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9 December 2023

Match Reports


9 December 2023

ALBION slipped to as disappointing 2-1 defeat in their final home game before Christmas as Stevenage came from behind to take all three points.

In what proved to be blustery conditions Albion could not capitalise on a fine start, when Deji Oshilaja fired home after Joe Powell’s penalty had been saved with ex-Brewers man Kane Hemmings and prolific striker Jamie Reid grabbing the goals to turn the game on its head and give the visitors victory.

After a confidence boosting win in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy in the week Albion went in search of league points showing three changes from the trip to Wrexham. Skipper John Brayford made his first start since September 2nd coming in for Jake Caprice whilst Rekeem Harper and Kwadwo Baah started in place of Mark Helm and Bez Lubala, both ruled out with injury.

A scrappy start in blustery conditions did not help either side but Albion were awarded an early penalty, Ryan Sweeney adjudged to have been sent tumbling by Stevenage skipper Carl Piergianni. Joe Powell was thwarted by Taye Ashby-Hammond from the spot kick but OSHILAJA darted in to smash home the rebound.

Despite the wind being against them in the first half Stevenage managed to get forwards and cause problems for the Burton defence. A low, fizzing cross from Jamie Reid on 21 minutes proved uncomfortable for Max Crocombe at his near post but the ball was diverted behind for a corner.

Former Albion striker Kane Hemmings failed to capitalise on a chance when Jake Forster-Caskey’s low crossshot was blocked away by Crocombe and arrived at the ex-Brewer too quickly for him to divert in on target.

Keeper Ashby-Hammond was grateful for the flag of the assistant on 35 minutes as his attempts to dribble out of trouble almost cost him as Oshilaja picked his pocket and tried to find Walker before the offside flag went up.

Stevenage continued to look dangerous and leading scorer Jamie Reid was denied an equaliser by an effective block inside the box as space opened up on the left and an almighty scramble inside the six-yard box finished with Albion somehow clearing their lines.

There was almost an air of inevitability that HEMMINGS should grab the equaliser, tapping home from close range as the game ticked into added time at the end of the half.


Stevenage took six minutes to turn the game around and grab the lead. Baah was penalised for bringing down Forster-Caskey just inside the box giving REID the chance to net his seventeenth goal of the season from the spot.

Josh Gordon and Cole Stockton were summoned from the bench as Albion went in search of an equaliser, Baah and Mason Bennett the men to make way.

Mustapha Carayol was also sent on, replacing Brayford, to try and conjure something up on the right-hand side and he immediately set about the task with a delicious cross that found the head of Sam Hughes, only for Ashby-Hammond to deny him on the line.

Albion began to apply more pressure but could not find a way through a robust Stevenage back-line.

A last throw of the dice was the introduction of Bobby Kamwa as Harper was sacrificed from midfield for the closing stages.

Powell’s late free-kick tested Ashby-Hammond but the keeper did just enough to push it away to safety. And with it any chances of Albion grabbing a point had gone.



ALBION: Crocombe; Brayford (Carayol, 71), Hughes, Sweeney, Moon; Powell, Harper (Kamwa, 86), Oshilaja; Bennett (Gordon, 58), Walker, Baah (Stockton, 58).

Substitutes: Blackman, Kamwa, Caprice, Gilligan.


GOALS: ALBION – Oshilaja (7) ; STEVENAGE – Hemmings (45), Reid (51 pen)


Referee: Ben Atkinson


Attendance: 2,406

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