U18s on a high

Tony Carr's Under-18s travel to Birmingham City on Saturday lunchtime on the back of a comprehensive first home win of the season in FA Premier Academy League action.

The young Hammers side were 5-1 winners against Middlesbrough a week ago, with Robert Hall nabbing the headlines with a superb hat-trick. It was very much a team performance though, underlined by the superb midfield play of young George Moncur, who has only just turned 17.

Moncur has caught the eye already at reserve-team level this summer, making great strides from his most regular role with the U16s last year. Like his father John, who served the club to distinction between 1994 and 2003, he is a whole-hearted performer with an eye for a pass as well as a tackle.

"I have enjoyed [the summer]," Moncur told WHUTV about his fast-track progress. "It has been really good. I have liked stepping up and trying to cement my place in the reserves.

"I believe in my ability and if I carry on doing the good things I should step up but we will see how it goes. My dad tells all the time to keep working hard, keep doing the good things, and keeping the ball."

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