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20 November 2023

Club News


20 November 2023

BURTON Albion returned to winning ways with a thoroughly deserved 3-0 victory against Knowle Ladies at the Community Football Centre.

The first of many Brewers’ chances came in the 5th minute. Returning from an ankle injury that saw her miss the last two matches, Millie Drinkhall picked up a loose Knowle pass and took the ball inside a defender with ease. Her shot from distance slipped through the hands Knowle’s Jess Jenkinson but came off the crossbar and fell back to the fortunate ‘keeper.

A period of dominance with the ball followed for the Brewers, who kept possession well, moving the ball across and through the pitch with ease. It felt like it was only a matter of time before the next big chance would come, and in the end it came from an Alice Lilley, which bounced into space off a Knowle defender. Emily GILLOTT was the quickest to react and she smashed a half volley into the top corner of the net, leaving the ‘keeper with no chance.

The home side were having great success down the right-hand side. In the 24th Minute, Sophie Richards intercepted a pass, played a one-two with Alice Lilley and whipped a dangerous ball across the face of the goal that Drinkhall was unable to connect with.

Just seconds later and there was a strong penalty shout for the Brewers. A free kick was taken by captain Charlotte Jarvis and met by the head of Hajrah Mahmood. The ball wasn’t dealt with by Jenkinson and as Mahmood tried to win the loose ball, she was bundled over by the Knowle ‘keeper with the referee waving away the penalty claims, much to the disbelief of the home side and supporters.

Knowle had their first shot on target in the 28th minute after the referee awarded them a debatable free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. However, Natalie Gibson’s effort was comfortably dealt with by Olena Tatarczuk in the Brewers goal.

Just a minute later it was the home side back on the attack. Richards, Lilley and Mahmood working well to find the latter free on the right, but her deflected cross flew just over the head of Drinkhall.

The dominance eventually paid off with a second goal, and it came from another Lilley corner. The Knowle defence had three chances to clear the ball in the melee, but only managed to get in each other’s way and loop the ball to DRINKHALL, who was left with the simple task of passing the ball into the empty net to make a goalscoring return to the side.

The next excellent period of play from the Brewers came in the 42nd minute. Brilliant hold up play from Lilley released Elisha Gourlay forwards and her pass found Mahmood in space on the wing. She beat her marker and fired in another dangerous cross that found its way to Katie Jubb, who controlled well and fired a shot that was well saved by Jenkinson and cleared away. From the resulting throw-in the Brewers moved the ball well on the left and Gourlay was able to cross the ball to Gillott, whose volleyed effort was tipped wide by the increasingly busy Jenkinson.

The final chance of a totally dominant half for the Brewers came on the stroke of half time. Gillott and Mahmood exchanged passes between the Knowle defence which resulted in Mahmood being through on goal. Her low, driven effort agonisingly crashing back off the post.




The second half continued where the first had finished, with the Brewers on the attack and Knowle hoping to find a breakthrough from long balls or free-kicks, all of which were dealt with easily by the solid Brewers defence.

This was always going to be about how well the Brewers managed the game, and they did so really well, keeping possession for large periods and forcing the Knowle players to work hard to try to get the ball. Such was the success of the strategy that the next real chance of the match didn’t arrive until the 59th minute from another Lilley corner; this time met by the head of Jarvis, but her effort went just wide of the post.

The Brewers finally made the scoreline reflect the match in the 84th minute. Beth Naqwi played the ball forwards to Lilley, who battled through two challenges before playing the ball through to Drinkhall. Clean through on goal, DRINKHALL took the ball into the box and calmy slotted home past the onrushing Jenkinson for her second of the game.

Tatarczuk had hardly been troubled through the match and could have been forgiven for switching off, but she showed her ability just two minutes after the goal with what could be her best save this season so far. Demi Rolph received the ball and was able to move into a clear shooting chance just ten yards from goal. Her right footed effort was destined for the corner, but for an athletic Tatarczuk diving to her left to tip it onto the post, with Richards tidying up the rebound.

The final chances of the game also inevitably fell to the Brewers. A Jarvis free kick was well saved by Jenkinson, the rebound from Mahmood was also kept out, and the second rebound fell to Richards who couldn’t get her shot on target.




Brewers manager Joe Kirkland was overjoyed with the team. "I'm delighted, more so because the performance was there and we managed to dictate the game right from the first minute. We hit the crossbar and should have had yet another clear penalty in the first half which is frustrating. The most important thing was that the game was managed well by the players. The desire, attitude and aggression from everyone was excellent" he said.

"We're also beginning to have more and more people coming down to support us at matches, which is fantastic. We have another home game next Sunday where we'll be looking to put in the same level of performance, so we hope to see you there!”


Albion: Tatarczuk, Richards, Bell, Jarvis (c), Jubb, Naqwi, Gourlay, Gillott, Drinkhall (Warrington 84), Mahmood (Thomas 71 (Mahmood (89)), Lilley


Goals: Albion – Gillott (18), Drinkhall (31, 84)

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