West Brom U23’s winless run stretching all the way back to January 2018 ended following a 3-2 victory against Midlands rivals Stoke City U23s at The Hawthorns.
The game itself started off fairly even with both sides enjoying a fair share of possession.
But it was West Brom’s very own ‘Flying Scotsman’, Oliver Burke who broke the deadlock 10 minutes in. The 6′ 2” wide man cut in from the left beating the Stoke City back line, before unleashing a well-placed shot into the top right corner.
The pressure began to mount from the visitors with Stoke City’s Mark Waddington forcing a save from Albion keeper Alex Parmer in the 16th minute.
The attacks from the winless West Brom continued with Burke and Jonathan Leko coming close to conjuring a wonder goal 22 minutes in, yet despite the skill and pace, the DR Congo international sent it whistling narrowly past the post.
The boys from the Bet365 could not contain the attacking duo of Leko and Burke who continued to trouble the Potters centre-backs throughout the first half.
At the break, it was clear that despite sitting bottom in the division, it was the Albion who looked the stronger.
The night only got better for the Baggies with Rekeem Harper winning possession in the 50th minute from Stoke City before sprinting 60 yards to score the home side’s second of the night after being played in by Burke.
Despite being down, the Potters where not out with Hungarian substitute Krisztofer Szereto’s wayward shot being sent into the back of the net courtesy of Kyle Howkins trailing leg putting the Potters only one behind in the 58th minute.
The 70th minute spelt the end for Burke, who had been electric all night scoring the Baggies first before assisting Harper for the second.
After enduring wave after wave of Stoke City attacks the Baggies backline cracked with inform midfielder Ollie Shenton leaping like a salmon to head the ball past goalkeeper Alex Palmer putting the game level once more in the 78th minute.
However, the four-goal thriller extended to five courtesy of former Bristol City man Leko in the 87th minute with a peach of a bicycle kick.
But it was Leko’s fortunes that changed dramatically turning from hero to zero after being sent off after two yellow cards in quick succession.
A nervy final five minutes ensued, yet West Brom ended the day the victors with a valuable three points that move them off the bottom of the table.
In the wake of the match Darren Moore, who was said to be in attendance has to take a look at the performance of the likes of Harper and Leko and consider including the youngsters in his first-team plans.
Meanwhile, Burke, who has been in and out of the first team continued to impress with his pace and power causing significant worry for the Stoke City back line.