Narrow loss to Man City's Starlets

The 7:30, fully advertised, kick-off time saw a large number of attendees still coming through the turnstile as the goals rained in.<br><br>Alex Gibson’s charges boasted 9 of last season’s F.A. Youth Cup Final team and what a really good test they provided for Albion.<br><br>Jim decided to give both Keiran Haughton & Gary Furnival starts alongside skipper Tom Spearritt. Within 15 minutes City’s youngsters had netted all their 3 goals. Carl Moore(2 mins) and then Ched Evans (8 & 14). <br><br>In between though on 5 minutes SHAUN WHALLEY had burst in from the right, past two defenders and flashed a shot across the keeper to briefly get us back on level terms. <br><br>After Liam Brownhill had limped off after 20 minutes Albion were awarded a penalty when the keeper brought Shaun Whalley down. The referee - sensibly it has to be said in a friendly match - didn’t card as it would have to have been red! Witton’s penalty curse continued though as this time Carl Frost’s strongly taken shot clattered down off the crossbar.<br><br>Changing two-thirds of the central defenders had the desired affect thoughout the 2nd period and consequently we witnessed some excellent passing moves, the climax coming ten minutes from time when debutant TRISTON HAMILTON-HENDRICKS(ex Crewe) collected from Chris Gaghan and sent a delightful 25 yard shot flashing past the keeper. ? <br><br>Ally Brown very nearly produced an equaliser but the sub keeper brought off a very good save to deny him and Albion’s rightful share of the spoils.<br><br>TEAM: ?Worsnop; Brown, Haughton (Pritchard H/T), Furnival (Barrass H/T), Spearritt, Hockenhull (Gaghan 75); Brownhill (Foy 21), Jones, Whalley (Hendricks 60); Moseley (Haughton 80) & Frost.<br><br>Alex Brown was rested last night, Steve Connors should soon be back from injury, whilst Mark Peers returns from his hols.