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Friday night (September 20) at Heritage Park would see West Ham United U23s travel north to face hosts Middlesbrough U23s in a Premier League 2 Division 2 fixture which, for those lucky enough to be there, witness a seven-goal thriller, the Hammers emerging victorious in a 4-3 win.
Prior to the game our Head of Media predicted “what promises to be an entertaining game,” and that “Scully and Holland to watch from Hammers if previous games to go by” and so it proved, on both counts.
It would be Nathan Holland who would open the scoring for the Premier League 2 Division 2 leaders midway through the first half, curling an effort into the far corner; fourteen minutes level and the Boro were level courtesy of an own-goal, the Hammers retaking the lead just before the interval when Anthony Scully tapped into an empty goal following work from Nathan Holland and Joe Powell, the visitors leading 2-1 at the break.
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The second half carried on in much the same vein as the first had done with Daniel Dodds levelling for a second time, six minutes after the restart before the hosts took the lead for the first time in the game, Sam Folarin curling home himself just minutes later.
With the Boro leading 3-2 you’d think the game might just wind down a little going into the latter stages, not here as the Hammers levelled themselves with fifteen minutes remaining, Scully on the rebound with his second of the evening – now at 3-3 and it’s anybody’s game.
Sure enough, with the clock ticking into the final five minutes, the Hammers took over outright leadership (Manchester United do have a game in hand) as Holland worked the flank and cut back for Dan Kemp to finish from a close-range winner.
MIDDLESBROUGH U23s vs. WEST HAM UNITED U23s LINE-UPS
Middlesbrough: Harry Flatters, Daniel Dodds, Nathan Wood, Nathan Dale, Jack Robinson (Joseph Gibson), Patrick Reading (c), Hayden Hackney, Connor Malley, Stephen Wearne, Sam Folarin, Rumarn Burrell. Subs: Oliver Swan, Lucas Reed, Nicholas Hood, Alberto Balde.
West Ham United: Joseph Anang, Bernardo Costa Da Rosa, Harrison Ashby, Goncalo Cardoso, Emmanuel Longelo, Conor Coventry (c), Daniel Kemp (Keenan Appiah-Forson), Alfie Lewis, Joe Powell, Nathan Holland, Anthony Scully. Subs: Michael Parker, Krisztian Hegyi, Veron Parkes, Reece Hannam.
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