It was announced yesterday afternoon that Terry Westley’s Development Squad have had their PL2 Division One encounter with David Unsworth’s Everton postponed.
The clash was scheduled to be played out yesterday evening (Monday 18 December 2017) with a kick-off time of 7 PM at the Toffees’ Training Ground of USM Finch Farm in Halewood.
But, club officials yesterday decided that, due to poor visibility and adverse weather conditions, they had no further option but to postpone the encounter.
The matchup had already been subject to a change of venue that was released on Friday afternoon, changing to the training facility from the Merseyrail Community Stadium, the 6,000-capacity home of National League outfit Southport FC.
The decision brought with it two disappointing Monday afternoons on the bounce for the young Hammers, as their last match, the home League visit of Tottenham Hotspur, was also called off.
Eight days ago at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, a frozen pitch was the predominant issue, however, this time around, low-lying cloud on Merseyside was the problem.
This means that Westley’s boys have now seen their last action of 2017, losing out away at Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy, a defeat that was their fifth consecutive in all Competitions.
Currently sitting sixth in the Standings, the starlets will look to bring an end to that torrid in early January, when they will make the tricky trip to face Manchester United.
However, daunting the fixture may sound on paper, the youngsters have already defeated the Red Devils, who were bottom of the Table for a long period, once this season to the tune of 4-2 at the London Stadium in October.
That tie will be played on Monday 8 January 2017 and it has also been confirmed that the Lilywhites clash has been rearranged to be played on Monday 12 February 2018.
The new date for yesterday evening’s game is yet to be released, but like the others, is expected to be played out in the spring of next year, weather permitting of course.
Overall, it has been a successful year for the young Hammers as they gained Promotion to the PL2 Division One for the first time, defeating Newcastle in the Division Two Play-Off Final held at St James’ Park.
After a magnificent start to their first-ever season in the League, which saw them climb as high as third place at one stage, they’ve rather dropped off the pace in the last month or so.
Part of this has been down to injuries to the likes of Nathan Holland, but with such stars as him, Antonio Martinez and Martin Samuelsen, 2018 and beyond certainly does look bright for the future West Ham United stars.