U18s lose out at Ipswich

West Ham United Under-18s were edged out 1-0 by Ipswich Town in an FA Premier Academy League fixture on Saturday.

Hammers Academy Director Tony Carr MBE named a young starting XI, with schoolboy Eliott Lee and first-year scholars Jake Young, Danny Potts, Declan Hunt and Lamarr Hurley handed a place in the team.

The only goal of the game was scored early on when West Ham conceded a corner and an Ipswich player got in ahead of his marker to head the ball past goalkeeper David Wootton.

West Ham's cause was not helped by centre-back Kenzer Lee being injured in the pre-match warm-up, while Hunt was forced off with a head injury, meaning striker Paul McCallum moved to the heart of the back four as an emergency defender.

Defeat leaves Carr's youngsters sixth in the Group A table, seven points behind leaders Crystal Palace with nine matches remaining.

A full report and post-match reaction from the Academy Director will appear on whufc.com, while exclusive highlights will be available to view on West Ham TV soon.

West Ham United U18s: Wootton, Young, Potts, Hunt (Lletget), Sanchez, Hurley, Hall, Moncur, E.Lee (Tombides), McCallum, Purdy (Turgott)