennington inadvertently cleared the ball off the line with his back. The Hammers finally took the lead after 69 minutes when Turgott's cross from a short corner found Lee, whose flicked header sailed into the top corner, much to the delight of the home fans among the 308-strong crowd. Ten minutes from time the Hammers almost sealed it when McCallum brought the ball down and found George Moncur, but Taudel was able to repel the midfielder's fierce strike. There was still time for plenty of late drama. First, with four minutes remaining, Everton went for broke and were almost rewarded when left-back Ibou Touray's 40-yard wind-assisted pile-driver flew inches past the post. Then, in the first minute of added-time, victory was almost snatched from Ian Hendon's side when Vellios' flick from Tyias Browning's cross bounced off the inside of the far post and into the hands of a grateful Larkins.

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Into the second period and the lively Lee shot wide before England Under-19 forward doubled Reading's lead at the second attempt on 56 minutes after his initial attempt had been kept out. Having gone two goals clear, the Royals upped the pressure on their young opponents, with Dominic Samuel shooting wide, Le Fondre seeing another shot cleared off the line and Obita being denied by Larkins. Pearce then had a goal disallowed before former Rotherham United striker Le Fondre completed the scoring in the final minute, heading home an inch-perfect cross from Harte at the far post. Hendon's side remain top of the Group 1 table, but will now seek to re-group before they travel to second-place Arsenal for their next league fixture on Friday 9 November.

ARSENAL : Barclays Under-21 Premier League (Behind Closed Doors)

London Colney

2 - 1 (Hall, McCallum)

9 November 2012

Spiegel

Driver

Wearen (Ruddock)

Potts

Shaw

Turgott

Moncur

Lletget

Fanimo

Hall (Powell)

McCallum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Ham United Development Squad took a giant stride towards the Barclays U21 Premier League Elite Group Stage by winning 2-1 at London Colney. Goals at either end of the second half from Rob Hall and Paul McCallum helped the Hammers to complete a Group 1 double over the Gunners, stretching their lead at the top of the table to five points. With three matches remaining, Ian Hendon's side are nine points ahead of third-place Norwich City, who have a game in-hand. One more victory should secure a place in the post-Christmas Elite Group Stage, where West Ham could come up against the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Liverpool. Hendon said: "It was almost a mirror-image of the first-team match in the Barclays Premier League in that they had plenty of possession and we looked to hit them on the counter-attack. Thankfully, we were able to hold out after they equalised and we got the win at the end. "We scored our goals at good times - just after half-time and with a few minutes to go. We should also have had a penalty when Blair Turgott was brought down in the box. We've beaten Arsenal home and away now, which is a great achievement at any level. "We are virtually assured of our place in the Elite Group Stage now.

West Ham started the game well, hitting the post after just five minutes when centre-back Eoin Wearen headed Blair Turgott's free-kick against the upright. Irishman Wearen was later forced off with a knee injury midway through the opening period, with Pelly Ruddock replacing him. Arsenal came back into things as the half wore on, but wasteful finishing from Chuba Akpom and Kris Olsson meant the match remained goalless. It took just a few seconds of the second period for that to change, however, as Hall took the ball from the kick-off and slalomed his way through the Gunners before planting his shot past Poland international goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and into the net to put the visitors in front. Unsurprisingly, the Gunners reacted to falling behind by putting pressure on their opponents. Akpom and Thomas Eisfled both forced Raphael Spiegel into making smart saves, but the Switzerland Under-20 goalkeeper could do nothing to stop Serge Gnabry from levelling matters with 12 minutes remaining. It looked as if both sides would have to settle for a draw as the game entered its final stages, particularly when Hall's free-kick curled narrowly wide of the post. The England Under-19 forward was replaced seconds later and it was his replacement, midfielder Jack Powell, whose own set piece led to the winner. Powell's corner was met by Sebastian Lletget, whose shot was deflected onto the crossbar. McCallum reacted quickest to convert his fifth goal of the season.

West Ham played out time to record their eighth victory in eleven attempts this term. Hendon's side have 25 points, with second-place Arsenal on 20, Norwich on 16 and Reading on 15. A top-two finish would definitely take the Hammers through to the Elite Group Stage, while they should also qualify as one of the two best third-place teams, regardless of how their final three fixtures pan out.

12_11_09 Arsenal v. WHU Unofficial Arsenal TC2

George Armstrong Memorial Pitch

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Rush Green Stadium

1 - 0 (McCallum)

16 November 2012

Baxter

Driver

Potts

Moncur

Ruddock

Spence

Turgott

Lletget

McCallum

Fanimo

Hall

 

12_11_16 WHU v. WBA Unofficial

West Ham United's Development Squad clinched their place in the Barclays U21 Premier League Elite Group Stage by defeating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at Rush Green Stadium. The Hammers won for the ninth time in 12 Group 1 fixtures courtesy of another late show from striker Paul McCallum, who followed up his late winner at Arsenal on 9 November with another last-gasp goal. On Friday, he forward bundled home Rob Hall's free-kick with four minutes remaining to ensure Ian Hendon's side will finish in the top two in Group 1. McCallum has now scored six goals in eleven Barclays U21 Premier League appearances this season. The centre forward's intervention came at the end of a game of missed chances. The Baggies started strongly, with Adil Nabi causing havoc on the left wing, but it was the hosts who created their first real opening on 12 minutes. Blair Turgott, who performed extremely well on the night, drove down the right before finding Matthias Fanimo but his drilled shot was blocked away to safety. Hall was next to test the opposition defence, but his darting run was brought to an abrupt halt by Liam O'Neill, who scythed down the forward 20 yards from goal. From the resulting free-kick many in the stands thought Hall had opened the scoring, but the ripple of the net was his curling effort brushing the side-netting. West Ham had the ball in the net on 21 minutes, but McCallum was denied by an offside decision after a fine through ball from Sebastian Lletget. West Brom were also left frustrated by the assistant referee's flag shortly before half-time, when Nabi was denied a goal due to another offside call. The Hammers came out for the second half firing on all cylinders but McCallum and then Fanimo were both denied by goalkeeper Shane Lewis. The Baggies stopper was again the hero after 62 minutes when Turgott found himself one-on-one, but Lewis came out on top once more.

