FORMER Burton Albion player and club legend Aaron Webster, led his Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) college representatives to a trophy final victory yesterday, after beating West Bromwich Albion Foundation at the Pirelli Stadium.
The game wasn’t short of drama, as The Brewers scored a 92nd minute winner to run out 3-2 winners, after originally giving away a two-goal lead.
Strikers Nathan Bowen and James Shaw gave Albion a 2-0 lead, only for West Brom to draw level late on in the game.
All the goals were scored in the second half, with Shaw eventually managing to give Webster’s side their dream ending to the final, capitalising on a long ball forward and managing to slot home for his second goal of the game.
Following the victory, Football and Education First Team Manager Webster said: "It was a fantastic occasion and we couldn’t have wished for the day to have gone any better. Right from the start of the day, right through until the end, it is a day that will live long in the memory.
"The lads deserve all the plaudits that they get for their hard work and for pulling off such a great result in the final. It’s such a unique team of players, who’ve got an abundance of talent and they’re a pleasure to work with.
"It was a very strong West Brom side that they beat and the way they did it was quite astounding, topping off a fine cup run.
"I’d like to thank Fleur Robinson (Commercial Director), Carley Evans (Conference and Banqueting Manager), the chefs and the groundsmen at the club for making it such a special and professional occasion, one that some of the lads will hopefully get to experience again.
"The NFYL (National Football Youth League), the college (Burton and South Derbyshire College) and West Bromwich Albion Foundation were all key ingredients to making the day work and were all excellent in every respect.
"I’d also like to thank the parents and other spectators that turned out to make it a real cup final atmosphere, which helped to make such a great day at the Pirelli."
When asked about the college course and what opportunities it entails, Webster also said: "The course is a fantastic pathway to give players a chance in football, whilst combining it with their education.
"If there are people who are impressed with what they seen on the pitch today and on social media, we would highly advise them to get in touch with us, as it could be the start of something special for anyone who still has a dream to become a footballer or to work in the sports industry."
See information below for the next Burton Albion Community Trust trial date (male & female) -
When: Tuesday 29th May
Where: Burton Albion Community Football Centre, Pirelli Stadium (DE13 0AR)
Female Changing: 15.30 – 16.00
Female Trial: 16.00 – 17.30
Female Changing/Debrief: 17.30 – 18.00
Male Changing: 18.00 – 18.30
Male Trial: 18.30 – 20.00
Male Changing/Debrief: 20.00 – 20.30
For any more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01283 246207.