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2017-18 Premier League Under-18 (South Division)

Development Coach : Steve Potts

The competition will take a similar format to previous seasons, 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.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Premier League Under-18

Matrevics

Ngakia

Mingi

Wells

Hannam

Henry

Belic (Costinantinou)

Hamilton (Longelo E.)

Rosa

Londelo R.

Adarkwa

 

Amex Elite Performance Centre

1 - 3 (Henry)

12 August 2017

SOUTHAMPTON : Premier League Under-18

Matrevics

Ngakia

Mingi

Wells

Hannam

Henry

Belic (Costinantinou)

Hamilton (Longelo E.)

Rosa

Longelo R.

Adarkwa

 

Little Heath

1 - 3 (Henry)

12 August 2017

West Ham United's U18s new league campaign opened with defeat as the Irons fell to a 3-1 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion. Confusion and bad fortune for the back-line allowed the home side to storm into an early lead with Brighton two goals ahead within 15 minutes. Korrey Henry gave West Ham hope early in the second period with a headed finish, having hit the woodwork just before the break. But defeat for the Irons was secured in the 79th minute as Brighton netted their third.

17_08_19 WHU v. Southampton Unofficial

The Hammers endured their second defeat of the campaign, having also fallen to Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 in their first game. The U18s found themselves 2-0 down at half-time as a lucky deflection inside the Irons’ penalty area and a defensive slip allowed the Saints a healthy advantage. And West Ham’s defeat was confirmed late in the contest as Southampton caught the Hammers on the counter-attack, earning a penalty which they subsequently converted.

ARSENAL : Premier League Under-18

Matrevics

Greenidge

Hannam

Coventry

Belic

Wells

Ngakia (Longelo E.)

Watson (Dalip)

Henry

Rosa (Diallo)

Longelo R.

 

London Colney

1 - 6 (Henry)

26 August 2017

17_08_12 Brighton & Hove Albion v. WHU Unofficial 17_08_26 Arsenal v. WHU Unofficial

SWANSEA CITY : Premier League Under-18

Matrevics

Johnson (Caiger)

Hannam

Coventry

Mingi

Wells

Ngakia (Diallo)

Watson (Longelo E.)

Henry

Rosa

Longelo R.

 

 

Little Heath

1 - 2 (Longelo R.)

9 September 2017

West Ham United U18s suffered another disappointing result on Saturday with a 2-1 home loss to Swansea City.

A headed effort from a corner and a well-placed through ball and finish saw the Hammers go two goals down inside 13 minutes.

Rosaire Longelo got West Ham back into the contest midway through the first period with a long-range strike.

But despite being the better team in the second period the Hammers were unable to find the crucial equalising goal against the Swans, who also saw a penalty saved late in the game.

The loss leaves the U18s without a win this season, although captain Ben Wells was happy to see an improved performance from the side.

LEICESTER CITY : Premier League Under-18

Matrevics

Ngakia

Hannam (Hamilton)

Coventry

Mingi

Wells

Rosa

Lewis (Constantinou)

Henry

Watson (Adarkwa)

Longelo R.

 

 

Belvoir Drive Training Ground

1 - 2 (Henry)

23 September 2017

17_09_09 WHU v. Swansea City Unofficial

NORWICH CITY : Premier League Under-18

Matrevics

Caiger

Longelo R.

Wells

Okotcha

Henry

Ngakia (Watson)

Coventry

Constantino (Hamilton)

Lewis

Rosa (Longelo E.)

 

Little Heath

1 - 1 (Henry)

30 September 2017

17_09_23 Leicester City v. WHU Unofficial

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Premier League Under-18

Matrevics

Ngakia

Okotcha

Wells

Longelo R.

Mingi (Watson)

Johnson

El Mhassani (Dalipi)

Rosa

Trialist (Adarkwa)

Longelo E.

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground

1 - 3 (Rosa)

14 October 2017

17_09_30 WHU v. Norwich City Unofficial 17_09_16 Sunderland v. WHU U18 Cup

SUNDERLAND : Premier League Cup (Group D)

Matrevics

Caiger (El Mhassani)

Hannam

Coventry

Mingi

Wells

Ngakia

Rosa (Watson)

Henry

Longelo E. (Dalipi)

Longelo R.

