Trott impresses in heavy defeat
Nathan Trott, the Bermuda goalkeeper, featured in West Ham United Under-18 squad's heavy defeat against partner club and Dutch hosts VVV-Venlo in a preseason friendly at the weekend.
Trott, who signed with the London club in January, made some superb saves before a formidable VVV-Venlo side — boasting first team players — opened the floodgates in the second half on the way to emphatic 6-1 victory.
The former BAA and North Village goalkeeper repelled a header from close range in the first half and continued to impress after the break before the hosts put the game beyond the visiting team's reach with a late flurry of goals.
The home team drew first blood in a tight opening period when a long through ball from the back was collected in the right channel and a pinpoint cross allowed Torino Hunte to tap in.
Trott then made a reflex save midway through the half to prevent what looked a certain goal from a six-yard header.
West Ham's best chance of the first half fell to Marcus Browne who went close.
The visitors finally equalised early in the second half through Toni Martinez, who fired a 20-yard free kick low into the bottom left corner after Browne drew a foul.
However, all of West Ham's hard work came undone as the home team capitalised on mental lapses to kill the game off.
Trott made good saves in the build up to Venlo's second and third goals but could not deny the rebounds which were put away by Vito van Crooij and Tim Receveur.
Crooij put the hosts further ahead when he finished off a counter attack before Receveur slid in at the back post to fire past Trott for Venlo's fifth.
Hunte then grabbed his second goal of the match, nodding a rebound off the crossbar over the line to complete the host's dominant display at the Seacon Stadion - De Koel.
Trott signed off on a deal that will keep him at West Ham until June 2018 after impressing the Barclays Premier League side's coaching staff during trials last summer.
He made his debut for West Ham against Reading in the Barclay's Under-18 Premier League group one play-off at Rush Green where the hosts came from behind to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw.