SUNDAY was a great day all-round for everyone involved in Burton Albion’s Women’s team, as they booked their spot in the semi-final of the Women’s County Cup with an emphatic 5-1 win against Coundon Court in front of 311 supporters at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday.
Goals from Dannie Oxley and Hajrah Mahmood added to an outstanding hat-trick from Millie Drinkhall to round off an outstanding afternoon for the Brewers as they showed their class to reach the final four.
After the game, Brewers manager Tommy Booth was full of praise for his side who rose to the big occasion to put on an impressive display.
"The game was good and the occasion was good as well," he said. "It’s nice that we managed to have two positives and matched the occasion with a good performance to show that we can play good football.
"The pitches have been kind to us in the weeks past, we’ve played on big, open, wide grassy pitches so it's helped us and probably made me more aware of where we can use our strengths.
"It’s nice that we get to play on nice surfaces and it’s something we want to do more often."
Booth hopes that a game like this will enable the women’s team to kick on and make them hungry for more days like this in the future.
"Hopefully it gives us a bit of a boost and maybe kicks us on in the league a bit, who know what’ll happen in the future.
"I’d love to go higher up in the leagues and we know it’s tough, there is a lot of investment in women’s football so it’s about keeping up with the other teams.
"But it is doable, we just need to have the right things in place to make it happen, but hopefully we can build on this off the pitch as well as on it and hopefully the 300 people that came today might start to come more frequently."
To cap off the perfect afternoon, some of the development team girls were given minutes to further their progression which is something Booth is very keen on trying to implement.
"I don’t want to go out recruiting from other teams so to have that link is important as (between the firsts and devs) they are able to see that the club want that progression."