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West Ham United
West Ham United
Monday 31 Jul
Updated Monday 19 Feb 16:38

Chelsea 7-0 West Ham United


West Ham United slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season so far, losing 7-0 at Chelsea in U18 Premier League South at Cobham.

With a number of schoolboys in their starting XI, the inexperienced Hammers were no match for their London rivals, conceding four goals by half-time before substitute Charlie Brown helped himself to a nine-minute hat-trick late on.

The Blues, who had won eight of their nine league games before hosting West Ham, went ahead inside just three minutes when Jon Russell netted his maiden youth-team goal, despite West Ham's appeals for offside.

The relentless hosts were initially slowed by trialist goalkeeper Bobby Biddle and his defenders, but the home side went two goals clear on 25 minutes, when captain Marc Guehi headed in from a corner.

West Ham prevented further damage until two minutes before the break, only to concede twice more before the half-time whistle. First, Clinton Mola fired an unstoppable shot past Biddle, before striker Tariq Uwakwe made it 4-0 after the stopper had parried his initial strike.

Into the second half and Brown, on for Uwakwe at the interval, headed over and hit the crossbar before Juan Castillo also rattled the woodwork with a deflected free-kick.

Biddle denied Brown, but the replacement was not to be kept at bay forever and finished calmly to make it 5-0 with 12 minutes remaining, before netting twice more inside the final five minutes to complete a harrowing day's work for the Hammers.

West Ham United: Biddle, Dalipi, Okotcha, Ashby, Forson, Lewis (Diallo 46), Hannam (Fevrier 31), Longelo, Rosa (Kileba 84), Adarkwa, El Mhassani
Subs not used: Roache (GK), Thomas