Youths keep up unbeaten run

Coventry Under-18s 0-2 West Ham United Under-18s

West Ham United's Under-18's kept up their unbeaten run with a solid win away at Coventry on Saturday 15 September.

Tony Carr's young team scored twice in the first half to secure their second league victory of the season. Hammers were dominant from the start and 20 minutes in, had taken the lead against their hosts.

Good movement down the right-hand side saw Jordan Spence, Junior Stanislas and Freddie Sears involved with the ball being cut across the box for Jack Jeffrey to net his first goal of the campaign. Just ten minutes later, West Ham increased their foothold on the game by grabbing a second.

The goal was similar to the first in that there was more good movement and passing, before Sears finished well from 10 yards out. In the second half, Hammers were once again strong, Stanislas went close with an effort and despite a few long-range efforts from Coventry, it was West Ham who saw out the match to go home with all the points.

Youth Academy Director Carr was full of praise for his side and said they could have won by a lot more. " A great win, but quite simply we should have scored a few more goals. We saw out the game without really hitting the heights of the first half, but it was good enough on the day.

"It was a good performance and sitting on the coach at 7.30am on Saturday morning to travel there, we would have settled for that result, so all in all, a good day." The youth team has now won two games and drawn one, putting a little run together and have recovered well from the two defeats suffered in the opening games of the season.

"We were unlucky to lose those first two games narrowly, but each week we have progressed and have now scored nine goals in three games. "We had been conceding a bit as well, so Saturday's win over Coventry was made even better as we got a clean sheet to show for our efforts as well," said Tony.

"The boys are doing well. Jordan Spence has returned from the World Youth Cup finals very fit and sharp and Freddie Sears is hitting the net on a regular basis once again. In fact, Freddie wasn't shy in reminding me this morning that he has now scored four goals in three games!  But the boys want to keep improving and they have a great attitude."

West Ham United: Street, Spence (O'Neill, 55), Fitzgerald, Fry, Ashman, 'Gala, Harvey, Stanislas, Kearns, Sears, Jeffrey.
Subs not used: Gilbert, Blackwell, Miller