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19 December 2023

Club News


19 December 2023

BURTON Albion put in their best performance of the season so far with a well deserved 2-0 victory against the previously unbeaten Lye Town in their final game of the calendar year.

Lye came into the game full of confidence and sitting top of the league but came up short against an ever-improving Burton side.

The first half was a tight affair, with most of the attempts on goal coming from distance or from set plays. An early Brewers corner was taken by Alice Lilley and was met by the head of Millie Drinkhall but her effort was cleared off the line by a Lye defender.

Lye responded with a couple of chances of their own. First, a vollied attempt from distance by Katie Priest was saved well by Olena Tatarczuk, and then a free kick taken by Britanee Lote went under the wall but was comfortable for the Brewers’ ‘keeper.

The Brewers had the ball in the net in the 20th minute. Lilley converting well from a Sophie Richards cross only to see her effort ruled out courtesy of the assistant referee’s flag for offside.

Lye continued to push for the opener. Natasha Baptiste was the next to test Tatarczuk with a smart turn and shot from the edge of the area, which was well saved. As the half drew to a close, Lye came the closest to scoring when a well struck effort from Mollie Cook from outside the area hit the top of the crossbar and went out for a goal kick.




The second half started in the same, cagey fashion until the 56th minute when the Brewers won a corner. Lilley flighted an inviting ball to the edge of the 6-yard box where it was headed home by an unmarked DRINKHALL to open the scoring.

The dynamic of the game changed at this point, with Lye having to push to get back into the game and the Brewers finding more spaces to move the ball and create chances on the break. The first opportunity from this came in the 61st minute. Elisha Gourlay received the ball and teed up Lilley for a left footed effort that sailed over the crossbar.

Lye continued to push forwards, but couldn’t find a way through the resolute Brewers defence, well marshalled by captain Charlotte Jarvis. Lye were forced to try shots from distance, none of which troubled Tatarczuk.

The Brewers’ next counter attack resulted in them winning a penalty. Lilley played an excellent ball forwards and Gourlay sprinted clear of the defence and managed to reach the ball before Justine Lewis in the Lye goal. As Gourlay headed the ball past the onrushing ‘keeper, an outstretched hand knocked her to the floor and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a spot kick. Lilley took the resulting kick and scored easily but the referee spotted an encroachment from a Brewers player and signalled for a re-take. LILLEY went the same way and the ball nestled into the corner of the net, beyond the reach of Lewis’ hand.

The Brewers managed the remainder of the game well and created another two or three excellent goalscoring opportunities but failed to take any of them. The game became stretched as Lye chased the game and left gaps in defence that the Brewers exploited well.

The Brewers managed the game well and restricted Lye to just one final chance late in the game. A cross from the right was met by Baptiste, but her effort was well saved by Tatarczuk.




After the match, Brewers’ manager Joe Kirkland was delighted with the way things had played out: “I said to the players in the changing room beforehand that if any team can stop Lye, it’ll be us. They had only conceded three goals all season, and in all honesty we could have scored five today. It’s a huge result which keeps us in third place going into the new year. Last season we finished in 8th place, so I think the progress is there for everyone to see.

"I want to thank everyone who follows the team, and we hope to see even more fans coming down to support us in the new year.”

Assistant manager Amber-Leigh Denny added: “Every player won their individual battle, which is something we spoke about ahead of kick off.

"It was a real team performance and we have now set the bar in terms of our performance and winning mentality for the rest of the season. I am just so proud of the girls and the desire they showed throughout the entire 90 minutes.”


Albion: Tatarczuk, Richards, Pittman, Jarvis (c), Drinkhall, Naqwi, Gourlay, Gillott, Mahmood, Thomas, Lilley


Goals: Albion – Drinkhall (56), Lilley (77)

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