Thomas Asanti’s last gasp equaliser at Chesterfield spark wild celebrations from within the Albion supporters ranks, the 3-3 draw taking the tie back to The Hawthorns for a Tuesday evening re-convening of the batlle to make the fourth round of the competition. It proved to be a difficult assignment for the understrength Albion side until, Jon Swift gave the Throstles the lead midway through the first half, which eased the tensions at the Shrine, and saw the Throstles home 4-0.

Watching on with the Albion corporate guests were darryl Burgess and Gary Hackett, who did the rounds in the East Stand on behalf of the Former Players, with Ally Robertson, joined by Treasurer Norman Westbury and guests in the Regis Suite, with of course the customary appearances from ‘AJ’ Andy Johnson, and the one and only Tony Brown on their way to the Media gantry, with the welcome appearance of special guest, David Ashman, son of 1968, Cup winning guru Alan.
The win nicely sets up next Saturday’s visit to Ashton Gate for the Fourth Round meeting with Bristol City, managed of course by former Hawthorns favourite Nigel Pearson.