West Ham United's Under-18s got their season off to a flyer by defeating West Bromwich Albion 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Djair Parfitt-Williams, Grady Diangana and Manny Onariase were all on target to ensue Steve Potts' men would make a winning start to the Barclays Under-18 Premier League season.

They only had to wait three minutes before taking the lead, as Parfitt-Williams turned home a Diangana corner to make it 1-0.

The Baggies had a chance to level eleven minutes later from a corner of their own, but Tim Brown saved the header comfortably.

With 31 minutes on the clock, Diangana followed up to notch after Jordan Brown's shot was saved and the Hammers were in a strong position.

Their grip on the game intensified six minutes after the interval when another set play proved profitable. Onariase was the man who made his presence felt, finishing from Diangana's free-kick delivery.

Jordan Brown went close to making it four 15 minutes from the end, cutting in from the flank and shooting wide from the edge of the box.

The hosts had the final word, pulling one back 13 minutes from time, but it had no impact on the result as the Hammers made the journey home from the Midlands with all three points.

West Ham United: T.Brown, Pike (Linley 89), Knoyle (c), Sylvestri, Akinola, Onariase, Amoo, Diangana, J.Brown, Parfitt-Williams (Bailey 80), Sheriff (Adebayo 67)
Subs:Parsons, Browne