Albion PL2 1 Stoke City PL2 1

ALBION’s under-23s drew 1-1 with Stoke City at a rainy Palm Training Ground in a Premier League 2 Division Two clash.

The Potters had the first chance of the game after just eight minutes when Alex Palmer was forced into saving Tre Pemberton’s effort. 

Soon it was the Baggies’ chance to try and break the deadlock when first Nathan Ferguson’s header was cleared off the line before Jonathan Leko’s shot was pushed away by Josef Bursik.

Palmer then had to save from Oliver Shenton when the Stoke man was through on goal to ensure that the sides went into the break level.

With 73 minutes on the clock Albion did manage to go ahead, though, as substitute Finn Azaz latched onto a defensive error to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball into the net.

But they were denied all three points with just a few minutes remaining thanks to Nathan Collins’ headed goal, with neither team able to go on and find a winner after that.

ALBION: Palmer, Ferguson, Jameson, McCourt; Meredith, Harper, Bradley, Harmon; Leko (Brown 87), Morton, Clayton-Phillips (Azaz 70).

Substitutes: Przybek, Wilding, Soule.

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