Brilliant comeback from the Hammers kids


The U21s produced a stunning comeback to grab their sixth consecutive victory this season in all competitions when beating League One club Bristol Rovers 3-1 in the EFL Trophy

The hosts took the lead at Memorial Stadium, but it was all West Ham after Sam Finley found the bottom corner from inside the area after 24 minutes.

The development side had chances to equalise but it was after half time they showed their class to stroll to a second win in five days.

Dan Chesters’ swashbuckling run won a penalty with 70 minutes played and Callum Marshall scored.


George Earthy,  completed a quick counter-attack with a deft finish from inside the area and then Joe Anang made a series of great saves before Marshall found the net near the end.

The win that takes the U21s top of Group H in the EFL Trophy Southern Section.

West Ham United U21s: Anang, Chesters (Robinson 90+1), Laing, Casey ©, Luizao, Scarles, Orford, Kelly, Earthy (Moore 90+4), Marshall, Kodua (Clayton 90+4)
Subs not used: Knightbridge (GK), Forbes, Battrum, Nevers

Goals: Marshall pen 70, 90+3 Earthy 79
Booked: Robinson

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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