Match Reports

Salford City 2-2 Albion

Taylor Gardner-Hickman celebrates his goal against Salford

Albion continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw at Salford City on Wednesday evening.

Following a scoreless first half it was Taylor Gardner-Hickman’s impressive double which fired the Baggies into a two-goal lead around the hour mark.

But the Ammies struck back after the visitors had made a raft of changes, Ossama Ashley and Marcus Dackers both converting from dangerous corners.

Carlos Corberán’s return to action this Saturday, travelling to League One Burton Albion (ko 3pm).

City put the Baggies under pressure early on, forcing a few saves from Josh Griffiths and striking wide via Luke Bolton.

But Corberán’s men took control of the game around the 20-minute mark and began creating opportunities, Jovan Malcolm, making his second start in as many nights, nodding just past the post before Okay Yokuslu guided a corner off-target.

As the sun started to set in Salford it was Tom Fellows who was looking the brightest spark for Albion – the young winger going close twice, whistling one over and seeing another deflected narrowly wide.

Malcolm went close again when half-time was on the horizon, with Gardner-Hickman also firing an effort into a wall of Ammies defenders, yet that opening goal proved elusive ahead of the interval.

It was a similar story to the first period at the beginning of the second half, as Salford twice threatened through Odin Bailey and Stevie Mallan shots.

This time, though, Albion were able to fire themselves in front after they had seen out early City pressure thanks to a quickfire Gardner-Hickman brace within the space of two minutes.

The midfielder latched onto a loose ball both times, striking his first from distance into the top corner, and showing good feet and a composed finish for the second.

Just like in Cheltenham on Tuesday, Corberán opted to make 10 substitutions as the game ticked towards its final 20 minutes.

And the younger, new-look XI were undone by two corners in quick succession – Ashley and Dackers powering headers home to earn Salford a draw.

Albion: Griffiths; Ingram, Taylor, Bartley, Townsend; Yokuslu, Gardner-Hickman, Whitwell (Andrews 45); Phillips, Malcolm, Fellows.

XI after 65 minutes: Cann; Hall, Harper-Bailey, Mohammed, Nelson; Mfuamba, Andrews; Heard, Williams, Higgins; Love.