Elliot Lee hailed yet another perfect Friday night at Rush Green, as his first-half goal paved the way for West Ham United's sixth home win of their Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign, this time at the expense of West Bromwich Albion.

With two victories from their opening three Elite Group encounters, Nick Haycock's Development Squad are poised in second, four points behind early frontrunners Tottenham Hotspur.

Southampton are Friday's visitors to Rush Green and though Lee admits the surface is perhaps not the best, he is not the least bit worried as sides continue to come a cropper in the young Hammers' modest east London home.

"Obviously it's not the best pitch here, but we seem to win every time we play here, we've made it our fortress," the 18-year-old told West Ham TV. "It was great to get a goal and great to get another three points.

As evident from his exuberant celebrations, Lee was overjoyed to bag his second goal in as many starts for the Development Squad, not least after defeat at Tottenham Hotspur. And it could hardly have come at a better time, with only seconds of the first half still to play.

"It's always a good time to score," he continued. "Scoring just before half time gives the lads a chance to settle down, have a breather inside and get our heads back together.

"I was a bit frustrated to miss the two chances I had on Monday [at Tottenham Hotspur] so it was good to make up for on Friday. On another day I could have even had a couple more, but to be honest with you I'm just happy with the three points and it's onwards and upwards from here really."

Lee was also quick to salute his fellow frontman Wellington Paulista, who has now chalked up three goals in just three appearances. Though the Brazilian's introduction has seen Lee adopt a role on the left of a front three, the teenage forward insists he would be sorry to see Paulista move on, if and when called upon by the first team.

"My strike partner Wellington got another goal as well. I hope he can start doing it for the first team now instead of with us. I'll be sad to see him go but good luck to him. It was a brilliant header. You won't see me doing that but it was a great header."

Elsewhere, West Ham United Academy forward Marcio Martins was on target as Portugal Under-17s finished second at the prestigious Algarve Tournament.

The schoolboy forward starred for his country at the four-team competition, which also featured the U17 national teams of England, Germany and Netherlands.

Martins began the tournament as a substitute as Portugal netted a last-minute penalty to secure a 1-1 draw with the Dutch on Friday.

On Sunday, Martins started and was the hero as Portugal came from behind to defeat England 2-1. Reise Allassani put England into a seventh-minute lead before Joao Lima equalised a minute after half-time. The young Hammer then took centre stage, netting his nation's winner by converting a pass from substitute Romario.

On Tuesday, Martins started Portugal's final match against Germany, with his team knowing victory would secure the overall title, only for the home side to be held to a dramatic 1-1 draw.

Macedo put the host nation in front on the half-hour mark and, despite Martins being replaced a minute after being booked ten minutes after the interval, Portugal looked on course to win the match and the tournament. However, German substitute Tim Bodenroder wrecked their title hopes with an equaliser with just six minutes remaining.

The 16-year-old is making good progress at Little Heath, appearing as a substitute in the FA Youth Cup third-round win at Aldershot Town in December. Martins has also appeared twice as a replacement in the Barclays U18 Premier League, turning out most recently in the 1-0 home win over Tottenham Hotspur last month.

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