WEST HAM UNITED v ASTON VILLA
BARCLAYS U21 PREMIER LEAGUE
RUSH GREEN STADIUM
MONDAY 12 AUGUST 2013
KICK-OFF: 7PM
REFEREE: MICHAEL GEORGE

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Full-time score- West Ham United U21s 3-0 Aston Villa U21s

Full-time- A fantastic start to the season for Nick Haycock's team who've produced a superb team performance to beat an experienced Aston Villa side. Elliot Lee put a glaring early miss behind him to score twice with Sebastian Lletget adding a third just before the end as the team cruised to a brilliant win. Tickets for Saturday's season opener against Cardiff City are still available via the club website.

92mins- Johnson nearly scores a consolation for the visitors but Spiegel is there to protect his clean sheet.

90mins- GOAL! Lletget rounds off a fine evening for the young Hammers smashing home from a few yards out following a Moncur corner.

89mins- Potts is replaced by Shaw with just a few minutes left.

88mins- Ruddock ventures forward beating a couple of players before setting up Lletget you can't hit the target.

86mins- Nick Haycock makes his first change of the night, withdrawing the excellent Tombides and bringing on McCallum.

84mins- Potts is forced into a great defensive clearance managing to clear for a corner. From the corner Tombides comes to the rescue to clear a Bowery header off the line.

81mins- With that penalty miss Gardner seems to have kicked away any hopes Villa had of getting back into the game. And to make matters worse he sends another decent chance also...over the bar.

78mins- Ruddock is harshly penalised for a foul on Robinson in the box. Gardner steps up to take the penalty but sends the ball into orbit with a shot which is of more danger to the houses behind the ground than the goal.

76mins- The away side seem to have run out of ideas as long ball after long ball is easily dealt with. Having said that Gardener unleashes a rasping shot which cannons off the post.

75mins- An excellent and much welcomed return to competitive action for Tombides tonight, with the player relishing an attacking left-wing role.

72mins- Villa make their third change as Albrighton limps off to be replaced by O'Brien.

69mins- Another chance for Lee as Potts provides a pin-point cross but the striker can't direct his header on target.

67mins- Lee nearly notches his hat-trick after racing onto a Whitehead through ball but Steer again comes to Villa's rescue.

65mins- Dan Potts nearly makes it three after he blocks Donacien's attempted clearance forcing Steer into a smart save at his near post.

64mins- Turgott switches to the left flank with Tombides heading to the right.

62mins- The tempo of the game has died down with West Ham in cruise control and looking under little threat at the back.

59mins- Lee has done well to put his early miss behind him in front of the 382 people in attendance, some of those team-mates, who may never have let him live it down had he not made up for it with two goals.

56mins- Ruddock at the heart of the defnce has been a dominant presence for the Hammers tonight, evoking memories of his namesake, Neil Ruddock, with his commanding performance.

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52mins- Villa look unable to cope with the impressive Tombides who again beats his man but is unable to find a cross.

50mins- Webb glances a header just wide from a corner as Villa start to apply some pressure of their own.

47mins- Donacien launches a surging run at the West Ham defence and unleashes a powerful drive which is well dealt with by Spiegel.

46mins- Turgott rounds the keeper seconds after kick-off but Donacien is back on the goal line to clear.

8.07pm- The teams are back out on the pitch as the second-half begins with the Hammers in front and looking good.

49mins- The whistle goes for half-tme with Lee's two goals separating the two teams. It could have been more had he finished off his glorious chance early on, as it is a very pleasing first half performance from the young Hammers.

45mins- Three minutes added on at the end of the first half with West Ham in complete control.

42mins- Villa show signs of life as Bowery is set through but his curling shot is well saved by Spiegel.

41mins- The creative influence of Tombides nearly helps the Hammers to a third before half-time but his cross is dealt with by the Villa defence.

37mins- Nick Haycock's side are piling on the pressure in search of a third but Moncur's corner is dealt with by Steer.

34mins- GOAL! Tombides wins a corner after a well worked move down the left. Moncur delivers a brilliant ball in at the second attempt and is met by Ruddock whose header hits the bar and falls for Lee to nod home his second of the game.

30mins- The away side make their second change of the evening as Bateman goes off to be replaced by Wildin.

29mins- Driver concedes a free-kick on the edge of the box, but from the resulting kick Gardner drifts it comfrotably wide of the post.

