ALICE Clason struck a late winner as champions Burton Albion Ladies maintained their unbeaten run by edging a nine-goal thriller against high-flying Hamil Road in Stoke on Sunday.
Appalling weather conditions and a rapidly deteriorating pitch did nothing to dampen the Brewers, or their hosts, who were ahead within a minute.
An attack down the left flank resulted in a clearance that dropped perfectly on the edge of the area before being volleyed home.
Any thoughts on easing up after clinching the tile in their previous game were quickly swept aside as, after weathering the opening 10 minutes, Albion eased their way into the game, and the scores were levelled when A powerful strike from Ruby Hallam (pictured) found its way home after a goalkeeping error.
The Brewers continued to apply ever increasing pressure and a superb long range strike by the tireless Amie Savva eased the post-championship tension on the pitch.
Albion added a third before the break when Hallam’s wicked curling and dipping corner kick went straight in.
The start of the second period saw Hamil Road lay siege to the Burton goal, as wave after wave of attack was repelled by the impressive reorganised Albion back four, marshalled by Emily Angwin.
Their pressure eventually told though as two goals in quick succession brought the scores level at 3-3.
The Brewers had made seven changes to the side that won the league, and the new faces showed their resilience as Savva’s second goal from close range restored Albion’s lead.
That was cancelled out once more by the hard-working home side, until – with the clock ticking down – midfield dynamo Clason strode from midfield before driving an unstoppable dipping effort into the roof of the net from 20 yards out to secure Albion’s win and stretch their unbeaten record to 20 games.