KATIE Jubb scored her first goal for Burton Albion to rescue a point against a well-organised Lichfield side at the Pirelli 3G.
The late equaliser was no more than Burton deserved as they extended their unbeaten run.
The Brewers’ first chance came just four minutes into the game. Excellent work from Beth Naqwi to win the ball back in Lichfield’s half allowed Alice Lilley to play the ball through to Mille Drinkhall. Her smart turn and shot clipped the outside of the far post and went out for a goal kick.
Just a few minutes later the Brewers came close again. A corner from Lilley found the head of Charlotte Jarvis, but her effort was well saved by Erica Turner in the Lichfield goal. A goalmouth scramble from the save resulted in the ball looping in the air and Jarvis managed to rise highest, this time her header drifting past the post.
Lichfield grew into the game and managed to have a few long-range efforts at the Brewers goal, but all of these were either off target or well dealt with by Olena Tatarczuk in the Albion goal.
The next clear chance fell to the Brewers. A long ball from Jarvis found Drinkhall in space on the left. She ran clear of the defence but could only drag her right-footed shot past the post with a thankful Turner only able to stand and watch.
HALF-TIME: BURTON ALBION 0-0 LICHFIELD LADIES
Lichfield took the lead in the 56th minute. Naqwi was penalised for a foul midway into the Brewers half. TILLY ASTELL took the resulting free-kick, which Tatarczuk was able to get her hand to, but not keep out of the goal.
Four minutes later Lichfield had an excellent chance to double their lead. A long clearance from Turner found its way through to a Lichfield striker who poked the ball past the onrushing Tatarczuk. Despite seemingly having an open goal to tap the ball into, Sophie Richards was somehow able to race back and make a goal saving tackle.
From this point on, the game was mainly played with the Brewers on the attack and Lichfield resorting to playing the ball long for respite. The pressure nearly paid off in the 65th minute. Lilley’s excellent turn on the edge of the box saw her fouled. The Brewers coaching staff and players appealed for the penalty, and the referee even spoke to his assistant who seemingly indicated the foul was inside the area. However, the referee deemed it to be just outside and a free-kick was awarded, with Lilley’s attempt from the set play going wide of the goal.
Brewers’ next effort came in the 76th minute. A long ball from Jarvis was retrieved by Gillott, played to Lilley, and then on to Naqwi, whose left footed shot was pulled wide of Turner’s left-hand post. Three minutes later, good work from Drinkhall on the left resulted in a pass to Lilley; her turn and shot calling Turner into action with a smart save.
Brewers’ dominance eventually brought reward in the 88th minute. A throw in from Richards wasn’t cleared and Gillott was able to steer the ball to Naqwi on the edge of the box. Her effort was well parried by Turner, but KATIE JUBB followed up to score from the rebound, much to the delight of the home supporters.
FULL-TIME: BURTON ALBION 1-1 LICHFIELD LADIES
After the match, Brewers’ Assistant Manager Amber-Leigh Denny said: “The girls know that we weren’t at our best today, but it was good to see the fight and desire to get the equaliser that was well deserved based on our performance after their goal.
"Once again, we are left feeling that we didn’t get the key decisions going our way, but I think it was important that we didn’t lose our confidence and momentum going into what will be a really tough match next week against the league leaders, Lye Town.”
Albion: Tatarczuk, Richards, Pittman, Jarvis (c), Jubb (Warrington 89), Naqwi, Gourlay, Gillott, Drinkhall, Mahmood (Thomas 69), Lilley
Goals: Albion – Jubb (88); Lichfield – Astell (56)