 

 

Academy of Light

2 - 3 (Henry, Watson)

16 September 2017

Goals from Korrey Henry and substitute Louie Watson couldn't prevent the Hammers' north east opponents coming out on top, though the visitors pushed hard in the final 15 minutes for an equaliser that never came.

It took 40 minutes for Sunderland to break the deadlock, but they did so when Scottish striker Lee Connelly rose highest in the box to nod the hosts in front.

In the second half, Black Cats keeper Patterson failed to hold Henry's rasping effort and the Hammers were level, however soon after, Connelly grabbed his second to frustrate West Ham.

Three minutes later, the forward had his hat-trick, rounding Rihards Matrevics in the West Ham goal to give Sunderland a two-goal advantage.

Sub Watson came on to set up a grand-stand finish, but Sunderland held on to take the points.

Korrey Henry’s late equaliser secured a first U18 Premier League point of the season against Norwich City.

The 17-year-old midfielder, who recently revealed that Michail Antonio has been mentoring him this season, popped up with just moments remaining to snatch a deserved 1-1 draw for his West Ham United side.

Henry, who has now scored three of the Hammers’ five league goals this season, levelled after Anthony Spyrou’s 74th-minute goal appeared to have put the Canaries on course for victory at Little Heath.

“I was at the game and, as has been the case in all our previous games bar our defeat at Arsenal in August, we were in the game, controlled possession but did not have a cutting edge,” said Academy Director Terry Westley.

“It was a similar story on Saturday and when we went a goal down late on, it felt like a case of ‘here we go again’ and that it was going to be another one of those days, but we kept going and got the equaliser right at the end through Korrey Henry, securing our first point of the season.”

Westley was an interested spectator as Steve Potts’ side showed admirable fighting qualities to grab a point, particularly as the starting XI was sprinkled with schoolboys playing alongside and against full-time scholars.

“It was encouraging to see U16 players like our right-back Sam Caiger and centre-back Josh Okotcha complete the whole match and acquit themselves very well against more experienced opponents,” he confirmed. “It was also nice to see Alfie Lewis continue his comeback from injury and Conor Coventry controlling the midfield.”

“With U18 football, you have to look past the result and consider what we are trying to do, which is develop players.

“We have been very good with the ball this season, as we were again on Saturday, and now it is about finding that cutting edge on the pitch which we have been missing previously.”

The Hammers got off to the worst possible start when Folarin Balogun slotted home from just inside the box to put Arsenal a goal up after just one minute. In the 12th minute, West Ham got back into the game through Korrey Henry, who beat the on rushing keeper to finish well, a moment which turned out to be the only real highlight for West Ham in a disappointing first half. Despite Rihards Matrevics’ heroics in goal preventing several Arsenal attacks with one-on-one saves, his resolve was finally breached on 20 minutes through Emile Smith-Rowe. Six minutes later, Smith-Rowe was on hand to take full advantage of a brilliant bit of refereeing to use the advantage and make it 3-1.

The half time team talk seemed to work as West Ham started the second half brightly with a lot more energy and self belief. On 47 minutes, West Ham should have been back in the game after a good delivery from Rosaire Longelo led to a scramble and the ball fell to both Henry and Ngakia. Both the forward’s efforts were blocked, however. Three minutes later, Henry had a driven shot tipped wide by Virginia in the Arsenal goal. Then the ultimate blow came for the visitors, as on 54 minutes, a goalline clearance bounced out to Medley who headed home to make it 4-1. Within two minutes, Louie Watson was adjudged to have fouled Burton in the box and Smith-Rowe had no hesitation in grabbing the ball and despite Matrevics getting a hand to the strike, it wasn’t enough to stop Smith-Rowe grabbing his hat-trick. With nine minutes remaining Arsenal finished the scoring when Medley again headed home from a Burton free kick 6-1.

West Ham United travelled to unbeaten Leicester City on Saturday without a win in Premier League U18 South and were again on the losing side.

Steve Potts and Mark Phillips' side have struggled this campaign and they could not turn their fortunes around in the midlands as they were beaten 2-1.

A late Korrey Henry strike halved the deficit after City had given themselves a two-goal advantage, but it was too-little, too-late for the Hammers who find themselves at the bottom of the table alongside Reading.

Tyrese Shade gave Leicester the lead on the stroke of half time as he was set up by Connor Tee, while the midfielder was on hand to grab another assist 18 minutes from time to allow Lukas Husek to score.

