Youths lose to Spurs

Our under-18 Academy side lost 3-2 against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday morning.

For the second successive match, Tony Carr's youngsters were left shattered by a last minute winner, after dominating proceedings in the second half.

After going 1-0 down early on, Hammers equalised on 20 minutes through schoolboy Ben Hunt.

Spurs regained their lead soon after, but the hosts again fought back and drew level through Bondz Ngala to go in all square at the interval.

The second half saw Carr's men take full control and create several decent goalscoring chances. Trialist James Fraye wasted a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper, while substitute Gary Bowes saw a late header tipped over.

It looked as though Hammers would have to settle for a point but, as things turned out, they were even denied that, when a last-minute corner led to the visitors grabbing their winner.

Tony Carr said afterwards: "To concede a last-minute goal was a real blow, and one we didn't deserve after today's performance.

"The players have worked hard and dominated the second half, but we've been mugged again in the closing stages and it's tough to take.

"It's that difficult stage of the season - some of the boys have been told they will be released this summer, so we had a few schoolboys in the team and the breaks just haven't been going for us.

"There are two games left now, against Watford and Aston Villa, and it's just a case of lifting ourselves to try and finish the season on a high."

Hammers: Blackmore, Henry, Widdowson (Andrews 40), White, Ngala, Hales, Ephraim, Collison, Hunt (Jeffery 85), Fraye (Bowes 70), Reid. Subs unused: Kemal, Harvey.