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Posted on 26 March 2007  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe couldn't fault his Under-18 side as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against West Ham at the weekend.

Alex Inglethorpe couldn't fault his Under-18 side as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against West Ham at the weekend.Starting with four Under-16 players and seven in the 14-man squad, the lads pushed a strong Hammers outfit all the day and went down to a penalty after 65 minutes.

Coach Alex went into the game without goalkeeper David Button, who turned his ankle on England U19 duty and joined Tomas Pekhart, Troy Archibald-Henville, Matthew Wells, Alex Olsen, Jamie Davis and Terry Dixon on the sidelines.

"West Ham were strong and we were very young again and I was impressed with how our youngsters went about it," reported Alex. "We didn't have a recognised centre-half either so Joe Martin, who has played there before and Jake Livermore lined-up there.

"We ended up conceding a penalty when their player was just clipped in the box but we had our chances.

"Andros Townsend hit the post, Ryan Mason had a one-on-one opportunity saved and we enjoyed a lot of possession. We're trying to have a look at as many Under-16s as possible at this stage of the season and they did well again."

Spurs U18s: Stroud, Alex Smith, Hughton, Kasim, Martin, Livermore, Hutton, Mason (Adam Smith, 75), Medley (Obika, 46), Hutchins, Townsend. Unused sub: Cox.