BURTON Albion’s Professional Development Phase Side suffered a 4-0 away defeat against Lincoln City in the EFL Youth Alliance league.
Goals from Oisin Gallagher, Kyrell Wheatley and Ekicha Anui ended the Young Brewers' four-game unbeaten run in league competition.
Burton had two strong penalty shouts that didn’t go their way, but Lincoln deserved the win with a strong performance.
It was the home team that started the better as Mekhi Angol found himself in behind the Burton defence but his shot was straight at Dan Moore.
Burton pushed to open the scoring as Jakub Niemcyzk played through Tristan Bennett but his shot was well blocked by Hamden Cann.
After a lengthy stoppage in play due to an unfortunate injury to Lincoln goalkeeper Matthew Boylan, the away side looked the more likely to go in front as they created a couple of decent chances.
Callum Niven got at the Lincoln defence but his attempted cut back to Tristan Bennett was hounded out for a corner, which subsequently fell into the path of Joseph Nyahwema but his shot was wide of the goal.
Burton also had a strong penalty shout as Nyahwema burst past the Lincoln defence and was brought down but it wasn’t given.
The home side looked to build themselves into the game as Harry Dale took aim from range but was wide of the target.
It was Lincoln who ended the first half in front as with 42 minutes gone, Morgan Worscold-G hit a pinpoint cross into the direction of Oisin Gallagher who headed home from close range.
The home side almost made it two but Tommy Hill made a goal saving slide tackle to prevent any further first half damage.
Burton flew out of the traps in the second half as Nyahwema drove forward and had a shot blocked for a corner, which fell to Niemcyzk who’s shot on the turn went just wide.
There was another penalty shout for the Young Brewers as Niven played in Niemcyzk who was brought down by the goalkeeper but it wasn’t quite happening for the away side.
Just like in the first half, Lincoln made Burton pay for their missed chances as Kyrell Wheatley slid in an overlapping Ekichi Anui who slotted into the bottom right corner.
Those two linked up again to earn the home side a penalty as Wheatley played in Anui who was brought down by an onrushing Moore.
Gallagher was on hand to tuck the penalty into the bottom right corner past Moore who went the right way but it was a perfect penalty from the attacker.
Burton kept going and Niven tried to carve out a chance but he was driven out by Lincoln defenders, determined to keep a clean sheet.
The away side almost got a consolation but after being put in on goal by Huw Emery, Bennett’s shot was well saved by the Lincoln goalkeeper.
The home side rounded off a superb performance by adding a fourth as Angol played Wheatley in behind and he stayed composed to slot the ball past Moore.
Wheatley almost completed a brilliant individual display as he hit the crossbar after creating some space for himself.
The Young Brewers will have an opportunity to bounce back next week, as they take on Huddersfield on December 4 at St George’s Park.
BREWERS: Moore, Mclean (Maginness 64), Hill, Robinson (Latty-Fairweather 45), Emery, Redfern, Nyahwema (Pace, 71), Hazell, Niemcyzk (Raine, 76), Bennett. Subs not used: Laban (GK).