Henry grabbed a third of the campaign with four minutes left but it was a fifth defeat in five league games for the Hammers as the referee's final whistle sounded.

READING : Premier League Under-18

Matrevics

Ngakia

Longelo R.

Wells

Okotcha

Henry

El Mhassani

Mingi

Longelo E. (Constantino)

Rosa

Adarkwa

 

Little Heath

1 - 0 ( [og] Desbois)

30 September 2017

17_10_21 WHU v. Reading Unofficial

A second half Bernardo Rosa goal clawed Mark Phillips and Steve Potts’ side back into the game after they had fallen two goals behind, but Spurs added a third to put the result beyond any doubt.

The Hammers’ trialist on the right-hand-side was lively early on, testing home keeper Jonathan De Bie from range however it was Scott Parker’s men who took the lead. Jeremie Mukundie was the architect, crossing to forward Reo Griffiths who scored his first of two 28 minutes into the tie. Summer signing Anouar El Mhassani went close soon after for the Hammers, smashing the post as he looked for his first goal in a West Ham shirt. Shortly before the break, Spurs also hit the woodwork as Paris Maghoma struck the upright fron a free-kick, however the lead was doubled seven minutes into the second half.

It was Griffiths again on target, sending Rihards Matrevics in goal the wrong way with a deflected shot which wrong-footed the giant Latvian.

Rosa scored with 19 minutes left on the clock to reduce the deficit to just one goal. The attacker, closing down the Spurs defence, stole possession and went on to fire past De Bie in goal and make it 2-1.

But the with the visitors pressing, Spurs saw that the points were theirs just minutes later.

Defender Moroyin was this time the scorer, volleying past Matrevics from 12 yards to give Tottenham a first win in three.

LIVERPOOL : Premier League Cup (Group D)

Trialist

Dalipi (Spyrides)

Okotcha

Wells

Longelo R.

Rosa

Mingi

Ngakia

Chesters

Adarkwa (El Mhassani)

Longelo E. (Hamilton)

 

 

Little Heath

0 - 6

4 November 2017

17_11_04 WHU v. LIverpool U18 Cup

The Hammers took advantage of the windy conditions to snatch a 1-0 U18 Premier League Southern Division victory over Reading at Little Heath. Bernardo Rosa was the hosts’ first match-winner of 2017-18, when his corner was cleared back to him, and the Brazilian’s cross was caught by a gust of wind and flew into the top corner via the goalkeeper’s gloves.

Assistant manager Mark Phillips was delighted with the team’s application, both before and after Rosa’s goal, as they picked up three welcome points.

“The wind definitely made things difficult, and it wasn’t the most attractive of games, but we worked harder than them and deserved the victory,” he said.

“To get our first win of the season is a massive boost for everyone in the dressing room, which had gone a bit flat in recent weeks, as you might expect. I made sure the lads played a bit of music before the game and it seemed to get them up for it.

West Ham United’s U18s had an afternoon to forget as they were beaten 6-0 by Liverpool in the U18 Premier League Cup. Mark Phillips and Steve Potts’ men began slowly but grew into the game and had the first shot in anger after nine minutes. Dan Chesters, making his first start for the U18s, was teed up on the edge of the box but could only curl a foot over the crossbar. The Reds broke the deadlock on the quarter of an hour mark. The Hammers’ trialist goalkeeper initially made a good save, however Glen McAuley was able to tap home the rebound.

It was two just 14 minutes later, when this time Rafael Camacho was the scorer. The winger, played through by quick-thinking left-back Edward Tagsety, checked back onto his right foot and curled into the far corner. Steven Gerrard’s men punished West Ham with ten minutes remaining in the first half, as the visitors’ well-worked corner resulted in a tap-in for defender Tom Clayton.

After the break, things went from bad to worse for the hosts when Camacho bagged his second with a well-placed free-kick from 20 yards.

It was well and truly game over three minutes later when Curtis Jones found the net from McAuley’s centre. A sixth for Liverpool came on 73 minutes, as substitute Liam Millar fired in at the near post having gone past Jeremy Ngakia. The Hammers’ best chance of the game, though the game was already out of reach, came with 12 minutes remaining on the clock when Rosa was slipped through, but the Brazilian’s effort was blocked by the keeper.

