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Lost 2-1 at Romford today after Josh Thomas put us one up in the 18th minute. West Ham equalised when a striker followed up Webb’s excellent penalty save. Webb then got beaten at the near post by an inswinging free kick. Swans had good possession 2nd half in very blustery conditions, but couldn’t find an equaliser. Picks of the bunch for me were Josh Thomas & Morgan Clarke, tireless & competitive games. West Ham manager was one-time Hammer Kevin Keen.
Went along to the U18s game v Charlton yesterday at Landore. Lost 3-1 to a stronger side after being 1 up. No teamsheet & it was my first time at the academy, so I was largely guessing identities. Mass substitutions disrupted the rhythm, but Al Ahemedi strengthened an otherwise lightweight midfield. Our right winger (Bradley Gibbings?) got a decent opener. Josh Thomas centre forward, Will Rickard left midfield, McKendry & Butler centre backs. Although he’s listed in the U23 squad v Carmarthen, I’m pretty sure Jacob Jones played right back at Landore (small, blonde, have we got another Jacob on the books?). Tyler Reid’s brother came on at right back, a mirror image of his brother. Jones (if it was him), Gibbings (if it was him!!) & Al Ahemedi looked the brightest of the bunch. Looking forward to seeing more games - and recognising more players! - at this level.
Cabango wasn’t in last Friday’s squad, he could of course have taken a knock or been protected. On the wider point RGD rightly raises, the relegated U23s shed a fair number of ‘regulars’ in the Summer (e.g. Maric, Reid, King, A Lewis) so some continuity might be helpful while youngsters step up this year. Having said that, I recognise these players clearly can’t stand still. Of the names mentioned, I’m imagining Dhanda & Asoro are expecting to be part of this season’s first team set-up. J Evans & Garrick might prefer to stay close to the club to get an opportunity. For the others, if a loan is on, it’s also a case of going to the right team to have the chance to shine - witness Connor Roberts’s contrasting fortunes at Yeovil and Bristol Rovers/Middlesbrough respectively. Hopefully, these players will each get the right chance to prove themselves, either here or elsewhere.