Filed: Saturday, 27th October 2012
By: Willis Jamieson
A colld and windy night at Rush Green saw the under 21s gain another three vital points as they hosted mid-table team Everton.
A second half goal from Elliot Lee would be all that separated the two sides in a game in which both teams were playing long ball,s which led to a scrappy game. There were few chances in the first half with the conditions making it frustrating as both teams struggled.
There were two highlights for the home team: a clever lob from Calum Driver on the halfway line as he glanced up and saw the keeper off his line - his effort going just a few inches over - and a sprint across the edge of the area by Elliot Lee who drilled the ball at goal which produced an excellent save from Everton 'keeper Mateus Taudel.
The visitors created few chances and they were dealt with well by the West Ham defence, with Wearen in particular looking strong. Larkins also produced a couple of close-range saves.
The second half started better although both teams both still chose to go long too often. There were however more chances and shots on goal.
The best chance for Everton came from a defensive mistake by the home team and led to a one-on-one with Larkins; the young goalkeeper spread himself well and the Everton striker failed to hit the target.
Just 10 minutes later, the young Hammers look the lead with what proved to be the game's only goal. A short corner was played into to Blair Turgott who turned and chipped a clever ball for Elliot Lee, who glanced his header into the top corner.
With Everton pushing forward for an equaliser, West Ham introduced Freddie Piquionne to try and hold on to the point. Deep into injury time a ball across the West Ham penalty area was diverted past Larkins, but fortunately it hit the post and bounced up into the relieved West Ham goalkeeper's hands.
A few seconds later the final whistle blew, meaning West Ham move on to 22 points from their nine games played and stay at the top of the table - still having lost just once this season.
Jake Larkins: 7 – Didn’t have much to do but made a couple of important saves in the first half with the score at 0-0
Callum Driver: 6 – Captain for the night was right back in a solid defence. Was unlucky with his first half lob from half way line.
Dan Potts: 6 – Playing at Centre back was never put under pressure from a poor Everton
Eoin Wearen: 7 – Really solid game at centre back, in the first half especially he was excellent with a number of hard tackles.
Frazer Shaw: 6 – Stepping up from the Under 18 team Frazer did well at right back, wasn’t pressed too much and got forward when he could.
George Moncur: 6 – He looked good on the ball when it was on the floor, it just wasn’t on the floor enough for the midfield to have a great game. He had a great shot saved in the second half after a neat layoff from McCallum
Sebastian Lletget: 7 – Playing the holding role, he is neat in possession and in first half especially rarely lost the ball. Protected the defence well.
Matthias Fanimo: 5 – Hard for the wingers in this game as we just didn’t use them enough as we chose to go long far too often.
Blair Turgott: 7 – Wasn’t in the game enough, but gets a better mark as his clever assist was the difference between 1 and 3 points
Paul McCallum: 6 – The long ball was usually played up to him and he did the best he could against a big Everton defence. He is good in the air and won lots of headers.
Elliot Lee: 7 – A lot of running after flicks from McCallum and wasted the ball a number of times, but a good shot in the first half and a great glancing header for the goal.
Sub: Freddie Piquionne: Hardly got a touch in the 10 mins he was on.
Unused Subs: Gines Guzman Posique (GK), Pelly Ruddock, Jack Powell, Declan Hunt.
Willis Jamieson may also be found on Twitter at twitter.com/WillisJamieson.
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