Solly March picked up where he left off this evening – playing at home to Leicester City.

The Albion wideman made his return to action after a groin injury which kept him out of the hectic Christmas and New Year period.

He started and played 45 minutes for the under-23s in a 1-0 defeat at home to the young Foxes in Premier League 2 at the club’s training complex in Lancing.

It was his first action since starting the Premier League meeting between the two clubs on November 23.

Conditions were similar to that afternoon at the Amex – wet and windy.

March enjoyed precious playing time in a wing-back berth as he looked to put himself in the frame for action at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Leicester, whose side included vastly experienced midfielder Matty James, scored their winner after just ten minutes as Josh Eppiah robbed Tudor Baluta and rounded Tom McGill.

Lorent Tolaj was denied an equaliser by keeper Viktor Johansson after the break having been played in by Alex Cochrane’s cleverly angled pass.

Tolaj later thrashed a shot horribly off target after being teed up by Cochrane, although it was unclear whether the ball had gone out for a goal kick before he hooked it across.

Johansson dived low to his right to parry from Taylor Richards in the closing stages.

The keeper then held on at the second attempt as sub Bojan Radulovic tried his luck.

Johansson saved his best until the fifth and last minute of added time when he somehow kept out a Warren O’Hora volley after a super cross by Cochrane.

Albion send an under-18s side to Burgess Hill tomorrow in the Sussex Senior Cup (7.30pm).

Albion: McGill; O’Hora, Baluta, Roberts; Yapi (Radulovic 74), Crofts, Cochrane, March (Jenks 46); Gwargis, Richards, Tolaj (Tsoungui 90).