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2015-16 Barclays Under-21 Premier League - Divison 2

Development Coach : Terry Westley

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

The West Ham United Development Squad are competing in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division Two during the 2015/16 season. The Hammers will compete in the competition's Second Division after being relegated at the end of last season, playing home and away against eleven opponents.

 

All home games are scheduled to be played at Rush Green, but a minimum of three fixtures will be selected to play at the Boleyn Ground. There is a new format for Clubs playing in Division 2 this season. A play-off will now take place for teams finishing in second to fifth place to determine the second promotion spot into Division One.

Tamworth FC

1 - 2 (Lee)

17 August 2015

15_08_17 WBA v. WHU Under21

Academy Manager Terry Westley spoke of his disbelief at the Development Squad’s 2-1 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion.

In a match where the Hammers were on top for large swathes of the game, it was the Baggies who came away with the points.

Having started brightly, early chances fell to Elliot Lee and Manuel Lanzini yet it was the hosts who took the lead as Adil Nadi’s free-kick on the edge of the box beat Tim Brown.

After the break the Hammers regrouped through Lee’s close range header however, against the run of play, substitute Kyle Howkins popped up in the six-yard box to role the ball home in the 89th minute.

Brown T.

Knoyle

Henrie (Mavila)

Poyet

Chambers

Burke

Samuelsen (Brown J.)

Cullen

Lee

Lanzini (Hector-Ingram)

Parfitt-Williams

ASTON VILLA : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Rush Green

1 - 2 (Lanzini)

24 August 2015

Howes

Westley (Akinola)

Henrie

Dobson (Nasha)

Knoyle

Onariase

Rowe (Mavila)

Cullen

Lee

Lanzini

Samuelsen

Academy manager Terry Westley described his disappointment at the Development Squad’s performance during their 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Monday 24 August. On a wet night at Rush Green, the Villans took all three points thanks to a Jerrel Sellars penalty and captain Jordan Lyden’s late finish. Manuel Lanzini netted for the hosts just before half time following superb pressure from Elliot Lee but the Irons had little by way of many other chances.

 

ARSENAL : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Emirates Stadium

0 - 5

28 August 2015

Howes

Knoyle

Chambers

Onariase

Hendrie

Nasha (Rice)

Dobson

Browne

Parfitt-Williams (Gordon)

Rowe (Mavila)

Brown J.

15_08_24 WHU v. Aston Villa ticket 15_08_24 WHU v. Aston Villa Under21 15_08_28 Arsenal v. WHU

Under the lights at the iconic ground, hosts Arsenal ran out 5-0 winners thanks to a brace from Stephy Mavididi and a goal apiece for Kaylen Hinds, Glen Kamara and Ben Sheaf. Despite the emphatic score line, the young Irons started the game on the front foot. Ex-Arsenal striker Jordan Brown came close to breaking the deadlock after just three minutes yet his effort was well saved by Matt Macey.

 

However it was the hosts who drew blood first as Kaylen Hinds fired home after a rebound fell kindly at the forward’s feet. Just moments later, the Gunners doubled their advantage as Stephy Mavivididi was on in the right place at the right time after Howes made a great save to deny Hinds yet the ball loops high in the six yard box. Mavididi jumps highest to head home from close range. It was this quick-fire double that was the turning point, two sloppy goals in two minutes and it was game over as the Arsenal proved too silky and exploited their home advantage to the full.

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Ewood Park

3 - 4 (Cullen, Knoyles, Parfitt-Williams)

14 September 2015

Brown T.

