Hammers advance in FA Youth Cup



Final score - Aldershot Town 1-3 West Ham United

95 mins - The crowd are loving this. Nasha is off but cannot come back on without the permission of the referee. Twice he trots a few yards on but the assistant tells him to come off again. Play goes on and the physio, Tony Carr and Nick Haycock are shouting at the man in yellow! Aldershot win a corner, which is cleared. A follow-up shot is cleared and the final whistle is blown. West Ham go through to the fourth round. Aldershot edged the first half and were in it again at 2-1, but Lee's second goal made sure of the Hammers' place in the last 32. Thanks for joining us tonight. Don't forget, Kids For A Quid tickets are available for Everton and Fulham and prices have been reduced for the visit of Manchester United in the FA Cup.

93 mins - Nasha is down with a spot of cramp. He has the physio on. Surely not long to go now.

91 mins - West Ham bring on Makasi for Miles. Aldershot win a corner. Webbe takes and Gerrard meets it with his head, but the ball flies wide of the far post.

90 mins - Into the final minute and we're nearly done here. If you want to view an exclusive Facebook gallery from tonight's game, click here.

87 mins - Sadlier gets forward and forces Gerrard to head behind. Mavila finds Harney's head again with the corner, but the young Irishman can only head wide.

85 mins - The physio is on again after Bywater catches one in the face. Before the re-start, Matt Rudolph replaces Cooksley. He's probably been Aldershot's best player. Cooksley, that is, not Rudolph, who has struggled to make an impression from his seat on the bench.

83 mins - Captain two-goal Lee is replaced. No16 Marcio Martins is on. Martins is a schoolboy and not yet on a full-time scholarship.

81 mins - GOAL! That might be game over now. Mavila gets the ball forward and defender Grosvenor hesitates as the ball bounces. Lee is in there quickly to nick it off the defender's toe and rifle a low show in off the base of the left-hand post. The captain is injured as he takes the shot as Richards flew in with the challenge. He needs the physio on and it looks like he'll have to be replaced.

80 mins - The Aldershot fans away behind the goal their team is attacking have unfurled some massive flags. The home supporters believe their team can do this as Halliday streaks away again. He cuts inside Shaw and shoots left-footed, but it's high into the flag-infested terrace.

78 mins - Aldershot have another corner. Halliday curls it in again with his left foot but Nasha is able to clear. An offside flag against Richards gives West Ham some respite.

77 mins - GOAL! The home side are back in it. Another corner on the far side is curled over by Halliday. Captain Adam Brice is left unmarked and he heads past Baxter from close-range. Game on?

76 mins - It is so cold, steam is literally rising over the pitch off the players. I'd hazard a guess we're down near the freezing mark this evening. Fingerless gloves are doing their thing!

75 mins - Right-back Douglas gets forward and wins a corner as his cross is blocked behind. No changes from the home side as yet. The corner is worked short and the impressive Richards works a shooting opportunity, but his effort is blocked.

72 mins - Decent crowd here tonight in the cold. There are 713 people in the crowd, including assistant manager Neil McDonald, Development Squad coach Ian Hendon and U16s coach Steve Potts.

70 mins - Aldershot haven't given up. They force another corner on the far side. The delivery is so high it might come down with snow on it! A header down is hacked clear by Bywater on the volley.

69 mins - Don't forget that the Barclays Premier League fixtures against Everton and Norwich City are both Kids For A Quid specials! Also, ticket prices have been slashed for the FA Cup with Budweiser third-round visit of Manchester United on 5 January. For full details of all of the club's festive ticket offers, click here.

68 mins - Lee gets away down the left and cuts inside before his shot hits Grosvenor.

65 mins - GOAL! Harney doubles West Ham's lead with a thumping header from Mavila's right-wing corner. Bywater had forced the corner, racing on to Lee's ball into the channel and crossing into the box, from where Douglas had cleared behind. The header was so powerful that Williams got a hand to it, but could only help the ball into the roof of the net diving to his left.

