U18s sting Hornets

Watford U18s 2-3 West Ham United U18s

West Ham United Under-18s returned to winning ways with a 3-2 victory at Watford on Saturday.

Goals from Matthias Fanimo, Sergio Sanchez and Jack Werndly (pictured) were enough to see the Hammers overcome their hosts at the University College London sports ground in London Colney.

The success came just four days after West Ham had been beaten 1-0 by runaway Group A leaders Arsenal just a few hundred metres away at their own London Colney training centre.


Playing against Group B opposition this time around, Academy Director Tony Carr's side made no mistake, and could have won by a far wider margin had they not spurned a host of clear-cut chances.

As it was, West Ham had to make do with a one-goal victory. Fanimo put the Hammers ahead before Watford equalised. Defender Sanchez netted his second Academy goal of the season to put the visitors back in front before substitute Werndly added a third.

The hosts scored late on to set-up a grandstand finish, but Carr's youngsters held on to stretch their impressive recent run to just one defeat in eight league matches. Saturday's match also saw schoolboy Lamar Hurley make his first start for the U18s in central midfield.

West Ham's U18s have just two league fixtures remaining, with a trip to Southampton next Saturday followed by a home game against Charlton Athletic on Friday 7 May.

Full post-match reaction will appear on whufc.com and full highlights will appear on WHUTV early next week.

West Ham United U18s: Mehmet, Modelski, McNaughton, Sanchez, Brown, Fanimo, Moncur, Hurley, Montano (Werndly 70), Hall, Tombides (Vose 72)