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MATCH REPORT: BURTON ALBION 2-1 LEAFIELD ATHLETIC

26 January 2022

BURTON Albion produced an inspired comeback as two goals in the final two minutes saw them overturn a 1-0 deficit to claim their first home league win of the season.

Leafield’s lively winger Daisy Clements had initially given the away side a first-half lead with a precise finish into the top corner.

Yet, with the game reaching its conclusion, Albion stunned the visitors with two superb finishes from Milly Wortley and Ella Ritchie to seal a hugely important three points in the race for FAWNL Division One Midlands survival.

The Brewers started the game strongly, immediately seeking to put pressure on the Leafield backline. Milly Wortley came close to opening the scoring twice, but both her saves were comfortably held by Anna Miller.

However, the fast tempo wasn’t maintained as the game petered out into a midfield battle. Neither side were creating much going forward, with both struggling to get in and around the 18-yard box.

Leafield had only forced Alice Langstone to make one save before a penalty kick to the away side sparked the game into life.

A free kick from Talitta Chase was initially batted away by Langstone, but in her attempt to retrieve the ball, the goalkeeper brought down the striker, forcing the referee to point to the spot.

Yet, the Brewers would be offered a reprieve as Michelle McCormack stepped up and sent her shot just wide of target.

Leafield didn’t let the miss affect them though, and they looked the more dangerous side, subsequently opening the scoring after 29 minutes.

Langstone had dealt with Katie Johnson’s near post shot, but an unfortunate ricochet off Charlotte Jarvis saw the ball fall to CLEMENTS who clinically punished the hosts with a precise finish into the top corner.

Burton sought an immediate response and came close when good play down the wing saw Emily Gillott find Wortley, but a deflection took the midfielder’s effort wide.

Clements continued to cause the Brewers problems, but the score remained 1-0 at the break as Langstone held onto a long-range effort from the lively winger.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first to begin with, with neither side able to create many clear-cut chances.

Leafield did fashion out the first opportunity, however, as a poor back-pass from Fray allowed Baker through on goal. Yet, a superb intervention from Langstone to steal the ball away saved the Brewers from falling further behind.

Clements was still the away side’s biggest threat, and she showed her ability as she cut inside her marker before smacking the crossbar with a curling effort.

Following that let-off the Brewers did start to apply more pressure on the Leafield goal, and Ritchie came close to levelling proceedings but her long-ranger curled just wide of target.

With Leafield progressively coming closer to sealing all three points, Burton caught them cold with an equaliser two minutes from time.

Seconds after entering play, Hajrah Mahmood held up the ball before laying it off to Millie Drinkhall, who found WORTLEY in the box with a perfectly weighted pass.

Wortley took the ball into her stride and produced an outstanding finish on the half-volley to stun the visitors.

Having looked like they’d stolen a point from the jaws of defeat, the Brewers stunned everyone as they produced a winner.

Gillott started off the move as she dived in to win a loose ball in midfield, and whilst the Leafield player went down, play resumed, with the ball eventually finding RITCHIE in the box. The striker made no mistake as she found the far corner with an incredible improvised finish.

Leafield were stunned and could not produce anything in the closing stages to trouble Burton’s back-line allowing the Brewers to walk away with a 2-1 win – a scoreline that was scarcely believable with two minutes to play.


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