Third in five games for FridjonssonSammi Fridjonsson's first half goal wasn't enough for the Academy this past weekend, as West Ham ran out 3-1 winners in an open encounter at Hogwood Park.
Hammers winger Djair Parfitt-Williams, returning to their side from injury, gave the visitors a commanding lead early on with two good strikes but Icelandic international Fridjonsson hit back just before the break, his third goal in five games.
Both sides hit the bar in a frenetic second half, but Parfitt-Williams completed his hat-trick to seal all three points for the Irons, who are now on a eight-game unbeaten run.
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Royals: Ward; Watson (Owusu 45), McLennan, Dickie (C), Jules; Shaughnessy, Fridjonsson, Taylor-Crossdale (Lawal 75), Husin; Cardwell, Vastsuk (Ismajli 75).
Subs not used: Jeffrey, Urbancic.
West Ham: Brown, Knoyle, Page, Onariase (Harney 90), Burke, Marlow, Nasha (Makasi 88), Bywater, Cullen, Parfitt-Williams (Mavila 90), Brown.
Subs not used: Bogard, Amoo.