14.01.12 West Ham United Under-18s 6 Norwich City Under-18s 1
Sunday, 15 January 2012 17:33

Both teams went into the game having been in FA Youth Cup action against Brighton and Chelsea respectively during the week. The teams would have met in the fifth round had Norwich not lost out unluckily to Chelsea on penalties.

But it was back to action in the Premier Academy League today, although both sides had to wait an extra 30 minutes for kick-off to give the frozen pitch a chance to thaw.

When they did start Norwich kept out a penalty from Turgott who had been with England U17s in Mexico last season. He was denied with his spot-kick and also with is chance in the follow-up.

On a cold but sunny morning it was Norwich who took the lead from a free kick on the right from Harry Toffolo which was floated into the West Ham penalty area, eluding everyone and ending up in the far corner of the goal.

West Ham had changed their side around with just three from Wednesday in the side. They finally equalised through Sadlier, and before half-time the Hammers went in front through McCallum to go into the break 2-1 up.

In the second half  West Ham netted a third from a penalty taken by McCallum and took control of the game, although Norwich did have their spells of attacking play.

With a good crowd at Little Heath sensing more goals they were not to be disappointed as West Ham rattled in a further three goals. Turgott made up from his first half penalty miss, Sadlier and then finally Shaw in time added on contributing the goals.

It was the heaviest defeat for a long time for a Norwich U18 team with West Ham avenging Norwich’s 3-2 victory against the Hammers at Colney in November.

It is a shame that both clubs could not meet each other in the next round of the Youth Cup, but I wish Norwich Academy all the best for the remainder of the season.

City Line-Up: Matthews; Norman, McFadden, McKenzie, Toffolo; Peacock, Dobbs, Carroll, Josh Murphy; Rhys Brown, Loza
Subs: Barker, Clunan, Hall-Johnson, McGeehan, Jacob Murphy

By Alf Thain

Our hanks for today’s report go to 91-year-old Alf Thain, a life-long West Ham fan and a regular at Little Heath to watch their Academy team. Alf passed on his thoughts on the game to our correspondent Rob Maynard who wasn’t able to make the match.

Alf Thain

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