Burton Albion Ladies FC
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Radcliffe Olympic

Home | 28 January 2018

Match Report

Burton Albion Ladies suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Radcliffe Olympic.

A goal from Jordan Atkin wasn’t enough for the Brewers as they fought back against a resilient side.

New signing Emma White – previously of Burnley, Guiseley Vixens and Nottingham Forest – made her debut for the club.

In an edgy encounter – where both teams were eager to get three points on the board – the Brewers began the first half having the better possession.

Captain Charlotte Worth and Amelia Rob each made important tackles in the final third to stop Radcliffe Olympic from getting their noses in front, however they couldn’t stop the first goal.

A looping ball was sent into the box and as confusion swirled in Erica Turner’s box, it was Rania Ramadam who slotted the ball into the back or an open net.

The Brewers looked to get themselves back in it, as Jordan Atkin went in search of the equaliser. Her long-range shot was collected easily by the keeper. But the referee pulled it back for a free-kick on the striker, however Jemma Grimadell’s effort from the dead ball evaded all Burton heads.

With an opportunity missed just two minutes prior, Radcliffe Olympic capitalised on another mistake. The ball was played back to Turner – with the wind playing havoc – but her clearance fell kindly to Alice Kempski who buried the gifted chance.

Emma White tried her luck from distance, before Grimadell found herself with the Brewers best chance of the game. She rounded the ‘keeper, but her shot could only find the side netting as the angle was just too tight.

The Brewers went in to half-time two goals down, but they looked to put that right as soon as the referee blew his whistle for the second 45.

Grimadell had another opportunity to get one back, shortly after Atkin ran through on goal.

With the pressure building, Paris O’Connor whipped in a delicious free-kick as Atkin was once again looking to make something of it. She jumped highest to meet it but her header was just wide.

Burton began to look for the ball over the top – the tactic that has reaped so many rewards so far – and it ended with a red card for the Radcliffe Olympic defender who fouled Atkin as she made her way through on goal.

Moments later, the Brewers made the most of the space it created. Atkin found the net after Grimadell played the ball through to the striker to score her 12th goal of the season.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t complete the comeback – dropping down the fifth in the league. 

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