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18 December 2021

GOALKEEPER Alice Langstone makes a save in Burton Albion Epic Action Imagery
GOALKEEPER Alice Langstone makes a save in Burton Albion's 2-2 draw with Peterborough United

BURTON Albion showed ‘great character’ in their 3-1 FAWNL Division One Midlands win over Bedworth United last weekend according to goalkeeper Alice Langstone.

Despite a slow start to proceedings in which they went a goal down, the Brewers responded superbly, scoring three without reply to seal a second straight league victory.

Langstone had almost kept the scores level when she made an outstanding save to deny Sophie Wilson from the spot but could only watch as the midfielder followed in on the loose ball to tap into an empty net.

The goalkeeper was pleased with how her side responded to the set-back however.

“Sometimes we can start games a bit nervy but then once we sort of find our feet we make a building block," said Langstone.

"I think we just settled into that game and made it into our own really.”

Having beaten Holwell Sports 2-1 with a last-minute winner a few weeks ago, Albion have now clambered out of the relegation zone, and Langstone thinks it will give the girls a much-needed boost.

“I think it’s really good for morale as well going into a winter break to get two wins back-to-back, and two that weren’t easy either," added Langstone.

"We had to really fight for that last weekend (and) I think it’s just shown great character from all the girls.”

Langstone also believes  new tactical switch in defence has enabled Albion to keep it tighter defensively after they had started to leak a few goals.

"Since we’ve switched it to the two banks of four it’s made it a lot easier," said Langstone.

"It allows the girls at the back to pick up their players and focus on the attackers without having to do much to do.

“Then, that’s sort of freed me up more as a fifth defender which I think has been working really well.”

The Brewers return to action this afternoon as they travel to Sutton United Ladies in the third round of the Birmingham County Cup (2pm kick-off). 

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