ASTON VILLA : Premier League Under-18

Trialist

Greenidge

Wells

Okotcha

Longelo R.

Mingi (Dalipi)

Chesters (Hamilton)

Adarkwa

Rosa

El Mhassani (Appiah-Forson)

Ngakia

 

 

 

Bodymoor Heath

1 - 0 (El Mhassani)

18 November 2017

17_11_25 Chelsea v. WHU Unofficial

CHELSEA : Premier League Under-18

Biddle

Appiah-Forson

Hannam (Favier)

Okotcha

Dalipi

Ashby

Longelo E.

Lewis (Diallo)

Adarkwa

Rosa (Kileba)

El Mhassani

 

Cobham

0 - 7

25 November 2017

FULHAM : Premier League Under-18

Biddle

Hannam

Okotcha

Ashby

Lewis

Wells

Mingi (Dalipi)

Rosa

Longelo R.

Longelo E. (Hamilton)

Adarkwa

Little Heath

2 - 2 (Longelo E., Longelo R.)

9 December 2017

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17_12_09 WHU v. Fulham Unofficial

BLACKPOOL : FA Youth Cup (Third Round)

Biddle

Johnson (Caiger)

Okotcha (Longelo E.)

Wells

Hannam

Coventry

Longelo R.

Quina

Lewis

Rosa

Adarkwa

Chigwell Contruction Stadium

0 - 1

15 December 2017

SOUTHAMPTON : Premier League Under-18

Matrevics

Hannam

Okotcha

Ashby

Wells

Belic

Mingi

El Mhassani (Parks)

Longelo R.

Longelo E. (Dalipi)

Adarkwa (Hamilton)

Staplewood

1 - 3 (El Mhassani)

6 January 2018

17_12_15 WHU v. Blackpool FAYC3

West Ham United’s U18s were eliminated at the third round stage of the FA Youth Cup on Friday night when Blackpool were 1-0 winners in Dagenham.

 

A goal from substitute Emil Jaaskelainen – son of former Hammers stopper Jussi – was enough to separate the two sides and the hosts crashed out of the competition in their first tie for the fifth season running.

 

There was a frantic finale at the Chigwell Construction Stadium in which included two penalties were awarded and a red card shown, but it was eventually a night that ended in disappointment for those in Claret and Blue.

MIDDLESBROUGH : Premier League Cup (Group D)

Jinadu

Dalipi

Okotcha

Wells (Ashby)

Hannam

Mingi

Rosa

Trialist (Hamilton)

Diallo

Adarkwa

Longelo E. (El Mhassani)

Rockcliffe Park

2 - 5 (Adarkwa, Wells)

13 January 2018

18_01_30 WHU v. Arsenal Unofficial

ARSENAL : Premier League Under-18

Jinadu

Barrett (Ashby)

Mingi

Diallo (Longelo E.)

Hannam

Watson

Belic

Okotcha

Adarkwa (Hamilton)

Baptiste

Rosa

Little Heath

1 - 5 (Rosa)

20 January 2018

SWANSEA CITY : Premier League Under-18

Jinadu

Hannam

Ngakia (Diallo)

Dalipi

Mingi

Watson (Parkes)

Okotcha

Belic

Lewis

Adarkwa

Rosa

Fairwoood Academy Complex

1 - 2 (Adarkwa)

3 February 2018

18_02_03 Swansea City v. WHU Unofficial

Already eliminated after being beaten by Liverpool and Sunderland in their opening two Group D fixtures, the Hammers were on the losing side again at Boro's Rockliffe Park Academy.

Ben Wells and Sean Adarkwa found the net for Steve Potts and Mark Phillips' side either side of half-time, but the visitors ultimately found their opponents too strong.

Despite their win, however, Middlesbrough were also eliminated as they too had lost to Liverpool and Sunderland previously.

West Ham United remain bottom of the U18 Premier League South table after a heavy home defeat by Arsenal at Rush Green.

The Hammers went into a shock early lead against the high-flying Gunners when Bernardo Rosa (pictured, above) put them in front with a toe-poked effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Arsenal leveled through Flo Balogun's equaliser, which beat trialist goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu, who then produced a fine save to deny the same player. Harry Clarke put the Gunners in front before Balogun bundled home a third goal just before half-time.

