RESERVES: WBA 4-3 MANSFIELD
Central League Cup
West Bromwich Albion 4-3 Mansfield Town 3, Tuesday 10 September 2019
Behind closed doors
Olejnik (first half only);
Chisolm Gibbens Walker;
Clarke Tomlinson Smith Law;
Injured Mansfield Town pair successfully come through reserves test at West Brom
CHAD.CO.UK, BY JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 10 September 2019
Mansfield Town goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik today successfully completed his first 45 minutes of action since a serious knee injury in training last December as he played in a 4-3 Central League Cup defeat at West Brom.
Striker Andy Cook also made a comeback from injury in the game with an hour on the field and a goal to his name to put himself in the frame for Saturday’s game at Crawley Town.
Omari Sterling-James and Tyrese Sinclair, drafted in for an ill Otis Khan, were also the scoresheet for a strong Stags side in a game played behind closed doors at West Broms’ request.
Albion XI 4 Mansfield Town XI 3, Tuesday 10 September 2019
Hal Robson-Kanu fired a hat-trick as Albion kickstarted their Central League campaign with a 4-3 victory over Mansfield Town.
Robson-Kanu, Chris Brunt, Chris Willock, Rekeem Harper, Ali Al-Habsi and Kyle Edwards all played 90 minutes in the behind-closed-doors fixture overseen by Michael Appleton.
Slaven Bilić watched on from the sidelines as Albion took an early lead with Robson-Kanu slotting home a fifth-minute penalty just moments before Edwards made it 2-0.
The Wales international striker completed his hat-trick before the half-hour mark, curling in from the edge of the area and then chipping in from a Rayhaan Tulloch throughball.
Albion’s lead appeared unsurmountable but goals from Andy Cook and Omari Sterling-James meant the visitors had closed the deficit to two at the break.
Robson-Kanu might have had a fourth when Willock was felled inside the area but the resulting penalty rose over the crossbar.
The Baggies were unable to convert a host of second-half chances with Brunt and Robson-Kanu each hitting the woodwork.
Tyrese Sinclair scored from close range to cause some late nerves for the hosts but the Baggies comfortably held on to claim the three points.
ALBION: Ali Al-Habsi; White, Fitzwater, Trialist, Harmon (Taylor 74); Harper, Brunt; Edwards, Tulloch (Asomugha 70), Willock; Robson-Kanu.
Substitutes: Cann, Brown, Ashton.