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U23s: Tottenham 2-3 West Ham Utd

Filed: Monday, 21st August 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham's Under 23s continued their solid start to the new season with a morale-boosting PL2 win against neighbours Tottenham this lunchtime.

Having drawn their opening game of the season against reigning champions Everton, the young Hammers were back in PL2 action this afternoon having beaten Swindon at the County Ground in the Checkatrade Trophy last week.

And it was to prove a second successful away trip as the Hammers returned to east London with all three points in the bag, courtesy of three goals in 14 second half minutes.

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Terry Westley's young charges had got off to the worst possible start and left themselves with a mountain to climb, having gone into the half time interval 2-0 down.

Tottenham had taken the lead through a deflected Dylan Duncan effort, that Irons 'keeper Nathan Trott had no chance with.

That lead was doubled two minutes before half time when Josh Pask felled Edwards inside the penalty box; Edwards brushed himself down before sloltting home the resulting spot kick to extend the hosts' advantage.

However the Hammers were a different team in the second period and started their recovery just four minutes into the second half. Vashon Neuville's perfectly-delivered centre was turned home by Dan Kemp, who grabbed the late winner at Swindon last week.

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West Ham were back on level terms on 55 minutes when Nathan Holland, who has been knocking on the door of the first team scored an absolute corker; picking up the ball out wide, he cut inside before curling an unstoppable effort into the far corner.

Still shellshocked from having seen their healthy lead disappear, Spurs fell behind for the first time in the game from what was to be its final goal. Another centre from Neufville caused panic in the Spurs box and Josh Pask fired home to send West Ham 3-2 ahead - a lead they maintained until the final whistle.

The win lifts West Ham up to third in PL2's Division One, behind leaders Liverpool and Chelsea (on goal difference).

West Ham Utd: Trott, Pike, Pask, Akinola, Neufville, Makasi, Powell (Sylvestre 61), Kemp (Hector-Ingram 84), Samuelsen (Diangana 46), Holland, Martinez.

Subs not used: Matrevics, Scully.

Goals: Kemp (49), Holland (55), Pask (63).

Tottenham: Austin, Eyoma, Bennetts, Skipp, Tanganga, Brown, Edwards, Duncan, Tracey (Shashoua 74), Pritchard, Miller (Loft 72).

Subs not used: Shashoua, O'Reilly, Sterling, Dinzeyi.

Goals: Duncan (32), Edwards (pen 43).

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