With the game seemingly meandering towards a goal-less conclusion, midfielder George Moncur sparked his side to life in the final ten minutes, creating a succession of half-chances and shooting narrowly wide himself. Then, with just four minutes remaining, Hall swung in an inviting free-kick that McCallum was able to bundle home from close-range, much to the delight of his team-mates and the 300-plus supporters in attendance. The victory put West Ham eight points clear of second-place Arsenal and 12 ahead of Reading and Norwich City in third and fourth and guaranteed their passage to the Elite Group Stage. There, Hendon's side will face the best U21 sides from across the country, including potential meetings with Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United.

12_11_16 WHU v. WBA

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Rush Green Stadium

0 - 1

30th November 2012

Baxter

Driver

Potts

Hunt

Lee K.

Ruddock

Sadlier

Marlow (Homans)

Lee E.

Shaw

Powell

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NORWICH CITY : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Norfolk FA (Colney Training Ground)

3 - 1 (Mavila)

17 December 2012

Larkins

Driver

Shaw

Spence

Ruddock

Moncur

Lletget

Nasha (Bywater)

Paulista

Lee

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A youthful Development Squad battled hard but still lost out 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers in their final home Barclays U21 Premier League Group 1 match at Rush Green. The Hammers had already been crowed champions after West Bromwich Albion beat Arsenal last weekend and, despite the result, the youngsters did well. Elliot Lee and Frazer Shaw were particularly impressive but Hendon's side were undone by a spectacular free-kick from Diogo Rosado after 77 minutes. The first real chance of the half fell to Lee but, after getting in behind the Rovers back line, he took too long and Nuno Enrique was able to block his goal-bound effort. The visitors were next to threaten when Raheem Hanley charged through the Hammers' midfield and played a neat one-two with Rosado, but the defender had strayed inches offside. After a fairly drab spell in which neither side wanted to commit, Rovers almost took the lead when Tim Payne's shot grazed the post. In a half of few chances the onus was on one individual to provide a bit of magic and ten minutes before half-time Jack Powell almost provided it. The midfielder showed sublime technique to take the ball down before finding Shaw out wide. Shaw crossed back to the midfielder but his flying volley was straight at goalkeeper Greg Sandomierski. Osayamen Osawe had a golden chance on 40 minutes but his header failed to test Sam Baxter who watched it drift high and wide. Just one minute later the visitors were on the back foot, Shaw found Lee, who drove past three defenders before shooting low, but Sandomierski was able to gather at the second attempt. The first chance of the second half fell to the visitors and it was Osawe again who threatened, but he was again unable to hit the target, dragging his shot wide from 20 yards. With 52 minutes gone Hendon's side should have taken the lead. Declan Hunt sent a superb cross into the box but Kenzer Lee's free header was straight at Sandomierski. Shaw and Elliot Lee continued to strike up a good partnership within the game and it almost provided a goal but after good work from Lee, he was again denied by Sandomierski. As the game continued to ebb and flow, Rovers had a fantastic chance of their own but Dan Potts somehow managed to block Osawe's shot off the line. Three minutes later the visitors took the lead in spectacular fashion as Rosado lashed a free-kick past Sam Baxter 30-yards out level with box. The young Hammers came back strong and should arguably have had a penalty awarded for a foul in added time, but the referee waved play on.

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West Ham United Development Squad ended their title-winning Barclays U21 Premier League Group 1 fixture list with a 3-1 defeat at Norwich City. With Nick Haycock in charge for the first time since his promotion from Under-18s coach last week, the Hammers were edged out at the Canaries' Colney Training Ground. While the defeat marked a low-key end to the opening half of the campaign, it was tempered by the welcome sight of Jack Collison making his first appearance of 2012/13. As planned, the midfielder played the opening 45 minutes before being substituted. The Wales international, who has been dealing with a knee problem, was to the fore in much of West Ham's best moves in the first half, setting up one shooting chance for Sebastian Lletget before heading Nathan Mavila's cross narrowly wide himself.Norwich rode out the early Hammers storm, however, and took the lead through Tottenham Hotspur loanee Harry Kane on 25 minutes. The 19-year-old, who made his first-team debut for the Canaries against West Ham in September, finished a move that also involved Josh Murphy and Jamar Loza.Collison was replaced by second-year scholar Taylor Miles at half-time, but it would not be long before Norwich doubled their advantage. Pelly Ruddock upended Kane inside the penalty area and Olumide Durojaiye converted the resulting spot-kick.West Ham battled on gamely and won a penalty of their own ten minutes into the second period when Adel Gafaiti brought down Mavila. However, captain Jordan Spence was denied by Norwich goalkeeper Remi Matthews and, just 60 seconds later, Murphy fed Kane to make it 3-0.To the Hammers' credit, they did not give up and Haycock's youngsters were rewarded with a consolation goal on 85 minutes. First-year scholar Mavila, who impressed in last week's FA Youth Cup third-round win at Aldershot Town, capped another promising display by netting a direct free-kick.There was still time for Loza to hit the underside of the crossbar for the hosts as Norwich secured a victory that saw them finish in sixth place. West Ham, meanwhile, ended the pre-Christmas campaign four points clear at the top of the Group 1 table and will now prepare for the Elite Group Stage.

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