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10 January 2023

Club News


10 January 2023

BURTON Albion manager Tommy Booth hailed his side's "professional" performance as the Brewers advanced to the fourth round of the Women's County Cup on Sunday.

Goals from Elisha Gourlay, Charlotte Jarvis, Farrah Hoyle, Alice Lilley and Amber-Leigh Denny secured a fine 5-0 victory over Coventry City in the third round, following a month-long absence of games due to weather and a Christmas break.

Conditions in Coventry made life difficult for both sides with heavy wind and rain affecting proceedings, but having taken the lead through Gourlay after a well-worked move, the Brewers did not look back and scored another four without reply in the second half. 

"It was a really professional performance (and) we did what we had to do," said Booth. "Looking at this as a positive, we’ve still got plenty left to offer but we were nowhere near 100%.

"It had a bit of a pre-season friendly feel with a month off, and it took us a little while to get back into the game, but the conditions were also horrendous, so to string passes together in that rain was really good.

"We didn’t play amazingly well, but we got the job done. They tried to clear their lines quickly but we kept trying to play football. 

"Getting the clean sheet was something we spoke about before the game - we didn’t go into it expecting to win but we wanted to use it as a driver for the season, hoping it could give us a springboard for the league.

"Getting five different goalscorers is something we didn’t plan, and that’s amazing, but the aim is to drive on into the season now when the league starts up again."

That return to West Midlands Regional League action comes this Sunday as Lye Town are the visitors to the Pirelli Stadium with the Brewers sat seventh in the table, 11 points taken from their first eight games and without defeat in their last four.

That is nine points shy of table-topping Kidderminster Harriers - and Booth says there is plenty to play for in the second half of the season.

"We’ve played against the teams around the top of the table and done well against them," said Booth. "Playing some of the teams around us now, that’s an opportunity for us to climb up the league.

"We know we lost to Worcester and Shrewsbury earlier this season, but we’re not necessarily fearful because we know we can take points from teams if we’re on our game.

"The momentum of going four games unbeaten almost felt lost a little bit with the lack of games and the break over Christmas. It doesn’t restart though, we know about it and the players know about it.

"On the whole, we weren’t in this division last year but there were some runaway teams so if you lost ground, it was hard to catch up. This season looks a lot more competitive so it’s not impossible to regain that.

"You could easily see a team around us going on an unbeaten run of a few games."

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