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12 September 2023

Club News


12 September 2023

BURTON Albion continued their excellent start to the season with a 3-1 victory away at Solihull Sporting.

For the majority of the first half it was the defensive units getting the upper hand. The Brewers found it difficult to pass the ball through into more dangerous areas and Sporting couldn’t get their long passes in behind the Brewers defence.

The first real chance fell the way of Sporting. The ball fell to Tash Lawrence in space, but her long-range effort was easily saved by Brewers ‘keeper Olena Tatarczuk.

A tactical change from Brewers’ manager Joe Kirkland brought about the breakthrough in the 41st minute. Pressure on the Sporting back line enabled Beth NAQWI to win the ball back just outside the penalty area before taking an early shot that caught out the Sporting keeper Molly Gilmartin on her near post.




Sporting came out strong in the second half in attempt to get back in the game and Eliza Hickey thought she had drawn Sporting level in the 47th minute, only to see her goal ruled out for offside. Then in the 56th minute another effort from Lawrence, this time from a direct free-kick, hit the crossbar with the rebound well cleared by the Brewers defenders.

In the 60th minute the Brewers extended their lead. A brilliant ball from Naqwi sent Farrah Hoyle away down the right-hand side and she was able to pick out Mille Drinkhall with her cross. DRINKHALL took one touch to control the ball before firing it past the keeper into corner of the net.

Sporting began to commit more players forward in search of a goal and this left gaps for the Brewers to exploit, making them look even more dangerous. This period of play brought about a few good chances that weren’t taken before the Brewers finally got their reward. In the 68th minute the ball was worked out well from the back to Naqwi, who played another fantastic ball through the Sporting defence to release DRINKHALL through on goal, where she finished confidently past Gilmartin.

Sporting continued to try to break down the Brewers for the remainder of the game but the excellent duo of Charlotte Jarvis and Sophie Richards in the heart of the defence reduced Sporting to long range efforts that failed to trouble Olena Tatarczuk in goal.

In the 76th minute, Richards was penalised for handball from a Sporting cross with the referee pointing to the spot. For the second game running, Tatarczuk went the right way from the resulting penalty and made a fantastic save from Vicky Cook only to see the ball fall straight back to COOK, who made no mistake from the rebound.

The Brewers managed the game well from this point, making themselves hard to break down and not allowing Sporting any chances to further reduce the deficit, whilst still showing the potential to score more on the counter.




In the end it was a deserved victory for Burton Albion and after the match Kirkland said “We felt pretty confident throughout the match as we always looked in control, I thought the players managed the game well and did what was asked of them.

"It’s very easy to take your foot of the pedal when you’re winning by a goal or two, but we didn’t do that once in either game which is why we’re sitting here having won two matches on the bounce.

"I want the players to adopt a winning mindset, and do whatever it takes to win, and that’s what we’re doing."

This was the final game for Grace Henessey-Fernandez before she departs to university. Everyone associated with Burton Albion Women would like to thank Grace for what she has brought to the many different teams she has represented at the club, from the junior sides through to the first team. We would also like to wish Grace every success in her studies. and look forward to her returning to play and train whenever she is back in the area.


Albion: Tatarczuk, Bell (Hennessey-Fernandez 55), Richards, Jarvis (c), Mahmood, Naqwi, Gourlay, Gillott, Hoyle (Oxley 64), Stewart (Thomas 46 (Stewart 77)), Drinkhall (Jubb 72)


Goals: Albion – Naqwi (41), Drinkhall (60, 68), Solihull – Cook (76)

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