Wolves were forced into a change ten minutes from time when Jim Kellermann appeared to land awkwardly after a 50-50 challenge, with the forward stretched off to a warm reception from those inside Culver Road.
Bancessi took aim from just outside the area for the visitors, but saw his effort go narrowly over the crossbar before substitute Jason Davis had a shot blocked in a one-on-one situation with Flatt.
This seemed to spark the game into life, with both sides having chances to net a potentially decisive second goal in the closing stages.
But it was Albion that struck next as some good work from Robin Deen on the edge of the box earned the home side a free-kick in a dangerous position, and Starkey stepped up to deliver an unstoppable curling drive past Wolves keeper Jon Flatt to level the scores.
The visitors broke forward in numbers as Connor Hunte made a driving run towards Albion penalty area but fired his effort over the frame of the goal, before Keita’s strike from inside the box forced Rea to make a superb defensive block just after the break.
Albion threatened again when Glen Rea almost latched onto George Cole’s dangerous corner into the box, but the defender just failed to make a connection before Wolves cleared the danger.
The game was played at a frenetic pace but with few goalscoring opportunities until Jimmy Muitt took aim from distance, and saw his speculative drive go narrowly over the crossbar.
The visitors started brightly and took the lead in the eighth minute, when Keita slotted home inside the box from Ryan Rainey’s cross on the right-hand side.
Simon Ireland included both Kemy Agustien and Nzuzi Toko in his starting line-up, as both players sought to regain match fitness from niggling ankle and knee injuries respectively.
Jesse Starkey’s superb free-kick just after the hour mark earned Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s a draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Sussex County FA Headquarters at Culver Road.
- '64 STARKEY
- '85 DEEN
- '67 AGUSTIEN
- '85 DAVIS
- '67 HARRIS
- torras '73
- keita '8
- ortega '73
- erdei '79