Hammers young bloods turn it on


BurkeSeventeen year old Reece Burke sprung to the Boleyn forefront with a winner crafted out of the Academy against Sampdoria this afternoon.

The teenager became an instant hero after linking with Elliot Lee for a goal which brought back memories of the Hammers youth conveyor belt of years gone by.

Twice behind, the Irons responded with a 90th minute winner from Burke after a Mark Noble penalty and Mo Diame scorcher put theteam back on terms after twice being behind.

 And talking to the official site at Reece said:  “It doesn’t get much better than that. As a young kid that’s what you dream of.

To score my first goal for the first team is really good and that’s something that’s going to help me.”

Ok it was only close in tap in but the build-up which involved Diame and Eiot Lee was anything but.

Reece said: “I followed the ball played in Mo Diame and thought I’d just carry on running,” he explained.

“I got myself in the box. El [Elliot Lee] had the ball, crossed it and I was there for the finish.

“I just didn’t want to miss. I was literally right there and I just wanted to make sure that I scored really. I didn’t want to miss.

“It was an unbelievable feeling, I didn’t know what to do, to celebrate or to run. I don’t score many to be fair, but that’s one of my targets, to score more goals as a centre-back.”

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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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