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Robbie Hammers Late Winner


22:40 26th February 2013

Substitute completes comeback for under 21s

Wolves 2 (Cassidy-pen 82, Parry 90)

West Ham United 1 (Lledget 37)

Two goals in the dying minutes saw the Molineux under 21s come from behind to take the points from West Ham in what was an end to end encounter at the Bucks Head.

The visitors were the first to threaten with Kieran Bywater shooting over from the edge of the box before supplying a short pass to George Moncur whose shot was blocked by Jamie Tank.

West Ham were inches away from taking the lead in the seventh minute as Wellington Paulista raced clear on to a long clearance and lobbed the ball over Aljaz Cotman but just wide of the post.

Two Anthony Forde corners offered no reward but there was half a chance for Jake Cassidy as he homed in on a good cross from Liam McAlinden, but Daniel Potts ran in to force the ball behind for another fruitless corner.

Cassidy was denied twice in the 24th minute after Sam Whittall had launched a deep free-kick into the box. The striker beat Hammers keeper Raphael Spiegel to the ball but his header was cleared off the line by Potts. Cassidy then connected with the loose ball only for Spiegel to make a superb save as he dived full length to fingertip away.

Sebastian Lletget wasn’t far away as he latched onto a bouncing ball in the home area with his shot taking a deflection as it flew past the far post.

Moncur hit a low cross-shot through the heart of the six-yard box before West Ham took a 37th minute lead as Lledget cut into the area from  the left wing and worked a shooting position for himself before despatching a low shot past Cotman.

Seconds after the restart, Spiegel saved a drive from Cassidy and then Tank headed over following a Jack Price free-kick.

Just before the break Amos Nasha tested Cotman with a low shot from 20-yards.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 West Ham 1

Just 34 seconds after the break Elliot Lee almost doubled West Ham’s advantage as he ran from just inside the Wolves half to the left of the box before hitting a shot that came back off the foot of the post.

Then Zeli Ismail went close as he sprinted into the visitors area but off balance he succeeded only in finding the side netting.

Cotman did well to turn away a shot from Lee before Wolves twice went close to levelling in a two minute spell. Price hit a cracking shot from inside the ‘D’ that was only just wide before Lee Evans (pictured) drew another good save from Spiegel. Evans then went into the book for a foul on Lledget. 

Spiegell scrambled across his line to cling on to a Cassidy header after a Price cross and the Wolves pair combined again moments later as Spiegel knocked down another effort from Price right in front of Cassidy. But the ball bounced up into the keeper’s arms before the striker could react.

In the 70th minute a back-pass from Pelly Ruddock was intercepted by McAlinden but he fired against Spiegel . McAlinden had another chance five minutes later with a shot oin the turn that went over Spiegel’s bar. The keeper, who had taken a knock, was then replaced by Jake Larkins.

Wolves deservedly drew level in the 82nd minute after Hammers substitute Frazer Shaw had fouled Evans in the box.  Cassidy lashed the spot kick past Larkins.

Then, in the 90th minute there was a loud cheer from the small crowd as substitute Robbie Parry netted the winner. Shaw was at fault again as he gave the ball away to McAlinden who hit a perfect cross into the path of Parry who powered the ball into the roof of the net. 

Wolves: Cotman, Whittall, Cranston, Evans, Tank, Iorfa, Ismail (Parry 79), Price (capt), Cassidy (Jakobsson 84), McAlinden, Forde.

Unused subs: Flatt, Schofield, Dell.

Booking: Evans (61 – foul).

West Ham: Spiegel (Larkins 75), Spence (capt), Gardner (Shaw 72), Nasha (Sadlier 90+2), Potts, Ruddock, Bywater, Moncur, Paulista, Lletget, Lee.

Unused subs: Miles, Onariase.

Referee: S. Plane.

Attendance: 131.

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