60 mins - Richards finds Webbe, who feeds Blair. The No9 wins a corner. Siafa heads it away but Nasha pulls back Cooksley just outside the box and is booked. Cooksley takes the free-kick and curls it to the far post. Halliday is there, but his header is weak and drifts away and out of play for a goal kick.

57 mins - Lee chests down and Miles finds Mavila in space. He runs forward again before driving his cross-shot into the near side-netting. Lee looks at him. He would have wanted a cross to feed off there. Good direct attacking play from the substitute to start with, though.

54 mins - Mavila is quick and he pushes the ball past Douglas before crossing to the near post. It's well-struck but Williams is there to catch. Moments later, the home side counter and McDonald drags his shot low and wide of the left-hand post.

50 mins - West Ham will want to build on that goal. It should boost their confidence. However, the home side are still in it and Baxter keeps out a shot from Blair. It's high and he pats it down in front of him before grabbing the ball in front of Cooksley.

47 mins - GOAL! Just under two minutes in and West Ham lead. Bywater's cut-back finds Bywater unmarked about seven yards out. He scuffs his shot as goalkeeper Williams dives at his feet, but the ball hits a defender and drops to Lee. The captain can't miss from six yards, so he doesn't.

46 mins - We're back underway...

West Ham make a half-time switch, with Nathan Mavila on for Cullen. Mavila goes wide left and Sadlier has come over to the right. Bywater has tucked inside alongside Miles.

Half-time score - Aldershot Town 0-0 West Ham United

46 mins - Into added time and Bywater's cross takes a deflection. Williams cannot keep the ball in. Corner. Bywater will take... It comes in low and Mr Webb spots an infringement. Free-kick to Shots, who take it and the half-time whistle is blown.

44 mins - No, it's Cooksley again, curling the shot over the wall that Baxter spills. West Ham clear but the ball comes back again. A second shot comes in and this time the goalkeeper holds on low down.

43 mins - Aldershot have been the better team, no doubt about it. Cooksley tricks Sadlier with a step-over and wins a free-kick a yard outside the penalty area on the right corner of the box. Halliday with his left foot this time?

42 mins - Richards is a determined central midfielder and he is a strong lad too. He holds off is man before shooting from 25 yards, but he's off-balance and the shot flies well wide of the left-hand post.

39 mins - Blair gets in behind the back four to the byline and looks up before cutting back for McDonald to hit first-time. Nasha makes the block and Shaw is able to usher the ball out for a goal kick.

37 mins - Close to a goal out of nothing for the Hammers. Sadlier is the man who goes close, beating Douglas and running past Grosvenor before his low left-foot shot gets trapped between the legs of goalkeeper Williams, who clings on.

36 mins - Panic as Webbe drives the ball in from out on the left touchline. It eludes everyone and Baxter is relieved to watch the ball bounce narrowly wide of the far post.

33 mins - Aldershot come out on top in a midfield battle before Richards strides forward and shoots from about 30 yards. Marlow slides in and deflects the ball behind for a corner. Baxter is under pressure and his punch goes next to nowhere. In the end, Shaw loses the ball and concedes a free-kick on the Shots right. It is curled over and left-back Gerrard heads wide.

29 mins - A through ball clears centre-back Grosvenor and Lee looks to be in on goal. He is flagged offside before he shoots. Willams makes a fine flying save, but of course it would not have counted.

27 mins - Aldershot are controlling possession and spending most of the time inside the West Ham half and the visitors are looking a little frustrated. Richards is fouled by Bywater about 30 yards out. Halliday fancies it... So he steps over the ball and Cooksley's low effort goes wide of the wall and wide of the left-hand post.

26 mins - It is a really good battle between West Ham left-back Shaw and Shots right winger Kofi Halliday.

24 mins - Aldershot are on top at the moment. They look full of confidence. George Moncur and Leo Chambers are here tonight to cheer on their Academy mates.

21 mins - Cooksley runs up and curls the free-kick well over the top. Disappointing effort from that position.

