Under-23s coach Neil Wood included three players in Nathan Bishop, Brandon Williams and Anthony Elanga, who were, the previous evening, with the first-team squad in Granada.
United were quick into our stride and, for the opening few minutes, were giving West Ham’s defence plenty of activity but the visitors weathered the early storm and gradually increased the frequency of their visits into United’s territory.
Most of the goal attempts, in the early stages, were from distance and didn’t really trouble either keeper, United’s Nathan Bishop, and Joseph Anang between West Ham's posts.
Noam Emeran, making his first start at this level, was rapidly becoming a major threat down the right wing. Twice he negotiated a route into the Hammers’ penalty area but, each time, keeper Anang did his work well.
At the other end, it was Kai Corbett who looked the most likely to breach United’s defences, but Bishop was proving to be a formidable barrier.