The home side valiantly attempted to get back into the game after half-time, but it was Arsenal who made the game safe, with Clarke heading in a fourth, before Armstrong Okoflex completed the scoring from Balogun's pass late on.

West Ham United ended the game with nine men as they fell to a 2-1 U18 Premier League Southern Division defeat at Swansea City.

Sean Adarkwa scored for the Hammers at the Swans' Fairwood Academy complex, but red cards were shown to Jay Mingi and Kristijan Belic as Steve Potts' youngsters were edged out in South Wales.

The home side, who themselves recorded a fourth consecutive league win, went ahead before half time through Mason Jones-Thomas' goal, and the same player doubled Swansea’s advantage minutes into the second half.

The Swans had limited West Ham’s chances for the most part but the visitors did hit back when striker Sean Adarkwa found space in front of goal to beat Alex Lang.

West Ham goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu made saves from Joe Lewis and Oli Cooper before frustrations boiled over before the final whistle. Cameron Evans was given his march orders for Swansea, while Mingi and Belic were sent-off for West Ham to compound a disappointing result.

LEICESTER CITY : Premier League Under-18

Sanneh

Ngakia

Hannam

Okotcha

Barrett (Dalipi)

Wells

Watson

Da Rosa

Adarkwa (Appiah-Forson)

Lewis (Spyrides)

Diallo

Little Heath

2 - 1 (Adarkwa, Lewis)

10 February 2018

18_02_10 WHU v. Leicester City Unofficial

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Premier League Under-18

Sanneh

Hannam

Wells

Alese

Ashby

Dalip

Barrett

Diallo

Rosa

Watson

Spyrides (Constantinou)

Little Heath

3 - 1 (Constantinou, Rose, Spyrides)

17 February 2018

18_02_17 WHU v. Brighton & Hove Albion Unofficial

NORWICH CITY : Premier League Under-18

Jinadu

Ashby

Hannam

Barrett

Alese

Wells

Watson (Fevrier)

Dalipi

Spyrides (Appiah-Forson)

Lewis

Rosa

Colney Training Centre

3 - 0 (Spyrides 2, Watson)

24 February 2018

18_03_28 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur Unofficial

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Premier League Under-18

Anang

Barrett

Mingi

Wells

Nkagia

Henry

Lewis

Longelo R.

Rosa

Watson (Adarkwa)

Spyrides (Wilson-Esbrand)

Little Heath

2 - 0 (Henry [pen], Spyrides)

3 March 2018

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READING : Premier League Under-18

Anang

Greenidge (Adarkwa)

Fevrier

Mingi

Alese

Wells

Watson (Dalipi)

Belic

Spyrides

Henry (Longelo E.)

Rosa

Hogwood Park

1 - 2 (Spyrides)

7 April 2018

CHELSEA : Premier League Under-18

Anang

Greenidge

Seurier

Barrett (Dalipi)

Alese

Wells

Watson

Belic

Spyridis (El Mhassani)

Mingi

Rosa (Ararkwa)

Little Heath

1 - 5 (Rosa)

14 April 2018

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18_04_14 WHU v. Chelsea Unofficial

FULHAM : Premier League Under-18

Anang

Wilson-Esbrand

Mingi

Dalipi

Greenidge (Parkes)

Belic

Rosa

El Mhassani (Longelo E.)

Watson (Appiah-Forson)

Adarkwa

Spyridis

Motspur Park

0 - 1

21 April 2018

18_04_21 Fulham v. WHU U18

ASTON VILLA : Premier League Under-18

Anang

Wilson-Esbrand

Wells

Dalipi

Greenidge (Appiah-Forson)

Mingi

Watson

Rosa

Adarkwa (Longelo E.)

Spyridis

Parkes

Little Heath

2 - 2 (Parkes, Rosa)

28 April 2018

18_04_28 WHU v. Aston Villa Unofficial

West Ham United scored their first U18 Premier League South win in six matches by defeating Leicester City 2-1 at Little Heath.

 

The Hammers, who had not tasted victory since overcoming Aston Villa 1-0 on 18 November, collected all three points thanks to two goals in the space of six minutes from Sean Adarkwa and Alfie Lewis (pictured) either side of the hour-mark.

