Saturday 08 March 2014
Liverpool closed the gap on Fulham, the Barclays Under-21 Premier League leaders, to one point with victory over West Ham United at Grays Athletic FC.
The match also marked successful returns from injury for two of Liverpool’s first-team squad, Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho, who played the whole match and 70 minutes respectively.
Both goals for Alex Inglethorpe’s side came from Jack Dunn, 19, who hails from Liverpool. Dunn’s first, just before the break, was fortunate in that he deflected Kristoffer Peterson’s shot past Ralph Spiegel. His second goal owed nothing to fortune as Jordan Lussey found Cameron Brannagan down the left and his cross was turned in by Dunn.
In the opening stages it was West Ham who had the best chances to open the scoring through Elliott Lee, who was first denied by Yusuf Mersin in the Liverpool goal and then hit a post.
West Ham, who would have overtaken Liverpool had they won, remain fifth with 27 points from 16 matches, while Liverpool, who have 31 points from 15 matches, will go top if they win their fixture in hand.
West Ham 0-2 Liverpool (Dunn 2)
Midday Chelsea v Middlesbrough, Aldershot Town
7pm unless stated
Midday Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion, TBC
Aston Villa v Leicester City, Pirelli Stadium
Everton v Stoke City, Southport FC
Manchester City v Southampton, Etihad Stadium
Norwich City v Sunderland, Carrow Road
Reading v Bolton Wanderers, Basingstoke Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United, AFC Telford United