Burton Albion Ladies FC
Burton Albion Ladies FC

First Team 3 - 1 Birmingham & West Midlands

Away | 12 November 2017

Burton Albion Ladies continued their rise through the leagues following a 3-1 victory over Birmingham and West Midlands, which saw them climb up to third in the FA WPL Midlands Division One.

Goals from Jordan Atkin and Yasmin Harris ensured the win, as they did the double over their opposition this season.

Atkin, who got a hat-trick in that game, put the Brewers up within eight minutes. The striker was played in and confidently slotted the ball home.

Captain Charlotte Worth got her foot in to stop a dangerous attack, as the opposition striker Annie Collins made her way into a one on one situation.

Jemma Grimadell tried her luck from distance, before Cresswell could have got her first senior goal from the club when her right footed effort was saved.

Atkin could have doubled the lead after she chased down a stray pass to the ‘keeper. Putting her under pressure, the ball was struck against the striker but it rebounded wide of the post and out for a goal kick.

Rebecca Milner should have opened her personal account for the Brewers with two golden opportunities to put them 2-0 in front by half-time.

In what appeared to be a well-rehearsed corner routine, Paris O’Connor’s in-swinging corner was met by Milner, yet on both occasions her header fell wide of the post.

Birmingham and West Midlands came out from the interval with a higher intensity, pressing further up the field which eventually forced Burton into a mistake.

A loose pass was pounced upon as they levelled the scores.

Just five minutes later, the Brewers were back in front through the best play of the game.

Starting with Erica Turner’s goal kick, she played it out to defender Hayleigh Sutton. She in turn found Grimadell had done well in midfield to bring the play up the field. The midfielder passed it to Atkin, with her back to goal, who held it up before twisting and turning to play a lovely ball in her strike partner Harris who side footed it past the ‘keeper.

It is Harris’ third goal in four appearances as settles into life at Burton Albion.

Atkin then got her second of the afternoon, making it 3-1 to Burton. Grimadell was once again involved in the build-up play as she split the defence with a cutting ball which found Atkin running into space down the right.

She unleashed a shot that buried into the back of the net, sealing all three points.

It could have been four when the striker burst through on goal, when she was stopped in her tracks by the last defender rushing back.

The referee only showed yellow, leaving the team infuriated by the decision. However, it didn’t matter as they left The Vale Stadium with the victory.

Manager Jack White said: It's another good victory but one that we've had to work really hard for. We started the match stronger than we have in recent weeks and getting an early goal took some of the pressure off. The whole team then settled down and confidence grew.

“At the break, we spoke about keeping players further up the field and that certainly benefitted us in the second half. It was important that we had an extra central player up there to support the strikers and the way that they combined for the second goal was nice to see.

“We've said from day one that we are confident about playing youngsters from our junior teams and I am sure that Lauren Greaves is very happy with how her debut went today. She has trained well with the senior team over the past couple of weeks and deserved her opportunity. Of course, it makes the job a lot easier for a 17-year-old when the more experienced players alongside her are playing at the top of their game.

“We're so pleased with our league form and happy for all of the players. We see how hard they work and how much this means to them.”

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