The Under-18s were denied a fifth straight Barclays U18s Premier League victory by Middlesbrough on Saturday, although their clean sheet did extend their unbeaten run.

Neither team could make the breakthrough in the north east as the Hammers managed to restrict a Boro attack which had put five past Bolton Wanderers in their previous game.

Shots on target were in short supply in a tight affair, although the Hammers almost forced a way through in the opening period when Jordan Brown wriggled free into space down the left and lofted a cross over the goalkeeper, only for a defender to recover and hack clear.

After the break, the Hammers looked a threat with their set-play delivery, although they could not find the finishing touch.

The clean sheet was a third in five games for Steve Potts' men as their strong autumn form continued.

They currently sit sixth in the South Group of the U18 Premier League, with 18 points from their eleven games

The Hammers return to action on Saturday when they host Newcastle United at Little Heath.

West Ham United: Howes; Knoyle, Harney, Burke, Page; Makasi, Marlow (Amoo 72), Bywater, Nasha (Mavila 52), Cullen; Brown (Martins 88)
Subs not used: Nemrava, Onariase

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