Baggies extend unbeaten league run
ALBION Under-21’s were held to a goalless draw by Derby County at The Hawthorns in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
The stalemate extended Baggies’ unbeaten run to three league games, as both sides missed decent chances to claim all three points in an even encounter.
George Cleet was the first man to try his luck after just two minutes, his header from Adil Nabi’s corner was well saved by Jonathan Mitchell.
At the other end, Ivan Calero fizzed a shot at goal from all of 25-yards in the tenth minute, but Alex Palmer safely watched it whistle past his far post.
The two Campbell’s for Albion, Tahvon and Adam, then produced an eye-catching bit of link-up play on the edge of the area before the latter fired at goal, only to see Mitchell make a fine save.
Shortly after the half-hour mark, Ivan Calero’s dipping drive from 25-yards flashed inches wide of Palmer’s near post.
Palmer was, however, called into action nine minutes after break, when Mason Bennett forced him into a brilliant one-handed save with a fiercely-struck effort from inside the penalty area.
When the Baggies ‘keeper was finally beaten by Bennett in the 66th minute, Kyle Howkins came to his rescue by making a superb goal-line clearance to prevent the Rams winger from opening the scoring.
A minute later, the home side had a chance to take the lead but Adil Nabi headed Bradley Garmston’s cross over the bar from 12-yards.
The same Nabi brother had the game’s final chance, but his curling effort from just outside the penalty area went narrowly wide.
Albion: Palmer, Ezewele, Cleet, Howkins, Garmston, A.Nabi, S.Nabi, A.Campbell (Fitzwater HT), T.Campbell (Wright 70’), Leko (Hallahan 73’), Roberts.
Unused subs: Ross, Edwards.
*Picture by Sandwell College HND photo*