Wolves Development Squad booked their place in the last 16 of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Cup last night with a 2-1 victory against Notts County at Meadow Lane last night.
Eusebio Bancessi popped up with both goals and Andy Haworth replied for County as Wolves produced a strong performance in difficult conditions to win their first game in the competition.
Wolves made a strong start to the game and were camped inside the County half even before taking a fourth minute lead.
And it was Bancessi who provided the breakthrough, finding space at the back post to head home Robbie Parry’s deep corner.
Wolves could have added to their lead twice around the 18 minute mark, with first County keeper Fabian Spiess denying Tim Jakobsson and then skipper Michael Ihiekwe seeing his shot agonisingly bounce to safety off the post.
As half time approached the home side did go close to an equaliser as David Bell’s free kick was parried by Jonathan Flatt and then Tyrell Waite had a header ruled out for offside.
County were indebted to keeper Spiess for keeping them in the game shortly after half time as he clawed away another back post header from the lively Bancessi.
And Ihiekwe couldn’t quite get the right connection on Bancessi’s cross on 55 minutes as Wolves continued to push forward.
But without a Wolves’ second goal the Magpies were always still in the contest and so it proved just before the hour mark as Andy Haworth's impressive long range strike took a deflection before finding the bottom corner.
Wolves hit back though, pressing hard for a winner in the final 15 minutes with Parry being denied by a fine challenge after almost getting in behind and Jamie Tank meeting a corner with a firm header only for it to skim the roof of the net.
Bancessi however wasn’t to be denied, and four minutes from time he expertly controlled a left wing cross before lashing a fierce shot from the angle into the top corner.
Wolves will now wait for the draw to see who they face in the last 16 of the inaugural competition.