- Paul Howard
Newcastle United under-23s suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to their West Ham United counterparts in their final Premier League 2 fixture of 2019.
The young Magpies trailed by two goals at the half-time break following strikes from Hammers forwards Anthony Scully and Nathan Holland.
Alfie Lewis notched West Ham's third before Holland netted his brace to condemn United to a disappointing defeat on a difficult afternoon in East London.
Newcastle headed into the division two clash on the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin in the Premier League international Cup group stages but faced a West Ham side sitting top of the table after an unbeaten start to their campaign.
However, Ben Dawson made two changes to the side which were triumphant over the German outfit, with Lucas De Bolle and Ryan Barrett coming into the starting line-up in place of injured duo Mo Sangare and Victor Fernández.
In the fifth minute, the hosts took the lead as Scully broke the deadlock. Following Holland's pass into the path of Bernardo Rosa, the Brazilian's pinpoint cross was sent into the path of Scully, who headed the ball past United goalkeeper Dan Langley.
West Ham doubled their advantage in the 33rd minute as Holland burst onto a long through ball before the 21-year-old stroked the ball across goal from a tight angle.
Newcastle were dealt another difficult blow as, in the 64th minute, West Ham added a third as Lewis passed the ball into the bottom corner following a drag back pass into the midfielder's path.
West Ham completed the scoring as Holland grabbed his second goal of the afternoon, lashing the ball into the net after a quick counter-attack from the hosts and making it an unforgettable afternoon for the young Magpies.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Jamie Sterry, Lewis Cass, Ludwig Francillette, Oliver Walters, Ryan Barrett, Jack Young, Lucas De Bolle, Tom Allan (c), Rosaire Longelo, Yannick Touré.
Subs not used: Lucas Gamblin, Jake Turner, Elliot Anderson, Josh Gilchrist, Dylan Stephenson.