26mins- Villa are forced into a substitution as Sylla limps off and is replaced by Cowans.

23mins- GOAL! Tombides is in the action again as he provides the cross for Lee tap in to score the first goal of the season for the Development squad

21mins- The returning Tombides nearly ca.ps the occasion with a goal as his powerful effort forces Steer into a sprawling save.

19mins- Lee nearly makes amends for his earlier miss as a long-range drive goes just wide of the post.

18mins- The home side are piling on the pressure as a well worked short corner again sees a Moncur shot blocked as a scramble in the box ensues, but Villa eventually clear.

17mins- Two chances in a metter of seconds for the home side as the ball falls to Moncur and then Lletget in the penalty box but both see their shots blocked by despairing defenders.

16mins- Bowery hits the bar with a looping header but the linesman has his flag up on the far side, so it wouldn't have counted.

14mins- Lee wins a free kick deep in Villa territory but Moncurs cross is headed away.

11mins- The game springs to life as Lee should put the Hammers in front but somehow misses an open goal from eight yards. Villa themselves have a chance to take the lead moments later when Johnson looks certain to score but for a fine block by Potts.

10mins- Bowery surges through the middle but Ruddock produces a fine block.

8mins- Robinson cutting in from the left hits a decent shot from outside the box but is easily dealt with by Raphael Spiegel.

5mins- Albrighton threatens down the right but his teasing cross is put behind by Pelly Ruddock. The resulting corner was cleared by Leo Chambers.

3mins - Early pressure for the home side as an Elliot Lee cross is drilled into the box but fails to find anyone in claret and blue.

7.02pm- Aston Villa kick-off shooting from right to left in the first half.

6.58pm - There's not a seat to be had in the stands as the players emerge from the tunnel as they get ready to kick-off the 2013/14 season.

6.56pm - Southend boss Phil Brown arrives just before kick-off to cast an eye over potential transfer targets.

6.53pm-  Danny Whitehead is making his debut for the Hammers tonight whilst striker Dylan Tombides is making his first competitive start since the 2010/11 season after his recovery from testicular cancer.

6.50pm- Ten minutes until kick-off and the stands are full of Academy and Development squad players here to support Nick Haycock's team.

6.38pm - The Villa players finally emerge to begin their warm-up with the Hammers well into their pre-match routine.

6.30pm - Fans are drifting in to Rush Green with just half an hour until kick-off, among them is Villa manager Paul Lambert.

6.20pm - Assistant manager Neil McDonald has arrived to cast his eye over the young Hammers who will be hoping to impress with Saturday's Barclays Premier League kick-off looming.

6pm - We have the team news for you from Rush Green and West Ham have a strong team starting tonight's game, while Aston Villa have also picked an experienced starting XI.

West Ham United U21s: West Ham United: Spiegel, Driver, Potts, Chambers, Ruddock, Moncur, Whitehead, Turgott, Lletget, D.Tombides, Lee
Subs: Nemrava, Shaw, Nasha, Sadlier, McCallum

Aston Villa U21s: Steer, Lyden, Donacien, Bateman, Webb, Gardner, Sylla, Albrighton, Johnson, Robinson, Bowery
Subs: Watkins, Sellars, O'Brien, Wildin, Cowans

Good evening and welcome to Rush Green Stadium for tonight's opening Barclays U21 Premier League fixture of 2013/14 between West Ham United and Aston Villa.

Nick Haycock's youngsters will be hoping to make the same bright start they made to last season's competition, when they raced away with the Group 1 title before Christmas before finishing sixth in the Elite Group in the New Year.

Many of the players who did so well at Under-21 level last term will feature again this evening, with the likes of George Moncur, Dan Potts, Sebastian Lletget, Elliot Lee and Callum Driver all in the side to face the Villans.

There is also the welcome sight of Dylan Tombides' name in the starting XI, with the Australian having shown great determination to battle back to fitness after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in summer 2011.

West Ham United U21s: Spiegel, Driver, Potts, Chambers, Ruddock, Whitehead, Turgott, Moncur, Lletget, D.Tombides, Lee
Subs: Nemrava, Shaw, Nasha, Sadlier, McCallum

Aston Villa U21s: Steer, Lyden, Donacien, Bateman, Webb, Gardner, Sylla, Albrighton, Johnson, Robinson, Bowery
Subs: Watkins, Sellars, O'Brien, Wildin, Cowans

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