Youngsters beaten 1-0 at home in first play-off match
ALBION’S Under-18s suffered injury time heartbreak against Manchester United, in their opening Barclays U18 Premier League play-off game on Saturday morning.
With the entertaining encounter heading for a draw, United midfielder Jordan Thompson saw his deflected strike in the 92nd minute bypass Baggies’ ‘keeper Ethan Ross, to hand the visitors all three points.
Under-18 boss, Aaron Danks, refused to be too disheartened and insisted his side can take plenty of positives.
He said: “The players and the staff were gutted to lose the game in the manner in which we did.
“The lads performed really well on the day, and there are lots of positives to take from the match.
“We started really well and played some great stuff in the first-half.
“In the second-half we had to be resolute in our defending and tactically we were excellent.
“We frustrated Manchester United, and then when we won the ball back we looked dangerous on the counter.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t see the job through.”
Danks added: “These games are fantastic tests for us all, physically, technically, tactically, but also emotionally as we found out on Saturday.
“Our players were tested in more ways than they have been for the majority of this season and I hope the next six games are as challenging.”
Albion: Ross, Ezewele (Sweeney 63’), Fitzwater, Cleet (Pritchatt 75’), McCourt, Field, Ward, Wright, Edwards, Cater (Scrivens 82’), Campbell.
Unused subs: Moran, Roberts.