Turgott ensures Saints draw

West Ham United U18s 2-2 Southampton U18s

A dramatic comeback by the Hammers saw them earn a point at home in a thrilling Academy battle with the Saints on Saturday morning.

West Ham United's talented youngsters had gone into the Little Heath contest on a five-match winning streak and were the country's form team at this level. However, they were caught cold by Southampton and found themselves two-nil down through Jake Sinclair's double inside 25 minutes.

A spirited comeback saw Kieran Sadlier get his fourth goal of the season before Blair Turgott restored parity. Even then, the Hammers could have gone on to take all three points only to be denied by Steve Mowthorpe's late save from Turgott.

Although the 100 per cent record has gone, they will still head to Portsmouth next Saturday unbeaten in six matches.

U18 coach Nick Haycock said: "After being caught cold at the start, I was very impressed with how the team came back into the game in the second half. We could have won it but the keeper has pulled off a great save to deny Blair a second goal.

"We have to be content with a point given the way we started the game. We are still unbeaten and going well."

West Ham United: Larkins, Young, Shaw, Hurley (Miles 75), K Lee, Potts, Turgott, Powell, E Lee, Sadlier (Labonne 55), Vose (Fanimo 55)