Knoyle

Hendrie

Dobson

Henry (Pask)

Onariase

Samuelsen

Cullen

Lee

Browne (Nasha)

Parfitt-Williams

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Brown, Samuelsen [pen])

21 September 2015

Spiegel

Knoyle

Hendrie

Dobson

Chambers

Onariase

Parfitt-Williams (Nasha)

Browne

Brown (Belic)

Samuelsen

Antonio (Page)

In a frantic match at Ewood Park, the Development Squad were edged out in a seven goal thriller by Blackburn Rovers. Terry Westley named a strong squad which made the journey to Lancashire. Seven of the starting eleven have been involved in first team action this season, including Canadian centre-back Doneil Henry, playing 45 minutes in his return to action following injury. The young Hammers got off to a fantastic start as right-back Kyle Knoyle netted a stunning strike from the edge of the box after ten minutes, however Rovers equalised shortly after as Devarn Green raced away from his man and tucked his effort away confidently. In a game that was full of chances, its ebb and flow never ceased, the Hammers retook the lead through forward Djair Parfitt-Williams’ first goal of the season. His deflected effort gave the Irons a slender half-time lead. Shortly after the break, the momentum shifted again in favour of the hosts. Anton Forrester’s fine finish levelled things before Hammers’ captain Josh Cullen despatched an exquisite free-kick which gave Rovers’ goalkeeper Simon Eastwood little hope of saving. With little under half an hour to play, the Hammers looked set to record their first win of the season however Connor Mahoney had different ideas. His superb solo effort on 79 minutes set up a grandstand finish. The Hammers had chances to wrap the game up once and for all, however it was Mahoney, the England youth international who popped up in the 83rd minute with a fierce finish to seal the three points for the hosts.

STOKE CITY : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Macclesfield Town

1 - 2 (Lee)

26 September 2015

Howes

Knoyle

Page

Dobson

Chambers

Oxford (Onariase)

Parfitt-Williams (Brown)

Cullen

Lee

Browne (Makasi)

Samuelsen

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Rush Green

4 - 0 (Browne, Onariase, Samuelsen [pen], Valencia)

19 October 2015

Spiegel

Knoyle

Hendrie

Obiang (Dobson)

Onariase

Oxford (Pike)

Samuelsen

Cullen

Lee

Parfitt-Williams

Valencia (Browne)

FULHAM : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Upton Park

0 - 2

26 October 2015

Spiegel

O'Brien (Pike)

Page

Dobson

Knoyle

Akinola

Parfitt-Williams (Nasha)

Cullen

Browne

Samuelsen

Diangana (Makasi)

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

American Express Elite Centre

2 - 1 (Cullen, Samuelsen)

2 November 2015

Howes

Pike

Page

Dobson

Rice

Hendrie

Parfitt-Williams (Makasi)

Cullen

Kanu (Gordon)

Browne (Nasha)

Samuelsen

DERBY COUNTY : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Rush Green

3 - 2 (Lee 2, Cullen)

23 November 2015

Spiegel

Knoyle

Oxford (Pike)

Chambers (Onariase)

Page

Makasi

Cullen

Browne

Hendrie (Nasha)

Parfitt-Williams

Lee

SWANSEA CITY : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Landore Training Ground

1 -0 (Brown)

30 November 2015

Howes

Pike

Neufville (Page)

Nasha

Onariase

Hendrie

Sylvestre

Makasi

Brown

Belic (Knoyle)

Mavila

EXETER CITY : Premier League Cup

St James' Park

4 - 0 (Gordon 2, Makasi, Parfitt-Williams)

2 December 2015

Howes

Knoyle

Page

Dobson

Chambers

Oxford (Onariase)

Diangana (Brown)

Cullen

Gordon

Browne (Makasi)

Parfitt-Williams

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Rush Green

2 - 1 (Gordon, Samuelsen)

7 December 2015

Howes

Knoyle

Page

Dobson

Chambers

Oxford

Parfitt-Williams

Cullen

Gordon (Browne)

Browne

Samuelsen

ARSENAL : Under-21 Premier League - Division 2

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Pike)

12 December 2015

Spiegel

Knoyle

Hendrie

Oxford

Page

Pike (Scully)

Makasi

Cullen

Obiang

Parfitt-Williams (Nasha)

Gordon (Brown)

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

15_09_14 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU

Academy Director Terry Westley said his side must make the most of the chances they create as another bright performance went unrewarded.

