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WOMEN'S MATCH REPORT: KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 0-0 BURTON ALBION

19 March 2024

Club News

WOMEN'S MATCH REPORT: KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 0-0 BURTON ALBION

19 March 2024

BURTON Albion picked up a point on their travels in a tight match with few chances; the two defensive units coming out on top in a game that ended goalless.

The first shot on goal came from Kidderminster. An excellent cross field pass from Chelsea Tague found Ellie Mcfarlane just inside the Brewers penalty area but her shot was comfortably saved by Olena Tatarzuk.

The Brewers created their first chance in the 14th minute. Good interplay between Beth Naqwi, Alice Lilley and Elisha Gourlay resulted in the ball being played through for Millie Drinkhall. The left footed cross from Drinkhall flew across the face of the goal, agonisingly out of reach for Farrah Hoyle at the back post.

Another opportunity came the way of the Brewers shortly afterwards. A clearance from Kidderminster ‘keeper Amie Preston was met by Megan Pittman and her volley released Lilley beyond the last defender. Lilley was able to go past the onrushing Preston, but her effort on goal was cleared by the recovering Liv Ashfield.

Kidderminster had their best moment on the half hour mark. A free-kick from Amber Lawrence was well flighted to the back post and met by the head of Mcfarlane but she couldn’t get her headed effort on target.

The final effort on target in the first half fell to the Brewers. Following a period of possession, Lilley’s pass was well taken by Drinkhall on the half turn. This put Drinkhall free of the defender and enabled her to get a long range shot on target, but Preston saved well.

 

HALF-TIME: KIDDERMINSTER 0-0 BURTON ALBION

 

The Brewers had a good chance early in the second half. A long pass from Charlotte Jarvis released Drinkhall on the left. Her cross found its way to Katie Jubb, but she couldn’t direct the ball towards goal and it went out of play for a goal kick.

After a period of few opportunities, three came in quick succession. The first to the Brewers, when a poor clearance fell to Lilley and her left footed shot was saved by the legs of Preston at the near post. The second one for Kidderminster; Jazz Springer’s shot from distance well handled by Tatarczuk. The final of the three also fell to Kidderminster. Lawrence was quickly onto a through ball, but her volley on the turn sailed over the crossbar.

In the 86th minute, the Brewers had the last chance of the match. A well-weighted through ball from Gourlay found attacker Hoyle on the edge of the Kidderminster penalty area. She cut back onto her right foot and shot for goal, but Preston was just able to get her hand to the ball and slow the pace enough for Mcfarlane to get back and clear.

 

FULL TIME: KIDDERMINSTER 0-0 BURTON ALBION

 

Brewers’ manager Joe Kirkland said: “Defensively we were a lot better which helps to give us a platform to move forward with. Reflecting on the game we should have come away with the three points, it was just the quality in the final third which ultimately let us down.

"Chances are hard to come by against better sides in the league, so when we create opportunities we have to make sure we take them.”

 

Albion: Tatarczuk, Richards, Pittman, Jarvis (c), Jubb (Hoyle 64), Naqwi, Gourlay, Gillott, Drinkhall (Warrington 37 (Drinkhall 43)), Lilley, Hoyle (Price 37)


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