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WOMEN'S MATCH REPORT: LICHFIELD CITY LADIES 0-4 BURTON ALBION

21 February 2024

Club News

WOMEN'S MATCH REPORT: LICHFIELD CITY LADIES 0-4 BURTON ALBION

21 February 2024

A dominant performance from Burton Albion saw them record their fifth win in the last six games, as they brushed aside Lichfield Ladies with a comfortable 4-0 victory.

It didn’t take long for the Brewers to open the scoring. Just six minutes into the game, the ball was worked to Charlotte Jarvis and her through ball sent Millie Drinkhall clear on the left wing. Drinkhall’s low ball across the box was calmly dispatched by Emily GILLOTT into the bottom corner of the goal.

By the 8th minute it was two, in what was almost a carbon copy of the first goal. Jarvis released Drinkhall down the left and she pulled the ball back to find GILLOTT. This time her first time shot flew past Erica Turner in the Lichfield goal and into the top corner.

The Brewers could have extended their lead in the 24th minute with the same combination, as Jarvis flighted a ball beyond the Lichfield defence into the path of Drinkhall. This time she decided to shoot but Turner was able to make a good low save.

Two minutes later Jarvis was at it again, playing a lovely long diagonal pass for Alice Lilley to run onto. Lilley’s driven effort was well blocked by the legs of Turner, with the half-clearance falling to Drinkhall, but her volleyed attempt drifted over the crossbar.

Chances were flowing for the Brewers, as their passing game saw them break through the Lichfield defence numerous times. Elisha Gourlay’s run and shot was saved by Turner, Katie Jubb sliced a half-volley wide of goal, and Lilley’s driven shot from a tight angle sailed over. Despite their dominance, the Brewers were unable to add to their two early goals before the half time break.

 

HALF-TIME: LICHFIELD CITY LADIES 0-2 BURTON ALBION

 

Lichfield’s first shot on target came in the 59th minute. Tilly Astell’s long range effort comfortably dealt with by Olena Tatarczuk, and released quickly for a Brewers counter-attack. Jarvis, Drinkhall and substitute Farrah Hoyle combined well, and the attack ended with a Drinkhall shot that went just over the crossbar.

The next period of the game brought about a number of great chances for the Brewers, as they looked to exploit Lichfield’s high defensive line. Sophie Richards’ through ball for Hoyle was well cut out by Turner. However, the next one from Katie Jubb found Hoyle clean through on goal but she couldn’t direct her shot on target. The next chance fell to Lilley after good work from Pittman and Hoyle. Lilley turned inside the last defender, with her shot saved and held by Turner. Richards’ next through ball found the forward run of Gillott, who raced clear of the defence only to see her shot saved by Turner’s outstretched foot.

Another one v one followed when Jarvis’ pass found Hoyle in space; Turner saved again, but the ball went out for a corner. The breakthrough finally came when Lilley took the set piece and it was well met by PITTMAN, who headed the ball into the goal.

Lichfield pushed in an attempt to get a goal to show for their efforts and came closest in the 87th minute when Tilly Astell’s free-kick from some way out came back off the crossbar. Less than 60 seconds later, the Brewers scored the final goal of the game, with three substitutes combining. Dannie Oxley played the ball through to Shay Thomas and her cross found HOYLE who took one touch to control before sending the ball into the roof of the net to open her account for the season.

 

FULL TIME: LICHFIELD CITY LADIES 0-4 BURTON ALBION

 

Brewers’ manager Joe Kirkland said, “I believe that there is a lot more to come from this group. We’ve come away from the match having won 4-0 but yet we still aren’t satisfied, and I hope this shows the direction that we want to go in.

When we see such potential in each player it’s hard to just to settle for just being a good team, we want to be excellent, and I know we will be if we keep working hard and building on each performance.”

 

Albion: Tatarczuk, Richards (Bell 80), Pittman, Jarvis (c), Jubb (Mahmood 80), Naqwi, Gourlay, Gillott, Drinkhall (Thomas 80), Lilley (Oxley 80), Warrington (Hoyle 55)

 

Goals: Albion – Gillott (6, 8), Pittman (75), Hoyle (87)


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