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Season 2017-18
Stoke City (a) U23 Premier League Division Two


Friday August 18th 2017, 7.00pm 

 The Hawthorns

Conditions: Showery then very heavy rain

Admission: 5 and 10p for a teamsheet!
So that's 20 (at the most) collected. Surely a Premier League club can absorb that sort of cost or at least get a local Big Issue seller to sponsor the season's U23 teamsheets....


West Brom U23s

Newcastle U23s

  0 - 4





14 mins Cameron shot 1-0

20 mins
Charman shot 2-0

22 mins
Spooner shot 3-0

Half time: Baggies 0 Magpies 3

75 mins
Bailey header 4-0

Full time: Baggies 0 Magpies 4


Having beaten Stoke City 4-3 on the road a week earlier, Newcastle U23s maintained their prolific away form with another away success on Friday night - albeit against a younger Baggies XI.

The game was played at the Hawthorns and Peter Beardsley's side found the surroundings to their liking, netting three times in a nine minute first half spell.

Kyle Cameron struck first on fourteen minutes, playing a 1-2 with Callum Smith before curling in a great effort from the left hand side of the box.

Cameron then turned provider six minutes later, sending over an excellent cross from the United left for Luke Charman to coolly beat Baggies 'keeper Alex Palmer. 

And it was 3-0 midway through the first half when Callum Smith's centre reached Craig Spooner, who smashed his shot home for a first goal at this level.

The interval was reached without any further scoring as Albion tried without success to reduce the arrears - intermittent showers giving way to heavy rainfall.

With Stefan O'Connor and Owen Bailey on for fellow defenders Curtis Good and and Jamie Sterry, United almost grabbed a fourth goal after 52 minutes.

However Charman's flicked header just missed the angle of the bar and post, after Dan Barlaser lifted his free kick goalwards.

The Newcastle goal was threatened on 64 minutes as Kyle Edwards made his way forward and created a chance with a mazy run - only to curl his side-footed effort narrowly wide of the target.

The blue-clad Magpies did make it four though with 15 minutes remaining, when another Barlaser free kick was played into the Albion box from the left and headed in by Owen Bailey for his first competitive reserve goal.

Niall MacKenzie

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