Wolves 1 (Evans 12)
West Bromwich Albion 1 (Roofe 54)
A terrific scrap between the under 21s of Wolves and West Bromwich finished all square with the Baggies hitting back to level after Lee Evans had given Wanderers an early advantage.
After a lively opening the first chance fell to Albion’s Adil Nabi who shot over the bar from just outside the area. Then his brother, Samir, curled a free-kick narrowly over after he had been tripped by Tim Jakobsson some 20-yards out.
A free-kick at the other end led to Wanderers taking a 12th minute lead. Jordan Cranston lofted over the kick and Evans rose to power a header into the opposite corner of the net.
The Baggies defence came under threat again when Sam Whittall rose at the far post to head Robbie Parry’s corner back into the heart of the goalmouth from where Donervorn Daniels managed to head clear.
Daniels then cut out a driven cross from Cranston before recent signing Marian Kello punched clear a Scott Allan corner as the keeper made his presence felt in a crowded area.
Samir Nabi got plenty of power behind a 20-yard drive but the ball went straight into Kello’s arms and when Cranston returned Parry’s centre into the middle, Sam Winnall’s goal attempt was deflected behind.
From the corner conceded, Albion broke and when the ball was played to Samir Nabi he once again directed it to the grateful arms of Kello.
In stoppage time Ben O’Hanlan ventured forward and hit a fierce long range shot that drew an equally good save from Luke Daniels. The Albion keeper then had to race from his area to clear a long clearance as Winnall closed the ball down.
Half-Time: Wolves 1 Albion 0
Play continued to swing from end to end after the resumption and after Daniels had headed well wide from a Kemar Roofe cross, Parry played the ball into the path of Jack Price whose shot was deflected wide following a Cranston corner.
Samiir Nabi fired wastefully over the bar when a pass found him unmarked on the edge of the area, and O’Hanlan completed the clearance after Kello had pushed out a dangerous cross from Tom Smart.
But Albion drew level in the 54th minute as Roofe forced the ball over the line after a low cross from Adil Nabi.
O’Hanlan forced a fine save from Luke Daniels after taking a return pass from Cranston, and from Parry’s corner Roofe cleared Jamie Tank’s powerful header off the line.
Adil Nabi wasted a good chance by shooting over after a lucky bounce had given him a clear sight of goal, and then David Moli, just two minutes after he had come on in place of Parry, failed to connect properly with a header when well-placed after a cross from Evans.
Kello was stranded and relieved to see the ball roll wide after Adil Nabi’s shot took a hefty deflection off Tank before, after a brief spell of heavy pressure from the visitors, Moli broke and picked out Price who was thwarted by Luke Daniels who saved at full stretch.
Winnall prodded the ball wide after a long throw from Evans and then, in stoppage time, Wolves were denied what looked a clear penalty when Callum Jones appeared to pull back Winnall. The referee was well placed and much to the crowd’s dismay, he allowed play to continue with the final whistle following shortly afterwards.
Wolves: Kello, Whittall, O’Hanlan, Evans, Tank, Ihiekwe, Parry (Moli 69), Jakobsson, Winnall, Price, Cranston.
Unused subs: Cotman, Iorfa, Keita.
Bookings: Jakobsson (89 – foul), Evans (90+2 - foul).
Albion: L. Daniels, Atkinson, Smart, Pace, D. Daniels, Jones, Roofe, Allan, S. Nabi (Greenidge 78), A. Nabi, Birch.
Unused subs: Francis, Lewis, Barrow.
Referee: G. Stretton.