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17 January 2024

Club News


17 January 2024

Burton Albion started 2024 like they ended 2023 and continued their unbeaten run, with a hard earned 3-2 victory against Shrewsbury Town.

The first chance for the Brewers came in the 9th minute. A well weighted pass by Katie Jubb found Alice Lilley racing for the ball alongside defender Grace Layton. Lilley managed to get her shot away, but it was straight at Phoebe Carter in the Shrewsbury Town goal.

Two minutes later the Brewers took the lead. An excellent turn by Lilley in the centre of the pitch gave her the space to play a ball beyond the defence towards Elisha Gourlay. Slight hesitation between Layton and Carter allowed GOURLAY to get in between them and lift the ball over the keeper and into the net.

The next chance fell to Shrewsbury. This time there was hesitation in the Brewers defence and Alicia Robinson ran on to the loose ball and fired a shot that was well saved by Olena Tatarczuk down to her right.

The rest of the second half was well contested, with neither side carving out any clear goalscoring opportunities. Shrewsbury had a few long-range efforts, but nothing that troubled Tatarczuk.




Brewers’ manager Joe Kirkland made two changes during the break, bringing on Skye Lakin-Wright for her debut and Hajrah Mahmood. Emily Gillott and Nina Warrington making way.

The Brewers doubled their lead in the 54th minute. Mahmood’s wonderful pass switched the play from right to left, finding Millie Drinkhall who beat a defender and crossed the ball low into the box. The attempted clearance from Shrewsbury went straight to LAKIN-WRIGHT who ghosted past defender Vikki Owen before coolly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Brewers’ third goal came on the hour mark. Owen was adjudged to have pushed Mahmood, resulting in a free-kick in a good position. Lilley’s dead-ball effort was somehow kept out through a combination of Carter and the post, but the rebound fell straight to MAHMOOD who calmly controlled the ball and finished well past defenders on the line.

Shrewsbury began to dominate possession as they sought a way back into the game, but the Brewers defended resolutely, throwing their bodies in front of the ball where needed. As a result, Tatarczuk was kept relatively quiet in goal during this period of play despite the pressure.

The pressure finally paid off in for Shrewsbury in the 81st minute when the referee felt that Brewers defender Sophie Richards had fouled Zoe Child as she was trying to clear the ball. The resulting spot-kick was dispatched by ROBINSON, sending Tatarczuk the wrong way.

The goal spurred Shrewsbury on, and they pressed for a second. A couple of half-chances came and went, with the Brewers continuing to defend well. In the third minute of stoppage time, Shrewsbury scored the final goal of the game. A long ball forward was dealt with by Charlotte Jarvis, who played the ball back to Tatarczuk. Her first touch across goal was closed down by Katie DOSTER who slid in to divert the ball into the goal.




After the match, Brewers’ manager Joe Kirkland was pleased to see the progress that the team are making, saying "Since coming in at the start of the season the first aim was to create a team who are defensively solid, and then to have a team that has structure both in and out of possession. After 5 months of working hard we've managed to nail down our first set of key principles which have significantly impacted the last two results. I'm so pleased that we now have a bit of momentum behind us, the fact is that we've beaten two of the stronger teams in the league and currently sit in 3rd place. the difference is there for everyone to see"



Albion: Tatarczuk, Richards, Pittman, Jarvis (c), Jubb (Warrington 86), Naqwi, Gourlay (Gillott 86), Gillott (Lakin-Wright 45), Drinkhall (Thomas 86), Lilley (Oxley 86), Warrington (Mahmood 45)


Goals: Albion – Gourlay (11), Lakin-Wright (54), Mahmood (60), Shrewsbury – Robinson (81), Doster (90+2)

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