Match Reports

Chesterfield 3-3 Albion

Brandon Thomas-Asante celebrates.

Albion earned a FA Cup Third Round Replay after drawing 3-3 with Chesterfield in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday afternoon.

The Baggies took the lead via Brandon Thomas Asante’s early goal before Tyrone Williams equalised in a fast-paced beginning to the tie.

Karlan Grant soon handed Carlos Corberán’s men the advantage again, yet it was Armando Dobra’s double at the end of the first period that seemed to have decided the contest, but Thomas-Asante struck in added time to ensure the tie would be played once more.

Albion in action against Chesterfield.

Carlos Corberán made 11 changes to his line-up for the cup clash, but his team made the perfect start in Derbyshire – Thomas-Asante firing home within 90 seconds of kick-off.

They were pegged back by an energetic Spireites side just five minutes later, though, when Williams finished a quick corner routine emphatically.

It was an entertaining opening, made better for Albion with another goal. This time Adam Reach was the provider, an excellent pass playing Grant through to squeeze past Ross Fitzsimons and edge the visitors back ahead

Carlos Corberán during Albion's fixture.

However, Chesterfield rallied and found a leveller. Another quick attack caused problems, allowing Dobra to side-foot into the top corner from 12-yards and make it 2-2.

And the hosts ensured they were in front at the break, Dobra converting a rebound to send the Spireites supporters wild and give Albion plenty of work to do after half-time.

Brandon Thomas-Asante celebrates.

Corberán turned to the bench, bringing on Jayson Molumby, Daryl Dike and Jed Wallace as the Baggies searched for a goal.

Semi Ajayi almost equalised, his poked finish cleared off the line in a scramble, while Dike saw an effort deflected wide and a header go over.

With time ticking away Thomas-Asante had another chance, heading Wallace’s cross towards the bottom corner, but Fitzsimons denied him.

However, it was with their last chance that Albion would ensure they avoided defeat. Thomas-Asante rising to head home, sending the travelling support into raptures and book a second meeting between the sides.

Albion: Button; Gardner-Hickman, Kelly (O’Shea 56), Ajayi, Ashworth (Molumby 45); Livermore (Yokuslu 72), Reach; Diangana (Wallace 64), Rogic (Dike 55), Grant; Thomas-Asante.