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27 November 2023

Club News


27 November 2023

BURTON Albion were pegged back to a 3-3 draw against Coventry Sphinx Ladies, with three goals being scored in stoppage time in a blockbuster affair.

Sphinx started the better of the two sides and took the lead in the 4th minute. Winger Kirsty Farnsworth received the ball just inside the Brewers half and turned to run at the defence. Making her way unchallenged into the penalty area, FARNSWORTH was able to guide the ball past Olena Tatarczuk and into the net.

Sphinx looked to capitalise on this start and created a couple of chances soon afterwards. The best of these was an effort from Millie Webb that was well saved by Tatarczuk, with the follow up effort from the rebound well blocked away for a corner.  

After this period of pressure, the Brewers grew into the game and were able to level the scores in the 20th minute. A free-kick from captain Charlotte Jarvis wasn’t dealt with well by the Sphinx defence and Emily GILLOTT was on hand to turn the ball across the goal and, despite a vain attempt to clear off the line, the assistant referee signalled that the ball had crossed the line.

The next chances also fell the way of the Brewers. Firstly, a long range free-kick by HajrahMahmood was well handled by Jade Taylor in the Sphinx goal. Then, an excellent corner from Alice Lilley was met by the head of Jarvis, but her effort was just over the crossbar.




The early stages of the second half mirrored the first, with Sphinx looking the more dangerous of the two teams. Their pressure appeared to pay off in the 53rd minute when a well flighted free kick was headed in by Anaya O’Brien but, much to the relief of the Brewers, the referee saw a push in the box and ruled the goal out.

Just a few minutes later Sphinx created a great scoring opportunity. Webb played an excellent ball through to Farnsworth, who found herself clean through with only the ‘keeper to beat. Tatarczuk’s bravery proved decisive as she narrowed the angle and blocked the effort. The resulting corner forced Tatarcuk into action again, saving low down from a close range effort.

The next chance fell to the Brewers. A long clearance was flicked on by Lilley into the path of Mille Drinkhall, who raced away before firing an effort at goal from a narrow angle that was well saved by Taylor.

In the 65th minute, Jarvis challenged for the ball, with the referee penalising her and awarding a free-kick to Sphinx. An exchange between the referee and Jarvis resulted in the Brewers captain being sent to the sin bin for a period of ten minutes. The free-kick was claimed well by Tatarczuk but saw a number of Sphinx players trying to kick the ball when it was clearly in her hands. An inevitable scuffle ensued, and the referee sent off two players, Demi Bell for the Brewers and Lauren Swift for Sphinx, leaving the match at 9 v 10 for the remainder of Jarvis’ sin bin period.

After defending this period well, it was the Brewers with the next chance. A through ball from Jarvis found Lilley, who turned sharply and fired her effort across the face of goal and wide of the post.

The Brewers took the lead for the first time in the match in the 83rd minute. A good interchange between Lilley, Mahmood and Drinkhall found the latter in space on the edge of the area. DRINKHALL took a touch to move into the box and then fired the ball past the ‘keeper’s right-hand side for yet another accomplished finish.

Sphinx managed to level things up in the 3rd minute of stoppage time. A long free-kick was played into the Brewers box and despite missing everyone, with bodies everywhere, Tatarczuk had to react to divert the ball onto the post with an outstretched foot. The rebound fell straight to WEBB who turned the ball into the net.

Play continued, with the referee adding plenty of time at the end of the match for stoppages, and the Brewers took the lead again in the 101st minute. Emily Gillott dribbled past a Sphinx player before playing the ball into the box. The ball was part cleared, but picked up by Beth NAQWI, who skipped inside her marker and fired a long range left foot effort into the top corner in what will undoubtedly be a contender for goal of the season.

Still the game continued and Sphinx pushed for an equaliser. They were rewarded in the 103rdminute when Farnsworth broke free, only to be brought down for a penalty. In what turned out to be the last kick of the game, Amanda WHALLEY sent Tatarczuk the wrong way to make the score 3-3. Somewhat befittingly, as the referee blew the final whistle the 5pm fireworks for Burton’s Christmas lights switch on filled the sky to accompany the players back to the changing rooms.




Reaction from Brewers manager Joe Kirkland:

“I think it was a proper game of football. Both teams were aggressive, competitive and were pushing on to win. At times the game became heated but that competitive edge is what makes a great football match.

We’ve had 3 excellent performances recently and have only come away with 4 points, but the most important factor is that the consistency of the performance has been there.

We have so many players playing so well at the moment and with real confidence. I’m gutted for our striker Alice Lilley, because she’s literally been running rings around the opposition these past few games and has been really unlucky not to get her name on the score sheet.”


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


Goals: Albion – Gillott (20), Drinkhall (83), Naqwi (90+11); Sphinx – Farnsworth (4), Webb (90+3), Whalley (90+13)

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