A hat-trick from the returning Djair Parfitt-Williams fired West Ham United Under-18s to a convincing 3-1 victory over Reading on Saturday morning.
The winger returned to Steve Potts' starting XI after missing four games through injury and he turned in a brilliant display at Reading's training ground, providing the goals that extended the Hammers' unbeaten run to eight games.
The victory also sees the U18s move above the Royals into fifth place in the Barclays U18 Premier League and coach Tony Carr MBE insists it was a comprehensive win.
He told whufc.com: "We thought Aston Villa last week was as good as we've played this season, I would agree with that and I think we've carried on from that performance.
"It was a very complete performance, we played well, created good goal-scoring opportunities and took them. I thought they were gracious in defeat.
"Eamonn Dolan, an ex-West Ham United player, is their Academy Manager and he came up to me after the game and said we were the better team and we thoroughly deserved the victory. We were pleased with our performance and hopefully we can keep it going until the Christmas break."
In an open contest the Hammers forged a two-goal lead early in the first half, before Reading struck back to halve the deficit by half-time. Both sides hit the bar in an entertaining second half before Parfitt-Williams sealed both his hat-trick and the three points.
The winger's goals added to the two he has already bagged this season and Carr was pleased that the wide man was on hand to finish off three of the numerous openings created by the away side.
"I thought he played very well, but having said that I wouldn't say we were a one man team today," he added. "It was very much a team performance and Djair was on the end of some very good team movements, so credit to him.
"It doesn't take away from the fact that it was a very good all round team performance and I wouldn't like to single anyone out although Djair will grab the headlines because of the hat-trick which ought to be noted."
After a rough start to the season of only one win in five games, the team are now flying under the guidance of Potts and Carr. With the team's unbeaten run fast approaching double figures, Carr reckons the team are full of belief in their ability right now.
"We've put consistent results together and the boys are playing with lots of confidence. We're going into games now believing that we can win them so it's breeding more confidence and that's good for them, their futures and their progress."
The Under-18s are next in action when they take on Fulham at Little Heath on Saturday 23 November, with a kick-off set for 11am.
U18s: Brown, Knoyle, Page, Onariase (Harney 90), Burke, Marlow, Nasha (Makasi 88), Bywater, Cullen, Parfitt-Williams (Mavila 90), Brown
Subs not used: Bogard, Amoo