Dev Squad march on

The Development Squad continued their rich vein of form with a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village on Monday night.

Goals from Paul McCallum and Matthias Fanimo either side of half time were enough to secure the points as the Hammers maintained their position at the summit of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Group 1 table with their second straight clean sheet.

The hosts were the first to threaten, as a quick break saw a dangerous cross well cleared by the energetic George Moncur. Moments later it was the away side that nearly took the lead as Rob Hall's free-kick caused bedlam in the Rovers' box. Daniel Potts did well to find McCallum from Hall's delivery, but his shot was narrowly deflected over.

From the resulting corner, the Hammers took the lead as Hall once again supplied a perfect delivery and this time McCallum made no mistake, stooping low to head home.

Shortly after, the Hammers felt they should have had a second when Callum Driver burst down the right and crossed to McCallum, who once again found the net. The celebrations did not last long though as the referee's assistant on the far side judged that McCallum was in an offside position when the ball was played.

That would be the last part the striker would play after a head injury saw Freddie Piquionne replace him at half time.

Rovers came out fighting in the second half but despite their best efforts they were unable to cause Ian Hendon's youngsters any real problems. With 20 minutes remaining the points were sealed as the home side once again failed to deal with a Hall set-piece, allowing the innovative Fanimo to backheel the ball into the corner of the net.

The Hammers face an extended period between now and their next fixture, with the international break bringing a halt to the Barclays Under-21 Premier League. Next up for Hendon's league-leaders is another trip north to face Bolton Wanderers on 22 October. The Hammers will be looking to even the score after suffering their only defeat of the season to the Trotters back in September.

West Ham United: Henderson, Driver, Potts, Moncur (Ruddock 81), Chambers, Spence, Turgott, Lletget, McCallum (Piquionne 45), Fanimo, Hall (Lee 84)
Subs: Baxter, Hunt.