An Introduction to Burton Albion Ladies

Burton Albion in a pre match team huddle

In the latest of our special series of features showcasing teams playing at all levels of women’s football, Hayley Sutton introduces us to Burton Albion Ladies.

Firstly, tell us about yourself and your role within the club?
Hayleigh – I’ve played for Burton since I was sixteen, this year takes me into my sixth season here. When I joined we were in the Staffs County League and gained 3 promotions in four years along with winning three League Cup Finals. I am vice-captain for the team and I am normally a left wing-back, however, I can play pretty much anywhere. However, I’m currently out with an injury sustained in November.

What league is your club in and what are the aspirations for the season?
We are currently in the FA Women’s National League, Midlands Division One. Due to long term injuries to a lot of our first team players, I think our main aspiration is for the reserve players to step up and gain valuable first team experience.

Where can we see you play your home games this season?
Our home games are played at Tamworth Football Club.

Burton Albion's Hayley Sutton

Who’s the boss?
Ryan Hamilton is the boss. After the departure of Jack White, Jack Peel and s&c coach Kane Darkes in October, Ryan and Danny stepped up from the reserve team and took over in their place.

How does the first team set themselves up?
With all the injuries we’ve had this season, the team has changed pretty much every week which has made it quite difficult to settle down. We’ve had to have a lot of reserve team players step up and play in positions that aren’t particularly their favoured position.

Ryan Hamilton instructs his Burton Albion side

Could you tell me about your club captain and what she brings to the team?
Our club captain is Charlotte Worth. Worthy always tries her hardest in everything she does for the team, she always gives 100% into every game, every training session and she always has everyone’s back. Unfortunately Worthy joins me in the physio room, out with a knee injury which is such a big loss for the team however Gina Rushton is stepping up and doing a good job now.

Who should we put our money on to be top goalscorer this season?
It has to be Jordan Atkin. She scored 29 league goals for us last year so she’s got to be the favourite. Paris O’Connor and I weren’t far behind however both out with injuries so we’ll let Jordan have it again. 😉

Who is the unsung hero within the squad?
I think this has to be Alex Liddiard. Joined a few weeks into the season after gaining international clearance and has settled so quickly. Always gives 100% on the pitch and genuinely a class girl to be around.

Who is the young gun within the squad who we should watch out for this season?
Fiona Lane. She stepped up at the beginning of the year and can’t fault her. Tries her best in every game and has improved throughout the season – she has a lot of potential in the game with the right sort of coaching.

Where can we follow the club’s progress this season?
You can find us on Twitter at @BurtonAlbionLFC as well as on Facebook & Instagram @BurtonalbionLadiesFC.

Burton Albion's Jordan Atkin

Jordan Atkins. All photos from Adam Nunn

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