West Ham United will begin their quest for a fourth FA Youth Cup success at Nottingham Forest tonight.

Tony Carr's Under-18 side head for the City Ground hoping to follow in the footsteps of the young Hammers' sides that lifted the prestigious trophy in 1963, 1981 and 1999.

However, with the likes of captain Josh Payne and forwards Freddie Sears and Junior Stanislas unavailable, it will be left to the club's promising second-year professionals to steer a safe passage through to the fourth round.

Prolific Hungary Under-19 striker Balint Bajner, Canada Under-20 international goalkeeper Adam Street and Polish full-back Filip Modelski could be among those given a chance to shine in the Midlands.

Carr's youngsters head north in high spirits, having defeated Fulham 2-0 in their most recent FA Premier Academy League South fixture on November 22. That success came courtesy of goals from Bajner and Anthony Edgar, and both will be keen to get their names on the scoresheet again this evening.

West Ham United, who have also been runners-up in the competition four times, failed to get past the third round stage last season, losing out to Bolton Wanderers at the Boleyn Ground. Kick-off tonight is at 7pm.

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