Youngsters beaten 3-0 at home by Nottingham Forest
NOTTINGHAM Forest forward Tyler Walker hit a second-half hat-trick as Albion Under-18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup.
The fourth-round tie looked to be heading for extra-time, but three goals in the last twenty minutes from the visitors’ No.10 saw them progress into to last 16 at the expense of Aaron Danks' men.
Forest could have taken the lead in the second minute when a mistake from Albion defender Jack Fitzwater allowed Walker time and space in front of goal, but his effort bounced narrowly wide.
Jonathan Leko then went close for the hosts five minutes later, but his curling shot from the edge of the penalty area sailed over the crossbar.
Samir Nabi, who scored four goals in the last round against Torquay United, then saw his free-kick from 30-yards comfortably saved by Forest ‘keeper Tim Erlandsson.
Early in the second-half, Oliver Burke’s goal-bound header from Jack Kelly’s cross was cleared by Albion defender George Cleet.
But the away side the broke the deadlock in the 70th minute, Burke’s low, driven cross on the right-hand side of the penalty area was tapped home at the back post by Walker.
The same man then doubled Forest’s lead from the penalty spot four minutes later, after Robbie McCourt tripped Gerry McDonagh inside the penalty area.
And Walker completed his hat-trick in added time, racing clear of the Albion defence and finishing confidently over Ethan Ross.
Albion: Ross, Ezewele, McCourt, Gannon, Cleet, Fitzwater, Roberts, S.Nabi, Wright, Smith (Campbell 71’), Leko (Hallahan 80’).
Unused subs: Hall (GK), Sweeney, Edwards.