Youthful reserves lose out

West Bromwich Albion reserves 4-2 West Ham United reserves

Goals from Zavon Hines and Matthew Fry were not enough as West Bromwich Albion proved too strong for a young West Ham United side on a soggy evening at the Hawthorns.

The home side went into the break ahead after first Chris Wood and then Kim Do-Heon - via a wicked deflection - had given them a two-goal lead. West Ham United were a different proposition after the interval, however, and they got themselves back into the game when Hines prodded home the rebound after Dean Kiely could only palm away Balint Bajner's shot from the inside the area.

The goal gave the Hammers a lift and they dominated for the next 15 minutes, only for Lateef Elford-Alliyu to snatch a third for the Baggies against the run of play. The same player then added a fourth for the home side with ten minutes to go. Fry got one back as the Hammers threatened a late revival, but it was not to be as West Brom held on for the win.

Alex Dyer's side will be looking to end what has been an excellent season on a high next Tuesday when they conclude their Barclays Premier League South campaign away at Portsmouth.

West Ham United:
Kurucz, Miller (O'Neill 46), Eyjolfsson, 'Gala, Fry, Lee, Kearns, Grasser (Montano 71), Bajner, Hines, Edgar
Subs: Loveday, Harvey, Okus, Barrett