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Development Squad Undone by Dover

17 July 2012

Albion's development squad lost their opening pre-season friendly 3-2 to Dover Athletic, managed by former Albion hit-man Nicky Forster.

The fixture was originally arranged for last Saturday but was rescheduled owing to a waterlogged pitch, and Luke Williams fielded six players on trial as well as recent recruit Charlie Oatway junior.

A bonus for the travelling Albion faithful was Nicky Forster's 45 minute appearance up front for the hosts along with former Albion midfielder Jamie Smith also playing for the Dover side.

Disappointingly Williams's team found themselves on the end of two debatable penalty decisions in this contest, which proved costly.

Billy Bricknell stepped up to give the home side the lead from their first spot-kick of the evening after 20 minutes and the home side doubled their lead just after the break, again through a penalty. This time Callum Willock stepped up to fire past Dan East.

Yet the development side showed character to fight back and a deflected strike from triallist Shannon Jesson pulled Albion back into the game.

George Barker then levelled the tie when Williams's side were awarded a penalty of their own. The forward drilled his spot-kick down the middle of the goal but it was Forster's Dover side that had the final say.

On trial Polish striker Jacek Magdzinski tapped in the winner late on to condemn Albion to defeat but the result was not important at this stage of pre-season to Williams.

He said, "Without these games we can't see if the triallists have got a chance and it is great to see the boys that have been with us from last year back out there.

"All six triallists showed qualities and areas that we can help them to develop. The game showed we have lots of areas to work on but it was a perfect exercise and just what we needed."

Albion: (4-4-2) East; Akubine, Jesson, Battipiedi (Watson 17), Morales (Williams 78), Jones, Richards, Balmy, Dickenson; Barker, Oatway.

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