A YOUTHFUL Albion side were beaten 4-0 by Newcastle United at a sodden Hawthorns in the Premier League 2 on Friday evening.
Kyle Cameron, Luke Charman and Craig Spooner bagged first-half goals for the visitors, before Owen Bailey added a fourth midway through the second period.
Tyler Roberts started brightly for the Baggies and could have had a hat-trick within the first ten minutes.
First the youngster stung the gloves of Nathan Harker in the Newcastle goal after cutting in from the right-hand side, before twice failing to test the 'keeper with a cheeky chip and a left-foot curler from inside the penalty area.
And the Baggies were made to pay in the 15th minute when Cameron jinked inside and planted the ball past Alex Palmer and into the top corner.
Roberts was a handful all evening and hit the post soon after, but it was 2-0 to Newcastle in the 22nd minute when Charman cutely brought down Cameron's cross and poked past Palmer.
And then it was three just 60 seconds later, Spooner firing home via a deflection after the ball was cut back to the penalty spot.
In a less frantic second period, Roberts again forced a save from Harker in the 53rd minute, before Kyle Edwards came agonisingly close to finishing what would have been a sublime solo effort.
James Shan's side battled but the Magpies secured the points when Bailey's looping header beat Palmer in the 74th minute.
ALBION: Palmer; Soleman, O'Shea (c), Jameson, Melbourne (McCourt 65); Clayton-Phillips (Azaz 56), Bradley, Chambers (Ferguson 76), Roberts, Edwards, Morton.
Subs: Pryzbek, Pierce.