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RITCHIE: WE DESERVED THAT WIN

28 January 2022

BURTON Albion joint-manager Kristian Gilbert was quick to praise the attitude of his side after their 2-1 victory against Leafield Athletic - and striker Ella Ritchie feels things are coming together for the Brewers now.

Falling behind just before the half-hour mark at Rocester last weekend, goals from Milly Wortley and Ella Ritchie late in the second-half turned the score in favour of the Brewers, who won for the first time at home in FAWNL Division One Midlands this season.

Reflecting on his side's last-gasp win, Gilbert said: "[It was] great to get three points, we knew how big a game it was before the match [so] to come from behind to win it so late - it’s great.     

“It shows the work we’re doing. Everyone is incredibly fit to keep going for close to 100 minutes on a tough pitch, really heavy pitch.

"Just great attitudes, everyone kept going. [In the] second-half especially we deserved the win."

Ritchie’s stoppage-time strike meant that the Brewers have now found a winner just before the full-time whistle three times this season, with victories against Mansfield Town and Holwell Sports also concluding in dramatic fashion.

Commenting on the late winner, Gilbert joked: "It’s horrible, it’s not enjoyable at all, I’d much rather be on the pitch!

"The substitutes that came on freshened us up, added a bit of something extra.

"I think after Hajrah [Mahmood] came on we scored within a couple of minutes, so yeah great attitudes, everyone dug in and we battled and got there in the end."

After a difficult start to the campaign, the Brewers have now won three league games in succession and are only behind ninth-placed Solihull Moors on goal difference having played one game fewer.

Discussing the match and the winning run, goalscorer Ritchie said: "It’s really good [to continue the momentum], we’ve got the quality there it’s just taken us time to gel together.

"It’s a really nice feeling to feel it all coming together and I think we really deserved that.

"So I’m happy that everyone battled to the end, and we got there with the result.”

The Brewers will be looking to stretch their winning run in the league when they face Boldmere St Michaels on Sunday, before facing second-placed Long Eaton United on Wednesday night at home.


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