Filed: Tuesday, 18th October 2005
By: Matthew O'Greel
West Ham slipped to sixth place in the Premier League Reserve League South after suffering their first defeat in five games at the hands of Tottenham.
Despite taking an early lead through Elliott Ward the Hammers went down 2-1 thanks to goals from Andy Reid and Lee Barnard.
Ward (pictured above) opened the scoring after just five minutes when he nodded home a Hogan Ephraim corner as the Hammers - featuring several players with first team experience - started the game brightly.
But Ward's strike was cancelled out by former Forest winger Reid on 32 minutes; the Irishman took two touches before unleashing a 25-yard thunderbolt into the top corner of Matthew Reed's net.
Tottenham's winner arrived four minutes after the break courtesy of Lee Barnard - and again it was a long range effort that beat Reed.
The young striker picked up the ball five yards outside of West Ham's area before finding the bottom corner of the net with a low curling effort.
West Ham's best chance to equalise came 14 minutes from time when left-back Clive Clarke's dipping free-kick rebounded off the underside of the crossbar - but it wasn't to be for Kevin Keen's side.
The win lifts Tottenham - who go fourth in the table - above the Hammers.
West Ham United: Hislop, Newton, Clarke, Ward, Cohen, Fletcher, Bellion, Stokes, Ephraim, Williams, Reid.
Tottenham: Fulop, Daniels, O'Hara, Huddlestone, C.Lee, McKenna, Davis, Reid, Barnard, Hallfredsson.
* Current Reserve League South leaders Arsenal extended their lead to six points with a 3-1 win at Fulham last night.
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