 

Foxes forward Kairo Edwards-John replied on 69 minutes, but Steve Potts' team held on to climb above Norwich City - 2-0 losers at Southampton - and off the foot of the table.

The Hammers’ scholars followed up a 2-1 home victory over Leicester City by overcoming the Seagulls at Little Heath, with goals from Odysseas Spyrides, Yiannis Constantinou – his first at U18 level – and Bernardo Rosa securing a 3-1 success.

It was 0-0 at the break, but Spyrides celebrated his return from injury to mark his first start of the season with the opening goal on 51 minutes, only for Stefan Ljubicic to equalise nine minutes later. The hosts were not to be denied, however, as Constantinou (pictured, above) converted Amadou Diallo's pass on 70 to re-establish the lead, before Rosa converted Reece Hannam's pass to complete the scoring six minutes from full-time.

West Ham United’s scholars made it three wins in a row with a deserved 3-0 U18 Premier League South victory at Norwich City's Colney Training Ground.

 

Odysseas Spyrides scored twice in the first half to put the Hammers in control at Colney Training Centre, before Louie Watson added a third after the break.

 

Victory took West Ham up to a season-high of ninth in the table.

Goals from Odysseas Spyridis and Korrey Henry earned West Ham United U18s a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur and extended the side’s winning run to four matches.

A close first half saw both sides miss opportunities but Spyridis continued his fine goalscoring form since his return from injury with a confident effort ten minutes into the second period.

Korrey Henry would then double West Ham’s advantage, powering home from the penalty spot after Spyridis was fouled in the area.

The result continues the U18s’ excellent form, with the side winning their last four fixtures.

Bernardo Rosa's third goal of the 2017/18 season was not enough to prevent West Ham United falling to a 5-1 U18 Premier League South defeat by Chelsea at Little Heath.

The Blues, who had thrashed the Hammers 7-0 in the reverse fixture before Christmas, were again in scintillating form against their east London rivals.

Billy Gilmour opened the scoring from the penalty spot after just seven minutes before Charlie Brown, who had netted a six-minute hat-trick in the first meeting, added two more goals to make it 3-0.

Further goals from Faustino Anjorin and Conor Gallagher either side of half-time put the match totally out of sight before Rosa netted a consolation for the hosts with 25 minutes remaining.

An inexperienced West Ham United side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Fulham in their penultimate U18 Premier League South game of the 2017-18 season.

Steve Potts and Mark Phillips handed schoolboy Josh Wilson-Esbrand a debut at full-back, with regular starters Ben Wells, Ajibola Alese and Mason Barrett all being rested as the coaches decided to take a look at some of their younger players.

The only goal of the game was scored by striker Timmy Abraham – the younger brother of Swansea City striker Tammy – before the match-winner was later sent-off.

However, despite the introductions of Manny Longelo (pictured) and schoolboy striker Veron Parkes, the Hammers were unable to fashion an equaliser against the ten men and fell to their third league defeat in a row, following a 2-1 loss at Reading and 5-1 reverse at home to Chelsea.

 

West Ham United’s youngsters ended the 2017-18 season in dramatic style as Bernardo Rosa secured a 2-2 U18 Premier League South draw with Aston Villa with the last kick of the game.

The Hammers were trailing 2-0 going into the closing stages at Little Heath and looked set to end the campaign with a home defeat.

However, schoolboy striker Veron Parkes halved the deficit on his full U18 debut, firing home a clinical finish, before Rosa netted a late, late leveller in the fifth minute of added time.

A young starting XI saw recent signing Joseph Anang in goal and schoolboy Josh Wilson-Esbrand start at left-back alongside captain Ben Wells, Kevin Dalipi and Will Greenidge. The midfield consisted of Rosa, Jay Mingi and Louie Watson, with Parkes playing alongside Sean Adarkwa and the in-form Odysseas Spyrides in attack.

However, it was Villa who took control in the early stages, opening the scoring through Michael Tait’s goal within nine minutes.

The visitors looked to have secured all three points when substitute Jacob Ramsey put them two goals clear with 13 minutes to play, but Parkes and Rosa had other ideas.

The 17-year-old’s fourth and final goal of the season meant the Hammers finished tenth in the 12-team South table, having won six, drawn three and lost 13 of their 22 league matches.

With 19 starts, Rosa topped the appearance charts, while Spyrides and Korrey Henry each scored five goals.

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