Youths lose to Charlton

West Ham United's under-18 side were beaten 2-0 by Charlton Athletic at Little Heath on Saturday morning.

The scoreline marked a second defeat in the space of seven days for Tony Carr's team, following last week's 1-0 loss at Chelsea, and today's London derby followed a similar style.

Hammers made the brighter start and appeared to be gaining the upper hand as the first half progressed, but two goals in the space of five minutes just before the break put Charlton in control.

Despite dominating the second period and spending most of it camped in Charlton's half, the hosts simply couldn't find the breakthrough. Zavon Hines and Jack Collison both missed excellent chances, while Hammers also had two strong penalty appeals harshly turned down by the referee.

Tony Carr said afterwards: "It was a disappointing result and a performance that mirrored last week's defeat at Chelsea, when we conceded a poor goal in the first half and did everything but score in the second half.

"Charlton defended well and got plenty of bodies behind the ball after scoring their goals, but we are struggling to score at the moment and, despite creating several good chances, we just couldn't find the net.

"At the other end, the goals we conceded were poor, and the boys know that they have got to defend better. On the day, we just didn't get the break we needed, and it was a disappointing morning for everyone concerned."

Hammers: Kemal; Henry, White, Widdowson, Fitzgerald; Welsh (Cowley 70), Collison, Hales (Tomkins 80), Reid; Hines, Jeffrey (Ephraim 70). Subs unused: Davidson, Andrews.