Fulham 5 | 3 Norwich
Jay Stansfield continued his red-hot form with four goals in his side’s 5-3 win over Norwich, the striker has now scored 17 for the season and 11 goals in his last three games. His extraordinary form sees Fulham remain unbeaten at the top of the Premier League South, having now amassed the same points total (25) as they did in the entirety of last season.
Stansfield got his side up and running in the fourth minute after some great interplay with teammate Jean-Pierre Tiehi, only to see Norwich equalise five minutes later through Josh Giurgi. It didn’t take the Cottagers long to retake the lead however, with Sylvester Jasper cutting inside to curl a superb effort into the top corner. Four minutes later Stansfield got his second after latching onto a cross from Connor McAvoy, but once again the Canaries kept themselves in contention through Tom Dickson-Peters‘ curling free-kick, making it 3-2 to Fulham with only 23 minutes on the clock. Then in first half stoppage-time Norwich got their equaliser, with Tyrese Omotoye powering down the channel and firing across goal, putting an end to a pulsating first half containing six goals.
After the interval Stansfield carried on where he left off with two goals in two minutes. He completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Tiehi was brought down, then got his fourth after wriggling through the Norwich defence to finish with aplomb.
Swansea 2 | 8 West Ham
The East London side opened the scoring after just eight minutes with Parkes rifling a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area, then doubled their lead soon after through Odubeko, who held off a strong challenge after getting on the end of Lennon Peake’s through ball to slot home. The Swans then equalised in the 27th minute through Will Rickard to keep themselves in the game, but eight minutes later and Odubeko was again involved. His clever run and lobbed pass put in top scorer Sebastian Nebyla, who finished into an empty net.
Swansea then took the initiative after the break and Ali Al-Hamadi eventually made it 3-2 just before the hour mark, this was unfortunately as good as it was going to get for the Welsh side though, as the floodgates then opened for more West Ham goals. Christian Veliky was brought on at half-time to replace the impressive Odubeko and had much the same impact as the debutant, squaring for Parkes to get his second on 63 minutes. Soon after, an impressive counterattack from West Ham resulted in another precision pass from Peake, who found Veliky for a tap in.
Parkes completed his hat-trick with seven minutes remaining and two further goals at the game’s end for Veliky and Gael Kileba, scoring his second of the season, completed the rout for West Ham, who now move up to fourth in the table.
Middlesbrough 4 | 3 Sunderland
In the Premier League North, Middlesbrough made it four games unbeaten as they beat Sunderland 4-3, meaning the Black Cats have now lost all nine of their games so far this season. Harry Green scored the only goal of the first half to give Boro the lead, before two goals in two second half minutes gave Sunderland some much needed reason to cheer, with their strikes coming from Jack Armstrong and Joe Hugill.
It was then Boro’s turn to get two in two minutes, top scorer Joe Gibson got the equaliser before substitute Josh Coburn regained the lead for his side. Gibson then grabbed his second of the game and ten for the season, before Sunderland kept the score respectable after Lilyan Compper’s goal in stoppage-time.
Man Utd 1 | 1 Wolves
Another side also unbeaten in their last four are Manchester United, who played out a 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves had the better of the first half but only had one goal to show for it by the interval. Luke Cundle, fresh from signing a new deal, connected with Jed Abbey’s cross to give his side a deserved lead. Not long after the break, Shola Shoretire was brought down by the Wolves ‘keeper and Charlie McCann made no mistake from the spot. United then applied further pressure in the second half with McCann again involved when his strike hit the crossbar, and Anthony Elanga and Dillon Hoogewerf could have had as many as two goals apiece in a game where United had a total of 15 shots, however, they could not find the winner and it finished level.
U18 Premier League North
|9||West Bromwich Albion||16||6||2||8||34||42||-8||20|
U18 Premier League South
|2||West Ham United||17||11||4||2||51||28||23||37|
|6||Brighton and Hove Albion||17||7||3||7||30||33||-3||24|