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The Verdict: West Bromwich Albion U23s 1-1 Aston Villa U23s

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The Verdict: West Bromwich Albion U23s 1-1 Aston Villa U23s

Game details 

Match: West Bromwich Albion U23s v Aston Villa U23s
Date: Monday 29th October 2018
Competition: Premier League 2
Venue: Aggborough 

Line-up

Sarkic, Walker, Rowe, Prosser, Patterson, Revan, Cox, Brunt, Knibbs (Vassilev 66), Ramsey, Odutayo (Pressley 82). UNUSED SUBS: Lomax (GK), Ige, Pressley, Sohna.

Scoring summary 

Robson-Kanu (6)

Cox (78)

Story in brief

Aston Villa U23s came from behind to earn a point against Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion U23s at Aggborough.

Albion went ahead early doors when Wes Hoolahan's cross was volleyed home by Hal Robson-Kanu.

The Young Lions, missing a host of regular names, were never out of the contest, however, and struck with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Callum Rowe, operating at left-back, slid through Jordan Cox, who fired low to the left past Albion keeper Jonathan Bond.

Head Coach Dean Smith and members of his staff were watching on from the stands once again.

CoxWBA2

Young Lions come of age

They may not have got the win at Kidderminster, but without many of their key players such as Callum O'Hare, Jake Doyle-Hayes, Jacob Bedeau and Jack Clarke, the next generation dug in to wrestle a point from the Baggies.

Add to that there were around 100 international caps among the hosts' ranks, with the likes of Hoolahan, Robson-Kanu and Oliver Burke in the side, as well as the hugely-experienced Tyrone Mears, and it can certainly be considered a point gained.

What next?

We face a home game against Reading in our next encounter.

The clash takes place at Villa Park on Sunday 4th November, kick-off 1pm.

The Royals sit second in the PL2 Division 2 table, while we’re fifth. 

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 29th October 2018