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Development Coach : Steve Potts
FULHAM : Barclays Under-18 Premier League
The competition will take a similar format to last season, with our players taking part in the Southern Division between August and February before the Southern and Northern sections are split up into smaller pools based on league positions for the closing months of the season.
1 - 3 (Dobson)
8 August 2015
Summer signing George Dobson opened his account for West Ham United U18s, but could not prevent the Hammers from falling to a 3-1 Barclays U18 Premier League defeat at Fulham. The hosts made the perfect start at Motspur Park when Aron Davies found space to fire home after 11 minutes, before former Arsenal midfielder Dobson levelled matters after Jahmal Hector-Ingram had hit a post. The visitors might have completed the turnaround midway through the half, but Joe Powell saw his spot-kick saved by Fulham keeper Jake Soutter. The Cottagers made the most of their reprieve after the break, with frontman Joshua Walker and full-back Ryheem Sheckleford firing the hosts to an opening-day win.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Barclays Under-18 Premier League
1 - 1 (Sylvestre)
15 August 2015
After last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Fulham, the Hammers got off to the best of starts against Spurs when winger Oscar Borg poked home from Noha Sylvestre’s headed pass. In the second half, one misplaced pass during a West Ham attacking move allowed Spurs to counter and punish their hosts, with Kazatah Sterling confidently burying the ball past the onrushing Sam Howes.
NORWICH CITY : Barclays Under-18 Premier League
Colney Training Centre
1 - 3 (Rice)
22 August 2015
Browne (Longelo) (Lewis)
West Ham United's youngsters came up short as they went down to a 3-1 Barclays U18 Premier League Division Two defeat at Norwich City's Colney Training Centre. Declan Rice scored for the Hammers, but his fine finish was no more than a consolation as Norwich were three goals clear at the time of his 81st-minute strike. Todd Cantwell had put the Canaries into a tenth-minute lead when he took advantage of some loose defending to fire a rising shot into the top right-hand corner. Another defensive slip allowed Benny Ashley-Seal to race clear from just inside the West Ham half before converting confidently with his right foot four minutes before half-time. A sweeping passing move down the Norwich right ended with winger Jamal Lewis cutting inside and sending a shot high inside the near post, giving goalkeeper Tim Brown no chance to make it 3-0 with just over 20 minutes remaining. West Ham kept plugging away and were rewarded when Oscar Borg curled a free-kick to the far post, where a sliding Rice smashed the ball high into the net.
The U18s have a free weekend coming up, so the squad will travel to the Netherlands to take on AZ Alkmaar and Groningen in a pair of challenge matches.