October Round up for Reserve and Youth Teams
First was away at Chelsea. Despite both teams playing well the first half ended goalless, with West Ham having the best chances. After 49 minutes 16 yr old Jack Jeffrey put the Hammers ahead with a well taken header. However the lead was short lived and Chelsea equalised from the spot after Jemel Henry gave away the penalty. Both teams kept pushing for the win, but to no avail.
Result: Draw 1-1
Second game brought Tottenham as the visitors. West Ham made a dream start with Elliot Ward heading the opening goal after just 5 minutes. Kyle Reid was unlucky not to extend the lead just two minutes later. Things went down hill from there. Andy Reid unleashed a bullet just after the half hour to level things up. Spurs went ahead just 5 minutes after the restart, and looked like increasing their lead throughout the second half. Clive Clarke did manage to hit the woodwork with a thunderous free kick on 79 minutes, but Spurs hung onto the points.
Result: Lost 1-2
The Reserves still hang on to 5th place in the table.
The Youth team had a much busier month with the first of four matches, which saw 9 points and the lads finish the month in 2nd place in the table!
First match was a tricky away tie at Arsenal, However West Ham dominated the match and took the lead on 35 minutes after Tony Stokes converted a Kyle Reid cross. Just before the break the lead was doubled. Hogan Ephraim picked up the ball just outside the area and jinked past everyone to slot home. The second half was a low key affair although centre back Liam White was outstanding.
Result: Won 0-2
Next up came another away trip, this time at Ipswich. But the lads had a poor match and ended up with a hiding. Ipswich took the lead from a 22nd minte penalty, and although James Tomkins equalised a couple of minutes later, it was his slip that allowed Ipswich to take the lead into half time. The second half was a disaster. Devon Hines got sent off after 64 minutes, and Ipswich punished the lads severely with another 3 goals.
Result: Lost 1-5
Another East Anglian team was next as Norwich were the visitors. West Ham controlled the game from start to finish, but poor finishing meant that they had to wait until the 88th minute for Tony Stokes to stab home the winner.
Result: Won 1-0
The last match for the month was a difficult one away yet again, this time to Southampton who went into the match 9 points clear at the top of the table. Southampton dominated the whole match, and had a hatfull of chances, but a mixture of poor finishing and stout defending kept them at bay. Amazingly after80 minutes West Ham took the lead with Tony Stokes once again providing the finishing touch. The lads nearly added a second on the stroke of full time. But they were having to take the tree points against the run of play and finish the month in second place in the table.
Result: Won 0-1