20 mins - It's getting a bit tasty. Bywater skins Douglas and then goes down. No free-kick. Shaw fouls Blair and then his clearance hits the Shots player. A talking-to for the left-back. The free-kick is initially cleared but Miles then commits a foul even closer to the penalty area on the far side.

17 mins - Miles releases Bywater down the right again but he puts a little too much juice on the pass. A bobble doesn't help and Bywater's cross drifts behind for a goal kick.

16 mins - Aldershot have come into this game. Nasha fouls Cooksley inside the West Ham half and the home side enjoy a period of possession. They don't look a bad side at all.

13 mins - A first shot of the night from the home side and its from central midfielder Richards. He lets fly from 25 yards outside the right-corner of the penalty area. It's well-hit and Baxter gets his body and hands behind the ball to pat it down before collecting. Good effort.

11 mins - Hilarity in the stands as a cross from Douglas is blocked by Shaw and hits the assistant referee where it hurts. He is down on his haunches for a while. It's a cold night!

9 mins - Bywater runs at Grosvenor and wins a corner. It's initially cleared back to Bywater but the cross comes back in from the right. A clearing header drops to Sadlier, whose first-time volley hits the heels of Douglas and spins past the post. Bywater's corner is cleared.

6 mins - All West Ham at the moment. Bywater gets in behind Gerrard and crosses low for Lee, but centre-back Richards sticks out his boot to block the delivery.

4 mins - Harney meets the first corner but Williams does well to divert that wide for another corner. The delivery comes in from the left and Cullen flicks on, but it's too high. However, the Hammers win a free-kick on the far side. Bywater curls it in but the home side clear their lines.

3 mins - West Ham are being captained by striker Elliot Lee tonight. The forward is a real prospect and shows why by dancing past two defenders and sending in a strong shot that home goalkeeper Williams does well to turn behind for a corner.

2 mins - Shots have started well here. Nasha has to clear hurriedly before a back pass is cleared into the stand on the far side by goalkeeper Baxter.

1 min - We're off and running here. A long ball forward from the home side is cleared by left-back Shaw.

6.58pm - We're going to be underway a bit early here at the Ebb Stadium on a cold and clear night in Hampshire. West Ham to kick-off...

6.50pm - Here are tonight's teams -

West Ham United: Baxter, Siafa, Shaw, Marlow, Nasha, Harney, Bywater, Miles, E.Lee, Cullen, Sadlier
Subs: Onariase, Guzman, Mavila, Makasi, Martins

Aldershot Town: Williams, Douglas, Gerrard, Grosvenor, Brice, Richards, McDonald, Webbe, Blair, Cooksley, Halliday
Subs: Howard, Murray, Rudolph, Dickens, Gonzalez

Good evening and welcome to the Ebb Stadium, home of npower League Two club Aldershot Town.

West Ham United start their FA Youth Cup campaign in Hampshire against the Football League Youth Alliance South East division Shots, who won 6-0 at Didcot Town and 3-2 at Leyton Orient to reach the third round proper.

The Hammers, who have won the competition three times in their history, take on The Shots for the second time in three seasons, having overcome the same opposition 5-0 at the third-round stage in December 2010. Last season, West Ham beat Brighton and Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers before being edged out by Chelsea on penalties in the fifth round.

The Hammers have enjoyed an up-and-down season in Barclays U18 Premier League Group 1, finishing in fifth place after winning five of their 14 matches. After Christmas, they will take part in Qualification Group Tier 1, where they will battle for a place in the end-of-season play-offs and a chance to play for the overall title.

Academy Manager Tony Carr and U18s coach Nick Haycock will have to make do without England U18 defender Leo Chambers, who is out with a long-term thigh injury, but will be able call upon Development Squad players striker Elliot Lee, left-back Frazer Shaw and attacking midfielder Kieran Sadlier (pictured) this evening.

We will have the confirmed team news at around 6pm and live text updates from kick-off at 7pm both on this page and on twitter @whufc_official