U18s make it four in a row

West Ham United Under-18s made it four wins from four FA Premier Academy League matches courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Watford at Little Heath  on Saturday.

Elliot Lee, Danny Potts and Kieran Sadlier put the Hammers in control before half-time with well-taken goals as the Hammers dominated proceedings.

West Ham continued to hold the upper hand after the break and could have stretched their lead but for some dogged defending from the Hornets, who netted a late consolation goal five minutes from full-time.

Academy Director Tony Carr and U18s coach Nick Haycock were happy with the performance of their players, who extended their winning streak to seven matches stretching back to a 4-1 home victory over the same opposition on 9 April. The Hammers are top of FA Premier Academy League Group A, having scored 14 goals in their four league games so far.

"We dominated the first half and did very well," Carr confirmed. "The second half we dominated without looking as threatening as we moved the ball a bit more slowly and Watford put a lot of men behind the ball.

"They managed to get themselves a goal late on, but overall it was a good win. We could have won by five or six, but any win is three points and we're on a good little run at the moment. We know we can score goals at the moment and are set up as a team to do that.

"We were 3-0 up at half-time and I thought we got a little bit complacent after the break, but we have won the game comfortably so I can't have too many criticisms of the boys."

Lee has now scored seven goals in four league appearances this season, while Republic of Ireland U17 international Sadlier was on target for the second game in succession.

West Ham United U18: Wootton, Young (Siafa 70), Potts, K.Lee, Chambers, Hurley (Miles 75), Turgott, Powell (Shaw 80), Sadlier, Vose, E.Lee