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Kick off 13:00 (UK)

12 January 2019 Venue Rockliffe Park Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Middlesbrough U18
5 - 3
West Bromwich Albion U18

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Gilbert’s young guns excited for ‘tough’ Middlesbrough FA Youth Cup tie

6 January 2020

Peter Gilbert says Albion Under-18s are looking forward to a challenging game against Middlesbrough in the FA Youth Cup fourth round at The Hawthorns on Tuesday (ko 7pm).

The Baggies Under-18s boss is prepared for a hard-fought battle to progress to the next round of the country’s most prestigious youth football competition against a Middlesbrough side who beat the Throstles earlier in the league this season.

Albion defeated Scunthorpe in the previous round and Gilbert insists he is eagerly anticipating the upcoming tie.

“We’re looking forward to the game,” said Gilbert.

“The lads are refreshed after Christmas, they have had a little break. We are really looking forward to it. It is going to be a tough game. We played them a couple of weeks back and got beat up at their place so we know it is going to be a challenge.

“They are a very physical team, they can be quite direct and they have got some good players. We have got to make sure that we are competitive and aggressive in and out of possession.

“We are trying to keep things as normal as possible in training. It is a big game for the lads and we do appreciate that. We have just got to treat it as a normal week and not get them over excited and just be calm so they will be clear-minded to execute the game plan.

“Playing at The Hawthorns is a really difficult decision for a coach, you have to choose which players to leave out in the biggest game so far for a lot of the lads. The opportunity to play at The Hawthorns is huge. 

“They are thinking about it well in advance so it is really difficult in terms of leaving players out. There are some really hard decisions to make. As a squad they have been outstandingly competitive so far this season. For the lucky ones who do manage to get on the pitch they will be absolutely buzzing.”

Tickets will cost £5 for adults and £1 for concessions (under-16s and seniors 65+).

Please note, owing to FA rules, season-ticket holders will be unable to gain free admission to this fixture. 

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Match Reports

Middlesbrough U18s 5 Albion U18s 3

13 January 2019

Albion fell just short as they suffered a 5-3 defeat in a lively Under-18 Premier League North clash with Middlesborough on Saturday.

The Baggies had led early on at Rockliffe Park, as Jamie Soule scored a header after a fast break down the right. 

Soule would double Albion's lead and his goal tally after 20 minutes, tucking away from close range with his right foot.

However, the hosts got themselves back into the game just before the half-hour mark, with Stephen Wearne tucking home a penalty for Boro.

But Albion restored their two-goal lead through an excellent one-two between Stanley Asomugha and Soule, allowing the former to score with his left foot inside the box.

The second half would be a difficult one for Albion, though, with Boro scoring early on with another Wearne penalty.

On the hour mark, Nicholas Hood levelled the score, before putting Boro ahead with just over 10 minutes to play.

Cain Sykes would complete the scoring for Middlesbrough in injury time, as he scored the eighth goal of the game.

Albion: Griffiths, Delaney, Martinez (Midgely 45), Hill, Solanke (Ashton 61), King, Brown, Barry, Soule, Ojebode (Wakeling 77), Asomugha.

Subsititutes: Cann, Taylor.

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