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U23 REPORT: STOKE 1 ALBION 1

22 October 2016

Albion's under-23s shared the spoils with Stoke today.


STOKE 1
Telford 29 pen

ALBION 1
March 76

  • Albion come from behind to draw
  • March scores with a long-range strike
  • Stoke reduced to ten men in the second half
  • March plays a full 90 minutes


Brighton and Hove Albion’s under-23s came from behind to secure another point, as the Seagulls drew 1-1 against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium this afternoon.

Solly March completed 90 minutes and levelled the game from 25 yards late on, after Dominic Telford’s first-half penalty for Stoke, who played most of the second half with ten men.

Simon Rusk made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Blackburn Rovers on Monday, as Dylan Barnett, Tyler Hornby-Forbes and James Tilley were all named in the starting line-up.

Albion were handed a good opportunity to test Stoke goalkeeper Harry Isted inside the first minute, but March’s firmly-struck free-kick was cleared after hitting the wall.

The home side struggled to deal with the quick nature of Albion’s passing in the opening exchanges, with Tilley volleying straight at Isted after showing good strength to win the ball.

Telford had the hosts’ first chance of the game, as the Potters striker scuffed his shot from the edge of Albion’s penalty area, which allowed Robert Sanchez to comfortably gather the ball.

The Potters took the lead on 29 minutes, after Ben Hall lost the ball out wide and was penalised for a foul inside the box, before Telford stepped up to convert the penalty into the bottom corner.

Albion struggled to recover from going behind, and Sanchez was called upon to deny Thibaud Verlinden soon after, superbly saving the midfielder’s 25-yard free-kick at full stretch.

Ben White was then on hand to block Julien Ngoy’s close-range effort, before Oliver Shenton stung the hands of Sanchez with a fierce shot from just inside the box.

Albion were handed a numerical advantage soon after the re-start, as Joel Taylor received a red car for reacting to Jayson Molumby’s late challenge, with the latter only seeing yellow.

Rusk reacted to the full-back’s dismissal with his first change of the game, as he sent on Henrik Bjordal to replace Molumby, with March moving into a central position behind the striker.

The substitute had an immediate impact, beating his man out wide and crossing for Joe Ward inside the box, but the winger’s goal-bound effort was blocked.

Telford then tried his luck from long range, but the striker couldn’t hit the target as he looked for his second goal of the game.

Despite having a man less, Stoke continued to apply pressure inside the final third, as Ngoy cut in off the wing and shot narrowly wide of Sanchez’s right-hand upright.

White then played a wonderfully-weighted pass to Bjordal, who found himself one on one with Isted, but the Norwegian’s shot was saved.

Albion’s extra-man advantage began to show and they restored parity on 76 minutes through March, as the winger cut inside his marker and found the top corner from 25 yards with a ferocious strike.

Hall had two great chances to snatch all three points for the Seagulls late on, but Isted saved well on both occasions, tipping the defender’s back-post header around the post, before palming away his volley from Will Collar’s cross.

Albion continued to apply pressure in the closing stages but were unable to find a second goal, as both teams secured a point each.

ALBION: Sanchez; Horny-Forbes (Starkey 70), White, Hall, Barnett; Collar, Hutchinson; Ward, Molumby (Bjordal 58), March; Tilley (Harper 88).

SUBS NOT USED: Ankergren (GK), Tighe.

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