Adil Nabi also on target in victory
KYLE Howkins struck an 88th minute winner for Albion Under-21s, as they recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over West Ham.
The triumph ensures the youngsters’ 100% start to the season continues and extends James Shan’s side’s unbeaten run to seven league games, with their last defeat coming in March.
Adil Nabi opened the scoring with a free-kick from a tight angle midway through the first-half, before Elliot Lee nodded home Josh Cullen’s corner in after 66 minutes to level the scores.
But with just two minutes left on the clock, Howkins controlled Joe Ward’s lofted pass inside the penalty area and then managed to toe-poke the ball past Hammers’ ‘keeper Tim Brown.
The Baggies had both Ethan Ross and the woodwork to thank though in the dying embers, as West Ham wasted two good chances to snatch a draw.
Matchwinner Kyle Howkins admitted it wasn’t Albion’s finest display, but was delighted to score the vital goal at the death.
He said: “Of course I’m delighted to score the winner in a tight match.
“I managed to peel round the back and collect the pass from Wardy, before rolling the ball into the back of the net.
“It’s a nice win for us and obviously it is great to get another three points.
“It wasn’t our best performance, we know we can do a lot better but we have the three points and that is the most important thing.”
ALBION: Ross, Ezewele (Howkins 58), Fitzwater, Donnellan, Pocognoli (McCourt HT), O’Neil, S.Nabi (Ward 70), A.Nabi, Leko, Edwards, Roberts.
Unused subs: Hall, Cleet.