U18s come back in Chelsea draw

The Academy twice battled back from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Saturday and maintain their unbeaten start to the Barclays U18 Premier League season.

Their undefeated record looked in grave danger when Chelsea's Tammy Abraham put the hosts 2-1 up with nine minutes left to play, but Jordan Brown levelled with his third of the season to earn a point.

There was action both at the start and the end of the game, with Chelsea establishing a lead for the first time with just three minutes on the clock.

Abraham delivered low and Kyle Scott was lurking to turn the ball beyond Clarke Bogard in the Hammers goal.

The Blues had an Isaac Christie-Davies goal ruled out for offside shortly after, but West Ham grew into the contest and Brown made goalkeeper Bradley Collins work with a shot which he watched into his hands.

It remained 1-0 at the break, but West Ham were level before the hour as a spell of pressure culminated with Marcus Browne lashing a volley home via the underside of the crossbar.

Brown and Kieran Bailey both went close as the Hammers created the better openings, but it was Chelsea who moved back in front through Abraham, who steered Charlie Wakefield's cross beyond Bogard.

West Ham were not finished though, and Brown ensured the points would be shared, as he accelerated away from Fikayo Tomori and drilled under Collins to score an 85th minute equaliser.

West Ham United: Bogard, Knoyle, Neufville (Linley 76), Sylvestri, Pask, Onariase, Powell (Bailey 42), Browne, Diangana (Sheriff 86), J.Brown, Parfitt-Williams
Subs: Boness, Adebayo