The young Hammers picked up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, however it took a 90th minute Martin Samuelsen penalty to salvage the game in which the Irons started strongly.

In front of a busy strong home following, one of the biggest in recent memory, Westley’s side flew out of the traps and deservedly took the lead after just four minutes as Jordan Brown finished coolly to net his first goal of the season.

15_09_21 WHU v. Newcastle United 15_09_26 Stoke City v. WHU Under21 15_10_19 WHU v. Wolves 15_10_26 WHU v. Fulham U21

Academy manager Terry Westley described his disappointment as the young Hammers lost 2-0 at the hands of Fulham under the lights at the Boleyn on Monday evening.

Despite enjoying the majority of possession as well as chances, the Dev Squad came undone as Jordan Evans rifled home a long-range free-kick before Dean O’Halloran doubled the Cottagers’ lead in the second half.

Reflecting on the game, Westley surmised: “That’s probably the most disappointing I’ve been with all of our game. We’ve had 12 corners, dominated possession and I dread to think how many passes we made, it must have been well over 500.

15_11_02 Brighton & Hove Albion v. WHU 15_11_23 WHU v. Derby County U21 15_11_30 Swansea City v. WHU U21 15_12_02 Eveter City v. WHU U21 Cup 15_12_07 WHU v. WBA Under21 15_12_14 WHU v. Arsenal Under21 15_10_26 WHU v. Fulham ticket

The West Ham United Development Squad slipped to a 2-1 defeat away to Stoke City. The Hammers took the lead thanks to Elliot Lee’s second goal of the season however the Potters remained resolute and turned the game round with two second half goals. Striker Dominic Telford equalised from the penalty spot shortly after the hour mark before substitute Yusuf Oban netted the winner with just nine minutes remaining. The win takes the hosts to eighth in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division Two, while the Hammers are still looking for their win of the season.

Academy manager Terry Westley praised the team spirit within the U21s as they recorded their first win of the season in emphatic style with a 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers U21.

Enner Valencia opened the scoring in the first half with a neatly taken poked finish before second half goals from Manny Onariase, Marcus Browne and Martin Samuelsen completed the rout.

Speaking after the game, Westley reflected: “It’s good to get that monkey off our backs for sure. Seven games without a win would have been very tough.

“We had a strong team with the two boys from the first team in the first half. Credit to them with the way they played the game, they took it seriously and properly committed to it. Enner scored a great goal to give us the lead.”

As planned, Valencia and Pedro Obiang played the first 45 minutes before being replaced by youngster Marcus Browne and George Dobson, both of whom Westley signed out for praise: “It was a real team effort, and that includes the two subs George Dobson and Marcus Browne who did well off the bench.

Academy Manager Terry Westley praised his side for the manner in which they overcame top-of-the-table Derby County 3-2 at Rush Green.

Westley’s side started the game the stronger and secured a valuable three points thanks to an Elliot Lee brace and a second goal in as many games for Josh Cullen.

Reflecting on a determined performance, Westley surmised: “It was a good performance and a good result. In terms of getting three points that was the most pleasing result we’ve had all season, because it was a proper match.

Some people will tell you that U21 football isn’t competitive, well that certainly was. I’ve watched a lot of League One football this season, from the first to the 95th minute that was a proper competition game. That was up there with anything I’ve seen in League One.”

Following the Development Squad’s 2-1 win away at Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday night, Academy director Terry Westley reflected on a good well done.

From start to finish, the young Hammers gave their all and they were rewarded, in what was one of their best performances in recent memory, with all three points.

Speaking after the game, Westley spoke of his pride at such a commanding display: “I’m pleased with the way we played, take away the win, whatever the result tonight, it’s about how you play, how you go about the job of preparing them for senior football. Tonight, we did all of that, and we won the game, so that’s an added bonus.