Andy Barcham saved the best until last as our reserves staged a memorable comeback to hand Clive Allen the start he wanted in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South on Monday night.
It was a case of deja-vu on opening night for development coach Clive as he watched his side go 2-0 down in the first half against the newly-promoted Baggies - this time last year, Derby County, also newly-promoted, forged into a 2-0 lead at Pride Park before the lads hit back for 2-2 in their first league game. This time, they went one step further to bag all three points.
Determined to hit the ground running this season, Clive's plans looked in tatters as Roman Bednar fired the visitors into the lead with less than three minutes on the clock and doubled the lead in first half injury time with a clever finish over Ben Alnwick.
The key was a quick response in the second half and it was delivered by Danny Hutchins with 49 minutes on the clock. Dorian Dervite spotted the midfielder's run from deep, clipped the perfect pass over the defence and Hutchins controlled before lifting over the advancing Ryan Allsop.
Ben Alnwick made a key save to deny Josh Labadie just before the hour before the key moment. Danny Rose fought hard for possession in the West Brom box and the ball landed at the feet of Barcham who fired past Allsop only for defender James Hancox to palm away on the line.
A penalty was awarded, Hancox was sent off and David Hutton kept his cool to slot home from the spot, 2-2, almost 20 minutes to go.
We were now in control of possession and carved out a winner worthy of the comeback with five minutes remaining.
Rose released Kyle Fraser-Allen down the right and the winger produced a fine first-time cross at full speed that Barcham, with the ball slightly behind him, managed to twist and volley home from eight yards.