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8 April 2024

Club News


8 April 2024

BURTON Albion suffered defeat on the road to Lye Town in their latest league fixture in a match where clinical finishing was the difference.

The Brewers created the first shooting opportunity of the match in the 13th minute. A throw in from Shanae Thomas was well received by Alice Lilley on the turn and she was able to get her shot away before the defender made a challenge; Lye Town ‘keeper Justine Lewis making a comfortable save.

Shortly afterwards it was Lye with a good chance. Midfielder Joella Bate played the ball through to Natasha Baptiste and her left-footed effort flashed across the goal and just past the post for a goal kick. From the restart, the Brewers’ clearance was blocked and fell to Lye’s Britanee Lote who steered the ball goalward, only for Beth Naqwi to get back on the line to stop the shot and clear the danger.

Lye’s next effort opened the scoring when Bate and Baptiste linked up again. This time BAPTISTE’s shot from the edge of the penalty area flew over the head of Brewers’ ‘keeper Olena Tatarczuk and into the roof of the net.

The Brewers looked to hit back and created a good opportunity soon after the opener. Lilley’s cross wasn’t dealt with by the Lye defence and Elisha Gourlay picked up the loose ball and took it past the defender, only to see her shot go wide of the goal.

The next chance fell to Lye. A cross from the right got caught in the wind, which deceived Tatarczuk in goal and allowed Baptiste to get to the ball first. Her headed effort hung in the air before crashing back off the bar and into the arms of the relieved Brewers ‘keeper.

Lye doubled their lead just before half time. A shot by Baptiste was well blocked by Sophie Richards, but the ball rebounded fortuitously back into the path of the Lye striker and this time BAPTISTE was able to steer the ball over the head of Tatarczuk, where it bounced down off the crossbar and into the net.




Lye extended their lead early in the second half. An attempted through ball from Richards was intercepted and a swift counter-attack saw Lote release BAPTISTE through on goal, where she made no mistake as she sealed her hat-trick.

Chances were few and far between from this point on as the Brewers searched for a way back into the game but were well marshalled by the Lye back line. The best Brewers chance fell to substitute Summer Oliff, who raced onto Lilley’s through ball, but was unable to keep her shot on target.

Lye created one last chance late in the game. After good play on the right, Macy Fox worked the ball to Lote who then set it for Sunya Salim to shoot. Tatarczuk was equal to it, making a great diving save to her left and then bravely smothering the rebound as attackers were rushing in. 




Brewers’ manager Kirkland said "The challenge for us is that, at the moment, we struggle to dictate the play in the matches against the top teams. We are finding it tough to play through the lines and really create a good amount of chances. Defensively, we can only sustain pressure for so long, so we need to find a way to ensure the ball doesn't come back at us so quickly. I'd be concerned if we didn't know what the problems were, but we do, and we will work hard to make sure that these aspects develop so that collectively we can become more prolific."


Albion: Tatarczuk, Naqwi, Richards, Jarvis (c), Jubb (Mahmood 68), Gillott, Gourlay, Lilley (Lakin-Wright 25 (Lilley 68)), Thomas, Price (Oxley 68), Hoyle (Oliff 68)


Goals: Lye Town – Baptiste (16, 44, 52)

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