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Burton 2-1 Town - Academy side clinch title!

28 April 2023

Club News

Burton 2-1 Town - Academy side clinch title!

28 April 2023

Town's academy side were today confirmed as Champions of the EFL Youth Alliance North East division this afternoon despite today's defeat to Burton Albion. 

Contenders Bradford City also dropped points this afternoon and that result means Town have sealed the title with one game to spare in only their second full season at the level. 

Paul Stansfield and Josh Law made two changes from the side who defeated Grimsby last time out. Harvey Giles and Cadarn Taylor replacing Alex Mooney and James Moorby.

As both sides looked to find an early advantage it would be Burton Albion who would have the best of the chances in the opening exchanges. 

The Brewers thought they had the lead on four minutes. A dangerous ball towards the back post was flicked back across the face of goal before the attacker was able to head home.

However, the referee judged the ball to go out in the build-up and ruled the goal out 

With little over 12 minutes on the clock, the home side again went close to taking the lead. A loose ball at the left hand side of the Town box fell to the on rushing attacker but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

This early advantage is one which Burton would make count on 27 minutes. A long ball over the top found Scott who got the better of Williams on the Town right hand side. After which, he slotted the ball below Giles to give his side a deserved advantage. 

However, less than two minutes later Town found an instant response. Clever play by Josh Brodella in the Burton penalty area as he laid off Birmingham who took full advantage and fired the ball into the bottom corner. 

It was a goal which sparked Town into life as they began to ask questions in possession. However, the Burton defence stayed resolute for the remainder of the first half. 

Chances proved few and far between in the opening exchanges of the second 45. Burton's Joe Nyahwema with the only two chances of the first 15. 

One of which was fired well over and the other was gathered by Giles at the second attempt. 

The first clear-cut chance of the half came on 74 minutes when a dangerous ball into the Town box was met by a Burton attacker but his header was off target. 

However, the attack was a sign of things to come as the home side were awarded a penalty ten minutes from time. Second half sub Lewis Smalley was judged to have handled the ball in the area. 

This gave Scott a chance to add his second of the game. He slotted the ball home and gave the home side the lead. 

With time running out, Town pushed forward in search of an equaliser as Ben Tweed drove into the Burton penalty area. However, it wasn't to be. 

Burton: Dudek, Maginness, Ranger, Tamen, Delap, Robinson, Pace, Hazell, Scott, Oakes, Nyahwema

Booked: Tamen (38)

Goals: Scott (27, 81)

Town: Giles (Mooney, 75'), Williams, Birmingham (Bray, 66'), Wilson, Attree, Taylor (Smalley, 61'), Bordella (Kerr, 66'), Tweed, Ilesanmi, Nicholson (Samuels, 55'), Lee

Subs unused: Moorby

Booked: Attree (74)

Goals: Birmingham (29) 

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