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U18 Premier League South – Matchday Seven Round-up

Fulham maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 5-1 win over fellow Londoners West Ham, keeping themselves top of the league on goal difference. The Hammers had only lost one game prior to this match, but in-form striker Jay Stansfield put paid to this with an impressive four goals. He completed his hat-trick in 42 first half minutes, cementing his place as top-scorer of the entire U18 Premier League with ten goals. Defender Connor McAvoy got the other goal for the Cottagers, with West Ham’s Veron Parkes providing the only goal for his side who now sit in fourth place.

(pic by fulhamfc.com)

Brighton won 3-2 at home to Swansea, making it six wins out of seven for the second-placed team who also remain unbeaten. Two goals from Stefan Vukoje and one from Seagulls captain Jack Spong, who also assisted Vukoje for the winner, keeps them breathing down the neck of league leaders Fulham. Swansea took the lead in the first half through Charlie Clancy, however this was the only time they were to go ahead in the game. Brighton replied with two goals in eight minutes, but even after Will Rickard had equalised, the Swans were unable to push on to find the winner.

Stefan Vukoje scored twice against Swansea City (pic by Paul Hazelwood)

Chelsea are the third team to remain unbeaten so far this campaign with identical results to Fulham and Brighton, also keeping them behind only on goal difference. They travelled to a Leicester team who had scored ten goals in their last 3 games and managed to come out on top in a 4-1 win. The match was level at 1-1 until the hour-mark, that was until Armando Broja scored his seventh of the season, opening the floodgates for three more goals. An impressive performance from Henry Lawrence saw him assist both Charlie Wiggett and substitute George Nunn.

Armando Broja has scored seven goals this season. (pic by chelseafc.com)

There was a classic game of two halves between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, with all six goals coming in the second half. Villa raced into a four-goal lead, Charlie Farr, Brad Young and Mo Sylla all netted, but Aaron Ramsey (not him) had the pick of the bunch with a curler from outside the box. Spurs replied through Dane Scarlett and substitute Tarrelle Whittaker, but it was too little too late for the Londoners after a below-par performance.

Chay Cooper battles for the ball (pic by spursofficial)

Striker Sam Bellis was the star-man for Southampton as they beat Norwich 5-0, helping himself to a hat-tick in the process. Jack Turner managed a brace and full-back James Morris impressed, providing both goalscorers with an assist-a-piece

Full back James Morris (pic by SFC Media)

Arsenal earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory away at Reading through an Alfie Matthews header, though the Gunners could have made it much easier on themselves had Sam Greenwood converted a second half penalty. The victory sets Arsenal up nicely for the ‘mini’ North London Derby on October 19th, which could see them climb above their bitter rivals Spurs in the table.

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