Elliot Lee scored twice as the Under-18s were held to a 2-2 draw at Reading in their Barclays Under-18 Premier League match.

Striker Lee bagged two goals before half-time to send the Hammers in well ahead at the break, but the Royals struck back after half-time to earn a share of the spoils.

Academy Director Tony Carr was pleased with his team's performance and admitted Reading had deserved a point on the basis of their second-half revival.

"We were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to two typical Elliot Lee goals," Carr confirmed. "The first one he received the ball to feet on the edge of the box and turned his defender, cut inside and drove a low shot to the goalkeeper's right and into the corner.

"The second one was very similar but this time he went outside his defender and slammed the ball inside the near post as the goalkeeper advanced. Both were typical individual Elliot Lee goals.

"Reading got a goal back after half-time and then equalised a short time after that. At the end of the day it was a draw and I think it was probably a fair result.

"It was a good workout for the boys and we played very well, particularly in the first half, but we ended up with a share of the spoils."

The Under-18s return to action next Saturday, when they host Everton in an 11am kick-off. West Ham TV will have exclusive highlights from Saturday's draw at Reading soon.

West Ham United U18s: Baxter, Siafa, Onnariase, Nasha, Shaw, Marlow, Miles (Cullen 62), Mavila, Sadlier, Bywater, E.Lee (Boakye-Yiadom 81)
Subs not used: Guzman Rosique, Girdlestone, T.Tombides

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