ALBION suffered penalty-shootout heartbreak in their Birmingham Senior Challenge Cup clash at Stourbridge this evening.
The Baggies, who won the competition last season, were defeated 6-5 on penalties after neither side were able to break the deadlock during 120 minutes of football at The War Memorial Ground.
And development coach David Oldfield was disappointed his young side were unable to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.
“Were disappointed and it was difficult game for the young team,” said Oldfield.
“We improved in the second half but we didn’t manage to take any of our opportunities when the game was very evenly balanced.
“Stourbridge are a good side that’s well organised and full of men and it’s a good club with a good team.
“We entered this competition to expose our young players to football against men which is an experience they obviously don’t get in the academy system.
“They’ve learnt a lot this evening and the boys now know more about the reality of cup competitions.”
ALBION: Lewis; O’Sullivan (Francis), Garmston, Birch, C Jones, O’Neil, A Nabi, Pace, A Jones, Sawyers, Wedderburn (Ambalu). Subs not used: Palmer (gk); McCalla, Smart.