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NOTTS COUNTY RESERVES 3-0 BURTON ALBION RESERVES

5 December 2017

DESPITE being in control of the match at the New Manor Ground, Burton Albion reserves lost 3-0 to Notts County in the Central League Cup.

It was two Albion academy graduates that posed the main threat in the first half as Ben Fox clipped a nice ball in to Joe Sbarra on the edge of the box, but his shot was dragged just wide.

Fox came close himself just after 20 minutes when he picked up the ball and drove at the Notts County defence but his effort sailed over the crossbar.

The best chance of the half fell to Luke Varney who was played through by Ben Fox but his shot inside the area was dragged across the face of goal and past the far post.

The hosts didn't trouble Albion in the first half, and the closest they came was when Elliot Hodge picked up the ball from distance and tried to test Connor Ripley, only to see his shot easily held by the on-loan goalkeeper.

The Brewers started the second half brightly, but were set back on 50 minutes when Dan Jones found space 20 yards from goal before letting off a shot which found its way under Connor Ripley and into the back of the net.

Albion continued to dominate the second half, and it was the academy products who posed the treat. Sbarra and Fox linked up well on the edge of the box, but Fox's shot was well held by Branislav Pindroch in the home goal.

Burton were set back for a second time just after the hour mark when Dan Jones made way down the left before drilling it across goal for Sam Osborne to tap home from close range.

Sam Osborne proved to be a fine finisher when he grabbed his second goal on 77 minutes. Dan Jones was again the provider from the left as he delivered a great cross for Osborne to smash home inside the area.

Ben Fox tested the goalkeeper late on with a curling effort from the edge of the box but the Brewers couldn't find a late goal.

Brewers XI: Connor Ripley, Jayden Cotterill, Kyle McFadzean, Regan Ganley, Stephen Warnock, Jack Hallahan, Hope Akpan, Ben Fox, Joe Sbarra, Reece Hutchinson, Luke Varney.

Subs: Dan Cooke, Callum Hawkins, James Harrison, Jack Bromfield.


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